Today marks the 70th birth anniversary of influential and beloved Bangladeshi
literary writer, Humayun Ahmed. On this day of 1948, he was born in Kutubpur
under Kendua upazila of Netrokona district to police officer Foyzur Rahman
Ahmed and Ayesha Foyez.
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 Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the 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
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 is regarded as the best writer after the independence of
Bangladesh. He is called the pioneer of Bengali science fiction. The number of his
books published until 2011 is more than two hundred. He 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 the 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.
Humayun Ahmed and all his siblings were deeply influenced by the sacramental
and colorful life of their father, who was martyred during the liberation war of
Bangladesh. According to them, their father was a mysterious personality.
This charismatic writer died of colon cancer in New York City`s Bellevue Hospital
on July 19, 2012. On his birth anniversary we remember his with love and respect.