Abdullah Abu Sayeed

Abdullah Abu Sayeed (born 25 July 1939) is a Bangladeshi writer, television presenter, organizer, and activist. He is currently the Chairman of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, a non-profit organization that promotes the study of literature, reading habits and progressive ideas.

Abdullah Abu Sayeed
Sayeed in 2014
Sayeed in 2014
Native name
আবদুল্লাহ্ আবু সায়ীদ
Born25 July 1939 (age 79)
Park Circus, Calcutta, British India (now India)
OccupationTeacher, writer, television presenter, activist
Alma mater
Notable awards

Signature of Abdullah Abu Sayeed

Early life

Sayeed was born in 1939 in Calcutta. His father was Azimuddin Ahmed, a teacher of both English and Bengali literature.[2] He was also a playwright. Sayeed passed SSC exam from Pabna Zilla School in 1955 and HSC exam from Profollo Chandra College in 1957. He later earned the degree of BA and MA in Bengali from the University of Dhaka in 1960 and 1961 respectively.


Sayeed was a professor of the Bengali language in Dhaka College.[3] In mid-1970s, he started presenting Shaptabarna (Seven Colors), a TV show in Bangladesh Television. In 1978, he founded the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra. He edited the literary magazine "Kontoshore" in the 60s which played a crucial role in promoting a new trend in Bangladeshi literature.

Abdullah Abu Sayeed (left), with Yasmeen Haque and Muhammed Zafar Iqbal


Sayeed was given the 97th Ramon Magsaysay Award in Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts for "cultivating in the youth of Bangladesh a love for literature and its humanizing values through exposure to the great books of Bengal and the world".[4] Other awards include:

  • National Television award (1977)
  • Mahbub Ullah Trust Award (1998)
  • Rotary Seed Award(1999)
  • Bangladesh Book Club Award(2000)
  • Ekushey Padak (2005)[5]
  • Bangla Academy Literary Award (2011) for his essays.
  • Khan Muhammad Farabi Memorial Award (2012)[6]
  • Star Lifetime Award on Education (2016)[7]


  1. ^ "Bangla Academy prizes announced". bdnews24.com. 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  2. ^ Lorraine Hahn (2005-01-14). "Ramon Magsaysay Recipient Abdullah Abu Sayeed TalkAsia Transcript". CNN. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  3. ^ Shamim Ahsan (2004-09-03). "Recognised for an Enlightening Pursuit". Star Weekend Magazine. The Daily Star. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  4. ^ "CITATION for Abdullah Abu Sayeed". 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  5. ^ "The 'bookworm' in full form- Abdullah Abu Sayeed turns 72". priyo. 2011-07-27. Archived from the original on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  6. ^ "Prof Abu Sayeed gets Farabi memorial award". The Daily Star. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  7. ^ "Prof. Abdullah Abu Sayeed". The Daily Star. 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
2004 in Bangladesh

2004 (MMIV)

was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2004th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 4th year of the 3rd millennium, the 4th year of the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2000s decade.

The year 2004 was the 33rd year after the independence of Bangladesh. It was also the fourth year of the third term of the Government of Khaleda Zia.

Abu Sayeed (disambiguation)

Abu Sayeed is a Bangladeshi politician.

Abu Sayeed (also spelled Sayed, Saeed, Sa'eid, Said, Sid, or Sayid) may also refer to:

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Abu Sayeed Chowdhury (1921–1987), Bangladeshi jurist

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Bangladesh (; Bengali: বাংলাদেশ Bangladesh [ˈbaŋladeʃ] (listen), lit. "The country of Bengal"), officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh (গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ Gônoprojatontri Bangladesh), is a sovereign country in South Asia. It shares land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma). The country's maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal is roughly equal to the size of its land area. Bangladesh is the world's eighth most populous country as well as its most densely-populated, to the exclusion of small island nations and city-states. Dhaka is its capital and largest city, followed by Chittagong, which has the country's largest port. Bangladesh forms the largest and easternmost part of the Bengal region. Bangladeshis include people from a range of ethnic groups and religions. Bengalis, who speak the official Bengali language, make up 98% of the population. The politically dominant Bengali Muslims make the nation the world's third largest Muslim-majority country. Islam is the official religion of Bangladesh.Most of Bangladesh is covered by the Bengal delta, the largest delta on Earth. The country has 700 rivers and 8,046 km (5,000 mi) of inland waterways. Highlands with evergreen forests are found in the northeastern and southeastern regions of the country. Bangladesh has many islands and a coral reef. The longest unbroken natural sea beach of the world, Cox's Bazar Beach, is located in the southeast. It is home to the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. The country's biodiversity includes a vast array of plant and wildlife, including endangered Bengal tigers, the national animal.

The Greeks and Romans identified the region as Gangaridai, a powerful kingdom of the historical Indian subcontinent, in the 3rd century BCE. Archaeological research has unearthed several ancient cities in Bangladesh, which enjoyed international trade links for millennia. The Bengal Sultanate and Mughal Bengal transformed the region into a cosmopolitan Islamic imperial power between the 14th and 18th centuries. The region was home to many principalities that made use of their inland naval prowess. It was also a notable center of the global muslin and silk trade. As part of British India, the region was influenced by the Bengali renaissance and played an important role in anti-colonial movements. The Partition of British India made East Bengal a part of the Dominion of Pakistan; and renamed it as East Pakistan. The region witnessed the Bengali Language Movement in 1952 and the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. After independence was achieved, a parliamentary republic was established. A presidential government was in place between 1975 and 1990, followed by a return to parliamentary democracy. The country continues to face challenges in the areas of poverty, education, healthcare, and corruption.

Bangladesh is a middle power and a developing nation. Listed as one of the Next Eleven, its economy ranks 43rd in terms of nominal gross domestic product and 29th in terms of purchasing power parity. It is one of the largest textile exporters in the world. Its major trading partners are the European Union, the United States, China, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. With its strategically vital location between South, East and Southeast Asia, Bangladesh is an important promoter of regional connectivity and cooperation. It is a founding member of SAARC, BIMSTEC, the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation and the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal Initiative. It is also a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Commonwealth of Nations, the Developing 8 Countries, the OIC, the Indian-Ocean Rim Association, the Non Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and the World Trade Organization. Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to United Nations peacekeeping forces.

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK) (Bengali: বিশ্ব সাহিত্য কেন্দ্র, meaning 'World-Literature Centre'), is a non-profit institution in Bangladesh to promote reading habits, enlightenment and progressive ideas among students and general public. Popularly known as just Bhrammaman Library (mobile library), this institution was established by famous writer, television presenter, organiser, and activist Abdullah Abu Sayeed. Sayeed was given the 97th Ramon Magsaysay Award in Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts for "... cultivating in the youth of Bangladesh a love for literature and its humanizing values through exposure to the great books of Bengal and the world" – which was a recognition of the contribution of the library.

Dhaka College

Dhaka College (Bengali: ঢাকা কলেজ) is a public college located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It offers higher-secondary education (HSC). It has bachelor's degree and master's degree programs as well which divisions are affiliated to the University of Dhaka.

East West University

East West University (Bengali: ইস্ট ওয়েস্ট বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, also known as EWU), is a private university located in Aftabnagar, Dhaka of Bangladesh.

Faisal Arefin Dipan

Faisal Arefin Dipan (Bengali: ফয়সল আরেফিন দীপন; 12 July 1972 – 31 October 2015) was a publisher of Bangladesh who had collaborated with many prominent writers of Bengali literature like Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Syed Shamsul Haque, Ahmed Sofa and Sufia Kamal, as well as eminent scholars and personalities, such as, Bodruddin Umar, Serajul Islam Choudhury, Syed Moqsud Ali, Muhammad Habibur Rahman and Ahmed Sharif, and most notably the secular science writer Avijit Roy.

Dipan was brutally hacked to death inside his office at the hands of suspected religious extremists for his association with Avijit Roy and other freethinking, secular and atheist writers.

List of Bangla Academy Literary Award recipients (2010–19)

This is a list of the recipients of the Bangla Academy Literary Award from 2010 to 2019.

List of Bangladeshi writers

The Writers listed below were either born in Bangladesh or else published much of their writing while living in that country.



List of Bengali-language authors (alphabetical)

This article provides an alphabetical list of Bengali language authors. For a chronological list, see List of Bengali language authors.

List of Bengali-language authors (chronological)

This is a Chronological list of Bengali language authors (regardless of nationality or religion), by date of birth. Alphabetical order is used only when chronological order cannot be ascertained.

The list also marks the winners of major international and national awards:

For an alphabetic listing of Bengali language authors please refer to alphabetic list of Bengali language authors.

List of Bengalis

This article provides lists of famous and notable Bengali people, from India or Bangladesh, or people with Bengali ancestry or people who speak Bengali as their primary language.

List of Ramon Magsaysay Award winners

The following is a partial list of the awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award. See External links at bottom of this page for a complete list. Awardees' individual nationality or country of origin and citizenship are indicated.

GS Government ServicePS Public ServiceCL Community LeadershipJLCCA Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication ArtsPIU Peace and International UnderstandingEL Emergent Leadership

List of University of Dhaka alumni and faculty

This is a list of University of Dhaka alumni and faculty members.

Nawazish Ali Khan

Nawazish Ali Khan is a Bangladeshi television producer. His notable productions are Bohubrihi (1988) and Ayomoy. He is currently serving as the Advisor (Program) at ATN Bangla. He won National Award for Best Producer in 1976 for his production of Bornali.

Pabna Zilla School

Pabna Zilla School (Bengali: পাবনা জিলা স্কুল) is the oldest high school in the Pabna District of Bangladesh. It provides education from class Three to Ten. It has two shifts - morning and day. The morning shift starts at 7:15 am and the day shift starts at 12:00 noon.

Though it is a boys' school, it has male and female teachers. The school has one Headmaster but it has separate groups of teachers for morning and day shift. The school has a playground, three buildings (the Administrative Building, the Academic Building, and the Science Building), one hall room, a hostel and a mosque. There is a library in ground floor of hostel with 2000+ books & a librarian . Students can borrow books and read books. It has a computer laboratory and three individual laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology . This school has a big ground where students do their assembly and participate in various sports at tiffin period and after school.

Park Circus

Park Circus is a neighbourhood of Central-East Kolkata, in Kolkata district, West Bengal, India.


Sheltech (Pvt.) Ltd. is a real estate company based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which was founded in 1988. It is a multi-disciplinary firm engaged in various activities, including real estate development, consultancy, Hospitality Industry (Sheltech Holdings Ltd.), Foundation Engineering and Construction (Sheltech Engineering Ltd.), Protection and Management Services (Sheltech Protection Services Ltd.), Stock Brokerage (Sheltech Brokerage Ltd.), Production of Concrete Poles (Sheltech Technology Ltd.), Production of Ceramic Tiles (Sheltech Ceramics Ltd.). It has three chain of boutique hotels named Platinum Suites, Platinum Residence and Platinum Grand.

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