Humayun Ahmed

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Humayun Ahmed
Humayun Ahmed 13Nov2010.jpg
Humayun Ahmed (2010)
Native name হুমায়ূন আহমেদ
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
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; his death)
Children Nova, Sheela, Bipasha, Nuhash, Nishad, Ninit
Relatives

Humayun Ahmed (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]


Personal life[edit]

In 1973, Ahmed married Gultekin.[13][14] They had three daughters – Nova, Sheela, Bipasha and one son – Nuhash. Ahmed fell in love with a TV actress in the middle of the 1990s.[14] Later, in 2003, Ahmed divorced Gultekin and married Shaon in 2005. From the second marriage he had two sons – Nishad and Ninit.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[13][14] 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.[18]

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.[19]

Other interests[edit]

In 1987 Ahmed founded an estate called Nuhash Polli near Pijulia village, in Gazipur Sadar Upazila of Gazipur District,[20] which grew to cover 40 bigha[20] (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.[20]

In 2012 he was appointed as a special adviser to the Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations.[21]

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


Bibliography[edit]

In Bengali
  • 1971
  • Aaj Ami kothao Jabo Naa [22]
  • Aaj Chitrar Biye
  • Aaj Dupure Tomar Nimantron
  • Aaj Dupurey Tomaar Nimontron
  • Aaj Himur Biye
  • Achinpur
  • Adbhut Sob Golpo
  • Ahok
  • Akash Jora Megh
  • Amar Ache Jol
  • Amar Chelebela
  • Amar Priyo Voutic Golpo_Part 1
  • Amar Priyo Voutic Golpo_Part 2
  • Amar Priyo Voutic Golpo_Part 3
  • Ami Abong Koakti Projapoti
  • Ami Ebong Amra
  • Ami-ee Misir Ali
  • Andhokarer Gaan
  • Angul Kata Jaglu
  • Anonto Nakhotro Bithi
  • Anyodin
  • Aporahnyo
  • Ashabori
  • Asmanira Tin Bon_Part 1
  • Asmanira Tin Bon_Part 2
  • Asmanira Tin Bon_Part 3
  • Ayna Ghor
  • Ayomoy_Part 1
  • Ayomoy_Part 2
  • Badol diner ditiyo kadam ful
  • Baghbondi Misir Ali
  • Ballpoint
  • Basor
  • Bhoy
  • Bipod
  • Bohubrihi
  • Botol Vut
  • Brihonnola
  • Brishti Bilash
  • Bristi O Meghomala_Part 1
  • Bristi O Meghomala_Part 2
  • Chander Aloy Koekjon Jubok
  • Chayabithi
  • Cheleta
  • Chokkhe Amar Trishna
  • Chole Jay Bosonter Din
  • Choto golpo
  • Daruchinir Dip
  • Debi
  • Dekha Na Dekha
  • Dighir Jole Kaar Chayago
  • Ditiyo Manob
  • Doiroth
  • Dorjar Opashe
  • Dui Duari
  • Deyal
  • Ebong Hemu
  • Ei Ami_Part 1
  • Ei Ami_Part 2
  • Ei Megh Roudro Chaya
  • Ei Shubro Ei!
  • Eki Kando!
  • Ekjon Himu Koekti Jhin Jhin Poka
  • Ekjon mayaboti
  • Elebele
  • Ele-Bele.1
  • Ele-Bele.2
  • Ema
  • Epitaph
  • Fiiha Somikoron
  • Fountainpen
  • Gouripur Jongshon
  • Grihotyagi Josna
  • Hartan Ishkapon
  • Himu
  • Himu Mama
  • Himu Remand-E
  • Himur Ditiyo Prohor
  • Himur Ekanto Sakkhatkar
  • Himur Hate Koekti Nilpodmo
  • Himur Madhyadupur
  • Himur Rupali Ratri
  • Holud Himu Kalo Rab
  • Humayun Ahmed-er Premer Golpo
  • Ireena
  • Ishtishon
  • Jalil Shaheber Petition
  • Jibonkrishno Memorial High School
  • Jochna_O_Jononir_Golpo[Part.1]
  • Jochna_O_Jononir_Golpo[Part.2]
  • Jochna_O_Jononir_Golpo[Part.3]
  • Jodiyo Sandhya
  • Jol Jochona
  • Jolpoddmo_Part 1
  • Jolpoddmo_Part 2
  • Kalo JAdukor
  • kathpencil
  • Ke Kotha Koy
  • Kichu Shoishob
  • Kichukkhan
  • Kobi_Part 1
  • Kobi_Part 2
  • Kobi_Part 3
  • Kohen kobi Kalidas_Part 2
  • kohen kobi kalidash_Part 1
  • Kothao Keu Nei[Part.1]
  • Kothao Keu Nei[Part.2]
  • KrishnoPokkho
  • Kuhak
  • Kutu Mia
  • Lilaboti_[Part.1]
  • Lilaboti_[Part.2]
  • Lilaboti_[Part.3]
  • Lilua Batash
  • Maddhanya.1[Part.1]
  • Maddhanya.1[Part.2]
  • Maddhanya.2[Part.1]
  • Maddhanya.2_[Part.2]
  • Magic Munshi
  • Manobi
  • Matal Haowa
  • Megh Boleche Jabo Jabo[Part.1]
  • Megh Boleche Jabo Jabo[Part.2]
  • Megher Chaya
  • Mirar Gramer Bari
  • Misir Ali Aapnii Kothay
  • Misir Alir Amimangsito Rahasya
  • Misir Alir Choshma
  • Mojar Bhoot
  • Moyurakkhi
  • Moyurakkhir Tire Prothom Himu
  • Mrinmoyee
  • Mrinmoyir Mon Bhalo Nei
  • Nalini Babu BSc
  • Nandito Noroke
  • Nee
  • Neel hati
  • Neel Manush
  • Neel Oporajita
  • Neel Poddo
  • Nirbachito Bhooter Golpo
  • Nirbason
  • Nishad
  • Nishithini
  • Noboni
  • Nokkhotrer Raat
  • Nondito Noroke
  • Omanush
  • Omega Point
  • Onish
  • Onno Vubon
  • Opekkha[Part.1]
  • Opekkha[Part.2]
  • Paap
  • Pakhi Amar Ekla Pakhi
  • Parapar
  • Parul O Tinti Kukur_Part 1
  • Parul O Tinti Kukur_Part 2
  • Pilkhana Hottakando
  • Poka
  • Priotomeshu
  • Putro Nishad
  • Putul
  • Rakkhoss Khokkhoss Ebong Bhokkhoss
  • Rupa
  • Rupar Palanko
  • Sajghor
  • Sanaullar Mohabipod
  • Se Ashe Dhire
  • Se O Nortoki
  • Sedin Choitramas
  • Sheet O Onnanno Golpo_Part 1
  • Sheet O Onnanno Golpo_Part 2
  • Shonkhoneel Karagar
  • Shunya
  • Shuvro
  • Shuvro Gechhe Bone
  • Shyamol Chaya
  • Sobai Gechhe Bone
  • Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore_Part 1
  • Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore_Part 2
  • Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore_Part 3
  • Sourov
  • Tara Tin Jon
  • Tetul Bone Jochna
  • The Exorcist
  • Tithir Neel Toale
  • Tomader Jonyo Bhalobasa
  • Tomake
  • Tondrabilas
  • Tumi Amai Dekechile Chutir Nimontrone
  • Uralpankhi
  • Uthon Periye Dui Paa
  • Nabiji (incomplete)[23]
In English

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. ^ a b Culture Desk. "Humayun Ahmed's first death anniversary today". The Daily Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  14. ^ a b c New York Correspondent. "Humayun Ahmed passes away". BanglaNews24.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  15. ^ "Humayun Ahmed's life history | History of Famous people's lifestyles". Zahid.x10.mx. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  16. ^ "Tears for Humayun Ahmed". New Age. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  17. ^ <http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2012-07-26/news/276774>
  18. ^ Shukla Mirza, 'Kudos to Humayun Ahmed', The Daily Star, 10 December 2004, Dhaka.
  19. ^ "Humayun's 'Ghetuputra Kamola' to compete for Oscar". Daily Star. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c Shah Alam Shazu (25 July 2012). "Home was his heart: Humayun Ahmed and his Nuhash Polli". The Daily Star. 
  21. ^ The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 January, 2012.
  22. ^ "আজ আমি কোথাও যাব না". rokomari. অন্যপ্রিকাশ. 
  23. ^ amarboi.com:nabiji – humayun ahmed (incomplete writing)
  24. ^ "Humayun, Mainul receive 'Sheltech Award-2007'". 

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