Kabir Chowdhury passes away

by Priyo Australia | December 12, 2011 9:51 pm

DHAKA: National Professor, noted educationist and eminent litterateur Kabir Chowdhury passed away at his Naya Paltan residence in the city Tuesday early morning. He was 89.

He died of cardiac arrest in his sleep, family sources said.

Kabir Chowdhury was born on February 9, 1923 in Brahmanbaria of the then Tipperah district of united Bengal.

He was the elder brother of martyred intellectual Professor Munier Chowdhury. Noted actress Ferdousi Mazumder is his sister.

Educated at the Universities of Dhaka, Minnesota and Southern California, Kabir Chowdhury has worked for over half a century in the fields of education, peace and inter-cultural understanding in several national and international organizations like Afro-Asian Writers Union, Afro-Asian Peoples Solidarity Organization, International Theatre Institute, UNESCO National Commission and Bangladesh Chapter of the World’s Peace Council.

He taught at the University of Dhaka as a Professor of English for thirty years. He worked as the Secretary, Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs & Sports, Government of Bangladesh before his voluntary retirement from government service.

Kabir Chowdhury was inducted as National Professor of Bangladesh in 1998.

He was awarded Bangla Academy Award (1973), Ekushey Padak (1991), Swadhinata Dibosh Padak (1997), Mohammad Nasiruddin Literary Award (1986), William Carey Award (India, 1994), Tagore Peace Award (India).

BDST: 0853 HRS, DEC 13, 2011

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