Influential Bangladeshi poet, essayist, literary critic, and journalist Abdul Quadir was the powerful literary personality after Rabindranath and Kazi Nazrul era. Even after roaming in the different genres of literature, he earned a special reputation as a poet. Today marks his 34th death anniversary. On this day of 1984, he left his last breath.
Poet Abdul Quadir was born on 1 June 1906, in the village of Araisidha in Comilla District. In 1923, he passed matriculation examination with letter marks in five subjects from Brahmanbaria Annada Model High School and passed the ISc from Dhaka Intermediate College in 1925. Then he studied up to BA at Dhaka University.
He got his first job at Calcutta`s influential Saogat magazine in 1926. He served in various posts at the Saptahik Nabashakti, Jugantar, Dainik Nabajug, Banglar Katha, weekly Mohammadi, and weekly Paigam.
At the end of World War II, he was appointed as the Bangla Translator of the government`s publication`s department. Since 1952, he was working in Pakistan`s central government`s mouthpiece monthly Maheno. In 1964, he was appointed as the publishing officer of Central Bengali Development Board. On 1 June 1970, he retired from government service.
In his poetry, the combination of Mohitlal Majumdar`s classical touch and Kazi Nazrul Islam`s emotion is visible. Poet Abdul Quadir was the leading organizer of the intellectual freedom movement that was introduced in Dhaka under the leadership of Muslim Sahitya-Samaj (1926). He was the publisher and writer of the Literary Society`s Annual Shikha (1927) magazine.
His poems ‘Dilruba’ was published in 1933 and ‘Uttar Basanta’ in 1967. In addition, in 1979, one of the most famous books of Abdul Quadir, Chhanda Samiksan was published where he made basic statements about Bangla rhythm.
For his outstanding contribution in Bengali literature he was honored with several awards such as Bangla Academy Award, Ekushey Padak, Adamjee Literary Award, Nazrul Academy Gold Medal, Muktadhara Prize and many more.
We pay great respect on the death anniversary of Poet Abdul Quadir.