Dhaka, Bangladesh
Remembering Humayun Ahmed

Remembering Humayun Ahmed

The sixth death anniversary of the late legendary author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed was on 19th July. Humayun Ahmed is an incomparable figure in Bangla literature who contributed a lot to enriching almost every sphere of the literary grandeur and is considered one of the most influential artistes, authors, dramatists, screenwriters, playwrights and filmmakers in the history of Bangladeshi culture.The man behind beloved characters like Himu and Misir Ali, Humayun Ahmed truly won the hearts of millions with the power of his words. Humayun Ahmed reached peak of his fame with the publication of his novel 'Nondito Noroke' (In Blissful Hell) in 1972, which remains one of his most famous works, winning admiration from literary critics. He wrote over 200 fiction-and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. His first television drama was 'Prothom Prohor' (first moment) in 1983, directed by Nawazesh Ali Khan. His first drama serial was Ei Shob Din Ratri (Tale of our daily lives). It was followed by the comedy series Bohubrihi, the historical drama series Ayomoy, and the urban drama series Kothao Keu Nei (There is no one anywhere). The last one featured a fictional character of an idealistic gang leader named Baker Bhai, who was wrongly convicted and executed. His first film, 'Aguner Poroshmoni', based on the liberation war, won the National Film Award in total eight categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. Ahmed also wrote songs for a few of his own films and plays. Some of the notables are titled as 'Ami Aaj Bhejabo Chokh Somudrer Joley', 'Chadni Poshor Ratey' and 'Amaaar Achey Jol'. In recognition of his versatile contributions to society, Humayun was awarded Ekushey Padak, National Film Award, Lekhak Shibir Prize, Bangla Academy Award, Shishu Academy Award, Jainul Abedin Gold Medal, Michael Madhusudan Medal, Bacsas Prize, Humayun Qadir Memorial Prize and ShellTec Award. He died on July 19 in 2012 at Bellevue Hospital in New Yorky. Earlier, in 2011 Ahmed had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He was buried in Nuhash Palli.

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