He was simultaneously a poet, playwright, translator, researcher, and literary critic
Prominent playwright, Professor Dr Afsar Ahmad of the Drama and Dramatics Department at Jahangirnagar University (JU), died of cardiac arrest at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in the capital on Saturday around 1:30pm.
Professor Dr Esrafil Ahmed Rangon, chairman of the JU Drama and Dramatics Department, confirmed the news to BSS.
On his way back to Dhaka from Khulna, he suddenly had a heart attack on the plane. Later, he was taken to the hospital where doctors declared him dead, he said
He had no major physical problems before. After a while, his body will reach the university campus and after Isha prayers, the namaz-e-janaza will be held there, he added.
Afsar Ahmad left behind his wife, a daughter, and a host of well-wishers to mourn his death.
Professor Afsar Ahmad's death has cast a shadow of grief over the campus. The vice-chancellor, teachers, and students of the university expressed their sorrow over his death.
In a condolence message, JU VC Professor Farzana Islam said that the death of Afsar Ahmad is an irreparable loss to Bengali drama, culture, and the university.
She also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Professor Afsar Ahmad was born on September 30, 1959 in the North Jamsha village of Singair upazila in Manikganj district. He completed both graduation and post-graduation degrees from JU's Language and Literature department.
Later, he also obtained a PhD degree in Ethnic Drama of Bangladesh from JU.
Prof Afsar Ahmad started his teaching career as a lecturer at the Bangla department of Jahangirnagar University and later joined the first full-fledged drama and dramatics department in Bangladesh in 1986. He was an essential component in the department's establishment.
In his working life, he performed various important duties for the university including Pro-VC, chairman of the Drama and Dramatics department, dean of Arts and Humanities faculty, proctor, and elected members of the Senate and Syndicate.
Prof Afsar Ahmad was simultaneously a poet, playwright, translator, researcher, and literary critic.