Humayun ahmed was a Bangladeshi author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. Dawn referred to him as the cultural legend of Bangladesh Humayun reached peak of his fame with the publication of his novel Nondito Noroke (In Blissful Hell) in 1972, which remains one of his most famous works . winning admiration from literary critics, including Dr. Ahmed Sarif. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. In recognition to the works of Humayun, Times of India wrote Humayun was a custodian of the Bangladeshi literary culture whose contribution single-handedly shifted the capital of Bengali literature from Kolkata to Dhaka without any war or revolution. Ahmed's writing style was characterized as magic realism . Sunil Ganguly described him as the most popular writer in the Bengali language for a century ] and according to him, Ahmed was even more popular than Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Ahmed's books have been the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.[
Humayun Ahmed was born in 13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012 Mohongonj, Netrokona, but his village home is Kutubpur, Mymensingh, Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). His father, Faizur Rahman Ahmed, a police officer and writer, was killed by Pakistani military during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, and 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.
Marriages and Personal Life
In 1973, Humayun Ahmed married Gultekin, granddaughter of Principal Ibrahim Khan. They had three daughters — Nova, Sheela, Bipasha and one son — Nuhash. Humayun started to have an affair with Meher Afroz Shaon from middle of 1990s. Shaon is a TV actress and then friend of his second daughter. Later, in 2003, Humayun divorced Gultekin and married Shaon in 2005. From the second marriage he had two sons — Nishad and Ninit.[
After graduating from the University of Dhaka, Humayun Ahmed joined the Department of Chemistry as a lecturer. He obtained a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from North Dakota State University. He is a former Associate Professor of University of Dhaka and an honorary fellow in writing at the University of Iowa. Literature
Humayun Ahmed had a meteoric rise in Bangla literature. His first novel Nondito Noroke (In blissful hell), written while he was still a student of Universityof Dhaka, gained immediate popularity and critical acclaim. Ahmed Sharif, a famous critic, predicted the beginning of a great literary career. Equally successful was his second novel, Shankhanil Karagar (The ocean blue prison). Shankhanil Karagar was also made into a successful film by Nasiruddin Yusuf. Ahmed went on to become one of the most prolific writers in Bangla, publishing around a 100 novels to date. Along with his more traditional novels and short stories, Ahmed is often credited with creating or maturing many a literaray genre in Bangladesh. The coming of age of Bangla science fiction can almost solely be attributed to Ahmed and Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, his brother. Ahmed also created the immensely popular Misir Ali and Himu characters, the first a rational psychologist committed to unravel the myteries around him, another a bohemian whose life goes back and forth between reality and myticism. Humayun Ahmed has said that these two characters, according to him sides of the same coin, are his favorite characters. His contribution to comic genre also deep. His televised drama Bohubrihi, was one of the most succeessful productions of the national tv, its characters still household names after twenty years. The drama had a subtle combination of comic wit and a social message, as did his successful comic essay...
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