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Halima Khatun (25 August 1933 – 3 July 2018)[1] was a Bangladeshi activist, writer and academic. She took part in Bengali Language Movement in 1952 along with other activists including Rawshan Ara Bachchu.[2] She was the recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1981 and Ekushey Padak posthumously in 2019.[3][4]

Halima Khatun
Native name
হালিমা খাতুন
Born(1933-08-25)25 August 1933
Died3 July 2018(2018-07-03) (aged 84)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
Rajshahi University
University of Northern Colorado


Early life and educationEdit

Khatun was born in Bagerhat in the then British India to Maulovi Abdur Rahman and Doulatunnesa.[5] She completed her master's in English literature from the University of Dhaka and later in Bengali from Rajshahi University.[6] She earned her PhD in education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1968.[5]


Khatun began her teaching career at Khulna Coronation School and RK Girls College.[6] She later joined the Education Research Institute of the University of Dhaka until her retirement in 1997.[6]


Personal lifeEdit

Khatun's only daughter, Progga Laboni, is a notable recitation artist and a book publisher.[6][2][8] Her niece, Suborna Mustafa, is an actress.[5]


  1. ^ Nashid Kamal (2018-09-01). "Professor Dr. Halima Khatun". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  2. ^ a b "Tributes pour in for Language Movement warrior Halima Khatun". 2018-07-05. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  3. ^ "পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্তদের তালিকা" [Winners list] (in Bengali). Bangla Academy. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  4. ^ "21 named for Ekushey Padak". The Daily Star. 2019-02-07. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Language veteran Halima Khatun passes away". 2018-07-03. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  6. ^ a b c d "Language Movement activist Halima Khatun dies at 86". 2018-07-03. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  7. ^ "Ten women receive Anannya award". The Daily Star. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Reciter, freedom fighter Kazi Arif dies in New York hospital". 2017-04-29. Retrieved 2019-02-07.