Waheedul Haq

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Waheedul Haq
Born(1933-03-16)16 March 1933
Died27 January 2007(2007-01-27) (aged 73)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materDhaka College
Dhaka University
Known forfounder of Chhayanaut
Spouse(s)Sanjida Khatun
AwardsEkushey Padak
Independence Day Award

Waheedul Haq (March 16, 1933 – January 27, 2007) was a journalist, writer, musicologist and an expert and teacher of Tagore songs.[1] He was also a cultural leader, a campaigner-activist for social-political-cultural causes, and an organiser of several cultural institutions and events.

Early life[edit]

Waheedul was born on March 16, 1933 at Bhawal Monoharia village under Keraniganj Upazila. His father, Mazharul Haq, was a member of Bengal legislative assembly in 1946. His mother was Mewa Begum. Waheedul was the eldest among three brothers and two sisters. His brother Rezaul Haq is a journalist and another brother Ziaul Haq was a martyr in 1971. Waheedul grew up in the old part of Dhaka city and was educated in the Dhaka College. He was married to Sanjida Khatun and had 3 children- Apala Farhat Naved (late), Partha Tanveer Naved, Ruchira Tabassum Naved.


Waheedul Haq, one of the members of founding team, founded Chhayanaut in 1961 with the help of some other cultural activists.[2][3][4] Chhayanat played a vital role[clarification needed] in the cultural-political movements during the late 1960s, prior to the country's liberation war. He also founded a number of other cultural organisations like Kanthashilon, Nalonda, Anandadhani, Fulki, Bratochari Samity and Bashanto Utsab Udjapon Parishad. He also formed the Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad in 1980. He was also involved in filmmaking and the film society movement during the 1960s. He also composed the musical scores for the Indian director Ritwik Ghatak's film Titash Ekti Nadir Naam.


During his fifty-five-year-long career in journalism, Waheedul served in some major English dailies of the country, including The Daily Star, where he worked as an Assistant Editor and later as a Joint Editor. He was a shift in-charge of the Daily Observer in the 1960s. Since the late 1990s he worked as a freelance columnist in several newspapers including Bhorer Kagoj, Janakantha, The New Nation, The Morning News and The People.


Waheedul died at Dhaka’s Birdem Hospital on 27 January 2007. He had been suffering from pneumonia, lung and kidney diseases and had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for few weeks.


  • Gaaner Bhetor Diye (Seen Through Music)
  • Chetona Dharaye Esho (Come With The Stream Of Consciousness)
  • Shangskriti Jagoroner Prothom Shurjo (The First Sun Of The Rising Of Culture)



  1. ^ "Waheedul Haq passes away". The Daily Star. 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  2. ^ "ছায়ানটের জন্মকথা".
  3. ^ "history of Chhayanat on Banglapedia".
  4. ^ "Chhayanaut to commemorate Waheedul Haque". The Daily Star. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  5. ^ "9 awarded Ekushey Padak '08". Independent Bangladesh. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2013-01-26.