Today marks the 17th death anniversary of renowned literary, cultural activist and language fighter Shahed Ali. This ambidextrous personality died on this day of 2001. The list of those writers who enriched the short story genre after Rabindranath is quite long. But among the Bengali Muslim short story writers Shahed Ali is very prominent.
This influential short story writer, also popular as an Islamic thinker, journalist, translator, researcher and educationist, was born on 24 May 1925, in Sunamganj District, Bengal Presidency, British India. He obtained a Bachelor`s Degree in Sylhet MC College in 1947 and a Master`s degree in Bangla Language and Literature from Dhaka University in 1950.
Ali started his career as a teacher. In his career as a teacher he taught at many renowned colleges. Professor Shahed Ali was the founder secretary of the Islamic Foundation (former Islamic Academy). Shahed Ali was associated with journalism since the 1940s. He worked as the editor of a magazine called `Pravati` and `Saynik`. Saynik served as the banner for the Bengalis Language Movement. He was also the editor of two journals named "Sabuj Pata" and "Islamic Academy Patrika"of the Islamic foundation. In 1956, he became the assistant editor of Daily Millat.
Professor Shahed Ali led various intellectual and cultural movements. He was involved in the overall activities of Language Movement from 1948 to 1952. He was the General Secretary of the Tamaddun Majlish and later became the President.
While studying in the eighth grade in 1940, Shahed Ali`s first story Asru (tears) was published in `Saogat`. Later his stories and articles were published in various newspapers. He is most notable for his short story Jibrailer Dana (Gabriel`s Wings).He was a life oriented author. Humanity, humanism, morality and religious values got special prominence in his writings.
The author of many talents has been honored by multiple awards at various times in his life. He got the Bangla Academy Award for his short story in 1964. Besides, he received Ekushey Padak (1989), Tamgha I Imtiaz (1969), Language Movement Award (1981), Nasiruddin Gold medal (1985), Islamic Foundation Award (1986) and many more.
On his death anniversary we remember Shahed Ali with highest respect.