Noted novelist Shawkat Ali has passed away at the age of 82. He breathed his last at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka on Thursday (Jan 25). The Ekushey Padak winning novelist was suffering from lung infections and kidney and heart ailments, local media reports said.
The novelist has been contributing to Bengali fiction for the last four decades. Shawkat Ali's first novel was 'Pingal Akash.' The writer’s most popular novel is 'Prodoshe Prakritojon'. His notable works also includes 'Dakkhinayaner Din' (1985), 'Kulyaay Kaalsrot' (1986), 'Purboratri Purbodin' (1986).
Shawkat Ali had received a number of recognitions for his contribution to Bengali literature. The awards include Bangla Academy Award in 1968, Humayun Kabir Memorial Award in 1977, Ajit Guha Literary Prize in 1982, Philips Literary Award in 1986, Alaul Literary Award in 1989 and Ekushey Padak in 1990.