Famous Bangladeshi Poets

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Kazi Nazrul Islam
(One of the Greatest Poets in Bengali Literature)
Kazi Nazrul Islam
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Birthdate: May 24, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Churulia, India
Died: August 29, 1976

The Rebel Poet of Bengal Kazi Nazrul Islam is remembered for his vast body of literary work, including poems and songs written during the British Raj, mostly laced with socio-political overtones. His songs, known as Nazrul Geeti, are the staple for any Bengali household. He is also Bangladesh’s national poet.

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Taslima Nasrin
(Bangladeshi-Swedish Writer Known for Her Writing on Women’s Oppression and Criticism of Religion)
Taslima Nasrin
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Birthdate: August 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi-Swedish writer, feminist, physician, activist, and secular humanist. An internationally recognized author, Nasrin is renowned for expressing feminist views and her criticisms of religions. Taslima Nasrin is a recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Sakharov Prize, Freethought Heroine Award, and Erwin Fischer Award.

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Lalon
(Prominent Bengali Philosopher Regarded as an Icon of  Bengali Culture)
Lalon
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Birthdate: October 17, 1774
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jhenaidah District, Bangladesh
Died: October 17, 1890

Lalon, also known as Lalon Fakir, or Lalon Shah, was an iconic Baul saint, considered a symbol of Bengali culture. Since his poems and songs belonged to the oral tradition, they weren’t published during his lifetime. Eventually, Rabindranath Tagore published about 200 songs from one of Lalon’s manuscripts.

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Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah
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Birthdate: October 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mongla, Bagerhat district, Bangladesh
Died: June 21, 1991

Award-winning Bangladeshi poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah began writing poems early in his life, publishing his first two collections long before he acquired his master’s degree from the University of Dhaka. Remembered for his revolutionary as well as romantic poems, he died of depression and substance abuse, leaving a suicide poem, Bhalo Achi Bhalo Theko, for his ex-wife Taslima Nasrin.

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Marzuk Russell
(Lyricist)
Marzuk Russell
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Birthdate: August 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gopalganj, Bangladesh

Marzuk Russell is a noted Bangladeshi lyricist, poet, model, and actor, born a year after his country’s liberation from Pakistani rule. He began writing poems while in the eighth grade, debuting as a lyrist in late 1990s and as an actor in 2000; he published his first collection of poems in the same year.

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Jasimuddin
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Birthdate: January 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tambulkhana, Faridpur District, Bangladesh
Died: March 13, 1976

Bangladeshi poet and author Jasimuddin, also known as Polli Kobi, or The Rural Poet, was one of the key figures of the Bengali language movement. Best known for his lyric poems such as Nakshi Kanthar Math, and for his use of Bengali folklore, he created a stir by rejecting the Bangla Academy Award.

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Sufia Kamal
(Writer, Activist)
Sufia Kamal
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Birthdate: June 20, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barishal, Bangladesh
Died: November 20, 1999

Sufia Kamal was a Bangladeshi poet, activist, and feminist leader. Kamal led the feminist activism in Bangladesh and served as the president of a women's human rights organization called Bangladesh Mahila Parishad. She received prestigious awards, including the Bangla Academy Literary Award for Literature. After her demise, she became the first Bangladeshi woman to be honored with a state funeral.

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Rubana Huq
(Businesswomen, Poet)
Rubana Huq
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Birthdate: February 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Noakhali District, Bangladesh

Rubana Huq is a Bangladeshi poet, university academic, and businesswoman. She was included in BBC's 100 Women list in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she was also honored by The Daily Star with the Bangladesh Business Award under the Outstanding Business Women of The Year category. Rubana Huq is currently serving as the Asian University for Women's Vice-chancellor.

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Humayun Azad
(Writer)
Humayun Azad
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Birthdate: April 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munshiganj District, Bangladesh
Died: August 12, 2004

Humayun Azad was a Bangladeshi poet, short-story writer, novelist, columnist, critic, and linguist. In 1986, he was honored with the Bangla Academy Literary Award for his immense contributions to Bengali linguistics. Apart from writing over 60 titles, he also served as a professor at The University of Dhaka. In 2012, Humayun Azad was honored posthumously with the prestigious Ekushey Padak.

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Ahmed Sofa
(Writer)
Ahmed Sofa
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Birthdate: June 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chattogram, Bangladesh
Died: July 28, 2001

Ahmed Sofa was a Bangladeshi writer, novelist, poet, public intellectual, philosopher, and thinker. Counted among the most prominent and greatest Bengali Muslim writers of all time, Sofa and his works continue to influence and inspire many writers, painters, filmmakers, intellectuals, and artists. Ahmed Sofa’s works have influenced popular personalities like Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Humayun Ahmed, Farhad Mazhar, and Tareque Masud.

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Shamsur Rahman
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Birthdate: October 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Died: August 17, 2006

Shamsur Rahman was a Bangladeshi poet, journalist, and columnist. Widely regarded as an important figure in Bengali literature, Rahman was considered Bangladesh's unofficial poet laureate. A prolific writer, he produced over 60 books of poetry collection. Shamsur Rahman was honored with several prestigious awards like the Bangla Academy Literary Award, Adamjee Award, Swadhinata Dibosh Award, Ekushey Padak, and Ananda Puroshker.      

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Farhad Mazhar
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Birthdate: August 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Noakhali District, Bangladesh

Farhad Mazhar is a Bangladeshi poet, writer, columnist, philosopher, human and social rights activist, pharmacist, and environmentalist. He is credited with co-founding a non-governmental organization called UBINIG, which aims at promoting social rights and responsibilities. Farhad Mazhar is currently serving as the managing director of the organization. 

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Shahabuddin Nagari
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Birthdate: October 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Pakistan

Known as one of the modern poets of Bangladesh, Shahabuddin Nagari soared to fame in the 1970s and gained prominence as a lyricist. The Kabitalap Award winner also served as a Bangladesh government bureaucrat. He had also been part of the liberation war of Bangladesh.

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Jahanara Arzu
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Birthdate: November 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manikganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Jahanara Arzu is a Bangladeshi poet best known for her work as the founding editor of a popular publication called Sultana. Jahanara Arzu's immense contribution to Bengali literature earned her the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 1987.