||It has been suggested that Humayun Ahmed bibliography be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since March 2013.|
13 November 1948|
Mohongonj, Netrokona, East Bengal (now Bangladesh)
|Died||19 July 2012
New York City, United States
|Resting place||Nuhash Palli, Pirujali Village, Gazipur District, Bangladesh|
|Occupation||Writer, film director, professor of Chemistry|
|Education||Ph. D. in polymer chemistry|
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka
North Dakota State University
|Genres||Novel, short story, drama, screenplay, autobiography, column|
|Subjects||Magic realism, social life, nature's mystery, wish-fulfillment|
|Notable work(s)||Jostnya O Jononeer Golpo (The Story of a Mother and a Moonlit Night)|
|Notable award(s)||Bangla Academy Award
|Children||Nova, Sheela, Bipasha, Nuhash, Nishad, Ninit|
Humayun Ahmed (Bengali: হুমায়ূন আহমেদ; 13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. Dawn referred to him as the cultural legend of Bangladesh. 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, 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. 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. Ahmed's writing style was characterized as magic realism. Sunil Ganguly described him as the most popular writer in the Bengali language for a century  and according to him, Ahmed was even more popular than Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Ahmed's books have been the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.
Humayun Ahmed was born on 13 November 1948 in Mohongonj, Netrokona, but his village home is Kutubpur, Mymensingh, 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. Another brother, Ahsan Habib, is a painter and the editor of Unmad, a cartoon magazine.
Education and early career
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 mid 1990s he left the faculty job to devote all his time to writing and film production.
Marriages and Personal Life
They had three daughters — Nova, Sheela, Bipasha and one son — Nuhash. Humayun started to have an affair with Meher Afroz Shaon from middle of 1990s. Shaon is a TV actress and then friend of his second daughter. Later, in 2003, Humayun divorced Gultekin and married Shaon in 2005. From the second marriage he had two sons — Nishad and Ninit.
Marriages and Personal Life
In 1973, Humayun Ahmed married Gultekin, granddaughter of Principal Ibrahim Khan
Television and film
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 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 Parashmoni", based on the liberation war, won the National Film Award in total eight categories, including Best Picture and Best Director.  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.
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.
|Name of Film||Director||Story|
|Shonkhonil Karagar||No (Mustafizur Rahman)||Yes|
|Srabon megher din||Yes||Yes|
|Noi no. Bipod shonket||Yes||Yes|
|Amar Ache Jol||Yes||Yes|
In 1987 Humayun Ahmed founded an estate called Nuhash Polli near Pijulia village, in Gazipur Sadar Upazila of Gazipur District, which grew to cover 40 bigha (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.
- Lekhak Shibir Prize (1973)
- Bangla Academy Award (1981)
- Shishu Academy Award
- Jainul Abedin Gold Medal
- Michael Madhusudan Medal (1987)
- Bacsas Prize (1988)
- Humayun Qadir Memorial Prize (1990)
- National Film Award (Best Story 1993, Best Film 1994, Best Dialogue 1994)
- Ekushey Padak (1994)
- Sheltech Award (2007)
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- Earlier Netrokona was a sub-division of Mymensingh district.
- Shamim Ahsan : Igniting Children's Imagination, The Daily Star, Vol. 1, No. 112, 2003, Dhaka
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- The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 January, 2012.
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