Celebrated poet Al Mahmud was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of IBN Sina Hospital in the capital on Saturday night.
Abid Azam, the close aide of the poet said Al Mahmud was admitted to the hospital on Friday night as he fell sick. Later on Saturday night, he was shifted to the ICU after his condition deteriorated.
Al Mahmud is undergoing treatment under neurology specialist Dr Abdul Hay.
Poet Al Mahmud celebrated his 82nd birth anniversary in June last year and he has been suffering from multiple old age complications.
His last publication, his autobiography titled ‘Jiban Jakhan Bak Ghore’, was published during the Amar Ekushey Granthamela in 2017.
Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, best known as Al Mahmud, is a Bangladeshi poet, novelist, and short-story writer.
He is considered one of the greatest Bengali poets to have emerged in the 20th century. His work in Bengali poetry is dominated by his frequent use of regional dialects.
In the 1950s he was among those Bengali poets who were outspoken in their writing on such subjects as the events of the Bengali Language Movement, nationalism, political and economical repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.
He was born in Morail Village of Brahmanbaria District in Bangladesh. His childhood and secondary education days were spent in this village which is located adjacent to Brahmanbaria town.
Mahmud started his career as a journalist. He obtained widespread recognition after Lok Lokantor was published in 1963.
In succession, he wrote Kaler Kalosh (1966), Sonali Kabin (1966) and Mayabi Porda Dule Otho (1976).
Mahmud's other famous poetical works include, Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash, Bakhtiyarer Ghora and Nodir Bhitorer Nodi.
In addition to writing poetry, he has written short stories, novels and essays such as Pankourir Rakta and Upamohadesh.
He took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh as a freedom fighter in 1971. After the war, he joined The Daily Ganakantha as the assistant editor.
In recognition of his contribution, Al Mahmud was honoured with Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Award, and Kabi Jasim Uddin Award.