Novelist Rizia Rahman dies

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 16:25, Aug 16,2019 | Updated: 00:00, Aug 17,2019


Rizia Rahman

Ekushey Padak winning novelist Rizia Rahman passed away at Apollo Hospital in Dhaka on Friday. She was 79.

She breathed her last at 11:00am while undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of the hospital. She was suffering from cancer, kidney diseases along with other aging-associated  diseases, informed her son Abdur Rahman.

She is survived by her son.

‘My mother was admitted to the hospital on August 13. She received treatment at the High Dependency Unit of the hospital till August 14. She was shifted to the intensive care unit on August 15 where she died from blood infection. She was suffering from cancer and other aging-associated diseases,’ Abdur Rahman told New Age.

Rizia Rahman’s namaz-e-janaza was held at Uttara sector 5 after asr prayer. She was buried at Mirpur-1 graveyard.

Born in Kolkata on December 28, 1939, Rizia Rahman has more than 50 titles to her credit. She is one of the well-known Bangladeshi novelists who made outstanding contributions to Bangla fiction through her portrayal of commoners’ lives and the historical events in her novels and stories.

Rahman’s novels like Rokter Akhsar (1978) and Bang Theke Bangla (1987) earned her a permanent place in the history of Bangla fiction.

Rahman burst into the literary scene in 1967 with Agisakkhara, a collection of short stories. From then on, her pen has put to the service of the people of different social strata, portraying their lives and the historical events that affected them.

In two autobiographical books — namely Abhibasi Ami and Nadi Nirabadhi — she presented her own story as a writer by way of encapsulating her development and different levels of engagements in the literary scene. She did not publish any work after 2011 after age-related complications besieged her.

She had received many prestigious awards including Ekushey Padak (2019), EXIM Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award (2018), Bangla Academy Literary Award (1978), Jessore Sahitya Parishad Puraskar (1984), Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha Shwarna Padak (1985) and others.

President Md Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, in separate statements, expressed deep shock at the death of the author.

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