Eminent writer Rashid Haider passes away
Former Bangla Academy Director, Liberation War researcher and noted writer Rashid Haider died around 10am today at his Fuller road resident here.
He was 79.
The veteran writer was suffering from old age complications for a long time, family sources said.
He left behind two daughters and a host of relatives and admirers to mourn his death.
He will be buried at Azimpur Graveyard following his namaz-e-janaza at the Dhaka University Central Mosque after Zuhr prayers.
Rashid Haider was born on 15 July 1941 in the village of Dohapara in Pabna.
He did his post-graduate in Bengali literature from Dhaka University in 1985.
Being encouraged by his elder brother Zia Haider, he started working for ‘Chitrali’ magazine while he was a university student.
In 1964, he debuted his work as an assistant editor of ‘Parikram’ magazine.
He joined the Bangla Academy in 1972 and retired from the post of its director in 1999.
He was adorned with many prestigious awards including Bangla Academy Award (1984), Ekushey Padak (2014), Humayun Qadir Award and Agrani Bank award for his magnificent literary works.