Humayun Ahmed

Author, poet, dramatist and film director

Humayun Ahmed (13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist and movie director. He was one of the leading Bengali language literary person of 20th century. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books.[3] His first novel was In Blissful Hell. It was published in 1972.[4] His other notable writings are Shonkhonil Karagar, Josna O Jononir Golpo, Kobi, Moddhanho, Badshah Namdar and Deyal.[5] He won Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1981 and Ekushey Padak in 1994 for his contribution to Bengali literature.

Humayun Ahmed
Ahmed in 2010
Ahmed in 2010
Born(1948-11-13)13 November 1948
Kutubpur, Kendua, Netrokona, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan[1]
Died19 July 2012(2012-07-19) (aged 63)[2]
New York City, United States
Resting placeNuhash Polli, Pirujali, Gazipur, Bangladesh
OccupationWriter, movie director, professor of chemistry, dramatist
EducationPhD (polymer chemistry)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
North Dakota State University
Notable awardsBangla Academy Literary Award
Ekushey Padak
Years active1972–2012
  • Nova
  • Shila
  • Bipasha
  • Nuhash
  • Nishad
  • Ninit


Ahmed started making movie in the beginning of 1990s. Aguner Parashmoni (1994) was his first directed movie. He then made seven more movies. He received six National Movie Awards in different categories for his movies.

Early life change

Ahmed was born in Kutubpur village of Kendua Upazila, Netrokona District. His father was Foyzur Rahman (1921-1971) and mother was Ayesha Foyez (1930-2014).[6] Foyzur was a sub-divisional police officer. He was killed during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Ahmed has two brothers and three sisters. Two of his younger brother Muhammad Zafar Iqbal is a writer and Ahsan Habib is a cartoonist. His sisters are Sufia Haider, Momtaz Shahid and Rukhsana Ahmed.[7]

Career change


Ahmed started his career as a lecturer at Bangladesh Agriculture University in 1973.[8] He wrote a short story Sourav this period.[9] Then he shifted to University of Dhaka as a lecturer of chemistry department in 1974. This year, he published novel Achinpur. This novel was published in Bichitra magazine's Eid volume.[10]

Death change

On 19 July 2012, Ahmed died of colon cancer in New York City's Bellevue Hospital, aged 63.[11]

References change

  1. "The storytelling magician". The Daily Star. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. "Humayun Ahmed dies". 19 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. Rashidul Bari (16 August 2012). "Tears for Humayun Ahmed: The Shakespeare of Bangladesh". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. Mahmudul Hasan Hemal (4 September 2012). "Book review: Nondito Noroke, Masterpiece of a master storyteller". Daily Sun. Dhaka. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. "Humayun Ahmed at a glance". The Daily Star. Dhaka. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. "Humayun Ahmed's mother passes away". The Daily Star. Dhaka. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. "হুমায়ূনের কবরে স্বজনেরা". Daily Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Gazipur. 24 August 2012. Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. Ahmed 2009, p. 50.
  9. Ahmed 2009, p. 55.
  10. Ahmed 2009, p. 63.
  11. Humayun Ahmed's absence turns to 6th year[permanent dead link]

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