Ashraf Siddiqui

Ashraf Siddiqui (1 March 1927 – 19 March 2020)[1][2] was a Bangladeshi poet, researcher, folklorist, and essayist.[3][4] He was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1964 and Ekushey Padak in 1988 by the Government of Bangladesh.[5][6]

Ashraf Siddiqui
Director General of Bangla Academy
In office
4 June 1976 – 30 June 1982
Preceded byMustafa Nurul Islam
Succeeded byQazi Muhammad Manzoor-E-Mawla
Personal details
Born(1927-03-01)1 March 1927
Tangail, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died19 March 2020(2020-03-19) (aged 93)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Early life and educationEdit

Siddiqui was born in Nagbari village of Tangail.[2] Siddiqui completed his master's from the University of Dhaka in Bengali literature.[7] He earned his Ph.D. in folklore studies from the Indiana University.[7]


Siddiqui served as a faculty member at Rajshahi College, Chittagong College, Ananda Mohan College, Dhaka College, Jagannath College and the University of Dhaka.[2] He served as the director of Kendrio Bangla Unnoyon Board, chief editor of District Gazetteer and director general of Bangla Academy during 1976–1982.[2][8]

Siddiqui also served as the chairman of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, chairman of Bangladesh Press Institute and president of Nazrul Academy and Nazrul Institute.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Siddiqui was married to Syeda Siddiqui from 1951 until his death in 2020.[7]



  1. ^ "Documentary and website on Dr. Ashraf Siddiqui". The Daily Star. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Renowned poet-folklorist Dr Ashraf Siddiqui passes away". The Daily Star. 2020-03-19. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  3. ^ "Folk Scientist Poet Dr Ashraf Siddiqui". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ "Dr. Ashraf Siddiqui: Poet or Folklorist?". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্তদের তালিকা" [Winners list] (in Bengali). Bangla Academy. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ "একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ" [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Dr. Ashraf Siddique". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ "Former Director General and Directors – Banglaacademy". Retrieved 2020-03-20.