People from all walks of life paid their last respects to Ekushey Padak winning poet and architect Rabiul Husain at Central Shaheed Minar on Wednesday.
Rabiul Husain passed away at the age of 76 at a hospital in the capital on Tuesday. He is survived by his only son Jisan Husain.
His body was taken to Central Shaheed Minar at 10:30am and kept there till noon where peers, fans and well-wishers along with different organisations including Bangladesh Awami League, Dhaka University, Dhaka University Alumni Association, Jatiya Kabita Parishad, Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), Rainbow Film Society, Kochi Kachar Mela, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and others paid tribute by placing floral wreaths.
Sammilita Sanskritik Jote organised the programme.
Education minister Dipu Moni, state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid, Dhaka north city mayor Atiqul Islam, thespian Mamunur Rashid, thespian and cultural personality Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu, Dhaka University pro-vice-chancellor Professor Muhammad Samad, Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji, painter and cartoonist Rafiqun Nabi, Jatiya Kabita Parishad general secretary Tarik Sujat and others were present at the programme.
Besides, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Md Akhtaruzzaman in a message expressed condolence on the death of Rabiul Husain.
‘Rabiul Husain was a good friend of mine. He was a successful architect and poet. He was a good organiser. He played a leading role in arranging poetry festivals and other cultural events. He will be remembered through his works,’ said Mamunur Rashid.
‘He participated in anti-Ershad movement. We were very close. Jatyia Kabita Parishad will hold a commemorative programme on Rabiul Husain on November 30. I urge people from all walks of life to attend the event,’ said Muhammad Samad.
‘He was an extraordinary person. He was basically an architect but after ‘60s he emerged as a poet. He enriched the poetry scene with his timeless creations. The young generation should read his works and follow in his footsteps,’ said Habibullah Siraji.
‘Rabiul was a close friend of mine. We had known each other since 1960s. He was a talented architect and poet. His death has a left a void that can never be filled,’ said Rafiqun Nabi.
‘He was not only an acclaimed poet and architect but also a good translator. He was a man of letters who always strove for create something new. He will live on through his works,’ said Tarik Sujat.
Rabiul Husain’s body was later taken to Dhaka University Central Mosque where his second namaz-e-janaza was held. His first namaz-e-janaza was held at his Dhanmondi residence on Tuesday. His body was also taken to Liberation War Museum and The Institute of Architects, Bangladesh.
He was buried at Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard.
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.
Rabiul Husain designed Shaheed Minar at Jahangirnagar University campus.
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 served as president of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects.
Rabiul has written over 25 books including poetry books, essays, novels and children’s books.
He received Ekushey Padak in 2018. He also received Bangla Academy Award, National Poetry Council Award, Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture in Lifetime Achievement Category and IAB Award.
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