Eminent Bangladeshi novelist Rabeya Khatun dies

Renowned Bangladeshi novelist Rabeya Khatun has died this evening. She breathed her last at 6:00 pm at Gulshan residence in Dhaka.

She was 86. Rabeya Khatun was born on December 27, 1935 in Munshiganj.

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Rabeya Khatun has written more than 50 novels and over 400 short stories, as of 2008, as stated by Wikipedia.

Her works include essays, novels, research, short stories, religious history and travelogues.

She was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1973, Ekushey Padak in 1993 and Independence Day Award in 2017 by the Government of Bangladesh.

She married Fazlul Haque, the editor of the Cinema magazine in 1952. He also directed the first film for children in Bangladesh “President”.

Rabeya Khatun was brought up in Shantinagar area in Dhaka. She passed the entrance examination from Armanitola School in 1948.

She used to work at Khawatin magazine, which Jahanara Imam was the editor of. She then worked as the editor of the literature section of the magazine Cinema along with Zahir Raihan. Later, she became the editor of the monthly Angana.

Her novel includes: 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), and Priya Gulshana (Beloved Gulshana, 1997).

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