He was not just a writer or a novelist, he was an inspiration. He emerged in Bengali literature in the most crucial of times. It was his literary pieces that inspired a generation to fight for their identity. He played a significant role in creating a progressive generation who fought against communalism and anti-liberation forces. The writer of "Jononi” and “Kritodasher Hashi” held great courage to write against the autocratic force to Pakistani regime. He is the most influential Bengali novelist and short story writer Shawkat Osman and today marks his 102nd birth anniversary.
On this day of 1917, he was born in Sabalsinghapur, Hughli, West Bengal, British India. Born as Sheikh Azizur Rahman, Shawkat Osman has enriched Bengali literature by writing about six decades in many literary genres fluently.
Shawkat Osman received a master`s degree in Bengali literature from Calcutta University in 1941. He started his professional life by joining in Kolkata municipality. Later, he worked for a few days in the information department of the West Bengal Government.
Osman migrated to East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) after the partition of India in 1947. He started his professional life by teaching at Dhaka College in Dhaka and in 1972 he retired from this college voluntarily. He also taught at Chittagong Commerce College.
Then he took writing as his career. During his student days, he worked as a journalist in a newspaper called `Krishak` in Kolkata. From the beginning, the public opinion against all kinds of injustice, repression, exploitation and their hopes came out in his stories and novels. Meanwhile, he kept a great creative signature of the critical fiction of the Western exploitation. In his writing, Osman explores the darkness of contemporary politics and reality of dictatorship.
Shawkat Osman wrote a picture of torture of the Pakistani invading army during the Great Liberation War of Bangladesh in his Janani and Jahannam Haite Biday novels. The renowned publishing house `Penguin` published the English version of `Janani` while he was alive. His most notable creations include Boni Adam, Janani, Kritadaser Hasi, Dui SainikNekreAranya, Chaurasandhi, Raja Upakhyan, Jahannam HaiteBiday, Jolangi, Pinjrapol, and JanmoJadi Tabo Bange.
For his outstanding contribution in literature, Shawkat Osman received several awards, including Bangla Academy Literary Award, Adamjee Literary Award, President Award, EkusheyPadak, Muktadhara Literary Award, Independence Day Award. He died in Dhaka on 14 May, 1998.