He has authored over 25 books, including children’s books
With the demise of Rabiul Hussain, Bangladesh has lost one of her cultural icons, an accomplished poet and architect. He will be remembered not only for his contributions in the fields of literature and architecture but also for his remarkable contributions in preserving the history of the country’s liberation war and keeping its spirit alive.
Rabiul Hussain, 76, breathed his last on November 26 while he was undergoing treatment for blood infection at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
A trustee of Bangladesh Liberation War Museum, Rabiul was born on January 31, 1943, at Rotidanga village in Shailakupa of Jhenaidah district. He completed his graduation in Engineering from East Pakistan University of Engineering Technology, now known as BUET.
Rabiul had started writing poetry since he was a student. Together with some other poets from the 1960s, he became one of the key figures of a short-lived literary movement called the “Sad Generation”. Acclaimed for his poetry, he was also a novelist, a short story writer and an arts critic.
He has authored over 25 books, including children’s books. Ki Acchey Ei Ondhokarer Govire, Aro Untristi chand, Sthirbindur Mohon Songkot, Amogno Katakuti Khela, Bisubrekha, Omonibas, Kobitapunjo, Shopmer Sahosi Manuseyra, Je Nodi Ratrir, Ei Sob Neel Opoman, Nirbachito Kobita, Choriye Dilam Choraguli, Golpogantha, Oproyojonio Probondho and Bangladesher Sthapottyo Shongskriti are among his notable literary works.
As an architect, his designs primarily featured the use of bricks. His most popular architectural creations included the Shaheed Minar on Jahangirnagar University campus and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) building.
A lifetime member of Bangla Academy, Rabiul also served in various capacities at children's cultural organization Kendriyo Kochi Kachar Mela, National Poetry Council, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum, International Film Critic Association of Bangladesh, the Institute of Architects Bangladesh and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects.