Waheedul was born on March 16, 1933 at Bhawal Monoharia village under Keraniganj Upazila. His father, Mazharul Haq, was a member of Bengal legislative assembly in 1946. His mother was Mewa Begum. Waheedul was the eldest among three brothers and two sisters. His brother Rezaul Haq is a journalist and another brother Ziaul Haq was a martyr in 1971. Waheedul grew up in the old part of Dhaka city and was educated in the Dhaka College. Waheedul Haq founded Chhayanat in 1961. Chhayanat played a vital role [clarification needed] in the cultural-political movements during late 1960s, prior to the countrys liberation war. He also founded a number of other cultural organisations like Kanthashilon, Nalonda, Anandadhani, Fulki, Bratochari Samity and Bashanto Utsab Udjapon Parishad. He also formed the Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad in 1980. He was also involved in filmmaking and the film society movement during the 1960s. He also composed the musical scores for the Indian director Ritwik Ghataks film Titash Ekti Nadir Naam. Waheedul died at Dhakas Birdem Hospital on 27 January 2007. He had been suffering from pneumonia, lung and kidney diseases and had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for few weeks.