Humayun Ahmed’s birth anniversary observed

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 15,2019


Visitors look at Humayun Ahmed’s book covers at an exhibition at TSC of Dhaka University on Wednesday. — Sony Ramany

Fans, peers and well-wishers observed late Humayun Ahmed’s 71st birth anniversary by organising diverse programmes across the country on Wednesday.

In Dhaka, Himu Paribahan organised a commemorative programme at TSC auditorium of Dhaka University.

The event featured an exhibition of Humayun Ahmed’s book covers, discussion and cultural show.

Bangla Academy deputy director Aminur Rahman Sultan, Dhaka University teacher Rubayet Ferdous, Dhaka University Bangla department associate professor Mohammad Azam, Humayun Ahmed’s younger brother cartoonist Ahsan Habib and others recalled their memories of Ahmed at the programme.

‘Humayun Ahmed played an important role in popularising Bangla literature among the younger generation. He will live on through his books, which will entertain readers for years to come,’ said Aminur Rahman Sultan.

Following the discussion, Himu Paribahan artistes presented songs, poems penned by Humayun Ahmed and dance recital synchronised with the writer’s songs to the delight of the audience.

Besides, members of Himu Paribahan placed flower wreaths on Humayun Ahmed’s grave at Nuhash Polli in Gazipur in the morning. They also distributed cancer awareness leaflets among the masses.

Private TV channel, Channel-i, organised a day-long fair titled ‘Channel- i City Bank Humayun Mela’ at its office in Tejgaon.

Guests inaugurated the fair by releasing balloons.

Thespian Ataur Rahman, Channel- i director and head of news Shykh Seraj, singer Tapan Chowdhury and others were present at the inaugural ceremony.

‘Humayun Ahmed was an extraordinary person. He had enriched the country’s literary arena and local film industry with his creations,’ said Shykh Seraj.

Renowned singers Akramul Islam, Selim Chowdhury, Dinat Jahan Munni, SI Tutul, Tapan Chowdhury and others rendered songs.

Besides, noted recitation artiste Jayanta Chattopadhyay and poet Aslam Sani recited poems penned by Humayun Ahmed.

Theatre troupe Bahubachan paid tribute to Humayun Ahmed by staging Debi at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Debi is an adaptation of Ahmed’s novel with the same name. It has been directed by Arham Alo.

The play revolves around a psychiatrist named Misir Ali, who helps a young housewife named Ranu.

Besides, different TV channels aired special programmes marking Humayun Ahmed’s birth anniversary.

Humayun Ahmed was born in 1948 in Kutubpur village of Mymensingh.

He made his debut as a writer with the novel named Nandita Narake. Shonkhonil Karagar was his second novel. He 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.

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.

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