Celebrated poet Al Mahmud has been admitted to the intensive care unit of Ibn Sina Hospital in Dhaka.
Abid Azam, a family friend of the poet, confirmed the matter while talking to journalists and informed that Al Mahmud was suffering from pneumonia and old-age complications.
‘He was first admitted to Coronary Care Unit of the hospital and later transferred to ICU in early hours of Sunday,’ he added.
The poet is undergoing treatment under supervision of physician Md Abdul Hye.
‘Al Mahmud is suffering from pneumonia, lung infection, kidney, heart, along with other health problems. We have to observe him 48-72 hours at the Intensive Care Unit. We have taken all necessary measures and monitoring him closely,’ Ibn Sina Hospital’s physician Habibur Rahman told New Age.
Habibur said Mahmud’s blood pressure and pneumonia was under control.
Born on July 11, 1936 at Maurail in Brahmanbaria, Al Mahmud is also much popular for his novels and short-stories.
He is considered one of the greatest Bengali poets to have emerged in the 20th century.
The Ekushey Padak winning poet’s works in Bangla poetry is dominated by his frequent use of imageries of rural Bangladesh.
In the 1950s he was among those Bengali poets who were outspoken in their writing on such subjects as the events of the Bangla language movement, nationalism, political and economic repression and the struggle against the then Pakistani government.
His ‘Sonali Kabin,’ published in 1973, is considered a landmark in Bangla poetry.
The poet was honoured with numerous awards that include Ekushey Padak in 1987, Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1968 for his two great works namely Lok Lokantar and Kaler Kalas. He was also awarded Philips Literary Award, Alakta Literary Award, Sufi Motaher Hossain Literary Gold Medal and many more.
Mahmud’s other famous works include Gandhabanik, Dahuki, Mayabi Parda Dule Otho, Arabya Rajanir Rajhash, Bakhtiyarer Ghora, Pankaurir Rakta, Upamahadesh, Kabiler Bon, Nishinda Nari, Purush Sundar, and his autobiographic fictions — Jebhabe Bere Uthi and Kabir Atmabiswash.
After Bangladesh’s independence, Al Mahmud edited a firebrand daily newspaper, Ganakantha. Later in 1975, he joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as assistant director at research and publication department. In 1993, he retired from the academy as the director of the department.
Mahmud had a transformation in his personal ideologies in the mid-1970s. He also faced widespread criticism for his tilt towards ultra-right politics.
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