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Poet Asad Chowdhury: Life and Work

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Poet Asad Chowdhury of the 60s of the 20th century created a unique poetic language in Bengali literature

Poet Asad Chowdhury of the 60s of the 20th century created a unique poetic language in Bengali literature. He is also famous as a children’s writer.

He is widely known to the Bengali speaking population spread across the world. He has crossed the limits of time.
Asad Chowdhury is a poet, writer, journalist and reciter. One of the main poets of modern Bengali poetry. He is mass-oriented, aesthetic and romantic in literature. From the freedom struggle to the Lokayat life of Bengal, everything has been clearly depicted in his writings.

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Asad Chowdhury’s literature is preferred by all types of people. Readers of all ages get a supply of information and ideas. It is not easy to explain the extent of his creation and work in Bengali literature in one text. Only by reading his poems or essays can it be possible to understand the depth of thought.

Asad Chowdhury, the legendary figure of Bengali literature and popular poet, is no more. He breathed his last in Toronto, Canada on Thursday (October 5). He was 80 years old at the time of his death.

Poet Asad Chowdhury became known in the first poetry book ‘Tabak Dewa Paan’. In recognition of his special contribution to literature, he received the Bangla Academy Award in 1987 and the Ekushey Padak in 2013.

Poet Asad Chowdhury has made a place in people’s hearts by reciting poetry. He is also widely known for his speaking style, planning and presentation of various television programs. In addition to original poetry, Shishtosh has written children’s books, rhymes, biographies and translations. He was the president of Kavi Al Mahmud Parishad.

In 1983, a particularly notable book entitled ‘Bangladesh Liberation War’ was published. Apart from this, in the same year, he edited a book based on Bangabandhu’s biography, Sangrami Nayak Bangabandhu. ‘

He was a member of the East Pakistan Provincial Legislative Council and was also a founding member of the Awami League. He also had personal friendship with Bangabandhu. After the death of his father, Arif Chowdhury, standing by his grave, Bangabandhu put his hand on Kavi Asad’s shoulder and gave him courage and promised to stand by his side in need.

Poet Asad Chowdhury passed the entrance examination from Armanitola Government High School in 1957. In 1960, he passed the higher secondary examination from Brajmohan College, Barisal with merit. Later, he received his Bachelor’s (Honours) and Master’s degree in Bengali from Dhaka University.

After dropping out of university, poet Asad Chowdhury started his career by teaching in college. He taught at Brahmanbaria College from 1964 to 1972. After settling in Dhaka, he worked as a journalist in various newspapers. From 1985 to 1988, he served as the Bangladesh correspondent of “Voice of Germany”.

Joined Bangla Academy in Dhaka in 1973 and retired as director of the institution after a long service. His contribution to the progress of Bengali literature in North America and attracting literature lovers to Bengali language and culture is immense and undeniable.

Poet Asad Chowdhury was born on February 11, 1943 in Ulania, Mehendiganj Upazila, Barisal. His father’s name is Mohammad Arif Chowdhury and his mother’s name is Syeda Mahmuda Begum.

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