Renowned poet and journalist Sajjad Kadir passed away at Suhrawardy Hospital in the city on April 6. He was 70. He breathed his last at around 2pm as he suffered a cardiac arrest, family sources said. Before leaving this world Kadir had ensured that some 80 books on poetry, novels, dramas and articles can carry on his credit.
Sajjad Kadir, one of the leading poets in contemporary Bengali literature. He is also a poet of mystery and muted ambiance. Since he took to poetry, he has carefully removed himself from any disquiet and unsteadiness. His love for beauty and nature comes through in a very animated and intimate manner in his canvas of poetry. He has used the imagery of the moon, sun, sky, lush greenery, clouds and other natural wonders in his poetry. He enjoyed rural beauty and the silent environment of pastoral areas. Raindrops on a tin roof, moonlit nights, the autumn skies, winter mornings and fishing at night — these are vibrant episodes in his life.
Born on April 14, 1947 in Tangail, he completed his post-graduation at Department of Bangla, University of Dhaka in 1970.
He began his career as a lecturer at the Bangla Department of Karatia Sadat College in 1972, but quit the teaching within four years.
Kadir then joined weekly Bichitra as a sub-editor on July 14, 1976 and emerged as a journalist and poet subsequently.
He worked for different newspapers in his long journalistic career. Kadir was also director of Bangladesh Press Institute from 1995 to 2204 and a member of Jatiyo Press Club.