Humayun Ahmed

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Humayun Ahmed
হুমায়ূন আহমেদ
Humayun Ahmed 13Nov2010.jpg
Humayun Ahmed (2010)
Born (1948-11-13)13 November 1948
Mohongonj, Netrokona, East Bengal (now Bangladesh)
Died 19 July 2012(2012-07-19) (aged 63)[1]
New York City, United States
Resting place Nuhash Polli, Pirujali Village, Gazipur District, Bangladesh[2]
Occupation Writer, film director, professor of Chemistry
Nationality Bangladeshi
Ethnicity Bengali
Education PhD in polymer chemistry
Alma mater University of Dhaka
North Dakota State University
Genre Novel, short story, drama, screenplay, autobiography, column
Subject Magic realism, social life, nature's mystery, wish-fulfillment
Notable works Jostnya O Jononeer Golpo (The Story of a Mother and a Moonlit Night)
Notable awards Bangla Academy Award
Ekushey Padak
Years active 1972–2012
Spouse Gultekin Ahmed (m. 1973; div. 2003)
Meher Afroz Shaon (m. 2005; wid. 2012)
Children Nova, Sheela, Bipasha, Nuhash, Nishad, Ninit
Relatives

Humayun Ahmed (Bengali: হুমায়ূন আহমেদ; pronounced: [ɦumae̯un aɦmed̪] 13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker.[4] Dawn referred to him as the cultural legend of Bangladesh.[5] 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,[6] winning admiration from literary critics, including Dr. Ahmed Sarif. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh.[7][8] Ahmed's writing style was characterized as magic realism.[9] Sunil Gangopadhyay described him as the most popular writer in the Bengali language for a century[10] and according to him, Ahmed was even more popular than Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.[11] Ahmed's books have been the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.[12]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Ahmed was born on 13 November 1948 in Mohongonj, Netrokona, but his village home is Kutubpur, Mymensingh,[13] Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). His father, Faizur Rahman Ahmed, a police officer and writer, was killed by Pakistani military during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, and his mother was Ayesha Foyez. Ahmed's younger brother, Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, a university professor, is also a writer of mostly science fiction genre and a newspaper columnist.[14] Another brother, Ahsan Habib, is a painter and the editor of Unmad, a cartoon magazine.

Education and early career[edit]

Ahmed went to schools in Sylhet, Comilla, Chittagong, Dinajpur and Bogra as his father lived in different places upon official assignment. Memories of these places have often been depicted in his writings. Ahmed passed SSC exam from Bogra Zilla School in 1965. He stood second in the merit list in Rajshahi Education Board. He passed HSC exam from Dhaka College in 1967. He studied Chemistry in Dhaka University and earned BSc (Honors) and MSc with First Class distinction.

Upon graduation Ahmed joined Bangladesh Agricultural University as a lecturer. After six months he joined Dhaka University as a faculty of the Department of Chemistry. Later he attended North Dakota State University for his PhD studies. He grew his interest in Polymer Chemistry and earned his PhD in that subject. He returned to Bangladesh and resumed his teaching career in Dhaka University. In the mid 1990s he left the faculty job to devote all his time to writing and film production.

Marriages and Personal life[edit]

In 1973, Ahmed married Gultekin, granddaughter of Principal Ibrahim Khan.[15][16]

They had three daughters – Nova, Sheela, Bipasha and one son – Nuhash. Ahmed started to have an affair with Meher Afroz Shaon from the middle of the 1990s. Shaon is a TV actress and then friend of his second daughter.[16] Later, in 2003, Ahmed divorced Gultekin and married Shaon in 2005. From the second marriage he had two sons – Nishad and Ninit.[17]

Death[edit]

In 2011 Ahmed had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He died on 19 July 2012 at 11.20 PM BST at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.[18] He was buried in Nuhash Polli.[2]

Career[edit]

Ahmed gossiping at Nuhash Polli (2010)

Television and film[edit]

His first television drama was "Prothom Prohor" (first moment) in 1983, directed by Nawazesh Ali Khan.[19] 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 in anywhere). The last one featured a fictional character of an idealistic gang leader named Baker Bhai, who was wrongly convicted and executed.

Ahmed directed films based on his own stories. 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.[15][16] The theme of the Liberation War often came across in his stories, often drawing upon Ahmed's memories of that war and his father's execution during the war. Ahmed's film Shyamal Chhaya was based on the liberation war of 1971.[20]

Ahmed also wrote songs for 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.

His 2012 film Ghetuputra Kamola was selected as the Bangladeshi entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[21]

Other interests[edit]

Humayun Ahmed with a magician at Nuhash Polli

In 1987 Ahmed founded an estate called Nuhash Polli near Pijulia village, in Gazipur Sadar Upazila of Gazipur District,[22] which grew to cover 40 bigha[22] (approximately 14 acres). He would spend much of his time at the estate when he was in Bangladesh, formed a collection of statues there by local artist Asaduzzaman Khan, and of plants from around the world, particularly medicinal and fruit-bearing trees.[22]

In 2012 he was appointed as a special adviser to the Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations.[23]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

In Bengali
  • 1971
  • Antorar Baba
  • Anando Bedonar Kabya
  • Amader Shada Bari
  • Amra Keo Bashay Nei
  • Aaj Ami Kothao Jabona
  • Ami Abong Amra
  • Aaj Chitrar Bia
  • Asmanira Tin Bone
  • Angul Kata Joglu
  • Anonto Nakhatrobithi
  • Anonto Ambore
  • Apnare Ami Khujia Berai
  • Ashok
  • Amar Priyo Bhoutik Golpo
  • Amar Apon Adhar
  • Ayomoy
  • Adbhoot Shob Golpo
  • Ai Megh Rodro Chhaya
  • Ai Aami
  • Akash Jora Megh
  • AshaBori
  • Ayna Ghor
  • Akjon Himu Koyekti Jhijhi Poka
  • Ami Misir Ali
  • Ami Abong Koyekti Projapoti
  • Aaj Himur Biye
  • Anil Bagchir Ekdin
  • Amar Achhe Jol
  • Amar Chelebela
  • Abong Himu
  • Black Friday
  • Brikkha Kotha
  • Badshah Namdar
  • Bipod
  • Bagh Bondi Misir Ali
  • Bashor
  • Bhoy
  • Bohubrihi
  • Botol Bhoot
  • Brishti Bilas
  • Badol Diner Ditiyo Kodomful
  • Brihonnola
  • Ball Point
  • Brishti O Meghomala
  • Chokkhe Amar Trishna
  • Chhaya Bithi
  • Chader Aloi Koyekjon Jubok
  • Cheleta
  • Chole Jai Boshonter Din
  • Diner Sheshe
  • Dwitiyo Manob (2002)
  • Dui Duari
  • Debi
  • Dorjar Opashe
  • Doiroth
  • Dekha Na Dekha
  • Dighir Jole Kaar Chhayago
  • Daru Chini Dip
  • Ema
  • Eki Kando
  • Ele Bele 1
  • Ele Bele 2
  • Ei Shubhro! Ei
  • Ekjon Mayaboti
  • Ekti Cycle Ebong Koyekti Dahuk Pakhi
  • Fiha Shomikoron
  • Fountain Pen
  • Fera
  • Gouripur Junction
  • Griho tegi joshna
  • Himu Ebong Harward PHD Boltu Bhai
  • Himu Mama
  • Himu Rimande
  • Himu Abong Ekti Russian Pori
  • Himur Ekanto Sakkhatkar
  • Himur Babar Kothamala
  • Himur Madhya Dupur
  • Himur Neel Jochna
  • Himur Hate Koyekta Neel Paddo
  • Holud Himu Kalo Rab
  • Himu
  • Himur Ditio Prohor
  • Hotel Grever Inn
  • Harton Iskapo
  • Ireena
  • Jalil Shaheber Pitition
  • Janam Janam
  • Jashoha Brikhher Deshe
  • Jibon Krishno Memorial High School
  • Jodio Shondha
  • Jokhon Nambe Adhar
  • Jol Jochhna
  • Jol Paddo
  • Jonmodiner Upohar
  • Jonosha O Jononir Golpo
  • Kalo Jadukor
  • Kuhurani
  • Kath Pencil
  • Ke Kotha Koy
  • Kichhu Shoishob
  • Kuhuk
  • Kichhukkhon
  • Krishno Pakko
  • Kohen Kobi Kalidash
  • Kutu Miya
  • Kobi
  • Kothao Keu Nei
  • Lipi
  • Lilaboti
  • Lilua Batash
  • Megher Upor Bari
  • Misir Alir Choshma
  • Misir Alir Omimangshito Rohoshsho
  • Misir Ali Apni Kothay
  • Manobi
  • Mirar Gramer Bari
  • Mojar Bhoot
  • Magic Munshi
  • Megh Boleche Jobo Jabo
  • Moddhano
  • Mondrosoptok
  • Megher Chhaya
  • Moyurakkhi
  • Mrinmnoyer Mon Bhalo Nai
  • Mrinmoyi
  • Matal Howya
  • New york Er Nil Akashe Jhokjhoke Rod
  • Naboni
  • Nee
  • Neel Aparijita
  • Nondito Noroke
  • Nolini Babu B.Sc
  • Neel Manush
  • Nishithini
  • Nishad
  • Nirbachito Bhooter Golpo
  • Neel Hati
  • Nirbashon
  • Onish
  • Ophoranno
  • Onno Bhuban
  • Omanush
  • Omega Point
  • Opekkha
  • Ondho Karer Gan
  • Ochin Pur
  • Onno Din
  • Prothom Prohor
  • Payer Tolay Khorom
  • Poofi
  • Parapar
  • Parul O Tinti Kukur
  • Putul
  • Priotomeshu
  • Priyo Voyongkor
  • Project Nebula
  • Pronchokonnaya
  • Poka
  • Pakhi Amar Ekla Pakhi
  • Premer Golpo
  • Paap
  • Quantum Rasayan
  • Ros Kos Singara Bulbuli Mostok
  • Rong Pencil
  • Raboner Deshe Ami Ebong Amra
  • Rumali
  • Rupar Palonnko
  • Rupali Dip
  • Rupali Ratri
  • Rupa
  • Rodon Bhora E Boshonto
  • Shankhoneel Karagar
  • Shey Ashe Dhire
  • Shei Din Choitromas
  • She O Nortoki
  • Sobai Gaychhe Bone
  • Shaj Ghar
  • Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore
  • Shourobh
  • Shyamol Chhaya
  • Shunno
  • Shubhro
  • Sanaullar Mohabipod
  • Sumudra Bilash
  • Tin Doblew (W)
  • Tondra Bilash
  • Tomader Ai Nogore
  • Tithir Nil Toyale
  • Tomader Jonno Valobasha
  • Tomake
  • Tumi Amai Deke Chile Chutir Nimontrone
  • Tara Tin Jon
  • The Exorsict
  • Tetul Bone Jochhna
  • Ural Ponki
  • Uthon Periye Dui Paa
  • Vut Vutong Vuto
  • Nabiji (incomplete)[24]
In English

Short stories[edit]

This book (Golpo Samagro ) were published in Victory Day 1991

  • Rupa
  • Buri
  • Ekti Neel Botam
  • Pipra
  • Unissho
  • Ekattor
  • Kukur
  • Ekjon Sukhi Manush
  • Jua
  • Jibon Japon
  • Se
  • Khela
  • Kollaniyashu
  • Nimodhoyama
  • Shikar
  • Oshukh
  • Khadok
  • Fera
  • Tusscho
  • Ditiyo Jon
  • Sada Gari
  • Oshomoy
  • Pakhir Balok
  • Beby Ruth
  • Chokh
  • Ekjon Kritodas
  • Oprahan ( অপরাহ্ন )
  • Jeen - Kofil
  • Kobi
  • Rohossyo
  • Oyomoy
  • Songini
  • Onko Slok
  • Shonkho Mala
  • Nutoner Bhul Suttro
  • Montirir Helocopter
  • Bhoy
  • Ochin Brikhho
  • Nishi Kabboyo
  • Krisno Pokkho
  • Chaya Songi
  • Jolil Shaheber Pitition
  • Shobjatra # 1
  • Ananodo Bedonar Kabboyo
  • Opekkha
  • Sheet
  • Oiza Board
  • Shamol Chaya
  • Bearing Chithi
  • Bhalobashar Golpo
  • Sourov
  • Jolchobi
  • NOndini
  • Sukh - Oshukh
  • Gopon KOtha
  • Fajlul Shaheber Trankarjo
  • Sulekhar Baba
  • Jontro
  • Mir Khayer Autograph
  • Rurur Golpo
  • Mobarok Hossainer Mohabipod
  • Ekti Voyonkor Ovijaner Golpo
  • Vut Montro
  • Pani Rohossyo
  • Gunin
  • Ayna
  • Kudduser Ekdin
  • Virus
  • Nizam Shaheber Bhut
  • Lipi
  • Mittugondho
  • Somporko Sobojatra # 2
  • Neri Kukur Ebong Azhar Uddin Mondol
  • Prescription
  • Ontorar Baba
  • Ohok
  • Porosher 'Hoilda' Bori
  • Jadukor
  • Pisassh
  • Salam Shaheber Paap
  • Bivrom

Filmography[edit]

Humayun Ahmed signing books (2010)
Year Film Credited as
Director Writer
1992 Shankhanil Karagar Yes
1994 Aguner Poroshmoni Yes Yes
1999 Srabon Megher Din Yes Yes
2000 Dui Duari Yes Yes
2003 Chandrokotha Yes Yes
2004 Shyamol Chhaya Yes Yes
2006 Duratto Yes
2006 Nondito Noroke Yes
2006 Nirontor Yes
2006 Noy Number Bipod Sanket Yes Yes
2007 Daruchini Dip Yes
2007 Saaj Ghor Yes
2008 Amar Ache Jol Yes Yes
2009 Priotomeshu Yes
2012 Ghetuputra Kamola Yes Yes

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Humayun Ahmed dies". Bdnews24.com. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Humayun Laid to Rest at Nuhash Polli". Taza Khobor. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ a b c "হুমায়ূনের কবরে স্বজনেরা". Prothom Alo. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  4. ^ priyodesk (13 November 2011). "Humayun Ahmed turns 63- Absence makes the heart grow fonder". priyo.com. Priyo. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  5. ^ AFP (20 July 2012). "Bangladesh mourns death of cultural legend Humayun Ahmed". Dawn.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  6. ^ Hafez Ahmed @ http://www.daily-sun.com (4 September 2012). "education | Nondito Noroke". daily sun. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  7. ^ "Tears for Humayun Ahmed". Newagebd.com. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  8. ^ Rashidul Bari (16 August 2012). "Tears for Humayun Ahmed: The Shakespeare of Bangladesh – Times Of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  9. ^ Faizul Latif Chowdhury (2007), Review of Lilaboti, Prothom Alo, Dhaka.
  10. ^ Mustafa, Sabir (20 July 2012). "BBC News – Bangladesh's most enduring storyteller". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  11. ^ "'End of a new era in Bengali literature'". Web.archive.org. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  12. ^ Ahsan, Shamim (21 February 2004). "A Grand Convergence of Minds". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  13. ^ Earlier Netrokona was a sub-division of Mymensingh district.
  14. ^ Shamim Ahsan : Igniting Children's Imagination, The Daily Star, Vol. 1, No. 112, 2003, Dhaka
  15. ^ a b Culture Desk. "Humayun Ahmed's first death anniversary today". The Daily Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  16. ^ a b c New York Correspondent. "Humayun Ahmed passes away". BanglaNews24.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  17. ^ "Humayun Ahmed's life history | History of Famous people's lifestyles". Zahid.x10.mx. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  18. ^ "Tears for Humayun Ahmed". New Age. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  19. ^ <http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2012-07-26/news/276774>
  20. ^ Shukla Mirza, 'Kudos to Humayun Ahmed', The Daily Star, 10 december 2004, Dhaka.
  21. ^ "Humayun's 'Ghetuputra Kamola' to compete for Oscar". Daily Star. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  22. ^ a b c Shah Alam Shazu (25 July 2012). "Home was his heart: Humayun Ahmed and his Nuhash Polli". The Daily Star. 
  23. ^ The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 January, 2012.
  24. ^ amarboi.com:nabiji – humayun ahmed (incomplete writing)
  25. ^ "Humayun, Mainul receive 'Sheltech Award-2007'". 

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