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Shahid Qadri

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Shahid Quadri
Native name
শহীদ কাদরী
Born(1942-08-14)14 August 1942
Park Circus, Kolkata, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died28 August 2016(2016-08-28) (aged 74)
New York City, United States
Notable awardsEkushey Padak
Bangla Academy Literary Award

Shahid Quadri (also spelt Shaheed Quaderi; 14 August 1942 – 28 August 2016) was a Bangladeshi poet and writer.[1] For his poetry, he was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1973 and Ekushey Padak in 2011. His notable poems include "Uttoradhikar", "Tomake Obhibadon Priyotoma", "Kothao Kono Krondon Nei" and "Amar Chumbongulo Poucchey Dao".[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Qadri was born in Kolkata in 1942. He moved to Dhaka when he was 10 years old.[2]

Qadri is one of the prominent poets of post-1947 Bengali poetry, who brought a new angle to the Bangladeshi scene by introducing urbanism and a sense of modernity.[3] His poetry is infused with patriotism, cosmopolitanism and universalism and in its treatment of nature and city life, it delves deep into the conflicts and the sense of alienation pervading modern life.[3]

Though he published only four books of poetry, "his tone, alliteration, images and the use of simile made him a unique contributor of Bengali verse."[4]

Qadri became friends with poet Shamsur Rahman.[5] At the age of fourteen, he was first published in Kabita, edited by Buddhadeb Bosu, who is also a major poet of the 1930s; Qadri subsequently became a well-known figure among the poets of Dhaka and Kolkata.[6]

After the publication of his third book, Quadri stopped writing and started living in London and Germany. Later, in the 1980s, he moved to the United States and started living in Boston, where he married his second wife, Dana Quadri; she died in the late 90s. Since then, he has returned to writing again and published his fourth book in 2009. Although it has been said that "in the last issue of Kali O Kolom [he] broke his near three decades of silence by penning two poems,"[5] he actually broke his silence by contributing to the very first issue of Shabdaguchha, a bilingual poetry journal, published in New York.[7]

His poems have been translated into English by many scholars, such as Kabir Chowdhury, Kaiser Haq, Farida Majid.[8]

Have no fear, darling. I'll have it all arranged. The army will carry rose-bunches. On their shoulders, March past and salute. Only you, darling.

 — I salute You, Darling, Shahid Qadri[9]


Qadri died at the age of 74 on 28 August 2016, from kidney disease.[10] He was hospitalized after struggling with serious renal issues a decade before his death.[11]


  • Uttaradhikar (Inheritance, 1967)
  • Tomake Abhibadan Priyatama (Salute to You, Dearest; 1974)
  • Prem Biraha Bhalobasar Kabita (Poems of Love and Separation)
  • Kothayo Kono Krondon Nai (Weepings Nowhere)
  • Amar Chombongullo Pouchhaya Deo (Please, Convey my kisses)


  1. ^ "Leading Bangladeshi poet Shahid Qadri dies in New York". Dhaka Tribune. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  2. ^ a b ২০১৬: শিল্প সাহিত্য অঙ্গন যাঁদের হারিয়েছে. The Daily Star (in Bengali). 29 December 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Selina Hossain; Nurul Islam; Mobarak Hossain, eds. (2000). Bangla Academy Dictionary of Writers. Bangla Academy. p. 167. ISBN 984-07-4052-0.
  4. ^ Shabdaguchha, Special Translated Issue, Issue 9, Hassanal Abdullah (editor), 2000, New York
  5. ^ a b "Shahid Quadri : Snapshots". The Daily Star. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  6. ^ Shaheed Quaderi: Somoyer Sampanna Swar (Shaheed Quaderi:The Perfect Voice of Time), by Hassanal Abdullah Labu Bhai Foundation, Dhaka & New York, 2005
  7. ^ Bidesh Bibhuya Eka, Shaheed Quaderi, Shabdaguchha, Issue 1, 1998, New York
  8. ^ "Bangla Academy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  9. ^ Qadri, Shahid (1986). M. Harunur Rashid (ed.). A Choice of Contemporary Verse from Bangladesh (1st ed.). Dhaka: Bangla Academy. p. 171.
  10. ^ "Leading Bangladeshi poet Shaheed Quaderi dies in New York". Dhaka Tribune. 28 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Shahid Qadri, leading contemporary Bengali poet, dies at 74" (in Bengali). Anandabazar Patrika. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.