Fayez Ahmad was born on 2 May 1926 in a feudal family

Fayez Ahmad was born on 2 May 1926 in a feudal family in the village of Basailbhog in Bikrampur Pargana of Dhaka district in British India. The village now belongs to Munshiganj district. His father’s name is Golam Mostafa Chowdhury and mother’s name is Arjuda Banu.

Life of Literary and Cultural Struggle Fayez Ahmad appeared at the Saugat office in Calcutta in 1944 at the tender age of 18. Upon his arrival, he first met two famous poets, Ahsan Habib and Habibur Rahman. Habibur Rahman and Ahsan Habib encouraged him to write more. After the partition of the country, the magazine ‘Sawgat’ moved to Dhaka. The Pakistan Sahitya Sangsad was born in the office of ‘Sawgat’ with the full cooperation of Mr. Nasiruddin as the bearer of progress and free will. Fayez Ahmed, at that time, as the first General Secretary of this Parliament, made a unique attempt to create a cultural atmosphere in Dhaka. IB people used to follow them because of their involvement in progressive cultural activities. Along with Fayez Ahmed, Professor Ajit Guha, Literary and Journalist Syed Nuruddin, Professor Sarwar Morshed, Abdul Gani Hazari, Munir Chowdhury, Kabir Chowdhury, Poet Shamsur Rahman and many others were among those who came out publicly against communalism and reaction. They were also joined by some Urdu progressive personalities at the behest of Fayez Ahmed and his parliament. Fayez Ahmed had to face many adversities while working with this organization. But in spite of various adversities, Fayez Ahmed, as the General Secretary of the Parliament, conducted organizational activities with courage and efficiency. In 1952, Pakistan Sahitya Sangsad organized a cultural conference in Comilla on the initiative of local intellectuals as it was not allowed to hold a conference in Dhaka. He then organized a conference on Bengali language and literature at Curzon Hall in Dhaka in 1954 on behalf of this Parliament. Many eminent poets, writers and singers from Calcutta participated in this conference.


He started his journalistic career in 1947. [2] He was the Chief Reporter for Ittefaq, Sangbad, Azad and later for the East. He has been reporting in the weekly Insaf and Insan. He was the editor of ‘Hulloor’ in 1950 and ‘Swaraj’ in 1971. He was appointed for a three-year term in 1969 to start a Bengali language program on Peking Radio. As a result of his tireless work and leadership, Bengali language programs were soon broadcast on Peking Radio (now Radio Beijing). At that time the Cultural Revolution began in China. He also ran a children’s section called ‘Sabuj Mela’ on Dhaka Radio in 1952-54. After the war of liberation he became the first chief editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Later he worked as the editor-in-chief of the daily Bangabarta.


After the partition of India, he joined the Communist Party as a devoted worker. In 1949, Fayez Ahmad emerged as one of the young people who stood up against the dictatorial rule of the Muslim League, especially in the field of culture. He was imprisoned for four years from 1959 during the rule of Ayub Khan, the former military ruler of Pakistan. He was released after trial by a board constituted by the High Court. But at the jail gate he was banned from going outside Dhaka city for a year and was kept under surveillance in Ramna police station area. Thus five years of his life passed. Similarly, in Bangladesh, he went to jail once again during the rule of military ruler Ershad. He has been in hiding three times for political reasons.

He has been involved in cultural activities since he was a journalist. He was also the founding president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote. The Combined Cultural Alliance was born in 1972-73 for historical reasons in the context of the struggling tradition of the people of Bangladesh. Just as the united cultural alliance under his leadership became vocal in the anti-authoritarian movement, so did it stand by the side of the common man in the Great Flood of 1969, the cyclone and the tidal wave of 1990.

In the 80’s, Fayez Ahmed was elected a member of the syndicate for three years at Dhaka University and three years at Jahangirnagar University. He was the convener of the National Poetry Festival for the first five years. He was also elected a council member of the Bangla Academy in 1982. But later he resigned in protest of Ershad’s military rule.

He was a member of a committee headed by Jahanara Imam against communal and religious forces and Jamaat-e-Islami. This committee formed a people’s court in 1992 against the anti-Bangladesh forces. He was one of the 11 judges of that people’s court. He was one of the 24 people arrested in connection with the case. He was on bail for five years as an accused in the case.


Fayez Ahmed attended the Vienna World Youth Conference in 1954. He was able to travel to Europe in October 1954 without a passport and attended the Vienna World Youth Conference in the first week of November. Organized by Soviet Russia, the youth conference was attended by 71 countries. Despite attending the conference under the pseudonym ‘Karim Shahani’, the Pakistani government came to know about the news. Until Bangladesh became independent in 1971, he could not accept to participate in the conference. At this conference he established a lot of international contacts. 16 underground people from Iran came to this conference. 6 people come from Mexico. Thus about 70 delegates participated who came illegally without passports. The international youth community took him to Vienna via London and Brussels.


He also took part in the Great War of Liberation in Bangladesh. There he was attacked by Pakistani forces. After taking shelter at 11 pm, the enemy shelled the second floor of his shelter in the press club with tanks in the early hours of the night. He fell to the floor with an injury to his left thigh. Wake up on the morning of March 26. Later he took refuge in the nearest Bangladesh Secretariat and saved his life. He went out for treatment after the curfew was lifted on March 26 at around 10 am. From Dhaka he moved to Agartala. After treatment at Agartala, he went to Calcutta with the help of the Communist Party. However, he was prevented from joining the armed liberation war. He was later forced to join the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra at the request of the cabinet and wrote about the psychological warfare there “in the eyes of an observer” till the last day of the war. This is how he joined the liberation war. He used to come from Calcutta and make reports on the liberated areas of Bangladesh.


He wrote rhymes and poems mainly for children and teenagers. The number of his books is about one hundred. ‘Midnight Horseman’ is the most famous of Fayez Ahmed’s books. The other two in this book series are: Satyababu is dead and Nandane Nandini. Among the rhyme books are ‘Hey Kishore’, ‘Kamrul Hasan’s Chitrashalaya’, ‘Guchh Chhara’, ‘Rimjhim’, ‘Bom Bom Katta’, ‘Putli’, ‘Tung’, ‘Jonaki’, ‘Juri Nei’, ‘Triyong’, ‘Fighting with a brush’, ‘Tutu’, ‘Ekaler Chhara’, ‘Chharaya Chharaya 200’ are especially notable. He has also translated five books from different countries, including China. Of these, Ho Chi Minh’s prison poems are notable.


In 1992, he established the largest and oldest art gallery in Dhaka, ‘Shilpangan’. He is the founder of the progressive library ‘Socialist Archive’.


• Bangla Academy Award

• Children’s Academy Awards

• Sabbir Literary Award

Ekushey Padak (1991)

Nurul Quader Children’s Literature Award

 Modabber Hossain Ara Children’s Literature Award

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