Eminent poet Al Mahmud will be buried in his family graveyard at Mourail in Brahmanbaria after Zohr prayers today, according to family sources.
People from all walks of life thronged the Bangla Academy premises yesterday noon to pay their last tributes to the poet.
His first namaz-e-janaza was held at Bangla Academy premises, following which the body was kept at Nazrul Mancha of the academy for some time from 11:45am.
Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji and academy members placed wreaths, bidding adieu to the poet. Poet Mohammad Nurul Huda, writer Anwara Syed Haq, Bangladesh Shishu Academy Director Anjir Liton and the poet’s family were also present, among others, according to a Bangla Academy press release.
A second janaza was held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers.
The poet breathed his last around 11pm on Friday at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Ibn Sina Hospital in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi area. He was 82.
He was hospitalised on February 9. He had been suffering from multiple old-age complications, said the poet’s assistant.
Born in Morail village of Brahmanbaria district in 1936, Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, better known as Al Mahmud, was a poet, novelist, and short story writer, and was considered one of the greatest Bangalee poets to have emerged in the 20th century.
His work is characterised by his frequent use of regional dialects.
In the 1950s he was among those who were outspoken in their writings on the Language Movement, nationalism, political and economic repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistan government.
Al Mahmud started his career as a journalist and achieved widespread recognition after Lok Lokantor was published in 1963.
Al Mahmud was honoured with Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Award, and Kabi Jasimuddin Award in recognition of his contribution to Bangla literature.