Dhaka – Bangladesh’s noted poet Belal Chowdhury died on Tuesday at the age of 79, hospital and family sources said.
Chowdhury, a recipient of Bangladesh second highest civilian Ekushey Award in 2014, breathed his last in the noontime at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital where he had been undergoing treatment.
The poet is survived by two sons, a daughter and a host of relatives, friends and well wishers. Friends and relatives posted condolences on social media sites.
He has been undergoing treatment for his diabetes and kidney complications at the Anwar Khan Modern Hospital since August 27.
Chowdhury served Bharat Bichitra as its editor, published from Indian High Commission in Dhaka. He was also an editor of Shaptahik Sandwip and Krittibas, a Bengali poetry magazine edited by Sunil Gangopadhyay, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Born on November 12, 1938 in Feni district, Chowdhury had been involved in leftist movement during his student life. He was jail for joining the language movement in 1952
The body of the poet will be kept at Central Shaheed Minar for Wednesday from 11am to 12pm for people to pay their last respect. Sammilito Sangskritik Jote and Jatiya Kabita Parishad will facilitate the programme. He will also be taken to Bangla Academy.
He will be buried at his village for burial at his ancestral graveyard after the first funeral prayer to be held at Dhaka University Central Mosque Wednesday.
He will be buried at his ancestral home in Feni after the namaz-e-zanaza or funeral prayers at Dhaka University Central Mosque.
Chowdhury authored to more 50 books of poems, prose and fictions.