Abu Hena Mustafa

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Abu Hena Mustafa (11 March 1936 – 23 September 1989)[2] was a Bangladeshi songwriter, poet, essayist, critic and presenter.[2] In his early life, he was a singer on East Bengal radio and television. He was a professor of Bengali literature at the University of Rajshahi and worked for the government as the Director General of the Bangla Academy from 1986 until his death.[3] He was awarded Ekushey Padak by the Government of Bangladesh in 1987. He published only three collections of poetry before he died of a heart attack in 1989.[4][5][6]

Abu Hena Mustafa
আবু হেনা মোস্তফা কামাল
Director General of Bangla Academy
In office
11 March 1986 – 23 September 1989
Preceded byQuazi Manjoor-E-Mawla
Succeeded byMahmud Shah Qureshi[1]
Director General of Shilpakala Academy
In office
Personal details
Born(1936-03-11)11 March 1936
Pabna District, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died23 September 1989(1989-09-23) (aged 53)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma mater
AwardsEkushey Padak

Early life and educationEdit

Kamal was born in Gobinda village in Ullahpara Upazila, Pabna District. In 1959, he passed his MA in Bengali from the University of Dhaka. He received a Commonwealth Scholarship for his PhD on the Bengali Press and Literary Writings, 1818–1831, from the University of London in 1969.[2][7]

Academic careerEdit

Kamal was appointed as a reader in the Bengali Department at Rajshahi University at the age of 33.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c d Rahman, Shamsur (2012-09-24). স্মৃতির পাতায় প্রিয় শিক্ষক [The memory of favorite teacher]. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 2015-01-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Amin, Khairul (2012-09-25). "A Poet Extraordinaire: Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal's 23rd death anniversary". Priyo News. Dhaka. Archived from the original on 2014-12-23. Retrieved 2014-12-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir, eds. (2012). "Kamal, Abu Hena Mostafa". Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  5. ^ Bangladesher Kabita : Antarango Abolokon, Khondakar Ashraf Hossain, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. First Edition, February, 1994. ISBN 984-07-2960-8
  6. ^ Bangladesher Kabita Sanket O Dhara, (A Collection of Essays on Appreciation of Poetry) by Shahid Iqbal, First Edition: August 2008, Chinno, 130 shahidullah Kala Bhaban, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
  7. ^ "Biography of Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal". poemhunter.com. Retrieved 2014-12-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)