Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah

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Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah
Rudra Muhammad Shahidullah.JPG
Native name
রুদ্র মুহম্মদ শহীদুল্লাহ
Sheikh Mohammad Shahidullah[1]

(1956-10-16)16 October 1956
Died21 June 1991(1991-06-21) (aged 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Cause of deathSuicide
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
Taslima Nasrin
(m. 1982; div. 1986)

Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah (16 October 1956 – 21 June 1991)[3] was a Bengali poet.[4][5] He was noted for his revolutionary and romantic poetry. He is considered[by whom?] one of the leading Bengali poets of the 1970s.[6] He was the recipient of Munir Chaudhury Memorial Award in 1980.[1] He is most notable for the song Bhalo Achi Bhalo Theko. This song is regarded by him as a suicide note to Taslima Nasrin. It was later adopted as a song for using in a Bengali movie Starring Salman Shah.

Early life and education[edit]

Shahidullah was born on 16 October 1956 in Barisal to Shiria Begum and Sheikh Waliullah.[1] He was a student of Dhaka West End School. From this school he passed Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in 1973 and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) in 1975. Then got his masters from the University of Dhaka in 1983.[1]

Literary works[edit]

Collection of poems
  • Upodruto Upokul (1979)[6]
  • Firey Chai Swarno Gram (1981)[6]
  • Manusher Manchitra (1984)[6]
  • Chhobolo (1986)
  • Galpa (1987)
  • Diyechhilo Shokol Akash (1988)[6]
  • Moulik Mukhosh (1990)[6]
  • Abelay Shonkhhodhoni
  • Afim tobuo bhalo, Dhromo she to hemlock bish
  • E kemon bhranti aamar
  • Ek Glas Ondhokar Hate
  • Batashe lasher gondho
  • Bhalobashar somoy to nei
  • Bishbrikkho bhalobasha
  • Bish
  • Byatha da, buke rakhbo
  • Dure achho dure
  • Guccho kobita
  • Icchar Swar onyo rokom
  • Kotha Chilo Subinoy
  • Manusher Manchitro – 1[7]
  • Misile Notun Mukh
  • Mone Pore Sudurer Mastul
Short stories
  • Sonali Shishir
  • Bish Briksher Bij


  • 1980: Munier Choudhury Memorial Award
  • 1997: Bangladesh Chalachitra Sangbadik Samity award (posthumous) for the poem Amar Bhitor Bahire Ontore Ontore

Rudra Mela[edit]

Rudra Smriti Sangsad organises an annual fair named Rudra Mela, in memory of poet Rudro Mohammad Shahidullah.


  1. ^ a b c d Islam, Muhammad Saiful (2012). "Shahidullah, Rudra Muhammad". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
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  3. ^ মংলায় নানা আয়োজনে প্রয়াত কবি রুদ্রের ৫৫তম জন্মবার্ষিকী পালিত [55th birth anniversary of Rudra]. Bangladesh First (in Bengali). 2011-10-16. Archived from the original on 2002-07-19. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  4. ^ Khondakar Ashraf Hossain (2002). "Post-Liberation Bangla Literature: The State of the Art". In Ābadula Mamina Caudhurī. Bangladesh on the threshold of the twenty-first century. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. p. 248. Rudro Mohammad Shahidullah is by far the best among the poets of the seventies; his Manusher Manchitra is comparatively free from the tension and anger of the time. In this series of poems modelled upon A1 Mahmud's Sonal Kabin, Rudra tried to deal with the perennial struggle of the Bangalee peasant community against natural calamities and economic exploitations. But his poetic potential remained unrealized as he met on untimely death.
  5. ^ Geeti Sen (1 January 1998). Crossing Boundaries. Orient Blackswan. pp. 106–. ISBN 978-81-250-1341-9. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Rudra recalled in his verses". The Daily Star. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Boikuntho, group of reciters, turns 24". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 October 2012.