Google celebrates playwright Munier Chowdhury’s birth anniv

Online Desk | Published: 12:26, Nov 27,2020


Search engine Google had created a new doodle on its homepage in Bangladesh celebrating the life of Bangladeshi educationist, playwright, and literary critic Munier Chowdhury to mark the 95th anniversary of his birth.

The Doodle shows the renowned writer reading a book.

Munier Chowdhury was born on November 27, 1925 in Manikganj. His father, Khan Bahadur Abdul Halim Chowdhury, was a district magistrate.

Munier completed his honours in 1946 and masters in 1947 in English from Dhaka University. He completed a second MA degree in Bangla in 1954 and did MA in linguistics from Harvard University in 1958.

He taught for some time at BL College, Khulna and later at Jagannath College – now Jagannath University. He later joined Dhaka University and taught in both English and Bangla departments.

He had a leaning towards left politics. He was arrested for protesting against the killing of students by police on February 21, 1952. He was detained till 1954.

He topped his MA exam while he was in jail. He wrote his acclaimed play, Kabarin 1953, based on the language movement, while he was in prison.

The play was staged inside the jail and prisoners played different characters.

Munier Chowdhury protested against the Pakistan government’s directive to ban Tagore songs on Radio and TV in 1967. He declared his solidarity with the non-cooperation movement.

Though he started out as short story writer, his main interest was in writing plays, especially one-act plays.

He was awarded the Bangla Academy Award in 1962 and the Daud Prize in 1965 for his plays. He was posthumously awarded Independence Award in 1980.

He was kidnapped and later tortured and killed by Pakistani occupation forces and its collaborators along with other Bengali intellectuals, educators, doctors, and engineers on December 14, 1971.

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