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13 November 2017, Monday
Humayun Ahmed’s 70th birthday today
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Dhaka, Nov 13 (Just News) : The 70th birthday of Humayun Ahmed, a great Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter and filmmaker is being observed today (Monday) in a befitting manner.

Marking his birthday, Channel-i is organizing a fair 'Humayun Mela' on the television channel premises which will begin today at 3.05 pm. Eminent personalities of different fields will inaugurate the fair which will end at 7pm.

Humayun Ahmed, son of late Foyzur Rahman Ahmed and Ayesha Foyez, was born on November 13, 1948 at Kutubpur in Mymensingh. He died on July 19, 2012 at a hospital in New York, the USA.

His breakthrough was his debut novel Nondito Naroke published in 1972. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh.

His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s. He won the Bangla Academy Award and the Ekushey Padak award for his contribution to Bengali literature.

In the early 1990s, Ahmed emerged as a filmmaker. He went on to make a total of eight films - each based on his own novels. He received six Bangladesh National Film Awards in different categories for the films Daruchini Dwip, Aguner Poroshmoni and Ghetuputra Kamola.

In his childhood, Ahmed lived in Sylhet, Comilla, Chittagong, Bogra, Dinajpur and Panchagarh where his father was on official assignment.

Ahmed studied in Chittagong Collegiate School. He eventually passed Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination from Bogra Zilla School in 1967 and was listed as second in merit by the Rajshahi Education Board.

He passed Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) examination from Dhaka College in 1969.

Ahmed then attended the University of Dhaka and graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and later obtained a Master of Science degree. He then worked as a lecturer at the Bangladesh Agricultural University for six months following which he joined Dhaka University to teach Chemistry.

Soon after, he went to the United States to earn his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from North Dakota State University.

(Just News/ak/1832hr.)

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