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Syed Waliullah: A classical modern writer

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Published on : 10 October 2018, 09:08 AM
Syed Waliullah: A classical modern writer


Syed Waliullah is considered a pillar of modern Bengali literature. He is not only a novelist but also a short-story writer and playwright altogether. Although he appeared in the continuation of the `Kallol` era, he made the collaboration of new literary tunes refined in European modernism. This successor of Jagadish Gupta and Manik Bandopadhyay introduced a new genre in topic, structure and language. Today marks the 47th death anniversary of this generative personality. On this day of 1971, he left his last breath in Paris, France.

Syed Waliullah was born on 15 August 1922 in an educated and well-to-do family in Sholashahar of Chittagong District. The cultural atmosphere of the family environment influenced Syed Waliullah`s mind and taste. Because of his father`s transferable work Waliullah got the opportunity to see various parts of East Bengal. He was educated in different schools of the country. In his student life, he used to write for a number of monthly magazines.

Syed Waliullah started his career after leaving his study incomplete. After the untimed demise of his father, Waliullah joined ‘The Statesman’ newspaper and worked until 1947. After the partition of 1947, he left the job of The Statesman and left for Dhaka and in September he joined Radio Pakistan. That time, he wrote his famous novel Lalsalu (Tree without roots) and the following year, Comrade Publishers published this novel. He was in the very important position of the government of Pakistan during his long career life. While working in Paris, his `Lalsalu` novel was translated into French as "L`arbre sans racines". Besides his other important works are Chander Amaboshay (Dark moon), Kando Nadi Kando, Nayanchara, Bahipir, Tarangabhanga, Sudanga.

Syed Waliullah was not a political person, but he was socially and politically sensitive. During the liberation war of Bangladesh, he was unemployed. Despite this, he tried to create public opinion in favor of the liberation movement of Bangladesh and tried to accumulate money and sent it to freedom fighter welfare trust in Calcutta. His children used to think that the anxiety, fear and despair towards his country in that distress time are main reasons for his untimed death. After his demise his closest friends expressed their deep anguish on the fact that Waliullah could not feel the happiness of having an independent land.

On his death anniversary, we remember Syed Waliullah with great reverence and respect.