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novelist , poet

Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud is a Bangladeshi poet, novelist, and short-story writer.


He was born in Morail Village of Brahmanbaria District in Bangladesh.


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. 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 wrote Kaler Kalosh (1966), Sonali Kabin (1966) and Mayabi Porda Dule Otho (1976).

Mahmud's other famous poetical works include, Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash, Bakhtiyarer Ghora and Nodir Bhitorer Nodi. In addition to writing poetry, he has written short stories, novels and essays such as Pankourir Rakta and Upamohadesh. He took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh as a freedom fighter in 1971.

After the war, he joined The Daily Ganakantha as the assistant editor. He was jailed for a year during the era of Awami League government. Later, Al Mahmud joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1975 and retired in 1993 as director of the academy.


  • Ekushey Padak, 1987; The highest literature award of BangladeshBangla Academy Award, 1968Chattagram Sangskriti Kendro Farrukh Memorial Award (1995)Kabi Jasim Uddin AwardPhilips Literary AwardAlakta Literary AwardSufi Motaher Hossain Literary Gold MedalLalon Award (2011).


  • Other Work

    • Author: (poetry) Lok Lokantor, 1963, Kaler Kalosh, 1966, Sonali Kabin, 1966, Mayabi Porda Dule Otho, 1969, (short stories) Pankourir Rokto, 1975, Souraver Kachhe Porajito, 1983, Gandho Bonik, 1988, Moyurir Mukh, 1994, (novels) Gallinule, 1992, The Poet and the Chaos, 1993, The Subcontinent, 1993, Kabil's Sister, 1993, Man and Beauty, 1994, A Herbal Woman, 1994, A Valley of the Desert Rats, 1994, A Jinn Girl, 1994, (autobiography) Je Bhabe Bere Uthi, 1984.


The complete secularism of his approach is also striking…he was born and brought up in a very conservative Muslim religious family. It is not a secularism forced by some ideology, but present naturally and ubiquitously in his metaphors, images and themes.


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.


Married Nadira Syede Begum. 8 children.

Nadira Syede Begum