Shahidullah was noted for his revolutionary and romantic poetry. He is considered one of the leading Bengali poets of the 1970s. Shahidullah was the husband of writer Taslima Nasrin.
He died as a result of drug abuse.
In the popular culture of Bangladesh, Shahidullah"s most well known contribution is the song Bhalo Achi Bhalo Theko, popular ever since it was written. In 1991, an annual fair called was started to commemorate the poet.
He was a student of Dhaka West End School. From this school he passed Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in 1973 and Higher Secondary School Certificate (Higher School Certificate) in 1975.
Then he entered Dhaka University and got his Master of Arts academic degree in Bengali.
In 1982 Taslima Nasrin fell in love with Rudra and fled home to marry him. They divorced in 1986. He died on 21 June 1991 as a result of drug abuse and depression.
His notable song is regarded by some people as a suicide note to Taslima Nasrin.
Other works = Collection of poems = Poems = Short stories = Play Rudra Smriti Sangsad organises an annual fair named, in memory of poet Rudro Mohammad Shahidullah. With a well-composed harmony of local and foreign instruments tuning with the song meaning "I am fine and hope so thy, write me at the address in sky," Dhaka University"s Fine Arts Institute premises, the fair venue, momentarily got a festive mood in reminiscence of the poet of unbound love and liveliness.
Earlier, eminent intellectual Kamal Lohani inaugurated the fair at 11.30 american Then the award for juvenile painting competition was distributed.
In the first session of the fair, Doctor Bishwajit Ghos presented the keynote paper on Rudro"s poetry and poet Asad Chowdhury, Nurul Huda, Nasiruddin Yousuf, Golam Kuddus and Ahkamullah took part in the discussion.
After the discussion, the entertainment session of the fair started with recitation of solo poem by the performers of Rudra Sangsad. Eminent recitation artists Shimul Mustafa and Progga Laboni also performed solo while Prokash, Srote, Udichi, Shorobritto, and Shorokalpan took part in groups. Folk songs of Sameer Baul, Babul Sarkar, Ruma Akter and other Baul artists enthralled audience for hours with their touching odes.
Iffat ara Nargis, Fakir Sahabuddin, Arif Rahman, Mita Haque and Rathiandra Roy also rendered songs in the day-long programme.
Rudra Award 2004 went to famous recitation artist Shimul Mustofa.