The 28th death anniversary of Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal, a poet, educationist, singer and composer, was observed yesterday.
He died on September 23, 1989 at the age of 53.
Abu Hena was born in Gobinda village of Pabna district on March 1, 1936. After passing MA in Bangla in 1959 from Dhaka University, he taught at different local colleges before joining the Department of Bangla, Dhaka University, as a lecturer in 1963.
He joined Rajshahi University as senior lecturer of Bangla in 1965.
In 1966, he went to London University on a Commonwealth Scholarship and obtained PhD degree for his dissertation on Bengali Press and Literary Writings.
Abu Hena joined Chittagong University in 1973. In 1978 he rejoined the Bangla Department of Dhaka University as a professor. He became director general of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1984 and of the Bangla Academy in 1986.
Abu Hena wrote three books of poems—“Apan Jouban Boiri” (1974), “Jehetu Janmandha” (1984) and “Akranta Ghazal” (1988) and a collection of songs “Ami Sagarer Neel”. The number of published books of Abu Hena is five. He won Ekushey Padak in 1987. Abu Hena also won a number of awards for his outstanding contribution in literature and other disciplines of knowledge.