Noted writer Hasan Azizul Haque passed away at his residence in Rajshahi city on Monday (Nov 15) night. He was 83. He breathed his last around 9:15 p.m. at his Bishwabidyaloy Housing Society residence, local media reported citing famiy sources.
He left behind one son, one daughter and a large number of students, academic colleagues, relatives and admirers to mourn his death.
He was suffering from various old age complications, including heart, lungs infection and electrolyte imbalance, family sources said.
Born in Jabgram village in Burdwan district on Feb 2, 1939, Hasan obtained his M. A. degree in Philosophy from Rajshahi University in 1960. He joined Rajshahi University in 1973 and went to retirement in 2004.
President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of noted novelist Hasan Azizul Haque. In separate messages of condolence, they prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
Meanwhile, Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, RU Vice-chancellor Prof Golam Sabbir Sattar and Pro-VCs Prof Chowdhury Jakaria and Prof Sultan-Ul-Islam expressed their deep shock and sorrow at the death of Professor Hassan Azizul Haque. They also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Hasan Azizul Haque was awarded with Bangla Academy award in 1970, the most prestigious Ekushey Medal in 1999, and Independence Award in 2019.
Hasan was critically acclaimed for his short stories. Many of his works were translated into English, Hindi, Urdu, Russian and Czech.
‘Attoja O Ekti Karabi Gaach’, ‘Jibon Ghoshey Agun’, ‘Naamhin Gotrohin’, ‘Rode Jabo, are some of his greatest works.
His novel ‘Agunpakhi’, first published in 2006, was awarded ‘Prothom Alo Book of The Year’ prize in 2007 and ‘Ananda Purashkar’ in 2008.