Siyam Hoque

2020-06-28 23:16:01 BdST

Poet Abul Hussain’s sixth death anniversary tomorrow

Tomorrow (Monday) is the sixth death anniversary of poet Abul Hussain, a pioneer of modernism in Bengali poetry. On this day in 2014, he breathed his last at the age of 92,

Abul Hussain is a well-acclaimed Bangladeshi poet who is recognised as the first modern Bengali poet in Bangladesh. He expresses in his verse a cynical and anguished mood that reflects his lifelong search for a philosophical and religious position from which to analyze and comprehend the individual life in relation to society; the political instability and economic uncertainties in his country; and his suspicion of progress without human feeling. He is a writer of 25 books.

Abul Hussain was born in Khulna in 1922. He studied Economics at the Calcutta Presidency College and Calcutta University. For more than three decades, he worked in national and international organisations at home and abroad as a civil servant.

His first book of poem was Naba-Basanta. Others are Birash Sanglap (1969), Duswapna Theke Duswapne (1985), Haoa Tomar Kee Dussahos (1982), Ekhono Somoy Ache (1997), Aar Kisher Opekkha (2000), Kaler Khatae (2008) and Selected Poems of Abul Hussain (1986).

Hussain received many awards including the Ekushey Padak, the Bangla Academy Award, the Padabali Award and The Nasiruddin Gold Medal, according to a press release.

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