Published: Friday, May 17, 2013

Shawkat Osman remembered

a07On the occasion of the 15th death anniversary of noted author Shawkat Osman, a memorial meeting was organised by Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka on Tuesday.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu was chief guest at the memorial meeting. Cultural Affairs Secretary, Dr Ranjit Kumar Biswas, was present as special guest. Professor Bulbon Osman, elder son of Shawkat Osman; Professor Rafiqullah Khan, Bangla Department, Dhaka University; State Minister for Science, Information and Technology, Yeafesh Osman, son of Shawkat Osman, took part in a discussion. Rakibul Islam, secretary general of Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad, delivered the welcome speech. Language Movement veteran and essayist Ahmed Rafiq presided over the programme.

The discussants briefly focused on the author’s life and contributions. His writings highlight the disadvantaged and downtrodden people in our society. Their miseries and social issues are recurring subjects in his works, they added.

Ahmed Rafiq said, “Osman fought against communalism and anti-Liberation War forces. His writings carry strong messages against fundamentalism and religious bigotry.”

Ranjit Kumar Biswas said, “Osman was a politically and socially aware author.”

Bulbon Osman said, “Osman was an avid reader and had a great sense of humour. He had intense interest in music, art, geography, science and anthropology.”

He received many awards and accolades, including the Independence Day Award in 1997.