Rahat Khan

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Rahat Khan
Born (1940-12-18) 18 December 1940 (age 77)
British India (now Kishoreganj District, Bangladesh)
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Occupation Journalist, litterateur
Years active 1964–present
Known for Editor of The Daily Ittefaq
Awards full list

Rahat Khan (Bengali: রাহাত খান) (born 19 December 1940) is a Bangladeshi journalist and litterateur. He has written more than 32 novels.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Khan was born on 19 December 1940 in what is now Kishoreganj District.[1] He wrote his first story as a student in class three. In his words, "One day a kite pounced on a small tortoise before our eyes. The event shocked me very much and made me tearful. I don't know why but I wrote a story on it and thus my authorial life began."[2] Khan completed a degree in economics and philosophy at Ananda Mohan College. He earned his MA from the Department of Bangla Language and Literature at the University of Dhaka in 1961. For the next eight years he taught Bangla at various colleges, including Jagannath College in Dhaka.[1]


In 1969, Khan joined the Bangla-language daily newspaper The Daily Ittefaq as assistant editor.[citation needed] He would spend over four decades at the paper, eventually becoming its editor.[3][4]

In 1972, he published his first collection of short stories, Onischito Lokaloy (Uncertain Human Habitation).[citation needed] The following year he received the Bangla Academy Literary Award for his short stories.[5] He produced further volumes: Ontohin Jatra (The Eternal Journey), Bhalo Monder Taka (Money for Good and Evil), and in 1983, Apel Songbad (News of the Apple). In the early 1980s he published his debut novel, Omol Dhobol Chakri (Milk-White Service). He continued writing novels into the 1990s.[citation needed]

After leaving Ittefaq, he was advisory editor of Dainik Bartoman and served on the board of directors of the national news agency, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). In March 2016, he was appointed to a two-and-a-half year term as chairman of the board of BSS.[6]


The middle and upper class life observed in his novels comes out of urban Dhaka society, while novels such as Omol Dhobol Chakri explore village life.[citation needed]

He also considered Ekushe February and the Bangladeshi Liberation War in works such as Hey Matoh Bong and Hey Mohasunyota.


  • Omol Dhobol Chakuri (Milk-White Service, 1982)
  • Ek Priyodorshini (A Beautiful Woman, 1983)
  • Chayadompoti (A Shadow Couple, 1984)
  • Sangharsha (Clash, 1984)
  • Shahar (The City, 1984)
  • Hey Onanter Pakhi (O, Bird of Infinity, 1989)
  • Modhyomather Khelowar (The Forward Footballer, 1991)
  • Akhanksha (Desire)
  • Kayekjan (A Few Persons)
  • Ognidaho (Conflagration)


  • Bangla Academy Literary Award (1973) in the short story category[5]
  • Sufi Motahar Hossain Award (1979)
  • Mahbubullah Zebunnesa Trust Award (1979)
  • Abul Mansur Memorial Award (1980)
  • Humayun Qadir Memorial Award (1982)
  • Shuhrid Literary Award (1975)
  • Trayi Literary Award (1988)
  • Cetana Literary Award (1989)
  • Ekushey Padak (1996)[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b নগর চেতনার কথাশিল্পী রাহাত খান [Spirit of the city writer Rahat Khan]. Jaijaidin. 18 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Interview with Suhita Sultana for The Daily Banglabazar Patrika (27 February 1997)
  3. ^ "Manik Mia`s journalism was about movement". The New Nation. 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Chaos at Ittefaq again over control". The Financial Express. Dhaka. 27 September 2009. 
  5. ^ a b পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্ত লেখক-তালিকা [Awarded Authors]. Bangla Academy (in Bengali). Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "BSS Board reconstituted". The Independent. Dhaka. 25 March 2016. 

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