Monday, February 16, 2015

Humayun Ahmed

হুমায়ূন আহমেদ
Humayun Ahmed
Born 13 November 1948
Mohongonj, Netrokona, East Bengal
Died 19 July 2012 (aged 63)
New York City, United States
Resting place Nuhash Polli, Pirujali Village, Gazipur District, Bangladesh
Occupation Writer, film director, professor of Chemistry
Nationality Bangladeshi
Ethnicity Bengali
Education PhD in polymer chemistry
Alma mater University of Dhaka
North Dakota State University
Genre Novel, short story, drama, screenplay, autobiography, column
Subject Magic realism, social life, nature's mystery, wish-fulfillment
Notable works Jostnya O Jononeer Golpo (The Story of a Mother and a Moonlit Night)
Notable awards Bangla Academy Award
Ekushey Padak
Years active 1972–2012
Spouse Gultekin Ahmed (m. 1973; div. 2003)
Meher Afroz Shaon (m. 2005; wid. 2012)
Children Nova, Sheela, Bipasha, Nuhash, Nishad, Ninit
Relatives
Muhammad Zafar Iqbal (brother)
Ahsan Habib (brother)
Sufia Haider (sister)
Momtaz Shahid (sister)
Rukhsana Ahmed (sister)




Humayun Ahmed (Bengali: হুমায়ূন আহমেদ; pronounced: [ɦumae̯un aɦmed̪] 13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. Dawn referred to him as the cultural legend of Bangladesh.Ahmed reached peak of his fame with the publication of his novel Nondito Noroke (In Blissful Hell) in 1972, which remains one of his most famous works, winning admiration from literary critics, including Dr. Ahmed Sarif. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. Ahmed's writing style was characterized as magic realism. Sunil Gangopadhyay described him as the most popular writer in the Bengali language for a century  and according to him, Ahmed was even more popular than Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.Ahmed's books have been the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.
1 Biography
1.1 Early life
1.2 Education and early career
1.3 Marriages and Personal life
1.4 Death
2 Career
2.1 Television and film
3 Other interests
4 Bibliography
4.1 Novels
4.2 Short stories
4.3 Filmography
5 Awards
6 References
7 Further reading
8 External links
Biography
Early life
Ahmed was born on 13 November 1948 in Mohongonj, Netrokona, but his village home is Kutubpur, Mymensingh, Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). His father, Faizur Rahman Ahmed, a police officer and writer, was killed by Pakistani military during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, and his mother was Ayesha Foyez. Ahmed's younger brother, Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, a university professor, is also a writer of mostly science fiction genre and a newspaper columnist.Another brother, Ahsan Habib, is a painter and the editor of Unmad, a cartoon magazine.

Education and early career
Ahmed went to schools in Sylhet, Comilla, Chittagong, Dinajpur and Bogra as his father lived in different places upon official assignment. Memories of these places have often been depicted in his writings. Ahmed passed SSC exam from Bogra Zilla School in 1965. He stood second in the merit list in Rajshahi Education Board. He passed HSC exam from Dhaka College in 1967. He studied Chemistry in Dhaka University and earned BSc (Honors) and MSc with First Class distinction.

Upon graduation Ahmed joined Bangladesh Agricultural University as a lecturer. After six months he joined Dhaka University as a faculty of the Department of Chemistry. Later he attended North Dakota State University for his PhD studies. He grew his interest in Polymer Chemistry and earned his PhD in that subject. He returned to Bangladesh and resumed his teaching career in Dhaka University. In the mid 1990s he left the faculty job to devote all his time to writing and film production.

Marriages and Personal life
In 1973, Ahmed married Gultekin, granddaughter of Principal Ibrahim Khan.

They had three daughters – Nova, Sheela, Bipasha and one son – Nuhash. Ahmed started to have an affair with Meher Afroz Shaon from the middle of the 1990s. Shaon is a TV actress and then friend of his second daughter.[16] Later, in 2003, Ahmed divorced Gultekin and married Shaon in 2005. From the second marriage he had two sons – Nishad and Ninit.

Death
In 2011 Ahmed had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He died on 19 July 2012 at 11.20 PM BST at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.He was buried in Nuhash Polli.

Career

Ahmed gossiping at Nuhash Polli (2010)
Television and film
His first television drama was "Prothom Prohor" (first moment) in 1983, directed by Nawazesh Ali Khan.[19] His first drama serial was Ei Shob Din Ratri (Tale of our daily lives). It was followed by the comedy series Bohubrihi, the historical drama series Ayomoy, and the urban drama series Kothao Keu Nei (There is no one in anywhere). The last one featured a fictional character of an idealistic gang leader named Baker Bhai, who was wrongly convicted and executed.

Ahmed directed films based on his own stories. His first film, "Aguner Poroshmoni", based on the liberation war, won the National Film Award in total eight categories, including Best Picture and Best Director.[15][16] The theme of the Liberation War often came across in his stories, often drawing upon Ahmed's memories of that war and his father's execution during the war. Ahmed's film Shyamal Chhaya was based on the liberation war of 1971.

Ahmed also wrote songs for few of his own films and plays. Some of the notables are titled as Ami Aaj Bhejabo Chokh Somudrer Joley, Chadni Poshor Ratey and Amaaar Achey Jol.

His 2012 film Ghetuputra Kamola was selected as the Bangladeshi entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.

Other interests

Humayun Ahmed with a magician at Nuhash Polli
In 1987 Ahmed founded an estate called Nuhash Polli near Pijulia village, in Gazipur Sadar Upazila of Gazipur District,which grew to cover 40 bigha(approximately 14 acres). He would spend much of his time at the estate when he was in Bangladesh, formed a collection of statues there by local artist Asaduzzaman Khan, and of plants from around the world, particularly medicinal and fruit-bearing trees.

In 2012 he was appointed as a special adviser to the Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations.

Bibliography[edit]
Novels[edit]
In Bengali
1971
Antorar Baba
Anando Bedonar Kabya
Amader Shada Bari
Amra Keo Bashay Nei
Aaj Ami Kothao Jabona
Ami Abong Amra
Aaj Chitrar Bia
Asmanira Tin Bone
Angul Kata Joglu
Anonto Nakhatrobithi
Anonto Ambore
Apnare Ami Khujia Berai
Ashok
Amar Priyo Bhoutik Golpo
Amar Apon Adhar
Ayomoy
Adbhoot Shob Golpo
Ai Megh Rodro Chhaya
Ai Aami
Akash Jora Megh
AshaBori
Ayna Ghor
Akjon Himu Koyekti Jhijhi Poka
Ami Misir Ali
Ami Abong Koyekti Projapoti
Aaj Himur Biye
Anil Bagchir Ekdin
Amar Achhe Jol
Amar Chelebela
Abong Himu
Black Friday
Brikkha Kotha
Badshah Namdar
Bipod
Bagh Bondi Misir Ali
Bashor
Bhoy
Bohubrihi
Botol Bhoot
Brishti Bilas
Badol Diner Ditiyo Kodomful
Brihonnola
Ball Point
Brishti O Meghomala
Chokkhe Amar Trishna
Chhaya Bithi
Chader Aloi Koyekjon Jubok
Cheleta
Chole Jai Boshonter Din
Diner Sheshe
Dwitiyo Manob (2002)
Dui Duari
Debi
Dorjar Opashe
Doiroth
Dekha Na Dekha
Dighir Jole Kaar Chhayago
Daru Chini Dip
Ema
Eki Kando
Ele Bele 1
Ele Bele 2
Ei Shubhro! Ei
Ekjon Mayaboti
Ekti Cycle Ebong Koyekti Dahuk Pakhi
Fiha Shomikoron
Fountain Pen
Fera
Gouripur Junction
Griho tegi joshna
Himu Ebong Harward PHD Boltu Bhai
Himu Mama
Himu Rimande
Himu Abong Ekti Russian Pori
Himur Ekanto Sakkhatkar
Himur Babar Kothamala
Himur Madhya Dupur
Himur Neel Jochna
Himur Hate Koyekta Neel Paddo
Holud Himu Kalo Rab
Himu
Himur Ditio Prohor
Hotel Grever Inn
Harton Iskapo
Ireena
Jalil Shaheber Pitition
Janam Janam
Jashoha Brikhher Deshe
Jibon Krishno Memorial High School
Jodio Shondha
Jokhon Nambe Adhar
Jol Jochhna
Jol Paddo
Jonmodiner Upohar
Jonosha O Jononir Golpo
Kalo Jadukor
Kuhurani
Kath Pencil
Ke Kotha Koy
Kichhu Shoishob
Kuhuk
Kichhukkhon
Krishno Pakko
Kohen Kobi Kalidash
Kutu Miya
Kobi
Kothao Keu Nei
Lipi
Lilaboti
Lilua Batash
Megher Upor Bari
Misir Alir Choshma
Misir Alir Omimangshito Rohoshsho
Misir Ali Apni Kothay
Manobi
Mirar Gramer Bari
Mojar Bhoot
Magic Munshi
Megh Boleche Jobo Jabo
Moddhano
Mondrosoptok
Megher Chhaya
Moyurakkhi
Mrinmnoyer Mon Bhalo Nai
Mrinmoyi
Matal Howya
New york Er Nil Akashe Jhokjhoke Rod
Naboni
Nee
Neel Aparijita
Nondito Noroke
Nolini Babu B.Sc
Neel Manush
Nishithini
Nishad
Nirbachito Bhooter Golpo
Neel Hati
Nirbashon
Onish
Ophoranno
Onno Bhuban
Omanush
Omega Point
Opekkha
Ondho Karer Gan
Ochin Pur
Onno Din
Prothom Prohor
Payer Tolay Khorom
Poofi
Parapar
Parul O Tinti Kukur
Putul
Priotomeshu
Priyo Voyongkor
Project Nebula
Pronchokonnaya
Poka
Pakhi Amar Ekla Pakhi
Premer Golpo
Paap
Quantum Rasayan
Ros Kos Singara Bulbuli Mostok
Rong Pencil
Raboner Deshe Ami Ebong Amra
Rumali
Rupar Palonnko
Rupali Dip
Rupali Ratri
Rupa
Rodon Bhora E Boshonto
Shankhoneel Karagar
Shey Ashe Dhire
Shei Din Choitromas
She O Nortoki
Sobai Gaychhe Bone
Shaj Ghar
Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore
Shourobh
Shyamol Chhaya
Shunno
Shubhro
Sanaullar Mohabipod
Sumudra Bilash
Tin Doblew (W)
Tondra Bilash
Tomader Ai Nogore
Tithir Nil Toyale
Tomader Jonno Valobasha
Tomake
Tumi Amai Deke Chile Chutir Nimontrone
Tara Tin Jon
The Exorsict
Tetul Bone Jochhna
Ural Ponki
Uthon Periye Dui Paa
Vut Vutong Vuto
Nabiji (incomplete)
In English
1971: A Novel. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Mowla Bros. 1993.
In Blissfull Hell. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Somoi Prokashan. 1993.
Gouripur Junction. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Anyaprokash. 2007.
Short stories
This book (Golpo Samagro ) were published in Victory Day 1991

Rupa
Buri
Ekti Neel Botam
Pipra
Unissho
Ekattor
Kukur
Ekjon Sukhi Manush
Jua
Jibon Japon
Se
Khela
Kollaniyashu
Nimodhoyama
Shikar
Oshukh
Khadok
Fera
Tusscho
Ditiyo Jon
Sada Gari
Oshomoy
Pakhir Balok
Beby Ruth
Chokh
Ekjon Kritodas
Oprahan ( অপরাহ্ন )
Jeen - Kofil
Kobi
Rohossyo
Oyomoy
Songini
Onko Slok
Shonkho Mala
Nutoner Bhul Suttro
Montirir Helocopter
Bhoy
Ochin Brikhho
Nishi Kabboyo
Krisno Pokkho
Chaya Songi
Jolil Shaheber Pitition
Shobjatra # 1
Ananodo Bedonar Kabboyo
Opekkha
Sheet
Oiza Board
Shamol Chaya
Bearing Chithi
Bhalobashar Golpo
Sourov
Jolchobi
NOndini
Sukh - Oshukh
Gopon KOtha
Fajlul Shaheber Trankarjo
Sulekhar Baba
Jontro
Mir Khayer Autograph
Rurur Golpo
Mobarok Hossainer Mohabipod
Ekti Voyonkor Ovijaner Golpo
Vut Montro
Pani Rohossyo
Gunin
Ayna
Kudduser Ekdin
Virus
Nizam Shaheber Bhut
Lipi
Mittugondho
Somporko Sobojatra # 2
Neri Kukur Ebong Azhar Uddin Mondol
Prescription
Ontorar Baba
Ohok
Porosher 'Hoilda' Bori
Jadukor
Pisassh
Salam Shaheber Paap
Bivrom
Filmography

Humayun Ahmed signing books (2010)
Year Film
1992 Shankhanil Karagar
1994 Aguner Poroshmoni
1999 Srabon Megher Din
2000 Dui Duari
2003 Chandrokotha
2004 Shyamol Chhaya
2006 Duratto
2006 Nondito Noroke
2006 Nirontor
2006 Noy Number Bipod Sanket
2007 Daruchini Dip
2007 Saaj Ghor
2008 Amar Ache Jol
2009 Priotomeshu
2012 Ghetuputra Kamola
Awards
Lekhak Shibir Prize (1973)
Bangla Academy Award (1981)
Shishu Academy Award
Jainul Abedin Gold Medal
Michael Madhusudan Medal (1987)
Bacsas Prize (1988)
Humayun Qadir Memorial Prize (1990)
National Film Awards (Bangladesh) (Best Story 1993, Best Film 1994, Best Dialogue 1994) (Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Story Writer, 2012)
Ekushey Padak (1994)
Sheltech Award (2007)

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