The 67th birth anniversary of popular novelist Humayun Ahmed has been celebrated through various programmes in Gazipur's Nuhash Polli on Friday.
In the morning, the demised author-screenwriter-playwright-filmmaker's wife Meher Afroz Shaon along with her sons Ninith and Nishad inaugurated a mural of Humayun Ahmed on the right side of his grave in the polli located in Pirojali village in Sadar upazila.
Being flocked by the writer's readers and fans, they later cut a cake there to celebrate the birthday occasion.
When contacted, mural's Sculptor Hafiz Uddin Babo said: “I am one of thousands of Humayun Ahmed's fans. Basically love to him propels me to make such sculpture. This is the biggest mural and first of its kind in the country among the writers. I am proud to be the creator of the mural.”
Nuhash Polli Manager Bulbul Ahmed said the birthday celebration programme was started from 12am Thursday amid lighting up 360 candles.
"We will try our best to celebrate the day as Humayun Ahmed used to celebrate during his life time,” manager Bulbul continued.
Humayun Ahmed died on July 19, 2012, at Bellevue Hospital in New York in the US after an eleven-month struggle against colorectal cancer. He was born on November 13, 1948 at Kutubpur village of Netrokona district. He studied chemistry at Dhaka University and later became a professor of chemistry there.
Humayun Ahmed authored around 200 books of fiction and non-fiction and directed 15 films. His writing included novels, short stories, an autobiography and columns in different newspapers.
Ahmed created characters like Himu and Misir Ali, characterised by eccentric, comic and compassionate features, who achieved unparallelled popularity, particularly among the readers of post-liberation Bangladesh.
Besides books, he wrote many songs which he used in his films and TV plays. His creations earned him a number of awards including the Bangla Academy Award and the Ekushey Padak.
Humayun’s first television drama was Prothom Prohor which was aired in 1983. His first film Aguner Parashmani, based on the 1971 Liberation War, won the National Film Award in eight categories.