Mazharul Islam (poet)

Mazharul Islam (1 July 1929 – 14 November 2003)[2][3] was a Bangladeshi poet, folklorist, and academic. He served as the vice-chancellor of the University of Rajshahi. In 1972, he was appointed as the first Director General of Bangla Academy.[4][5]

Mazharul Islam
মাজহারুল ইসলাম
Director General of Bangla Academy
In office
2 June 1972[1] – 12 August 1974
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byNilima Ibrahim
Vice-chancellor of University of Rajshahi
Preceded byKhan Sarwar Murshid
Succeeded bySyed Ali Ahsan
Personal details
Born(1929-07-01)1 July 1929
Died14 November 2003(2003-11-14) (aged 74)
Bangkok, Thailand
ChildrenChoyon Islam
Alma materIndiana University

Education and careerEdit

Islam obtained his PhD in Bengali literature in 1958 and another PhD in folklore studies from Indiana University in 1963.[6]

Personal life and legacyEdit

Islam was married to Nurjahan Mazhar.[2] Together they had two sons and two daughters including Choyon Islam, a former member of Jatiya Sangsad (2008–2014) and Chhanda Islam, a professor at the Murray State University.[7][3][2]

In 2009, "Mazharul Islam Kabita Puruskar", an annual award to inspiring poets, was introduced by Islam's family.[8]


  1. ^ "Another decade of the academy". Dhaka Tribune. 2015-12-05. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  2. ^ a b c "Mazharul Islam Award introduced". The Daily Star. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  3. ^ a b "Dr Mazharul Islam dead". The Daily Star. 2003-11-16. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  4. ^ "Bangla Academy marks 54th founding anniv today". Dhaka Mirror. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  5. ^ "Brief History of Bangla Academy". Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  6. ^ "Prof Mazharul Islam's 11th death anniv today". New Age. 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  7. ^ "In memoriam Dr Mazharul Islam : From a daughter's perspective". The Daily Star. 2003-12-31. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  8. ^ "Mazharul Islam Award introduced". The Daily Star. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2018-01-04.