Ekushey Padak winning acclaimed poet and architect Rabiul Husain passed away at a hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday morning. He was 76.
‘Rabiul breathed his last at about 5:30am at Critical Coronary Unit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the capital,’ said writer and essayist Mofidul Haque, also friend of the poet.
Rabiul Husain was admitted to the hospital on November 16. He is survived by his only son.
The body of Rabiul Husain will be kept on Bangla Academy premises on Wednesday morning at 10:00am, said a release.
Rabiul Husain was born on January 31, 1943 in Kushtia, he completed his graduation from then East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology, now Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, in 1968.
He served as president of The Institute of Architects, Bangladesh for four terms. He was also vice-chairman of Architects Regional Council of Asia, vice-president of Commonwealth Association of Architects, and as president of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects.
Rabiul Husain, who also designed Shaheed Minar at Jahangirnagar University campus, was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 at the Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture ceremony.
Rabiul enriched Bengali poetry during his student life and published various literary periodicals in his life. He has written over 25 books on poetry, essay, novel and children’s books.
Rabiul Husain was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2018. He also was awarded Bangla Academy Award, National Poetry Council Award and IAB Award.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the afternoon visited the Dhanmondi residence of poet Rabiul Husain to console the bereaved family, reports Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
Earlier in a condolence message, Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Rabiul Husain.
She said the country and nation have lost a patriotic man with multifaceted virtues in his death.
‘Rabiul Husain was simultaneously an architect, poet, art-critic, short story writer, essayist and cultural activist,’ said she said in the message.
Bangla Academy also expressed condolence over the death of Rabiul Husein and extended its sympathy to the bereaved family.
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