The highly acclaimed poet Ahsan Habib gained popularity in the 1940s when his works reflected the crude reality of contemporary society, human relationships and the lives of the middle-class people.
His poetic understanding and approach were urbane in manner. His polished language and modest sensibility brought him the deserved reputation, recognition and fame.
He was born in 1917 in the village of Shankarpasha, in Pirojpur. His father`s name is Hamijuddin Hawladar and his mother`s name is Jomila Khatun. He had been writing poems since his school life. After passing matriculation in 1935 from Pirojpur Government School, Habib enrolled in the BM College, Barisal, but he had to drop out because of the financial crisis of his family. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Calcutta (now Kolkata) and joined the Takbir as assistant editor. He also worked at the Bulbul (1937-38) and the Saogat (1939-43). From 1943 to 1948 he worked as a staff artist at the Calcutta center of All India Radio.
After the partition of India in 1947, Habib left Calcutta for Dacca (now Dhaka). He was the production adviser of Franklin Publications from 1957 to 1964.
Poet Mohammad Samad admired the poet saying, "Habib was a multi-dimensional writer. He wrote poems, novels, essays, literature for adolescents and so on. His writing style was more relaxed than other contemporary poets. He possessed a modern ideology by virtue. His clear understanding of the human relations and his explanations and interpretations of the complex ideas and issues of his time, make it clear."
Habib`s first poem was "Mayer Kabar Pare Kishor" was published in his school magazine in 1934; he was a student of class ten at that time.
His first book of poems was "Ratri Shesh" (1947). Other books of poetry include ‘Chhayaharin’ (1962), "Shara Dupur" (1964), "Ashaye Bashati" (1974), "Megh Bole Chaitre Jabo" (1976), "Duhate Dui Adim Pathar" (1980), "Premer Kabita" (1981), "Bidirna Darpane Mukh" (1985) etc.
Habib received several awards for his literary extraordinaire including Bangla Academy Award and Ekushey Padak.
Today marks the poet’s 102nd birth anniversary.