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Eminent poet Syed Shamsul Haq dies at age 81

Thereport24.com Correspondent, Dhaka;

Eminent litterateur Syed Shamsul Haq has died at the United Hospital in the capital on Tuesday. He was 81.

Sammmilto Sangskritik Jote president Golam Kuddus confirmed the death to thereport24.com.

The octogenarian poet had long been diagnosed for lung cancer. He went to London for treatment in April but returned to Bangladesh on September 2 as physician left hope of his recovery.

Born in Kurigram on December 27, 1935 to Syed Siddique Husain, a country physician and Halima Khatun, his child-bride, Syed Shamsul Haq had emerged as the most powerful, prolific and versatile writer of Bangladesh.

Haq wrote poetry, plays, novels and essays. Since 1954 he published 27 volumes of poetry, 16 plays (including 7 verse-plays), 9 novels, 57 novellas, 6 collections of short stories, 6 collections of poems for young readers, 2 adventure novels for teenagers and 5 books of essays and impressions.

It is lamentable that so few of Syed-Haq's works are available in translation for readers who do not know Bangla, the language in which he writes. Several of his plays were taken to India, South Korea, the USA and UK for festivals.

For some years now, Syed-Haq had taken up painting and has participated in group shows including the Asian Biennial in Dhaka.

His wife, Professor Anwara Begum, member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, is an eminent psychiatrist of Bangladesh. They have a daughter and a son: Bidita Syed-Haq and Ditio Syed-Haq.

Syed-Haq travelled widely in Asia, Europe and America and lives alternately in Dhaka and London.

Notable works of Syed Shamsul Haque;


Ekoda Ek Rajje (Once upon a time in a kingdom, 1961)
Boishekhe Rochito Ponktimala (Verses of Boishakh, 1969)
Birotihin Utsob (The ceaseless festival, 1969)
Opor Purush(The other man, 1978)
Kobita Samagra (Collected Poems) in 3 Volumes [2007]


Ek Mahilar Chhobi (Portrait of a Woman, 1959)
Simana Chhariye (Beyond the Bounds, 1964)
Neel Dangshon (The Blue Sting, 1981)
Smritimedh (Massacre of Memory, 1986)
Ek Juboker Chhayapath (The Milky Way of a Youth, 1987)
Brishti O Bidrohigon (Rain and the Rebels, 1996)
Baro Diner Shishu (A Child of Twelve Days, 1989)
Banabala Kichu Taka Dhar Niyechhilo (Banabala Borrowed Some Money, 1989)
Trahi (Save Our Soul, 1989)
Tumi Sei Tarbari (You are That Sword, 1986)
Kayekti Manusher Sonali Jouban (Golden Youth of a Few Human Beings, 1989)
Shreshtho Uponyas (Best Novels, 1990)
Nirbasita (The Exiled Woman, 1990)
Nishiddha Loban (Forbidden Incense, 1990)
Khelaram Khele Ja (Keep It Up, Kilroy, 1991)
Megh O Machine (Cloud and Machine, 1991)
Dwitiya Diner Kahini (Story of the Second Day)
Balikar Candrojan (The Girl’s Lunar Vessel)
Ayna Bibir Pala (The Ballad of Ayna Bibi)
Acena (Unknown)
Rajar Sundari (The Beautiful Girl of the King)


Tash (Cards, 1954)
Seet Bikel (A cold afternoon, 1959)
Rokto Golap (Blood rose, 1964)
Anonder Mrittu (A blissful death, 1967)
Collected Short Stories (2006)


Payer Awaj Paoa Jay (We hear the footsteps)
Nuruldiner Sara Jibon (The entire life of Nurul Din)
Ekhane Ekhon (Here, now)
Ganonayaka (The public hero)
Eersha (Envy)
Narigon (The women)
Khatta Tamasha (Bitter jokes)
Judhha ebong Judhha (War and war)


Shakespear's Macbeth
Troilus and Cresida
Ibsen's Pyr Gynt


Bangla Academy Award (1966)
National Poetry Award (1997)
Independence Day Award (2000)

This story is prepared with inputs from Wikipedia and personal website of Syed Shamsul Haq (syedshamsulhaq.com).

Ends/thereport24.com/HB/Sept 27, 2016