Dhaka – Bangladesh’s prominent writer Syed Shamsul Haq passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81.
The writer breathed his last at the United Hospital in Dhaka in the evening after long ailment. He had been undergoing treatment at the oncology department since September 1, hospital and family sources said.
Haq left behind his wife Anwara Syed Haq, son Ditio Syed-Haq, daughter Bidita Sadi and a host of relatives and well-wishers.
The writer was earlier treated at Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom for lung diseases in April.
Born in 1935 in the northern district of Kurigram, Haq passed higher secondary certificate exam from Jagannath College and then admitted to Dhaka University.
He was well known for his prose as poetry. He enriched the Bangla literature with writing novels, short story and poems among others. He also acted in drama.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at the demise of the prominent writer.
Hasina termed the demise as irreparable loss to the country’s literary arena.
The father of the nation, Bengalis and Bangladesh were one to Syed Haq (as he was called, the Prime Minister said.
People have been shown in his writing the ways to build a secular Bangladesh upholding spirit of the Liberation War, she added.
Haq was honoured with Bangla Academy Award in 1966, Ekushey Padak in 1984 and Swadhinata Award in 2000 for his contributions to Bangla literature.