|Born||10 June 1918|
Majhail, Sreepur, Magura, Bengal Presidency, British India
|Died||19 October 1974 (aged 56)|
|Alma mater||Ripon College |
Scottish Church College
|Subject||Humanism, Islamic Renaissance|
|Notable works||Sat Sagorer Majhi, Naufel O Hatem, Muhurter Kobita|
|Notable awards||Bangla Academy Literary Award, Ekushey Padak, Independence Day Award|
|Spouse||Saieda Taieba Khatun|
Farrukh Ahmad (10 June 1918 – 19 October 1974) was a poet and writer of Bangladesh. He is commonly known as the 'Poet of the Muslim renaissance', as many of his poems embody the spirit of resurrection, particularly in the hearts of the down-trodden Muslims of the then Bengal.
Early life and education
Farrukh Ahmad was born in the village of Majhail of Sreepur Upazila of Magura District. He was the second son of Syed Hatem Ali and Begum Rawshan. He graduated from Khulna Zila School in 1937 and did his IA from Ripon College, Kolkata in 1939. He then enrolled at the prestigious Scottish Church College to pursue a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature, but was unable to his complete studies there. Subsequently, he studied at the City College. He married his cousin Saieda Taieba Khatun in 1942. He started his professional life in Inspector General (IG) Prison Office in 1943. He worked for Civil Supply for a short time in 1944.
As a student, Farrukh Ahmad had been attracted to the radical humanism of Manabendra Nath Roy and had participated in leftist politics. From the forties, however, he supported the Pakistan movement to have an independent Muslim state created within the region of South Asia from the British Indian empire. Despite his Pakistani and Islamic ideals, he supported the Language Movement in 1952 and, later, the liberation war of Bangladesh.
- Sat Sagorer Majhi (The Sailor of the seven seas), December, 1944
- Sirazam Munira (September, 1952)
- Naufel O Hatem (June, 1961)
- Muhurter Kabita (A moment's poem), September, 1963
- Dholai kabbo (), January, 1963
- Hatemtayi (May, 1966)
- Habida Marur Kahini (September, 1981)
- Kafela (August, 1980)
- Sindabad (October, 1983)
- Dilruba (February, 1994)
Books for children
- Pakhir Basa (The Nest of Bird)(1965)
- Harafer Chhada (1970)
- Chharar Asar (1970)
- Fuler Jolsha (December, 1985)
- Chiriya Khana(1980)
- Bangla Academy Literary Award (1960)
- President's Award for Pride of Performance (1961)
- Adamjee Literary Award (1966)
- UNESCO Prize (1966)
- Ekushey Padak (posthumously, 1977)
- Independence Day Award (posthumously, 1980)
- "Poet of Islamic Renaissance". abdussamad.co.uk. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
- Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008, p. 589.
- "Farrukh Foundation". farrukhfoundation.org. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
- "Ahmad, Farrukh - Banglapedia". en.banglapedia.org. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
- "Leaturature of Farrukh Ahmad". farrukhfoundation.org. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
- "List of Independence Day Award of Bangladesh" (PDF). brri.gov.bd. Retrieved 17 January 2018.