Poet and professor at Bangla department of Jahangirnagar University Himel Barkat died of cardiac arrest at Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital in the capital in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was 42.
Poet Sohel Hasan Galib, a close friend of Himel Barkat, confirmed it to New Age.
‘Himel Barkat was admitted to the Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital after he suffered cardiac arrest on Saturday morning. Besides, he suffered cardiac arrest twice in the hospital. He breathed his last at about 4:30am on Sunday,’ Sohel Hasan Galib told New Age.
‘His first namaz-e-janaza was held at Taqwa Mosque in Dhanmondi and his second namaz-e-janaza was held on the premises of Jahangirnagar University,’ added Galib.
Himel Barkat will be buried today in his family graveyard at Mithekhali village, Mongla upazila under Bagerhat district.
He is survived by his widow and daughter. He is also the younger brother of the late eminent poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah.
Himel Barkat’s significant collections of poems include Chokhe O Choudike, Dashmatrik Drishyabali and Baishwabidyalay. He edited three books titled Adibasi Kabyasamagra, Chandrabatir Ramayan and Prasangik Path. His two notable research books are Prantaswar and Prantabhabna.
Besides, his book titled Path-Kabitar Bilupta Bhuban is scheduled to be published from Boibhob.
Teachers of JU, including the vice chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor, dean of Bangla department, faculty members, and students have expressed deep shock at the death of Himel Barkat.
According to Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, JU vice-chancellor professor Farzana said that the untimely death of Himel Barkat is an irreparable loss to Bengali literature and the university.
The JU VC also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of Barkat and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
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