Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal’s 31st death anniv today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 23,2020


Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal

Today is the 31st death anniversary of the late Ekushey Padak-winning poet, educationist, singer, songwriter and composer Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal.

Different cultural organisations will observe the occasion arranging special programmes. Among others, Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad will stream a music show on its Facebook page at 7:30 pm where artistes will pay tribute to Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal rendering his songs.

The event will feature performances by singers Rafiqul Alam, Monika Debnath Katha, Fatima Tuz Zahra Oyshee and Abanti Sithi.

The programme will be hosted by eminent Nazrul Sangeet singer and Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal’s son Sujit Mustafa.

Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal was born on March 11, 1936 in Gobinda village of Ullapara. He taught at different local colleges after completing MA in Bangla from Dhaka University in 1959. He joined the Bangla department of Dhaka University as a lecturer in 1963.


In 1966, he went to the University of London on a Commonwealth Scholarship and earned a Ph.D degree on ‘The Bengali Press and Literary Writing - 1818-1831’.

He joined Chittagong University in 1973 and joined the Bangla department of Dhaka University as professor in 1978. He served as the director general of both Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangla Academy.

Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal wrote and composed many songs, which were sung by different singers especially Abu Bakr Khan, Anwaruddin Khan and Mohammad Asafaddaula and others. He also sang songs regularly on Dhaka radio station.

Abu Hena penned three anthologies of poems namely ‘Apan Jouban Bairi’ in 1974, ‘Jehetu Janmandha’ and 1984, ‘Akranta Gazal’ in 1988. He also penned a collection of songs titled ‘Ami Sagarer Neel’.

He also wrote several essays on Bangla literature.

He died of heart disease on September 23, 1989.

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