We are deeply saddened by the passing of Abul Hasnat.
Abul Hasnat was a renowned journalist, writer and arts commentator, as well as a beloved member of the Bengal Foundation family.
Hasnat was born in Old Dhaka in 1945. He had four decades of experience at the newspaper industry. Hasnat served as the Editor for Dainik Sangbad’s literary supplement for 24 years and was also the former Vice-President of Chhayanaut. He joined the literary journal Kali O Kalam and the arts quarterly Shilpa O Shilpi as their Editor in 2004. It was under Hasnat’s guidance that Kali O Kalam earned the recognition of being the most critically acclaimed Bengali literary journal in the world. He also served as the Director of Bengal Publications, and as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Bengal Foundation.
Abul Hasnat works were widely published throughout his distinguished career. He was awarded with the Agrani Bank Shishu Sahitya Award in 1982 for his contribution to children’s literature. He was also a recipient of the Bangla Academy Fellowship in 2013.
Abul Hasnat passed away on 1 November 2020 at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife Nasimun Ara Haque, journalist and president of Bangladesh Women Journalists’ Centre, his daughter Dithi Hasnat, as well as numerous lifelong friends and colleagues at Bengal Foundation.