Shaheed Quaderi, one of the greatest poets of Bangla literature, has died at a New York hospital on Sunday.
He was 74. Vaila Salina, a New York-based poet, confirmed the news to the Dhaka Tribune.
A family friend of Qadri's told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday evening that the eminent poet was at the intensive care unit of New York's North Shore University Hospital for the last three days in an unconscious state. According to the friend, Qadri had been struggling with severe renal diseases for last one decade.
He is one of the prominent poets of post-1947 Bangla poetry, who brought a new angle to the Bangladeshi scene by introducing urbanism and a sense of modernity. His poetry is infused with patriotism, cosmopolitanism and universalism and in its treatment of nature and city life, it delves deep into the conflicts and the sense of alienation pervading modern life.
Quaderi received the Ekushey Padak, the highest national award of Bangladesh, in the category of Language and Literature, in 2011.
He was earlier awarded Bangla Academy Award in 1973.
After the publication of his third book, Kothao Kono Krondon Nei
[No tears anywhere],
Quaderi stopped writing and moved to London first and then to Germany.
Later, in the mid-80's, he moved to the Boston in the United States, where he met his second wife, Dana Qadri. She died in the late 90s.
Since her death, Quaderi had started writing again and published his fourth book, Amar Chumbongulo Pouche Dao
[Deliver my kisses], in 2009.
Although it was said that "in the last issue of Kali O Kolom [a Dhaka-based prominent literary magazine] broke his near three decades of silence by penning two poems,” he actually broke his silence by contributing to the very first issue of Shabdaguchha, a bilingual poetry journal, published in New York.
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File photo of Shahid Qadri Courtesy- Neher Siddiquee
His poems were translated into English by many prominent names in Bengali literary domain-- Kabir Chowdhury, Kaiser Haq, and Farida Majid.