Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed honoured TLT Lifetime Award 2019!
“ফুলের অনেক বৈচিত্র বা রঙের জৌলুশ আছে। এগুলো তার সাফল্য। কিন্ত যে গন্ধ দিয়ে সে আমাদের মন ভোলায়, তা হলো তার সার্থকতা।”
― Abdullah abu sayeed(আব্দুল্লাহ আবু সায়ীদ)
Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Founding President of Bishwa Shahitya Kendro has been chosen for the TLT lifetime award for his significant contribution to the society in Bangladesh. His foundation “Biswa Sahitya Kendra” a privately organised centre for promoting reading habits among students and the general public, movement to promote enlightenment and progressive ideas among people.
The centre’s main activities are aimed at expanding the mental horizon of people by exposing them to world literature. Accordingly, it has set up branches with library facilities at places where there are one or two schools or colleges. Students are encouraged to read at least 16 quality books every year. Prizes are offered to encourage reading. The centre’s programmes include literary and cultural competitions, book discussions, screening of films, guest lectures and music programmes. Other activities include visits to places of cultural interest and environmental programmes.
Abdullah Abu Sayeed (born 25 July 1939) is a Bangladeshi writer, television presenter, organizer and activist. He is currently the Chairman of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, a non-profit organization that promotes the study of literature, reading habits and progressive ideas.
Sayeed was born in 1939 in Calcutta. His father was Azimuddin Ahmed, a teacher of both English and Bengali literature. He was also a playwright. Sayeed passed SSC exam from Pabna Zilla School in 1955 and HSC exam from Profollo Chandra College in 1957. He later earned the degree of BA and MA in Bengali from the University of Dhaka in 1960 and 1961 respectively.
Sayeed was a professor of the Bengali language in Dhaka College. In the mid-1970s he started presenting Shaptabarna (Seven Colors), a TV show in Bangladesh Television. In 1978, he founded the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra.
Sayeed was given the 97th Ramon Magsaysay Award in Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts for “cultivating in the youth of Bangladesh a love for literature and its humanizing values through exposure to the great books of Bengal and the world”. Other awards include:
National Television award (1977)
Mahbub Ullah Trust Award (1998)
Ekushey Padak (2005)
Bangla Academy Award (2011) for his essays.
Star Lifetime Award on Education (2016)