As poet and writer Professor Alauddin Al Azad died in Dhaka on July 3 at
the age of 78 , he left a legacy of literary genius and this program we recall
his contribution to Bengali Literature and listen to his own voice speak loud
and clear but with depth in literature.
Professor Alauddin Al Azad has written short stories, novels, poems,
literary criticism. He has also taught Bangla and served as Educational
Counsellor at the Bangladesh Embassy in Moscow.
He first started writing shortly after the Great Famine in
1943 His first piece of literary writing was in 1946. When it was published in
a Kolkata paper, everyone at school was very excited. His teachers
congratulated him on his achievement.
authored more than 123 books, including short stories, novels, poems and
literary criticism. He had also been the Principal of Dhaka College and ‘Nazrul
Professor’ of Bangla department at Chittagong University during 1980’s.
Azad received a good number of awards, including Bangla Academy Award, UNESCO
Award, Ekushey Padak, National Film Award, Abul Kalam Shamsuddin Literary
Award, Lekhika Sangha Award and Natyasava Award for his outstanding
contribution to Bengali literature.
Azad’s famous poem ‘Smritir Minar Bhengechhe Tomar, Bhoy ki Bandhu’ was an
instantaneous reaction to the sight of the ruins of the temporary memorial
erected by the students on February 26, 1952, which the police pulled down four
days after Salam, Jabbar, Rafique and some others were killed in police firing
at the spot on February 21. Azad, then a student of Dhaka University, recited
the poem at the site of the ruins and it was published in the first souvenir of
the Language Movement edited by poet Hassan Hafizur Rahman in 1953.