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Sezan Mahmud speaks to VOA Bangla Service  


Sezan Mahmud is more known as writer, lyricist, columnist and rhymester though he is a medical scientist by profession. Officially known as Saleh Md. Mahmudur Rahman, he received his M.B.B.S degree from Dhaka (1992), M.P.H degree from Harvard University, U.S.A (1997) and Ph.D. degree from Birmingham, U.S.A (2001).

In literature he is prolific in diverse fields; his first book ‘Habijabi’, a collection of rhymes, received national award from Bangladesh, ‘Agrani Bank Award for Juvenile Literature’ given by Bangladesh Shishu Academy (1988). His write-up was selected by the Bangladesh Text Book Board for sixth grade along with distinguished writers of Bengali literature, considered one of the top honors in Bangladesh.

Sezan Mahmud wrote substantially on the history of liberation war of Bangladesh to uphold the glory of freedom and independence to the young readers with profound sincerity. ‘Moner Ghuri Latai’, one of his juvenile novels based on liberation war of Bangladesh was adapted into full-length film ‘Ghourob’ produced by Bangladesh Shishu Academy.

In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service, Sezan Mahmud talks about his book Operation Jackpot which is essentially written on Bangladesh War of Liberation. Sezan talks about the making of the book and the essential information that he collected from different sources.

As a lyricist he has written many songs sung by eminent singers of Bangladesh, among those ‘Nelson Mandela (Fakir Alamgir), Kono Ek Sundori Rate (Samina Chowdhury), Ami Noi Shei Bonolota Sen (KanakChanpa), Ektai Prithibi Amader (7 Bands), Shohor Theke Ektu Dure Chol Na (15 Bands) are few.

He has a fairly long list of published books which include Muktijudhdher Kishore Rachana Samagra (Compilation of four books on liberation war of Bangladesh), Project Vutong Adhunikong (Juvenile short stories), Habijabi (Rhymes), Tushar Manab and Deep Pahare Atongka (Science based adventure), Bishsher Shrestha Dosh Ovijatri, Kishor Rahashya Galpa, Palte Shudhu Lebas (Political rhymes), Chhoray Chhoray Science Fiction and debut novel ‘Agnibalok’.

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