By Sumi KhanDhaka, Nov 27 : Search giant Google has created a new doodle on its homepage in Bangladesh, celebrating the life of Bangladeshi playwright Munier Chowdhury to mark the 95th anniversary of his birth.
A committed torch-bearer for the Bangla language, Chowdhury also helped to design an improved Bangla typewriter keyboard in the mid-1960s.
Educator, linguist, literary critic, stage actor, and political activist Chowdhury is widely considered a pioneer of the country’s modern Bengali stageplay.
Munier Chowdhury, one of the brightest brains of Bangladesh was a victim of the genocide of Bangladeshi intellectuals in 1971 by the Pakistan Army and Razakar- Albadar Bahini.
On December 14, 1971 he was picked up by the Pakistani army and their collaborators, never to be seen again.
In 1980, the Bangladesh government posthumously awarded Munier Chowdhury the Independence Day Award, the nation’s highest state honour.
Renowned for plays like ‘Kobor’ (The Grave, 1952) and Roktakto Prantor (The Bloody Meadow, 1959), Chowdhury dedicated his life to the promotion of the Bangla language, its national identity, and the fight against repression in all its forms, according to Google.
Chowdhury was born on this day in 1925 in the town of Manikganj, British India (now Bangladesh), and from a young age he impressed his family with his precocious wit.
Following his first of multiple master’s degrees, he became a teacher in the English and Bangla departments of Dhaka University in 1950.
In 1952, Chowdhury was imprisoned for his activism related to the Language Movement, an ultimately successful campaign to have Bangla recognised as one of Pakistan’s official languages.
While detained he completed one of his greatest stage play script – ‘Kobor’ – surrealist ode to the struggles of the movement of the liberation war of Bangladesh.
Throughout the rest of his life, Chowdhury maintained his success as a writer of short stories and plays while serving as a champion of nationalist and cultural causes.