He is regarded as the best writer after the independence of Bangladesh. He was a writer, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, song writer, scholar, and lecturer. He is called the pioneer of Bengali science fiction. The number of his books published until 2011 is more than two hundred. He is the father of the new style of dialogue in Bengali fiction. The films he made achieved immense popularity. But his plays were the most popular. Though not much in number, his songs have mesmerized the listeners. He is the popular Bengali literary writer, Humayun Ahmed. Today is his sixth death anniversary. In 2012, he died of colon cancer in New York City`s Bellevue Hospital.
Humayun Ahmed was born on 13 November 1948 in Kutubpur under Kendua upazila of Netrokona district. His father is martyred police officer Foyzur Rahman Ahmed and mother Ayesha Foyez. His younger brother Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, is a renowned writer and academician. Another brother, Ahsan Habib is the pioneering cartoonist of the country. His father`s influence in his life and his siblings was remarkable. According to them, their father was a mysterious personality.
Because of his father`s transferable job, Humayun Ahmed had a very diverse and excellent childhood, which later enhanced his experience and creativity. He received the PhD in Polymer Chemistry from North Dakota State University of the United States. In 1973, he started his career as a lecturer at Bangladesh Agricultural University. In 1974 he joined the University of Dhaka.
Ahmed wrote his debut novel Nondito Noroke (In Blissful Hell) during the 1971 Bangladesh independence war while he was still a university student. During the War of Liberation in 1971 it was not possible to publish the novel. The novel was later published in 1972 by writer Ahmed Sofa`s initiative under Khan Brother’s Publishers. When the famous Bengali scholar Ahmad Sharif voluntarily wrote the preface of the book, it created curiosity among the readers. His second novel was Shonkhonil Karagar.
One of the main features of his work is `Story-Prosperity`. In addition, his spontaneous presentation of daily events keeps the readers attracted. Dialogues are the key point of his stories and novels. His description is moderate and he has talent of portraying character through a few sentences. Although there is no lack of social awareness, but it is noteworthy that political motivation in his writings is absent. In all his essays, a benign vibe is active; as a result, his villain also got compassionate characteristics. In many compositions, his personal experience and concepts of perception are noticed.
The noted writer Humayun Ahmed has been in all branches of art and literature and successful too. He was also in possession of music. Basically, in his efforts, the young generation of Bangladesh became interested in the folk music of Bengal and the mystic poet Hason Raja`s extraordinary creation.
His first film Aguner Poroshmoni, based on the Bangladesh Liberation War, won the National Film Award in a total of eight categories, including the award for Best Picture and Best Director. His films Shyamal Chhaya and Ghetuputra Kamola were selected as the Bangladeshi entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006 and 2012 respectively.
Humayun Ahmed was the creator of the popular and most cherished characters in Bengali literature Himu, Misir Ali, Roopa, Shuvro. Humayun Ahmed is such a writer who influenced a generation to read books. In rainfall or in moonlit night the readers find the meaning of life by reading his works. He turned the Ekushey Book Fair into a festival. He was born with the power to mesmerize the audience by talking only. Despite the sky-high popularity, isolation was his favorite. There is no doubt that his departure is an irreparable loss for Bengali literature. But, in every celebration Bangladeshis bring him back. He returns to Bengali’s consciousness in every festival, in book fair, in the time of heavy monsoon or at night when the horizon is flooded in moonlight. On his death anniversary we remember him with great reverence.