On the 27th of this month, Bangladesh lost one of her most influential writers- Syed Shamsul Haq. The maestro’s work has been lauded since his first publication. He was a journalist, a writer, a lover of words and sentences, and an overall elegant human being. There isn’t a soul he hasn’t touched on his own land, including many abroad. The Star Weekend pays tribute to this extraordinary soul, who will, much like Socrates, Homer and Shakespeare, forever live on through the work and the legacy he has left behind.
Syed Shamsul Haq
(27 December 1935 – 27 September 2016)
Syed Shamsul Haq was one of the most prolific poets, lyricists and writers of our country.
Haq was born in Kurigram on 27 December 1935. His father, Syed Siddique Husain, was a homeopathic physician. His mother was Halima Khatun. His father came to Kurigram to pursue the practice of medicine. Read more
Acclaimed poet,author and playwright Syed Shamsul Haq, who died Tuesday, was nowhere near his swansong, Culture Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor says.
“Syed Haq was a busy and regular writer even to his last day as he used to say he has a lot left to write,” the minister said. “It was hard to believe that his zest for life was interrupted so abruptly.”
The minister rushed to United Hospital at the news of the demise of the maverick.
Holding back tears while interacting with journalists at the hospital in the evening, Noor said, “We had never thought we’d lose him so soon.”
“The life expectancy in Bangladesh has increased now, and for a man as disciplined as he was …it (his death) is quite unexpected,” he said with tears in his eyes.
Bangladesh’s premier writer was diagnosed with lung cancer in London in April this year. After three months of treatment he returned home on Sep 1.