Abdullah Abu Sayeed : biography
Abdullah Abu Sayeed ( born 25 July 1940) 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 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:
- Bangla Academy Award (2011) for his essays.
- Ekushey Padak (2005)
- Mahbub Ullah Trust Award (1998)
- National TV award (1977)
Sayeed was born in 1940 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 Bengali language in Dhaka College. In mid-1970s he started presenting Shaptabarna (Seven Colors), a multidimensional TV show in Bangladesh Television. In 1978, he founded the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra. Abdullah Abu Sayeed (left), with Yasmeen Haque and [[Muhammed Zafar Iqbal]]