Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah

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Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah
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Born (1956-10-16)16 October 1956
Barishal, East Pakistan (now in Bangladesh)
Died 21 June 1991(1991-06-21) (aged 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation Poet
Nationality Bangladeshi
Spouse Taslima Nasrin (m. 1982–86)

Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah (16 October 1956 – 21 June 1991) was a Bengali poet.[1][2] Shahidullah was noted for his revolutionary and romantic poetry. He is considered one of the leading Bengali poets of the 1970s.[3]

Shahidullah was the husband of writer Taslima Nasrin. He died as a result of drug abuse.

In the popular culture of Bangladesh, Shahidullah's most well known contribution is the song Bhalo Achi Bhalo Theko, popular ever since it was written. In 1991, an annual fair called Rudra Mela was started to commemorate the poet.


Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah was born on 16 October 1956 in Barisal, Bangladesh. 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 he entered Dhaka University and got his Master of Arts academic degree in Bengali.

In 1982 Taslima Nasrin fell in love with Rudra and fled home to marry him. They divorced in 1986.[citation needed] He died on 21 June 1991[4][5] as a result of drug abuse and depression.[citation needed]

Literary works[edit]

Amar Bhitor Bahire Ontore Ontore[edit]

His notable song Amar Bhitor Bahire Ontore Ontore is regarded by some people[who?] as a suicide note to Taslima Nasrin. The works of this brilliant poet were popularised later by legendary singer-songwriter of India Kabir Suman and famous Bengali singer Sabina Yasmin.

As once famously stated by Kabir Suman, the song Amar bhitor o bahire became an all-time popular song for the Bengalis of both Bangladesh and West Bengal. The longing embedded in the lyrics add to the poignancy of the piece.

Other works[edit]

Collection of poems[edit]

  • Upodruto Upokul (1979)[3]
  • Firey Chai Swarno Gram (1981)[3]
  • Manusher Manchitra (1984)[3]
  • Chhobolo (1986)
  • Galpa (1987)
  • Diyechhilo Shokol Akash (1988)[3]
  • Moulik Mukhosh (1990)[3]


Here is a list of some of his other notable poems–

  • 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[6]
  • Misile Notun Mukh
  • Mone Pore Sudurer Mastul

Short stories[edit]

  • 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.

With a well-composed harmony of local and foreign instruments tuning with the song meaning "I am fine and hope so thy, write me at the address in sky," Dhaka University's Fine Arts Institute premises, the fair venue, momentarily got a festive mood in reminiscence of the poet of unbound love and liveliness.

Earlier, eminent intellectual Kamal Lohani inaugurated the fair at 11.30 am. Then the award for juvenile painting competition was distributed. In the first session of the fair, Dr. Bishwajit Ghos presented the keynote paper on Rudro's poetry and poet Asad Chowdhury, Nurul Huda, Nasiruddin Yousuf, Golam Kuddus and Ahkamullah took part in the discussion.

After the discussion, the entertainment session of the fair started with recitation of solo poem by the performers of Rudra Sangsad. Eminent recitation artists Shimul Mustafa and Progga Laboni also performed solo while Prokash, Srote, Udichi, Shorobritto, and Shorokalpan took part in groups.

Folk songs of Sameer Baul, Babul Sarkar, Ruma Akter and other Baul artists enthralled audience for hours with their touching odes.

Iffat ara Nargis, Fakir Sahabuddin, Arif Rahman, Mita Haque and Rathiandra Roy also rendered songs in the day-long programme. Rudra Award 2004 went to famous recitation artist Shimul Mustofa.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ābadula Mamina Caudhurī; Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (2002). Bangladesh on the threshold of the twenty-first century. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. p. 248. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Geeti Sen (1 January 1998). Crossing Boundaries. Orient Blackswan. pp. 106–. ISBN 978-81-250-1341-9. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Rudra recalled in his verses". The Daily Star. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Islam, Muhammad Saiful (2012). "Shahidullah, Rudra Muhammad". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  5. ^ মংলায় নানা আয়োজনে প্রয়াত কবি রুদ্রের ৫৫তম জন্মবার্ষিকী পালিত [55th birth anniversary of Rudra]. Bangladesh First (in Bengali). Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Boikuntho, group of reciters, turns 24". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 

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