Anwara Bahar Chowdhury

Anwara Bahar Chowdhury (13 February 1919 – 27 October 1987) was a Bangladeshi social activist and writer.[1]

Anwara Bahar Chowdhury
Born(1919-02-13)February 13, 1919
DiedOctober 27, 1987(1987-10-27) (aged 68)
Spouse(s)Habibullah Bahar Chowdhury
ChildrenIqbal Bahar Chowdhury
Selina Bahar Zaman

Background and educationEdit

Chowdhury was admitted to Sakhawat Memorial Girls' High School, established by women rights activist Begum Rokeya. She passed matriculation in 1934. She completed her higher secondary school examination and BA degree from Bethune College of Kolkata. She passed Bachelor in Teaching from Scottish Church College in 1941.[1]


Chowdhury was a professor of Bengali literature at Lady Brabourne College of the University of Calcutta. She became Secretary of Anjuman-e-Khawatin-e-Islam, or the All Bengal Muslim Women's Association established by Begum Rokeya. She served as the Headmistress of Vidyamoyee Girls' High School, Kamrunnesa Girls' High School and Bangla Bazar Government Girls' High School.[1]

In 1955, she became a Special Officer of Women's Education at the Education Directorate.[1] She was one of the founders of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), established in Dhaka in 1955.[1] She established Habibullah Bahar College in 1969.

Choudhury wrote several books which include biographies, school textbooks and books for children. She published her collection of poems, "Amar Chetonar Rang".[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Chowdhury was married to politician Habibullah Bahar Chowdhury. She had 3 daughters – Selina Bahar Zaman, Nasreen Shams and Tazeen Chowdhury and one son - Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury.[2] A documentary on Chowhdury's life was made by her son Iqbal.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Remembrance : Anwara Bahar Choudhury : Educationist, Writer and Cultural Activist". The Daily Star. March 27, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The art of recitation: Then and now". The Daily Star. March 3, 2008. Retrieved March 17, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "ULAB screens documentary on Anwara Bahar Choudhury". The Daily Star. March 16, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)