The 83rd birth anniversary of late poet Al Mahmud will be celebrated today.
Friends and well-wishers of Al Mahmud will mark the day visiting the iconic poet’s Maghbazar residence in the morning where a commemorative programme and milad mahfil will be held.
Another commemorative programme titled ‘Al Mahmud Utsab’ will be held at 4:00pm in Kabita Cafe, Kataban. Poet Nurul Huda will be attending the programme, organised by Kabi Ebong Kobita, as the chief guest. Besides, Al Mahmud Foundation will place flower wreaths on the grave of the poet in Brahmanbaria in the morning.
The composer of Sonali Kabin, Kaler Kalash and several other wonderful collections of contemporary Bangla poems, Al Mahmud was born at Mourail village in Brahmanbaria in 1936.
Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud started writing poems as Al Mahmud at his teen age.
A language movement veteran and freedom fighter, Mahmud fled his home and came to Dhaka in 1954. Subsequently began working as a journalist with the Dainik Millat and weekly magazine Kafela.
Mahmud’s unique skill of presenting the nature and emotion of the ordinary people in his poems published in several magazines including the famous Kobita, edited by Buddhadev Bose gave him recognition in literary circles in Dhaka and Kolkata in the late 1950s.
His first collection of poems Lok Lokantare was published from Dhaka in 1963 followed by Kaler Kalosh three years later.
In 1968, he received Bangla Academy award. Mayabi Parda Duley Otho, Arabya Rajanir Rajhas, Bakhtiar-er Ghora and Dwitiya Bhangon are among his 26 collections of poems.
Al Mahmud also wrote novels and short story collections, including, Pankourir Rakto, Gandha Banik, Dahuki, Jebhabe Bere Uthi, Kabi O Kolahol, Upamohadesh, Kabiler Bon, Nishinda Nari and Purush Sundar.
Al Mahmud joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1975 as assistant director at research and publication department. In 1993, he retired from the academy as the director of the department.
Mahmud received many awards including the Ekushey Padak in 1987.
He died aged 82 on February 15, 2018.
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