Ekushey Padak and Independence Day Award conferred short-story writer and novelist Hasan Azizul Huq, who was undergoing treatment due to multiple health issues, passed away in Rajshahi on November 15, Monday.
Huq was physically unwell for the last couple of months, and back in August, he was brought to Dhaka via an air ambulance after falling seriously ill with an imbalanced electrolyte and heart disease - however, returned home a few days later. In addition to these, he had age-related health issues, heart problems and diabetes. He was first admitted to National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute. A 16-member medical board was formed for his treatment. Later he was shifted to BSMMU where another medical board of five doctors was formed.
Born in Jabgraam in the Burdwan district of West Bengal in 1939, Hasan Azizul Huq completed his post-graduation from Rajshahi University in 1960. He served as a faculty in the Department of Philosophy of the same University from 1973 till 2004.
He has authored a wide variety of short stories, displaying a singularly exquisite type of literary language during the course of his exceptional and famous literary career, which spans more than five decades. His stories reflected the miseries of farmers and working-class people in the most realistic way possible, as well as discrimination against working-class women and their misery. He also wrote about historical events and their consequences, particularly on the horrible consequences of the Partition of Bengal in 1947, which was followed by brutal communal violence as well as the 1971 Liberation War and its multifaceted aftermaths in the country.
“Samudrer Swapna, Sheether Aranya” (1964) is Huq's first published book. “Atmoja o Ekti Karabi Gaachh” (1967), “Jeeban Ghashe Agun” (1973), “Namheen Gotrohin” (1974), “Pataale, Haspataale” (1981), “Kathakata” (1981), “Aprakasher Bhaar” (1988), “Ma Meyer Sansar” (1997) ae some of his most-read literary creations. “Firey Jai Firey Ashi” and “Uki Diye Digonto” are two of his autobiographies. His stories have been translated into several languages, including English, Hindi, Urdu, Russian, Czech, and Japanese. He was awarded honorary D-Litt degree by Assam University of India in 2012 and Rajshahi University in 2018 for his outstanding contribution in various fields of social state research.
Considered as one of the most prominent writers and a legendary literature in the country, Hasan Azizul Huq received many prestigious awards in his literary career including the Bangla Academy Literary Award (1970), Ekushey Padak (1999), Ananda Puroshkar (2008), Independence Day Award (2019), Lekhok Shibir Puroshkar and more, for his contribution in Bengali literature.