Poet Rafiq Azad dies


Dhaka, Mar 12: Rafiq Azad, popularly known as poet for love, died at the city’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Saturday afternoon.

He was 74.

According to hospital and family sources, the renowned poet breathed his last at the hospital around 2:10pm.

On Friday morning, he was taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital as his health condition deteriorated.

Rafiq Azad was born on February 14 in 1941 at Guni village under Ghatail upazila of Tangail district.

He took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The poet’s contribution to Bangla Literature is invaluable.

He was the editor of Bangla Academy’s monthly literary magazine ‘Uttaradhikar’ and also worked in ‘Robbar’.

He also used to teach Bangla Literature at Maulana Muhammad Ali Government College in Tangail.

Some of his books are ‘Asombhober Paye’, ‘Simabadho Jole Shimito Sabuje’, ‘Chunia Amar Arcadia’ and so on.

Rafiq Azad received prestigious ‘Bangla Academy Puroskar’ in 1981 and ‘Ekushe Padak’ in 2013.