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Prof Anisuzzaman's 84th birth anniversary observed

  • Published at 05:09 pm February 18th, 2021
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A biographical novel on the late professor, titled 'Anisuzzaman', will be unveiled at Pathak Shamabesh at Shahbag

Thursday marks the 84th birth anniversary of Ekushey Padak winner late national professor Anisuzzaman, one of the most prolific and respected Bangladeshi academics.

An activist of the 1952 Language Movement, professor Anisuzzaman was born on February 18, 1937 in Kolkata, West Bengal located in the then British India.

Different socio-cultural organizations are organizing programs in remembrance of the late professor throughout the day.

A biographical novel on the professor, titled “Anisuzzaman”, is scheduled to be unveiled at Pathak Shamabesh at Shahbag in the capital at 4pm on Thursday.

Siddika Zaman, wife of the late academic, will join the event as the chief guest, while Rabindra University VC Dr Biswajit Ghosh alongside Bangla Academy President Shamsuzzaman Khan and Chairman of Bengali Department at Dhaka University Syed Azizul Huq will join the event as special guests.

The biographical novel is written by Dr M Abdul Alim, associate professor at the Department of Bengali, Pabna University of Science and Technology and the book was published by Student Ways.

Life and career 

National professor Anisuzzaman was part of what many consider Bengal's Golden Age, which produced some of the most defining moments of its history. Till his last days, he was fully involved in teaching, research, writing, editing, attending seminars and conferences, interacting with people in different social and intellectual campaigns and more.

After shifting to the then East Pakistan from Kolkata after the partition in 1947, Anisuzzaman participated in the 1952 Language Movement as an activist and continued taking part in other movements including the mass upsurge in 1969 and the Liberation War in 1971 as one of the intellectual architects, building the nation with his knowledge. He was also involved in the anti-autocracy movement in 1990.

The Bangla language part of the Constitution of Bangladesh was adopted in November 1972, under his administration and guidance. He was also a member of the Kudrat-E-Khuda National Education Commission.
Recognized as one of the eminent academics of the country, Anisuzzaman was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago (1964-65), a Commonwealth academic staff fellow at the University of London (1974-75), and was associated with research projects of the United Nations University (1978-83).

He taught Bangla literature at the University of Dhaka (1959-69, 1985-2003 and 2005-08) and University of Chittagong (1969-85).

As a visiting fellow, he taught at the University of Paris (1994), North Carolina State University (1995) and University of Calcutta (2010), and a visiting professor at the Visva-Bharati (2008-09 and 2011).

In his esteemed career, he served as the chairman of the Trustee Board of the Nazrul Institute, an elected fellow of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and has been president of the Bangla Academy in two terms (1999-2002 and 2011-2018).

For his outstanding research on the history of Bengali literature as an academic, professor Anisuzzaman received Bangla Academy Literary Award (1970), Ekushey Padak for his contribution in education (1985) and country's highest award, the Swadhinata Padak for literature (2015), alongside many other international awards including the Padma Bhusan (2014), India's third-highest civilian honour for his immense contribution in the fields of Bangla literature and education.

Also a litterateur and a prolific writer, he authored many literary creations including Muslim Manos O Bangla Sahitya (1964), Munir Chowdhury (1975), Swaruper Sandhane (1976), Atharo Shotoker Bangla Chithi (1983), Purono Bangla Gadya (1984), Aamar Ekattor (1997), Muktijudho Ebong Tarpor (1998), Aamar Chokh (1999), Bangali Nari: Sahittye o Somaje (2000), Kaal Nirobodhi (2003), Factory correspondence and other Bengali Documents in the Indian Office Library and Records (1981), Creativity, Identity and Reality (1991), Cultural Pluralism (1993), Identity, Religion and Recent history (1995) and more.

Professor Anisuzzaman breathed his last at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka on May 14, 2020 at the age of 83.