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101st birth anniversary of Shawkat Osman tomorrow

DHAKA, Jan 1, 2018 (BSS) -The 101st birth anniversary of novelist and short story writer Sheikh Azizur Rahman popularly known as Shawkat Osman will be observed tomorrow amid different programmes.

On this occasion, Kathashilpi Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad and his family members will organise different programmes, including placing wreaths at his portrait, recitation, discussion, drama and film exhibition, in the capital and elsewhere across the country.

Renowned educationist Shawkat Osman was born at Sabolsinghpur in Hughli district of West Bengal in 1917. He passed MA in Bangla in 1941 from Calcutta University. Earlier, in 1936, he worked briefly as a clerk in the Calcutta Corporation.

After completing his MA, he taught at Government Commercial College. He migrated to East Pakistan in 1947, in the wake of partition, and joined Chittagong Commerce College. In 1959 he joined Dhaka College from where he retired in 1972.

Shawkat Osman also wrote a good number of essays, plays, humorous writings, memoirs and books for children. His popular novels include Janani, Kritadaser Hasi, Samagam, Chaurasandhi, Raja Upakhyan, Jahannam Haite Biday, Dui Sainik (Two Soldiers, 1973), Nekde Aranya (Wolves' Forest, 1973), Patabga Pivjar (Insects' Cage, 1983), Artanad, and Rajpurus.

Shawkat Osman wrote some memoirs including Svajan Sanggram, Kalratri Khandachitra, Anek Kahan, Goodbye Justice Masud, Mujibnagar, Astitver Sabge Sanglap, Sodarer Khonje Svadesher Sandhane, and Maulabader Agun Niye Khela.

He also translated a large number of novels, short stories and plays into Bangla. Of some of his translated books are Nisho, Luknitashi, Bagdader Kavi, Time Machine, Panchti Kahini, Spainer Chhotagalpa, Panchti Natak, Daktar Abdullahar Karkhana, Prthibir Rabgamavche Manus, and Santaner Svikarokti.

Shawkat Osman was a staunch supporter of Bengali culture and strongly protested against autocracy and religious fundamentalism. Though he was not politically active, he was outspoken in his political opinions.

This popular writer received many awards from the government of Pakistan, of them, the Bangla Academy Award (1962), Adamjee Literary Award (1966), President Award (1967). He was also given a number of awards by the government of Bangladesh: the Ekushey Padak (1983), Mahbubullah Foundation Prize (1983), Muktadhara Literary Award (1991), and Independence Day Award (1997).

Shawkat Osman died in Dhaka on 14 May, 1998.