Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | ePaper

Novelist Syed Waliullah

Waliullah's literary activities began, when as a student at Feni High School, he edited a hand-written magazine called Bhorer Alo. His first short story 'Hothat Alor Jholkani' was published in the Dhaka College magazine. He was proficient in both English and Bangla. He briefly published an English journal 'Contemporary.’ He worked as a Sub-Editor in Calcutta's Statesman during 1945-47. He also used to write for Saogat, Mohammadi, Bulbul, Parichay, Arani and Purbasha. After the partition of India in 1947, Syed Waliullah came to Dhaka and joined Radio Pakistan, first as an Assistant News Editor, and later as a News Editor in Karachi (1950-51). From 1951 to 1960 he served as a Press Attache at the Pakistan embassies in New Delhi, Sydney, Jakarta and London. From 1960 to 1967 he served as First Secretary at the Pakistan embassy in Paris and from 1967 to 1971 he worked as a Programme Specialist at UNESCO in Paris.

  • Print


Shafiul Alam :
Syed Waliullah (1922-1971), novelist, short story writer and playwright, was born on 15 August 1922 at Sholashahar in Chittagong. His father, Syed Ahmadullah was a government officer. His father’s posting at different places provided an opportunity for the young Waliullah to see the life of people in different parts of East Bengal.
This experience helped him create many of the characters of his novels and plays. In 1939, he passed the Matriculation Examination from Kurigram High School and in 1941 he passed IA from Dhaka College. After graduating with distinction from Anandamohan College in Mymensingh in 1943, he enrolled at Calcutta University to do Masters in Economics but was unable to complete his studies. He also studied at different times at Feni High School, Chittagong Zila School and Krishnanagar College.
Waliullah's literary activities began, when as a student at Feni High School, he edited a hand-written magazine called Bhorer Alo. His first short story Hothat Alor Jholkani was published in the Dhaka College magazine. He was proficient in both English and Bangla. He briefly published an English journal Contemporary. He worked as a Sub-Editor in Calcutta’s Statesman during 1945-47.
He also used to write for Saogat, Mohammadi, Bulbul, Parichay, Arani and Purbasha.
After the partition of India in 1947, Syed Waliullah came to Dhaka and joined Radio Pakistan, first as an Assistant News Editor, and later as a News Editor in Karachi (1950-51). From 1951 to 1960 he served as a Press Attache at the Pakistan embassies in New Delhi, Sydney, Jakarta and London.
From 1960 to 1967 he served as First Secretary at the Pakistan embassy in Paris and from 1967 to 1971 he worked as a Programme Specialist at UNESCO in Paris.
In 1971, Syed Waliullah worked for the liberation of Bangladesh and joined hands with his friend Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury to enlist the support of a number of French intellectuals including Pierre Emanuel and Andre Malraux in mobilizing world public opinion.
Syed Waliullah’s wife, Anne Marie whom he married in 1955, translated his first novel lalsalu (1948) into French. This was later translated into English as Tree Without Roots (1967). Lalsalu depicts the life of the people of rural East Bengal at a time when its intellectuals were greatly agitated over political issues. The novel exposes the manipulations and activities of charlatans exploiting the religious beliefs of the common people. The novel revealed his deep understanding of human psychology. Chander Amabasya (1964) and Kando Nadi Kando (1968) are two other novels by him that are considered exceptional additions to Bangla literature. In these two novels he also shows with great artistry his commitment to the philosophy of Existentialism. Two books of short stories that he has written are Nayanchara (1951) and Dui Tir O Anyanya Galpa. Three plays that he composed are Bahipir (1960), Tarangabhabga (1964) and Sudanga (1964). His short stories and plays often expose the social prejudices, religious deceptions and moral aberrations of people.
In recognition of his achievements, Waliullah received several awards for his literary works at home and abroad. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak posthumously in 1983. Syed Waliullah died in Paris on 10 October 1971 and was buried there. n

More News For this Category

Ways to spot false news on Facebook Weekend Plus Desk

Ways to spot false news on Facebook Weekend Plus Desk

A recent research conducted by Dhaka Tribune and the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) called the Libertas Project said that 41 per cent of respondents considered social media as

Juggling work at home with kids

Juggling work at home with kids

Weekend Plus Desk :Amid the current worldwide lockdown because of the Coronavirus outbreak, parents and kids are stuck at home. Most parents have taken to working remotely and with kids

What type of friends you should avoid

What type of friends you should avoid

Md Altaf Hussain :ometimes people need a push to get rid of the bad people in their life. Maybe they want to get rid of their friend, but they feel

Salons, customers take extra precautions amid #CoronaScare

Salons, customers take extra precautions amid #CoronaScare

Weekend Plus Desk :With the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, people are taking all possible measures to not come in contact with the infection. While

Stair workout: Exercises you can do at every staircase you find

Weekend Plus Desk :In today’s time when work occupies most of our time, taking out time for our health becomes a task. We cannot even take out a few minutes

Coronavirus: What tests should you get done

Top lifestyle choices for today’s women

Weekend Plus Desk :itness professional Nawaz Modi Singhania, who is dedicated to wellness, health and fitness, shares easy-to-follow tips and lifestyle choices for the women of today. Read on to

Coronavirus: What tests should you get done

Coronavirus: What tests should you get done

Qeekend Plus Desk :Coronavirus outbreak has spread too many countries across the globe. Bangladesh with over 3 confirmed cases of Coronavirus so far. There’s also a lot of panic across,

POEM

Yet he is the king-Shamsur RahmanThe countrymen get togetherAnd play on band and singNo crown on his headYet he is the king.On the bank of MadhumotiIn Tunghipara hamletThe blades of

POEM

To cover the universe with love-Tahia TabassumYou put a full stop thereAnd forget it without care.You have to know where to stopTo touch your victory at the top.Being able of