Today marks the 96th birth anniversary of Bangladeshi academic, essayist, materialist, translator, cultural worker and civil society activist Kabir Chowdhury. This National Professor selected by the Government of Bangladesh was born on 9 February 1923 at Brahmanbaria to Khan Bahadur Abdul Halim Chowdhury and Umme Kabir Aafia Chowdhury.
This meritorious personality has done outstanding results in each of his student life examinations. After completing MA degree in English literature From Dhaka University, he studied at the University of Minnesota and Southern California with scholarships.
During his study in English literature at Dhaka University he was greatly impressed by the writings of HG Wells, George Barnard Shaw, and Bertrand Russel. He has worked extensively on world`s famous writers and painters. His works also emphasized on anti-fundamentalism, religious fanaticism and communalism in his writings.
Kabir Chowdhury worked for over half a century in the fields of education, peace and inter-cultural understanding at several national and international organizations. He taught at Dhaka College and B. M. College, Barisal (as Principal) and few years at the University of Dhaka as a Professor of English. He also served the government of Bangladesh as the secretary of Ministry of Education, Cultural Affair and Sports. He was the chairman of the Advisory Council of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee.
In his long career, Chowdhury spoke at many national and international meetings of writers and social activists on literature, socialism, secularism, and democracy. He was awarded many prestigious awards like Swadhinata Dibosh Padak, National Professor of Bangladesh, Bangla Academy Award and Ekushe Padak for his outstanding contribution.
He died on 13 December 2011 in Naya Paltan, Dhaka at the age of 88. On his birth anniversary, we remember this visionary with great respect.