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 Palli, 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 (1973–2003; divorced)
  • Meher Afroz Shaon (2005–2012; till his death)
Children Nova, Sheela, Bipasha, Nuhash, Nishad, Ninit
Relatives

Humayun Ahmed (Bengali: হুমায়ূন আহমেদ; 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] Humayun 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] In recognition to the works of Humayun, Times of India wrote Humayun was a custodian of the Bangladeshi literary culture whose contribution single-handedly shifted the capital of Bengali literature from Kolkata to Dhaka without any war or revolution.[8][9] Ahmed's writing style was characterized as magic realism.[10] Sunil Gangopadhyay described him as the most popular writer in the Bengali language for a century[11] and according to him, Ahmed was even more popular than Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.[12] Ahmed's books have been the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.[13]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Humayun Ahmed with a Magician at Nuhash Palli

Humayun Ahmed was born on 13 November 1948 in Mohongonj, Netrokona, but his village home is Kutubpur, Mymensingh,[14] 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 is Ayesha Foyez. Humayun's younger brother, Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, a university professor, is also a writer of mostly science fiction genre and a newspaper columnist.[15] 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, Humayun Ahmed married Gultekin, granddaughter of Principal Ibrahim Khan.[16][17]

They had three daughters – Nova, Sheela, Bipasha and one son – Nuhash. Humayun 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.[17] Later, in 2003, Humayun divorced Gultekin and married Shaon in 2005. From the second marriage he had two sons – Nishad and Ninit.[18]

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.[19] He was buried in Nu hash Palli.[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.[20] 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.[16][17] 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.[21]

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.[22]

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

Works[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  1. 1971
  2. Aaj Ami kothao Jabo Naa
  3. Aaj Chitrar Biye
  4. Aaj Dupure Tomar Nimantron
  5. Aaj Dupurey Tomaar Nimontron
  6. Aaj Himur Biye
  7. Achinpur
  8. Adbhut Sob Golpo
  9. Ahok
  10. Akash Jora Megh
  11. Amar Ache Jol
  12. Amar Chelebela
  13. Amar Priyo Voutic Golpo_Part 1
  14. Amar Priyo Voutic Golpo_Part 2
  15. Amar Priyo Voutic Golpo_Part 3
  16. Ami Abong Koakti Projapoti
  17. Ami Ebong Amra
  18. Ami-ee Misir Ali
  19. Andhokarer Gaan
  20. Angul Kata Jaglu
  21. Anonto Nakhotro Bithi
  22. Anyodin
  23. Aporahnyo
  24. Ashabori
  25. Asmanira Tin Bon_Part 1
  26. Asmanira Tin Bon_Part 2
  27. Asmanira Tin Bon_Part 3
  28. Ayna Ghor
  29. Ayomoy_Part 1
  30. Ayomoy_Part 2
  31. Badol diner ditiyo kadam ful
  32. Baghbondi Misir Ali
  33. Ballpoint
  34. Basor
  35. Bhoy
  36. Bipod
  37. Bohubrihi
  38. Botol Vut
  39. Brihonnola
  40. Brishti Bilash
  41. Bristi O Meghomala_Part 1
  42. Bristi O Meghomala_Part 2
  43. Chander Aloy Koekjon Jubok
  44. Chayabithi
  45. Cheleta
  46. Chokkhe Amar Trishna
  47. Chole Jay Bosonter Din
  48. Choto golpo
  49. Daruchinir Dip
  50. Debi
  51. Dekha Na Dekha
  52. Dighir Jole Kaar Chayago
  53. Ditiyo Manob
  54. Doiroth
  55. Dorjar Opashe
  56. Dui Duari
  57. Deyal
  58. Ebong Hemu
  59. Ei Ami_Part 1
  60. Ei Ami_Part 2
  61. Ei Megh Roudro Chaya
  62. Ei Shubro Ei!
  63. Eki Kando!
  64. Ekjon Himu Koekti Jhin Jhin Poka
  65. Ekjon mayaboti
  66. Elebele
  67. Ele-Bele.1
  68. Ele-Bele.2
  69. Ema
  70. Epitaph
  71. Fiiha Somikoron
  72. Fountainpen
  73. Gouripur Jongshon
  74. Grihotyagi Josna
  75. Hartan Ishkapon
  76. Himu
  77. Himu Mama
  78. Himu Remand-E
  79. Himur Ditiyo Prohor
  80. Himur Ekanto Sakkhatkar
  81. Himur Hate Koekti Nilpodmo
  82. Himur Madhyadupur
  83. Himur Rupali Ratri
  84. Holud Himu Kalo Rab
  85. Humayun Ahmed-er Premer Golpo
  86. Ireena
  87. Ishtishon
  88. Jalil Shaheber Petition
  89. Jibonkrishno Memorial High School
  90. Jochna_O_Jononir_Golpo[Part.1]
  91. Jochna_O_Jononir_Golpo[Part.2]
  92. Jochna_O_Jononir_Golpo[Part.3]
  93. Jodiyo Sandhya
  94. Jol Jochona
  95. Jolpoddmo_Part 1
  96. Jolpoddmo_Part 2
  97. Kalo JAdukor
  98. kathpencil
  99. Ke Kotha Koy
  100. Kichu Shoishob
  101. Kichukkhan
  102. Kobi_Part 1
  103. Kobi_Part 2
  104. Kobi_Part 3
  105. Kohen kobi Kalidas_Part 2
  106. kohen kobi kalidash_Part 1
  107. Kothao Keu Nei[Part.1]
  108. Kothao Keu Nei[Part.2]
  109. KrishnoPokkho
  110. Kuhak
  111. Kutu Mia
  112. Lilaboti_[Part.1]
  113. Lilaboti_[Part.2]
  114. Lilaboti_[Part.3]
  115. Lilua Batash
  116. Maddhanya.1[Part.1]
  117. Maddhanya.1[Part.2]
  118. Maddhanya.2[Part.1]
  119. Maddhanya.2_[Part.2]
  120. Magic Munshi
  121. Manobi
  122. Matal Haowa
  123. Megh Boleche Jabo Jabo[Part.1]
  124. Megh Boleche Jabo Jabo[Part.2]
  125. Megher Chaya
  126. Mirar Gramer Bari
  127. Misir Ali Aapnii Kothay
  128. Misir Alir Amimangsito Rahasya
  129. Misir Alir Choshma
  130. Mojar Bhoot
  131. Moyurakkhi
  132. Moyurakkhir Tire Prothom Himu
  133. Mrinmoyee
  134. Mrinmoyir Mon Bhalo Nei
  135. Nalini Babu BSc
  136. Nandito Noroke
  137. Nee
  138. Neel hati
  139. Neel Manush
  140. Neel Oporajita
  141. Neel Poddo
  142. Nirbachito Bhooter Golpo
  143. Nirbason
  144. Nishad
  145. Nishithini
  146. Noboni
  147. Nokkhotrer Raat
  148. Nondito Noroke
  149. Omanush
  150. Omega Point
  151. Onish
  152. Onno Vubon
  153. Opekkha[Part.1]
  154. Opekkha[Part.2]
  155. Paap
  156. Pakhi Amar Ekla Pakhi
  157. Parapar
  158. Parul O Tinti Kukur_Part 1
  159. Parul O Tinti Kukur_Part 2
  160. Pilkhana Hottakando
  161. Poka
  162. Priotomeshu
  163. Putro Nishad
  164. Putul
  165. Rakkhoss Khokkhoss Ebong Bhokkhoss
  166. Rupa
  167. Rupar Palanko
  168. Sajghor
  169. Sanaullar Mohabipod
  170. Se Ashe Dhire
  171. Se O Nortoki
  172. Sedin Choitramas
  173. Sheet O Onnanno Golpo_Part 1
  174. Sheet O Onnanno Golpo_Part 2
  175. Shonkhoneel Karagar
  176. Shunya
  177. Shuvro
  178. Shuvro Gechhe Bone
  179. Shyamol Chaya
  180. Sobai Gechhe Bone
  181. Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore_Part 1
  182. Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore_Part 2
  183. Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore_Part 3
  184. Sourov
  185. Tara Tin Jon
  186. Tetul Bone Jochna
  187. The Exorcist
  188. Tithir Neel Toale
  189. Tomader Jonyo Bhalobasa
  190. Tomake
  191. Tondrabilas
  192. Tumi Amai Dekechile Chutir Nimontrone
  193. Uralpankhi
  194. Uthon Periye Dui Paa
  • Nabiji (incomplete)[24]

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

Other interests[edit]

In 1987 Humayun Ahmed founded an estate called Nuhash Polli near Pijulia village, in Gazipur Sadar Upazila of Gazipur District,[25] which grew to cover 40 bigha[25] (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.[25]

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". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  9. ^ Rashidul Bari (16 August 2012). "Tears for Humayun Ahmed: The Shakespeare of Bangladesh – Times Of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  10. ^ Faizul Latif Chowdhury (2007), Review of Lilaboti, Prothom Alo, Dhaka.
  11. ^ Mustafa, Sabir (20 July 2012). "BBC News – Bangladesh's most enduring storyteller". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  12. ^ "'End of a new era in Bengali literature'". Web.archive.org. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  13. ^ Ahsan, Shamim (21 February 2004). "A Grand Convergence of Minds". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  14. ^ Earlier Netrokona was a sub-division of Mymensingh district.
  15. ^ Shamim Ahsan : Igniting Children's Imagination, The Daily Star, Vol. 1, No. 112, 2003, Dhaka
  16. ^ a b Culture Desk. "Humayun Ahmed's first death anniversary today". The Daily Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  17. ^ a b c New York Correspondent. "Humayun Ahmed passes away". BanglaNews24.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  18. ^ "Humayun Ahmed's life history | History of Famous people's lifestyles". Zahid.x10.mx. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  19. ^ "Tears for Humayun Ahmed". New Age. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  20. ^ <http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2012-07-26/news/276774>
  21. ^ Shukla Mirza, 'Kudos to Humayun Ahmed', The Daily Star, 10 december 2004, Dhaka.
  22. ^ "Humayun's 'Ghetuputra Kamola' to compete for Oscar". Daily Star. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  23. ^ The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 January, 2012.
  24. ^ amarboi.com:nabiji – humayun ahmed (incomplete writing)
  25. ^ a b c Shah Alam Shazu (25 July 2012). "Home was his heart: Humayun Ahmed and his Nuhash Polli". The Daily Star. 
  26. ^ "Humayun, Mainul receive 'Sheltech Award-2007'". 

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