Award winning playwright Sayeed Ahmad passed away today in Labaid Hospital at the age of 79 having suffered from age related illnesses for some time.
Born January 1st 1931 in Dhaka Ahmad had worked for the BBC in London as a musician before turning to writing. Plays of note include “Kalbela” (1962), “Milepost” (1965), “Trishna-e” (1968), “Ek Din Protidin” (1974), and “Shesh Nawab” (1988) which have been translated into a range of languages and staged around the world in Germany,France, The UK and United States. Ahmed was well known to the BTV audience for his “Bishwa Natok” where he both introduced and directed his plays.
He wrote articles for leading newspapers as well as books and quickly became a recognised dramatic author and art critic, receiving the Bangla Academy Award in 1975 and the French “Legion d’ Honneur” in 1993 for his writing.
Lectures at Universities around the world also contributed to the regard in which Ahmed was held a at home and abroad.