Poet Belal Chowdhury passes away

Ekushey Padak winning poet Belal Chowdhury passed away on Tuesday noon at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital at Dhanmondi in the capital.

He breathed his last around 12:30pm, confirmed Abdullah Pratik Chowdhury, eldest son of the poet.

He was 79.

The poet had been suffering from kidney diseases and diabetes. He was taking treatment for the last four months.

Chowdhury served Bharat Bichitra as its editor, published from Indian embassy in Dhaka. He was also an editor of Shaptahik Sandwip and Krittibas, a Bengali poetry magazine edited by Sunil Gangopadhyay.

Belal Chowdhury also has reputation as journalist, essayist and translator. He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2014 for his literary contribution. He also received Bangla Academy Literary Award.

Belal Chowdhury was born on November 12, 1938 at Sharsdi in Feni in the then Bengal Presidency under the British rule.

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