Humayun Ahmed’s Second Death Anniversary Today

Today marks the second death anniversary of legendary writer-filmmaker Humayun Ahmed.

To observe the day in a befitting manner, different cultural organisations have chalked up elaborate programmes.

Besides, satellite channels will air special programmes on the life and works of the legend.

In memory of the late filmmaker, Channal i will air an array of programmes including special magazine show, play and so on today.

The channel will launch its celebration through airing ‘Gaane Gaane Sakal Suru’ at 7.30am while ‘Lilaboti’, a special play of Humayun, will be telecast at 10.30am.

‘Sraban Megher Din’, a film directed by the late filmmaker, will be broadcast at 10.05am while ‘Darjar Opashe Humayun’ will be aired at 11.30pm tonight.

To pay tribute to the celebrated writer, Bangla Vision will air a special programme, ‘Din Pratidin’ featuring Dr Ezazul Islam at 8.30am on Saturday.

Humayun Ahmed was born at Kutubpur in Netrakona in 1948. He studied chemistry at the Dhaka University. Later, he taught chemistry in his alma mater. He emerged in the Bengali literary world in the early 1970s.

His father Foyzur Rahman Ahmed, a police officer and writer, was killed by the Pakistani occupation army during the Liberation War of the country in 1971. His mother is Ayesha Foyez. Humayun’s younger brother, Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, a university teacher, is also a noted writer.

His breakthrough occurred with the publication of his first novel ‘Nondito Noroke’ in 1972.

He was an associate professor at the Department of Chemistry, the Dhaka University.

Notably, as of February 2004, Ahmed continued to top the best-seller list of a Bangla Academy (Bangladesh) book fair, a feat that had been maintained over the previous two decades.

Humayun Ahmed was appointed as a special adviser at the Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations in 2012.

As a writer, Ahmed often displays a fascination for creating stories around supernatural events; his style is characterised as magic realism.

Another brother, Ahsan Habib, is a painter and the editor of Unmad, a cartoon magazine.

Ahmed was married to Gultekin, granddaughter of Principal Ibrahim Khan, in 1973. The couple got divorced in 2003. Ahmed later married his long time affair, a TV actress, Meher Afroz Shaon.

He passed the School Certificate examination as a student of Bogra Zila School. He stood second in the merit list in the Rajshahi Education Board.

Later, he was admitted to the Dhaka College from where he passed the Intermediate examination. He planned to study economics but suddenly changed his mind and got admitted into the Dhaka University to study chemistry.

He passed both BSC (Hons) and MSC with first class. He joined the Dhaka University as a lecturer of chemistry.

He went to the North Dakota State University in the United States to study for PhD. After having studied physical chemistry for two years, he was impressed by the lecture of a professor of polymer chemistry; and eventually secured a PhD degree in polymer chemistry.

Humayun Ahmed breathed his last in the US on July 19, 2012

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