Syed Ali Ahsan

Syed Ali Ahsan (26 March 1920 – 25 June 2002) was a Bangladeshi poet, writer and university academic. He was awarded Ekushey Padak (1982) and Independence Day Award (1987) by the Government of Bangladesh.[1][2] In 1987, he was selected as the National Professor of Bangladesh. He was credited as the official English translator of the National Anthem of Bangladesh.[3]

Syed Ali Ahsan
সৈয়দ আলী আহসান
Vice-Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University
In office
Preceded byMafizuddin Ahmed
Succeeded byMuhammad Enamul Haq
Vice-Chancellor of University of Rajshahi
In office
27 September 1975 – 26 June 1977
Preceded byMazharul Islam
Succeeded byMuhammad Abdul Bari
Personal details
Born(1922-03-26)26 March 1922
Alokdia, Magura, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died25 June 2002(2002-06-25) (aged 80)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka

Early lifeEdit

Ahsan was born in the village of Alokdia of Magura district on 26 March 1922. His father, Syed Ali Hamed, was a school inspector. His mother, Syeda Kamrunnegar Khatun, was the daughter of Syed Mokarram Ali, the zamindar and pir of Agla village in Nawabganj thana, Dhaka. He grew up in an atmosphere steeped in Sufi traditions inherited from both his paternal and maternal ancestors.[4] While studying at Armanitola School in 1937, Ahsan published a poem called The Rose in his school magazine. Subsequently, stories, essays and poems written by him in Bengali were published in magazines such as Azad, Mohammadi and Saogat. When he was a student of the department of English in Dhaka University his essay titled 'Kavi Satyendranath Dutta' was published in the quarterly Parichay, a magazine edited by Sudhindranath Dutta.[4]


Ahsan worked in All India Radio. He was a professor of department of Bengali in University of Dhaka and later, head of the department of Bengali of University of Karachi.

He was a director of Bangla Academy and was the Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, University of Rajshahi[5] and Darul Ihsan University. In addition, he was a National Professor(Jatio Addhapok) of Bangladesh. He was also an adviser of the Nobel prize committee for literature from 1976 to 1982.[6]

He was an editor of the antique book "Bangladesh; a souvenir on the first anniversary of Victory Day, December 16, 1972.", as well.

Soon after the partition of India in 1947, Pakistan PEN was established in the year 1948. Ali Ahsan was its first Secretary General while Muhammad Shahidullah was its president. When Bangladesh was born in 1971, PEN Bangladesh started its journey with Ali Ahsan as its president.



Ahsan died on 25 July 2002. He was buried next to the Jahangirnagar University Mosque with national honour.[4]



  • America Amar Kichu Kotha
  • Chorjageeti Proshongo
  • Kobita Shomogro
  • Kotha Bichitra: Bishyo Shahitto


  • Onek Akas
  • Ekok Shandhay Bosonto
  • Sohosha Sochokit
  • Amar Protidiner Shobdo
  • Somudrei Jabo


Rabindra kabeyr bhumika



  1. ^ "একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ" [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 23 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Independence Day Award" (PDF). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 23 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "National Anthem of Bangladesh". Retrieved 9 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c Islam, Sirajul (2012). "Ahsan, Syed Ali". In Islam, Sirajul; Qureshi, Mahmud (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  5. ^ "VCs of Rajshahi University". Retrieved 30 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Beyond the literature". The Daily Star. 4 April 2014.
  7. ^ "পুরস্কারপ্রাপ্তদের তালিকা" [Winners list] (in Bengali). Bangla Academy. Retrieved 23 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)