Dailynewsun report :
Today marks the 72nd birth anniversary of National Award and Ekushey Padak winning writer Humayun Ahmed. The great author has earned an irreplaceable place in the hearts of the audience and critics alike. The prolific author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and instantly resonated with the people with his first novel “Nondito Noroke” (1972). He went on to rule the hearts of his fans for the next four decades with his outstanding work.
Born on November 13, 1948 in Kutubpur village in Mymensingh, Humayun Ahmed went on to became a staple of Bangladeshi literature.
Even though the beloved author’s birthday was celebrated enthusiastically by his fans around the country, his 50th birthday was the most memorable in his lifetime. The surprise birthday party, organised by his publishers, was held at the Ladies Club in Eskaton, the capital.
The film “Aguner Poroshmoni” was screened and a play, featuring Asaduzzaman Noor and Afsana Mimi, was also staged in that evening. The programme was hosted by noted publisher Farid Ahmed.
“It was the year 1998 when we were finally able to convince him to celebrate his birthday publically for the first time, said Farid Ahmed.
The writer’s 60th birthday was a rather memorable experience. The celebrations started with the inauguration of a book fair arranged in his honour, alongside his birthday, in the presence of his mother Ayesha Foyez at Sufia Kamal National Public Library. His book “Magic Munshi” was also published the same year.
Similar events were arranged in the following year too. This time, the book fair was inaugurated by renowned writer Rabeya Khatun. His book “Kaathpencil” was published at the fair.
The great author’s last birthday was one that his family still recalls. It was held at his residence “Dakhin Hawa”, where his mother lived. All of his family members, including his uncle who lived in Netrokona, came together to wish the author on this special day.
Humayun Ahmed would always write something new on his birthday. “Writing is my only recreation. and I will keep writing till my last breath,” he used to day when asked for his special birthday plans.
Though he usually preferred to have a quiet time on his birthdays, he always enjoyed the excitement and company of his family members on this day. Anyone who came to wish him would return with one of his books as a gift.
Humayun Ahmed breathed his last on July 19, 2012 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Today the writer lives with his unforgettable dramas, evergreen films, and most importantly, his magical novels.