‘Abu Sayeed has enlightened people’

Staff Correspondent | Published at 06:15pm on July 26, 2018


A singer presents a song at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro on Wednesday. –Snigdha Zaman

Founder of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed has enlightened many people with progressive ideas, said speakers at a programme organised by the organisation on Wednesday.

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro arranged the programme marking Abu Sayeed’s 79th birthday where poet Kamal Chowdhury, Hasan Hafiz, writer Imdadul Haque Milon, Bangladesh Civil Service commission secretary Akhtari Mamtaz and magician Jewel Aich, among others, were present as discussants.

Many organisations greeted Abu Sayeed by presenting flower bouquets.

‘Abdullah Abu Sayeed has enlightened many people both inside and outside classroom’, said Kamal Chowdhury.

‘Abdullah Abu Sayeed has been successful in his efforts to promote reading among youths. I wish him good health and eventful life’, said Imdadul Haque Milon.

In his speech, Abdullah Abu Sayeed wittily said, ‘I am not yet an octogenarian. I have just stepped into my eightieth year. I believe, my work has also entered into a new phase today’.

Singers Konal, Nilufar Banu and Mumtarin Mahal presented popular songs of yesteryears and traditional songs at the programme.

Born on July 25, 1939 at Park Circus, Kolkata, Abdullah Abu Sayeed started his career as a part-time lecturer at Government Haraganga College in Munshiganj. Later he taught at Sylhet Women’s College, Rajshahi College, and Dhaka Intermediate Technical College. Eventually, he joined Dhaka College. In the 1960s, he edited literary magazine ‘Kanthoswar’.

He founded the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra in 1978 to build an enlightened society. Abdullah Abu Sayeed has received awards like Ramon Magsaysay Award (2004), Ekushey Padak (2005), Bangla Academy Literary Award (2012) and others.