Syed Shamsul Haq
Syed Shamsul Haq (27 December 1935 – 27 September 2016) was a Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and writer. He was awarded Bangla Academy Award in 1966 (the youngest among all to receive it), Ekushey Padak in 1984 and Independence Day Award in 2000 by the Government of Bangladesh for his contributions to Bangla literature. His notable books include "Payer Awaj Pawa Jai", "Nishiddho Loban", "Khelaram Khele Ja", "Neel Dongshon" and "Mrigoya". Haq was born in Kurigram on 27 December 1935 to Syed Siddique Husain, a homeopathic physician, and Halima Khatun. He was the eldest of the eight children. Haq wrote poetry, fiction, plays (mostly in verse), Music lyrics and essays. His literary works were included in the curriculum of school level, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level Bengali literature in Bangladesh. Haq wrote songs including "Jar Chaya Poreche Monero Aynate" and "Haire Manush Rongin Fanush". On 27 September 2016, he died of lung cancer at the age of 81 in Dhaka.