Rabeya Khatun (born 27 December 1935) is a Bangladeshi novelist.[1] As of 2008, she has written over 50 novels and more than 400 short stories.[1] Her works include essays, novels, research, short stories, religious history and travelogues.[2] She was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1973, Ekushey Padak in 1993 and Independence Day Award in 2017 by the Government of Bangladesh.[3][4][5]

Rabeya Khatun
রাবেয়া খাতুন
Born (1935-12-27) 27 December 1935 (age 84)
Fazlul Haque
(m. 1952; his death 1990)
Awardsfull list

Early life and educationEdit

Khatun was born on 27 December 1935 to Maulavi Mohammad Mulluk Chand and Hamida Khatun in Bikrampur in the then Bengal Presidency, British India (now in Munshiganj District, Bangladesh).[6][2] On 23 July 1952, she married Fazlul Haque (1930–1990).[6][7] He was the editor of the Cinema magazine.[8] He directed President, the first film for children in Bangladesh.[9]

Khatun grew up Shantinagar area in Dhaka.[8] She passed the entrance examination from Armanitola School in 1948.[6]


Khatun worked at Khawatin magazine, edited by Jahanara Imam.[8] She then worked as the editor of the literature section of the magazine Cinema along with Zahir Raihan.[8] Later she became the editor of the monthly Angana.[2]

Khatun is a council member of Bangla Academy.[6] She is a member of the jury board of Bangladesh National Film Awards, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Notun Kuri of Bangladesh Television.[6]


Khatun's first story Prashno was published in the weekly Juger Dabi.[2] Her novel Rajarbagh was published in Begum.[8] She wrote her first novel Madhumati in 1963.[1] She wrote about the Bangladesh Liberation War in her book Ekattorer Noy Maash in 1990.[10] Two of her novels, Nirasraya and Biday O Ashok Reba, have never been published.[6]


  • Madhumati (1963)
  • Mon Ek Shwet Kapoti (Mind is a White Pigeon, 1965)
  • Ononto Onwesha (Endless Pursuit, 12967)
  • Rajarbagh (1967)
  • Saheb Bazar (1967)
  • Ferari Surjo (Fugitive Sun, 1975)
  • Onek Joner Ekjan (One of Many Persons, 1976)
  • Jiboner Ar Ek Naam Dibos Rojoni (Another Name of Life is Day and Night, 1980)
  • Bayanno Golir Ek Goli (One of Fifty Two Alleys, 1984)
  • Baganer Naam Malnichara (Name of the Garden is Malnichara)
  • Ei Birohokal (This Time of Separation, 1995)
  • Ei Bhora Bador Mah Bhador (This Rainy Day of the Month of Bhadra, 1995)
  • Priya Gulshana (Beloved Gulshana, 1997)[1]


Khatun's book-to-film adaptations include Kokhono Megh Kokhono Brishti (2003), Megher Pore Megh (2004) and Madhumati (2011).[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Khatun resides in Banani, a residential area in Dhaka.[12] She has two sons and two daughters.[6] Faridur Reza Sagar (b. 1955) is the current managing director of Impress Telefilm Limited and Channel i.[12] Keka Ferdousi (b. 1960) is a television chef.[13] Farhadur Reza Probal, is an architect.[14] Farhana Kakoly is a homemaker.[6]



  1. ^ a b c d "80th birthday of Rabeya Khatun today". theindependentbd.com. 2015-12-27. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rabeya Khatun and Syed Shamsul Haque turn 74 today". The Daily Star. 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  3. ^ "পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্তদের তালিকা" [Winners list] (in Bengali). Bangla Academy. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  4. ^ "একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ" [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "স্বাধীনতা পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্ত ব্যক্তি/প্রতিষ্ঠানের তালিকা" [List of the names of personnel and institutions who won the Independence Day Award] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "জন্মদিনে কথাসাহিত্যিক রাবেয়া খাতুনকে নিরন্তর শুভেচ্ছা". সমকাল. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  7. ^ "ফজলুল হক স্মৃতি পুরস্কার পাচ্ছেন রাজ্জাক". প্রথম আলো (in Bengali). Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  8. ^ a b c d e "The story of Rabeya Khatun". New Age (Interview). 2005-07-09. Archived from the original on 2006-08-21. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  9. ^ "Fazlul Haque Memorial Award conferred". The Daily Star. 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  10. ^ "Rabeya Khatun's birthday today". theindependentbd.com. 2016-12-27. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  11. ^ "আমি ষাটের দশকের মেয়ে". www.prothom-alo.com. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  12. ^ a b "Mitali recites for Rabeya Khatun". The Daily Observer. 2018-12-29. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  13. ^ "এ সপ্তাহের সাক্ষাৎকার". BBC News বাংলা (in Bengali). Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  14. ^ "Becoming a Household Name in Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 2014-09-20. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  15. ^ "আজ ৩ নভেম্বর" [Today is November 3]. Jugantor (in Bengali). Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  16. ^ "Geetanjali Lalitkala Academy to celebrate 11th founding anniv". www.observerbd.com. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2019-08-15.

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