The 71st birth anniversary of late eminent author-dramatist-filmmaker Humayun Ahmed will be observed today.
Different organisations will observe the day organising special commemorative programmes.
A seven-day book fair featuring books of Humayun Ahmed will begin at Sufia Kamal National Public Library today.
Private television channel Channel-i will hold day-long Humayun Mela on its office premises in Tejgaon. The channel will also air special programmes including talk show, teleplay and others.
Himu Paribahan, a facebook-based platform of Humayun Ahmed’s fans, will hold Humayun Janmautsab at TSC of Dhaka University.
Humayun Ahmed was born in 1948 in Kutubpur village of Mymensingh.
He was a novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, songwriter, scholar and lecturer.
His father Foyzur Rahman Ahmed, a sub-divisional police officer in Pirojpur district, was killed in 1971during the Liberation War. His mother Ayesha Foyez was a homemaker.
After obtaining his Master’s degree, he joined Bangladesh Agricultural University as a lecturer in 1972.
Though Humayun Ahmed was a trained chemist, he found his true calling as a writer.
He made his debut as a writer with the novel named Nandita Narake. He wrote it during the Liberation War in 1971 and it was published in 1972. Shonkhonil Karagar was his second novel.
He became a popular figure as a contemporary writer. Readers started accepting him cordially for his exclusive storytelling styles.
Humayun Ahmed wrote about 200 fictions including Tomake, Kobi, Himu Mama, Ei Shuvro Ei, Misir Ali Apni Kothay, Badol Diner Ditiyi Kodom Phool, Aaj Ami Kothao Jabo Na, Debi, Poka and others.
He created some iconic characters like Misir Ali, Himu, Rupa and Shuvro.
He also directed eight films based on his novels. He was also immensely popular as a teleplay director. Besides, he composed around 40 songs which he used in his films and television dramas.
His notable songs are Lilabali lilabali, Ekta chhilo shonar konya, Channi poshor raite, Jodi mon dadey and others.
Humayun Ahmed won numerous awards including Lekhak Shibir Prize, Bangla Academy Literary Award, Shishu Academy Award, Zainul Abedin Gold Medal, Bachsas Award for Best Story, Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Story (1994) and others.
He received prestigious Ekushey Padak in 1994.
He died from colorectal cancer at the age of 63 at a hospital in New York on July 19, 2012.