Renowned columnist, researcher and writer Syed Abul Maksud passed away today at a city hospital in Dhaka at the age of 74.
He breathed his last around 7:10pm at Square Hospital, his son Syed Nasif Maksud confirmed the matter.
His father started to have respiratory problems around 7:00pm and they rushed him to the hospital where he later passed away, he added.
Dr Faisal Hoque, emergency resident medical officer of Square Hospital told media he was brought dead to the hospital.
Syed Abul Maksud was awarded the Bangla Academy Award in 1995 for his contribution to Bengali literature.
According to the family, Maksud, son of Syed Abul Mahmud and Saleha Begum, was born in Elachipur village in Shibalaya upazila of Manikganj district on October 23, 1946.
He started his journalism career at the weekly Nabajug, edited by M Anisuzzaman, in 1964. This paper was the mouthpiece of Pakistan Socialist Party. Later, he worked at weekly ‘Janata’, supported by the National Awami Party, for some time. He joined Bangladesh Barta Sangstha in 1971.
On March 2, 2008, he resigned from the editorial department of the news agency. He was a regular columnist for daily Prothom Alo and wrote columns under columns ‘Sahajia Karcha’ and ‘Bagha Tentul’ on society, politics, literature and culture in the daily.
Maksud’s poetry book Bikelbela was published in 1981, the second one Dara Shikoh followed in 1987. He conducted research on the work of eminent writers and politicians such as Rabindranath Tagore, Buddhadeva Bose, Syed Waliullah, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.