NEW YORK: Author, dramatist, film director and soap-opera maker Humayun Ahmed breathed his last in Bellevue Hospital of America on Thursday night after a nine-month battle against colon cancer.
He left his children Nova, Sheela, Bipasha, Nuhash, Nishad, Ninit and Fahad along with other family members and a lot of fans worldwide.
Humayun Ahmed was born on November 13 in 1948 in Kutubpur of Netrokona district.
His father, Foyzur Rahman Ahmed, a police officer and writer, was killed by Pakistani military force during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. His mother is Ayesha Foyez.
Humayun`s younger brother, Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, a university professor, is also a writer of mostly science fiction genre and a newspaper columnist.
Another brother, Ahsan Habib, is a painter and the editor of Unmad, a cartoon magazine.
Ahmed was married to Gultekin, granddaughter of Principal Ibrahim Khan, in 1973. The couple got divorced in 2003. Ahmed later married his long time affair, a TV actress, Meher Afroz Shaon; who was friend of his 2nd daughter, Shila.
He emerged in the Bengali literary world in the early 1970s and over the subsequent decade became the most popular fiction writer of the country. His breakthrough occurred with the help of Ahmed Sofa and the publication of his first novel, Nondito Noroké in 1972. He was also a former associate professor of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
During his fantastic career, he was awarded with Lekhak Shibir Prize (1973), Bangla Academy Award (1981), Shishu Academy Award, Jainul Abedin Gold Medal, Michael Madhusudan Medal (1987), Bacsas Prize (1988), Humayun Qadir Memorial Prize (1990), National Film Award (Best Story 1993, Best Film 1994, Best Dialogue 1994), Ekushe Podok (1994) and ShellTec Award (2007).
As a writer, Ahmed often displayed a fascination for creating stories around supernatural events; his style is characterized as magic realism.
BDST: 2350 HRS, JUL 19, 2012
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor
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