The poet of Islamic Renaissance
Islam was not only the central point of his literature, it strongly guided his personal life, and his strong conviction in Islamic ideology. His poems symbolise the spirit of resurrection particularly in the hearts of downtrodden Muslims of the then (early '30s and '40s) Bengal.
Yesterday marked the 39th death anniversary of the poet.
Ahmad was born in the village of Majhail of Magura District in 1918. He was the second son of Syed Hatem Ali and Begum Rawshan. He graduated from Khulna Zilla School in 1937 and did his intermediate from Ripon College, Kolkata in 1939. He enrolled at the prestigious Scottish Church College and did his BA (Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature, but did not complete graduation. He started writing poems during his school life.
About Farrukh Ahmad, literary critic Mahfuz Ahmed Khan said, “Farrukh became famous for 'Lash', a poem written on the 1944 famine. His poems reflect the Arabic and Persian legacy in Bengal and are replete with Arabic and Persian words. He also wrote satirical poems and sonnets.”
As a student, Ahmad was attracted to the radical humanism of MN Roy and participated in leftist politics.
Immediately after the partition in 1947, Ahmad joined Radio Pakistan (now Bangladesh Betar), Dhaka and served as staff artiste till his death in 1974. Ahmad's literary works include “Sat Sagorer Majhi”, “Sirazam Munira”, “Naufel O Hatem”, “Muhurter Kabita”, “Dholai kabob ”,“ Hatemtayi ”,“ Habida Marur Kahini ”,“ Kafela ”,“ Sindabad and Dilruba”.