Al Mahmud’s death anniversary today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Feb 15,2020


Al Mahmud

Today is the first death anniversary of eminent poet Al Mahmud.

Different organisations will pay tribute to the poet organising special programmes.

Al Mahmud Foundation will organise a programme to commemorate the poet’s life and works at Kobita Café in Elephant Road of the capital at 5:00pm.

‘Friends, peers and admirers will pay homage to Al Mahmud at the programme,’ Abid Azam, general secretary of the foundation, told New Age.

Kwanan Shuddhatama Abritty Angan will arrange a programme at the Theatre Institute Chattogram today. Professor Nurul Amin of University of Chattogram and others will attend the event. Besides, a milad and dua mahfil will be held at the ancestral home of the poet in Brahmanbaria.

Saral Rekha Prokashoni has published the poet’s unpublished work titled ‘E Golper Shesh Nei Shuru O Chhilo Na’ marking his death anniversary. The book is available at stall number 618 in Ekushey Book Fair.

The composer of Sonali Kabin, Kaler Kalash and several other wonderful collections of contemporary Bangla poems, Al Mahmud was born at Mourail village in Brahmanbaria in 1936.

Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud started writing poems as Al Mahmud at his teen age.

A language movement veteran, Mahmud fled his home and came to Dhaka in 1954. He subsequently began working as a journalist with the Dainik Millat and weekly magazine Kafela.

Mahmud’s unique skill of presenting the nature and emotion of the ordinary people in his poems published in several magazines including the famous ‘Kobita’, edited by Buddhadev Bose, gave him recognition in literary circles in Dhaka and Kolkata in the late 1950s.

His first collection of poems ‘Lok Lokantare’ was published from Dhaka in 1963 followed by ‘Kaler Kalosh’ three years later.

In 1968, he received Bangla Academy award.

Al Mahmud’s collection of Bangla sonnets ‘Sonali Kabin’ (1973), which he dedicated to his peer poet Shamsur Rahman, is regarded to be the poet’s magnum opus.

The title of the collection symbolically represents the poet’s bond with the land and the sonnets feature patriotism, rustic life, rivers, villages, human relationship, romance, affection, love and struggles as dominant themes.

‘Mayabi Parda Duley Otho’, ‘Arabya Rajanir Rajhas’, ‘Bakhtiar-er Ghora’ and ‘Dwitiya Bhangon’ are among his 26 collections of poems.

Al Mahmud also wrote novels and short story collections, including, ‘Pankourir Rakto’, ‘Gandha Banik’, ‘Dahuki’, ‘Jebhabe Bere Uthi’, ‘Kabi O Kolahol’, ‘Upamohadesh’, ‘Kabiler Bon’, ‘Nishinda Nari’ and ‘Purush Sundar’.

Al Mahmud joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1975 as assistant director at research and publication department. In 1993, he retired from the academy as the director of the department.

Mahmud received many awards including the Ekushey Padak in 1987.

He died aged 82 on February 15, 2019.

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