Eminent novelist Shawkat Ali passed away at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) early Thursday. He was 82.
He was undergoing treatment at the hospital due to lung infections, kidney and heart ailments.
The eminent novelist was born on12 February, 1936 in Dinajpur District, and had been contributing to Bengali fiction for the last four decades.
He received a number of awards including Bangla Academy Literary Award (1968), Humayun Kabir Memorial Award, Lekhak Shibir Medal (1978), Ajit Guha Literary Prize (1982), Philips Literary Award (1986 and 1989) and Ekushe Padak (1990).