Shawkat Osman, a noted litterateur of the country, was remembered on his 21st death anniversary on Tuesday.
To observe the day in a befitting manner, socio-cultural organisations held elaborate programmes across the country.To mark the day, a commemorative programme was held at the Kobi Sufia Kamal auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum in the capital’s Shahbagh area on Tuesday.
Kotha Shilpi Shawkat Osman Smrity Parishad organised the programme.
Shawkat Osman was born in Hughli of West Bengal on January 2, in 1917. His father was Sheikh Mohammad Yahia.
He was educated at Aliah University (Anglo-Persian Department), and at the St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta from where he graduated in 1938.
Thereafter, he would earn an MA degree in Bengali literature from the University of Calcutta in 1941.
Born in what was then West Bengal, Osman migrated to East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) after the partition of India in 1947.He started his professional life by teaching at Dhaka College. He also taught at Chittagong Commerce College.
He worked for the Mujibnagar Government in 1971. His son Yafes Osman became the Science and Technology minister of Bangladesh in 2009.
Shawkat Osman’s first prominent novel was ‘Janani’. It is a portrait of the disintegration of a family because of the rural and urban divide.
In ‘Kritadaser Hasi’ (Laugh of a Slave), Osman explores the darkness of contemporary politics and reality of dictatorship. He wrote many novels, short stories, poems, drama, stories and books for children, essays and more under the penname Shawkat Osman.
His famous novels are Boni Adam (1943), Janani (1958), Kritadaser Hasi, (1962), Samagam (1967), Chaurasandhi (1968), Raja Upakhyan (1971), Jahannam Haite Biday (1971), Dui Sainik (1973), Nekre Aranya (1973), Patanga Pinjar (1983), Rajsakkhi (1985), Jolangi (1986), and Puratan Khanjar (1987).
Shawkat Osman died in Dhaka on May 14, 1998.