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Al Mahmud
Mahmud in 2009
Mahmud in 2009
Native name
আল মাহমুদ
Born Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud
(1936-07-11)11 July 1936
Brahmanbaria District, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 15 February 2019(2019-02-15) (aged 82)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation Poet, journalist
Nationality Bangladeshi
Genre Poet, novelist, short-story writer
Subject Literature
Notable works Lok Lokantor
Kaler Kalosh
Sonali Kabin
Mayabi Porda Dule Otho
Notable awards Full list
Spouse Late Sayeda Nadira Begum
Children Mir Sharif Mahmud

Mir Arif Mahmud

Mir Tarek Mahmud

Atia Mir

Tania Mir

Mir Muhammad Monir

Mir Anis

Zinia Mir

Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud (known as Al Mahmud; 11 July 1936 – 15 February 2019) was a Bangladeshi poet, novelist, and short-story writer. He is considered one of the greatest Bengali poets to have emerged in the 20th century. His work in Bengali poetry is dominated by his frequent use of regional dialects. In the 1950s he was among those Bengali poets who were outspoken in their writing on such subjects as the events of the Bengali Language Movement, nationalism, political and economical repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.

Early life and career

Mahmud was born in Morail Village of Brahmanbaria District in present-day Bangladesh. His childhood and secondary education days were spent in this village which is located adjacent to Brahmanbaria town.

Mahmud started his career as a journalist. He obtained widespread recognition after Lok Lokantor was published in 1963. In succession, he then penned Kaler Kalosh (1966), Sonali Kabin (1973), and Mayabi Porda Dule Otho (1976). His other notable poetical works include, Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash, Bakhtiyarer Ghora and Nodir Bhitorer Nodi. In addition to writing poetry, he wrote short stories, novels and essays such as Pankourir Rakta and Upamohadesh. In 1971 he went to India and worked there to build public opinion in favour of the Liberation War of Bangladesh. After the war, he joined The Daily Ganakantha as the assistant editor. He was jailed for a year during the regime of the Awami League government. Later, he joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1975 and retired in 1993 as director of the academy.

Literary work

Mahmud's literary work Shonali Kabin published in 1973, is considered as a landmark of Bengali poetry.

Selected works

  • Lok Lokantor (1963)
  • Kaler Kalos (1966)
  • Shonali Kabin (1973)
  • Mayabi Porda Dule Otho (1976)
  • Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash
  • Bokhtiyarer Ghora
  • Dinjapon
  • Ditiyo Bhangon
  • Ekti Pakhi Lej Jhola
  • Golpshomogro
  • Jebhabe Gore Uthi
  • Kishor Shomogro
  • Kobir Atmobisshash
  • Kobita Somogro- 1, 2
  • Pankourir Rakta (1975)
  • Na Kono Shunnota Mani Na
  • Nodir Bhitorer Nodi
  • Pakhir Kache, Phooler Kache
  • Prem O Bhalobashar Kobita
  • Prem Prokritir Droho Ar Prarthonar Kobita
  • Upomohadesh
  • Trishera


Al Mahmud
Mahmud in 2007
  • Bangla Academy Literary Award (1968)
  • Joy Bangla Award (1972)
  • Humayun Kabir Memorial Award (1972)
  • Jibonananda Memorial Award (1972)
  • Kaji Motaher Hossain Literary Award (1976)
  • Kabi Jasim Uddin Award
  • Philips Literary Award (1986)
  • Ekushey Padak (1986)
  • Nasir Uddin Gold Award (1990)
  • Chattagram Sangskriti Kendro Farrukh Memorial Award (1995)
  • Alakta Literary Award
  • Lalon Award (2011)
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