Syed Waliullah

Syed Waliullah was born on 15 August 1922 at Sholashahar in Chittagong. After completing his Bachelor’s from Ananda Mohan College in Mymensingh, he enrolled at Calcutta University but did not complete his Master’s. Proficient in both Bangla and English, he worked for the Statesman during 1945-1947. After the Partition, he moved to Dhaka and joined Radio Pakistan as assistant news editor. In 1950 he was posted to Radio Pakistan, Karachi. From 1951 to 1960 he served as press attache at Pakistan missions in New Delhi, Sydney, Jakarta and London. It was in Sydney that Waliullah met Anne-Marie Thibaud, whom he later married and who translated Lal Shalu into French. In 1960 Waliullah moved to Paris where he served as first secretary at the Pakistan Embassy till 1967 when he joined UNESCO. Syed Waliullah did not live to see the liberation of his motherland, passing away in Paris on 10 October 1971.
Syed Waliullah ‘s first novel, Lal Shalu (1948), was followed by two other novels: Chander Amabasya (1964) and Kando Nadi Kando (1968). He also wrote short stories, some of which have been anthologized in Nqyan Chara (1951) and Dui Tir 0 Anyana Galpa. His three plays are Bahipir (1960), Tarangabhanga (1964) and Sudanga (1964). Waliullah received several literary awards, including the Ekushey Padak posthumously.


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