Writer and former director of Bangla Academy Forhad Khan died while undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a hospital in the capital in the wee hours of Friday. He was 77 years old.
Bangla Academy’s deputy manuscript editor Quazi Jahidul Haque told New Age that Forhad Khan died while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College around 4 a.m.
âForhad Khan was admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 a week ago. In addition, he had suffered from cancer for a long time, âQuazi Jahidul Haque told New Age.
“His namaz-e-janaza was held at Jannatul Maowa cemetery in Mirpur 11, where he was buried at 10:30 am,” Quazi Jahidul Haque added.
Bangla Academy Director General, poet Mohammad Nurul Huda and Bangla Academy Director Jalal Ahmed, among others, attended Forhad Khan’s namaz-e-janaza.
Peers and admirers expressed deep shock at the death of Forhad Khan and recalled his contribution to Bengali language and literature.
Essayist and translator Suresh Ranjan Basak said: âThe death of Forhad Khan was a big shock to me. When I think of Forhad Khan, I imagine a tall, fair-skinned, well-built man with a soft voice and a smile, with a strong personality and perfect pronunciation of Bengali.
âAs my intimacy with him grew during his long days at Bangla Academy, I came to know the extent of his knowledge of language and literature, not to mention his love for them. of them. He had a spell around him; he attracted people effortlessly. Besides his long service in various capacities at Bangla Academy, he was a leading writer, a writer to be reckoned with, “added Suresh Ranjan Basak, who also mentioned:” I feel lucky that, while he was director of the manuscripts and translation division of the academy, he took the initiative to publish two of my books.
Today my heart cries for him and my soul prays for his soul. That his soul rests in peace.
Writer Abedin Quader said: âForhad Khan’s real name was Abdur Rab Khan, but he used the writing under the pseudonym Forhad Khan. I had a good relationship with Forhad Khan in the 1970s. ‘
âI have rarely seen a person as friendly and calm as Forhad Khan. During his student life, he read the news on Rajshahi radio station. After arriving in Dhaka, he continued to host programs broadcast on radio and television. He had excellent voice, pronunciation and literary acumen. In my memoir named Adda, I wrote about it. I was deeply saddened by his death.
Forhad Khan was born in Amla in Kushtia on December 23, 1944. He studied Bangla at Rajshahi University. He started his career at Kumarkhali College in Kushtia in 1970.
He joined Bangla Academy in 1973. He retired from Bangla Academy as Director in 2002.
Besides writing, he also anchored programs on television.
Forhad Khan’s works include Pratichya Puran, Bangla Shabder Utsa Abhidhan, Chitra o Bichitra, Hariye Jaowa Harapher Kahini, Shabder Chalchitra, Nil Bidroho, Bangalir Bibidh Bilas.
For his contribution to the Bangla essay, he was awarded the Mohammad Barkatullah Prabandha Sahitya Puraskar Prize in 2019.
He is survived by his son and daughter.