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Poet, novelist Syed Shamsul Haque

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Syed Shamsul Haq (27 December 1935 - 27 September 2016) was a poet, lyricist and writer. He was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1966 (the youngest among all to receive it), Ekushey Padak in 1984 and Independence Day Award in 2000 by the Government of Bangladesh for his contributions to Bangla literature. His notable books include Payer Awaj Pawa Jai, Nishiddho Loban, Khelaram Khele Ja, Neel Dongshon and Mrigoya.
Haq was born in Kurigram on 27 December 1935 to Syed Siddique Husain, a homeopathic physician, and Halima Khatun. He was the eldest of the eight children. In 1951, he went to Bombay to work as an Assistant to Film Director Kamal Amrohi while he was making his film Mahal, but left the job the next year.
Haq was married to Anwara Syed Haq. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. Together they have one daughter, Bidita Sadiq, and one son, Dwitiyo Syed Haq.
On 27 September 2016, he died of lung cancer at the age of 81 in Dhaka.
Haq wrote poetry, fiction, plays (mostly in verse), Music lyrics and essays. His literary works were included in the curriculum of school level, Secondary, Higher Secondary and Graduation level Bengali literature in Bangladesh.
Haq wrote songs including Jar chhaya porechhe monero ainatey and Haire manush rongin fanush.
Poetry: Ekoda Ek Rajje (1961), Boishekhey Rochito Ponktimala (1969), Birotihin Utsob (1969), Protidhonigon (1976), Opor Purush (1978), Kobita Somogro (2007),  and Ek Aschorjo Songamer Smriti.
Novels: Ek Mohilar Chhobi (1959), Onupam Din (1962), Simana Chhariye (1964), Neel Dongshon (1981), Smritimedh (1986), Mrigoyay Kalakshep (1986), Stobdhotar Anubad (1987), Ek Juboker Chhayapath (1987), Swopno Sonkranto (1989), Brishti O Bidrohigon (1996), Baro Diner Shishu (1989), Bonobala Kichu Taka Dhar Niyechhilo (1989, Trahi (1989), Tumi Sei Torbari (1986), Koyekti Manusher Sonali Joubon (1989), Shreshtho Uponyas (1990), Nirbasita (1990), Nishiddho Loban (1990), Khelaram Khele Ja (1991), Megh O Machine (1991), Iha Manush (1991), Mohashunye Poran Master, Dwitiyo Diner Kahini, Balikar Candrojan, Ayna Bibir Pala, Kaldhormo, Duratwa, Na Jeyo Na, Onyo Ek Alingon, Ek Mutho Jonmobhumi, Bukjhim Bhalobasa, Acena, Alor Jonyo, Rajar Sundori, Gupto Jibon Prokashyo Mrittu, Chokebazi, Duder Gelase Nil Machi, Jesmin Road, Khelaram Khele Ja Stories, Tash (1954), Seet Bikel (1959), Rokto Golap (1964), Anonder Mrittu (1967), Collected Short Stories (2006) Plays, Payer Awaj Paoa Jay, Nuruldiner Sara Jibon, Ekhane Ekhon, Ganonayoko, Eersha, Narigon, Uttarbongsho, Khatta Tamasha, Judhho ebong Judhho.
Collected Verse plays: Banglar Mati Banglar Jol,
Translations:  Shakespeare's Macbeth, Shakespeare's The Tempest, Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, Ibsen's Peer Gynt  
Awards : Bangla Academy Literary Award (1966), Adamjee Literary Award (1969), Alakta Gold Medal (1982), Alaol Literary Award (1983), Kabitalap Award (1983), Literary Award of the Association of Women Writers, Ekushey Padak (1984), TENAS Medal (1990), Jebunnessa-Mahbubullah Gold Medal (1985), Padabali Kabita Award (1987), Nasiruddin Gold Medal (1990), National Poetry Award (1997), Independence Day Award (2000), National Poetry Honour (2001).
Golpo Songroho (Collected Stories), the national textbook of BA (pass and subsidiary) course of Bangladesh, published by University of Dhaka in 1979 (reprint in 1986).
Bangla Sahitya (Bengali Literature), the national textbook of Intermediate (college) level of Bangladesh published in 1996 by all educational boards.

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