Poet Shahid Qadri no more

Correspondent: Shahid Qadri, one of the prominent contemporary Bengali poets, has died in US at the age of 74.

He breathed his last at a New York hospital at around 7:00am (local time) on Sunday.

Dr Muhammad Samad, president of Jatiya Kobita Parishad, said Shahid Qadri died at North Shore University Hospital in New York.

Neera Qadri, wife of the poet, informed about the death and said that the body will be brought to the country as soon as possible, he said.

Qadri is one of the prominent poets of post-1947 Bengali 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.

He got the Bangla Academy Award in 1973. He also received the Ekushey Padak, the highest national award of Bangladesh, in the category of Language and Literature in 2011.

His major publications include Uttaradhikar (Inheritance, 1967), Tomake Abhibadan Priyatama (Salute to You, Dearest; 1974), Prem Biraha Bhalobasar Kabita (Poems of Love and Separation), Kothayo Kono Krondon Nai (Weeping nowhere) and Amar Chombongullo Pouchhaya Deo (Please, Convey my kisses).
The poet was born on August 14 in 1942.