Ekushey Padak recipient and Bangla Academy Director General Poet Habibullah Sirajee passed away at a city hospital on Monday night at the age of 73.
Sirajee had been suffering from colon cancer.President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Bangla Academy DG Habibullah Sirajee.
In a condolence message, the head of the state prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
In a condolence message at the demise of the Ekushey Award winning poet and writer, Sheikh Hasina said Habibullah Sirajee highlighted the War of Liberation and progressiveness in his poem and works, which would be remembered by the readers.
The premier prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Sirajee, who graduated from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, was the recipient of various local and foreign awards, including Ekushey Padak in 2016 and Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1991.
He left behind wife, sons and a host of relatives and well wishers to mourn his death.Sirajee was born to Abul Hossen Sirajee and Jahanara Begum couple on December 31 in 1948 at Rasulpur village of Faridpur district.
He passed secondary examination from Faridpur Jilla School in 1964, higher secondary in 1966 from Faridpur Rajendra College and completed graduation in engineering from BUET in 1970.
He authored around 50 books which included literature, article and memoirs during his lifetime. He received prestigious Ekhusey Padak in 2016 for poetry and was adorned with Bangla Academy Sahittya Award in 1991.
Sirajee was also adorned with various awards like Jashore Sahittya Parishad Award in 1987, Alaol Sahityya Award in 1989, Bishnu Dey award in 2007, Ruposhi Bangla award in 2010 and Mahadiganta award in 2011.
The poet was undergoing treatment at Bangladesh Specialised Hospital. His body was taken to Bangla Academy at 9:55am on Tuesday for paying last respect.
His first namaj-e-janaza was also held on the Academy premises.
He was buried at Azimpur graveyard after second namaj-e-janaza there.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid in a condolence message prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
“Poet Habibullah Sirajee played a significant role in forming Jatiya Kabita Parishad during 1980’s. He highlighted war of independence and progressive outlook in his poetry and works,” he said.
Other members of the cabinet, including Obaidul Quader, Dr Abdur Razaque, Dr Dipu Moni, Dr Hasan Mahmud, Anisul Huq, AHM Mustafa Kamal, MA Mannan, Nurul Mazid Humayun, Nurul Islam Sujan, Sahab Uddin, SM Rezaul Karim, Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Imran Ahmed, Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Zahed Faruque, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Murad Hasan, Mahbub Ali and Zahid Ahsan Russel also expressed deep shock at the death of Sirajee.
Various organisations, including Dhaka University, Bangladesh Press Council, Jatiya Party, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Awami Swechchasebak League, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Jatiya Kabita Parishad, Bangladesh Gyan and Srijanshil Prakashak, Writers Club of Bangladesh, Bengal Foundation and Bangladesh Abritti Sangsad also expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Sirajee.