Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 02:03:39 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Novelist Shawkat Osman

photo by

By
10th-Jan-2020       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Syed Azizul Huq :
Shawkat Osman (1917-1998), educationist, novelist, short story writer, was born on 2nd January in 1917 in Hughli, West Bengal, India.
His real name was Sheikh Azizur Rahman; Shawkat Osman was his pen name. He passed MA in Bangla in 1941 from Calcutta University. Earlier, in 1936, he worked briefly as a clerk in the Calcutta Corporation. After completing his MA he taught at Government Commercial College. He migrated to East Pakistan in 1947, in the wake of partition, and joined Chittagong College of Commerce. In 1959 he joined Dhaka College, from where he retired in 1972. He also worked in the Krishak for some time.
Though Shawkat Osman is mainly known as a novelist and short story writer, he also wrote in a number of other genres such as essays, plays, humorous writings, memoirs and books for children. His popular novels include Jononi (The Mother, 1958), Kritodaser Hasi (The Laughter of a Slave, 1962), Somagom (The Gathering, 1967), Chourosondhi (Friendship with Thieves, 1968), Raja Upakhyan (Stories of Kings, 1971), Jahannam Hoite Biday (Goodbye from Hell, 1971), Dui Soinik (Two Soldiers, 1973), Nekre Oronyo (Wolves’ Forest, 1973), Potongo Pinjor (Insects’ Cage, 1983), Artonad (Yell, 1985), and Rajpurus (King’s Men, 1992). Anthologies of stories are Junu Apa O Onyanyo Golpo (Sister Junu and Other Stories, 1952), Monib O Tahar Kukur (The Master and His Dog, 1986), Ishworer Protidwondi (Contestant of God, 1990) etc. His essays have been collected in Sangskritir Chorai Utrai (Upheavals of Culture, 1985), Muslim Manoser Rupantor (Changes in Muslim Thought, 1986), etc.
He also wrote a number of plays: Amlar Mamla (Suits by Bureaucrats, 1949), Purno Svadhinota Churno Swadhinota (Total Independence Shattered Independence, 1990). His writings for children include Oten Saheber Banglo (Mr Oten’s Cottage, 1944), Mosquito Phone (Phone for Mosquitoes, 1957), Ksudey Socialist (The Little Socialist, 1973), Ponchosongi (The Five Companions, 1987). He was also a humorist, as for example, in Nijoswo Songbaddata Prerito (Sent by the Staff Correspondent, 1982).
Jononi and Kritodaser Hasi are his two most well known books. Jononi portrays the destruction of a family because of friction between rural and urban life. Kritodaser Hasi reveals dark episodes of political life and shows how autocrats torture people. In Nekre Oronyo, based on the war of liberation, he depicts the oppressions of the Pakistan army on the people of Bangladesh.
Shawkat Osman wrote some memoirs, among them Swojon Songram (Kinsman’s Struggle, 1986), Kalratri Khondochitro (A Partial Picture of a Dangerous Night, 1986), Onek Kahan (Too Many Speeches, 1991), Goodbye Justice Masud (1993), Mujibnagar (1993), Ostittwer Songe Songlap (Discussion with Existence, 1994), Sodarer Khonje Svodesher Sondhane (Look for Friends, 1995), and Moulobader Agun Niye Khela (Playing with the Fire of Fundamentalism, 1996).
He also translated a large number of novels, short stories and plays into Bangla. Among some of his translated books are Nisho (1948-49), Luknitashi (1948), Bagdader Kobi (1953), Time Machine (1959), Panchti Kahini (Leo Tolstoy, 1959), Spainer Chhotogolpo (Short Stories of Spain, 1965) Panchti Natok (Five Plays, 1972), Daktar Abdullahar Karkhana (Workshop of Doctor Abdullah, 1973), Prithibir Rongomonche Manus (People on the Stage of Earth stage, 1985), and Sontaner Swikarokti (The Confession of a son, 1985).
Shawkat Osman was a staunch supporter of Bengali culture and strongly protested against autocracy and religious fundamentalism. Though he was not politically active, he was outspoken in his political opinions. He received the Bangla Academy Award (1962), Adamjee Literary Award (1966), President Award (1967). The Ekushey Padak (1983), Mahbubullah Foundation Prize (1983), Muktadhara Literary Award (1991) and Independence Day Award (1997).
He breathed his last on 14 May in 1998.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Ronaldo double pulls Juventus clear as Inter stalled in Lecce


AFP, Milan :Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Juventus beat Parma 2-1 to pull four points clear of Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A table on Sunday.Inter's title push hit another stumbling block after a 1-1 draw at lowly Lecce while Ante Rebic fired city rivals AC Milan ...

International »

Abe strikes conciliatory note on S.Korea, row may be easing


Reuters, Tokyo :Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that South Korea was its "most important neighbour" and that the two shared basic values, taking a conciliatory tone towards the country that has been locked in a bitter row with Tokyo for over a year.The comment comes after South ...

City »

Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha formed a human chain in front of the National Museum in the city's Shahbagh on Monday urging all to be united to make South Asia fair.


Entertainment »

Chamok Tara acts in Padatik’s play today


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Country’s one of the popular theatre troupes, Padatik Nattya Sangsad will turn into 43 today. In its long time journey, Padatik produced 41 plays till now. Macbeth, Jonomanko, Kalratri, Mouse Trap, Beder Meye, Gohonjatra, Sojon Badiar Ghat, Maa, Kaler Jatra, Monsar Pala, Chandraboti, Chokkor, Khetmojur Khoimuddin, etc ...

Editorial »

Banks to face dire consequences for govt's contradictory borrowing policy


THE government is borrowing funds from banks at more than 9 per cent interest rates against treasury bills and bonds, which contradicts its move to force banks to implement 9 per cent lending rate. As per rules, lending to the government or even against any government guarantee does not create ...

Sports »

Members of Group Skyliners of the United States pose on the podium after winning the 16th Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy synchronized skating competition in Zagreb, Croatia on Saturday.


International »

Maduro ready to open direct talks with US


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was still comfortably in charge and open to direct negotiations with the US, in an interview published Saturday by The Washington Post.The interview was Maduro's first with a major US outlet since February of last year, when he abruptly ejected all Univision journalists from ...

Entertainment »

Tisha’s Pori O Panir Bottle on Customs Day


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :January 26 is the Customs Day. To mark the day, RTV will telecast a special play titled Pori O Panir Bottle on that day at 8:15pm. National Film Award winner actress Nusrat Imroz Tisha acted in an important role against Mosharraf Karim in the play directed by ...

Entertainment »

Raima has her fingers crossed for Dwitiyo Purush release


Raima Sen, who will soon make her Tamil debut with Agni Siragugal is all geared up for the release of Srijit Mukherji’s next Dwitiyo Purush alongside Parambrata Chatterjee. Like everyone else, she is also pretty much excited about this sequel and believes this one will also have a similar effect ...

Editorial »

Economic diplomacy needs rule of law and dependable banking system


OUR Foreign Minister on Friday said Bangladesh is now focusing on economic diplomacy with a view to boosting the local economy bringing foreign businesses to the country. Interestingly, the major shift in foreign policy is taking place at a time when foreign direct investment (FDI) reaches to nadir, remittance inflow ...

Football »

Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in must win match today


Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in their must win group A last match of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football tournament scheduled to be held today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.State-owned Bangladesh Television , private satellite channel RTV will telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar will provide ...

Sports »

Humbert wins first ATP title in French showdown at Auckland


AFP, Auckland :Rising star Ugo Humbert won his maiden ATP title beating Benoit Paire in a three-set thriller in the final of the Auckland Classic on Saturday.In the all-French showdown, the unseeded Humbert held his nerve in the deciding tie-break of his first ATP final to beat the fifth seed ...

International »

UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer


AP, London :The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a result.Sajid Javid told the Financial Times in an interview ...

City »

Prof MM Akash speaking at a press conference oranised by South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday with a call to make South Asia fair for all.


Editorial »

Charge-sheet filed in Sagira Morshed's murder case: Let there be speedy trial


THE latest success story of Police Bureau of Investigation or PBI has brought again one thing to the forefront that - it's possible to conduct police investigation fairly if the police remain sincere and neutral. The PBI on Thursday submitted the charge-sheet of 30-year-old Sagira Morshed murder case to the ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news