We mourn the passing of veteran journalist and columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury
We mourn the passing of veteran journalist and columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury. He is best known for the timeless song ‘Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano’ which commemorates the Language Movement of 1952. The song is regarded by the listeners of BBC Bengali Service as the third best Bengali song.
Chowdhury worked as a journalist in different national dailies in Dhaka. During the Liberation War of 1971, he worked for Joy Bangla, Jugantar and Anandabazar Patrika. In the UK, Chowdhury founded a newspaper called the Notun Din. In his long and illustrious career as a journalist he authored 35 books, namely ‘Dan Pite Shawkat’, ‘Chandrodwiper Upakhyan’, ‘Nam Na Jana Bhore’, ‘Nil Jamuna’, ‘Shesh Rajanir Chand’, ‘Polashi Thekey Dhanmondi’, and many more. He also produced a film on Bangabandhu’s assassination titled ‘Polashi theke Dhanmondi’.
Gaffar Chowdhury’s contribution to Bengali literature was acknowledged in 1967 when he received the Bangla Academy Literary Award. He was awarded the Shadhinota Padak in 2009. Chowdhury was also the recipient of Ekushey Padak, Unesco Literary Award, Bangabandhu Award, Shanghati Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honours.
Abdul Ghaffar Chowdhury passed away in London, UK, on Thursday 19 May at the age of 87.