Family members, colleagues, followers, and well wishers paid their respects to famed author-filmmaker Humayun Ahmed at his grave on his second death anniversary at Nuhash Palli here yesterday.
They paid homage to the litterateur, considered to be one of the most popular of his time, through prayers, attending a milad mahfil and an iftar in the evening.
Seventy members of Himu Family, a platform named after the widely popular fictional character created by Humayun, joined the events there.
Humayun's widow Meher Afroz Shaon said the construction work of a cancer hospital, which was a long-cherished dream of the writer, would be started within five years.
Many people were willing to co-operate with the project, some with land in Savar and Rajshahi, she noted.
“The dream that Humayun dreamt had great strength. We, the ordinary people, don't have such strength. But I can assure all that the hospital will be established,” she told journalists.
Humayun Ahmed's wife Meher Afroz Shaon and two sons join prayers for his departed soul while fans lay wreaths at his grave in Nuhash Palli on the occasion of his death anniversary yesterday. Photo: Star
Shaon also informed newsmen that a trust named after the author would be formed soon. It will be composed of his family members as trustees.
She urged the media to revisit Humayun's works regularly rather than only on occasions like his birth and death anniversaries.
The couple's sons Nishad and Ninit and Shaon's parents Mohammed Ali and Tohura Ali joined the programmes.
Saiful Islam Bulbul, manager of Nuhash Palli, said iftar for about 800 people, mostly orphans, had been arranged.
Ashraful Islam and Jahangir Hossain, teachers at Shahid Smrity Biddapith, placed floral wreaths at the grave on behalf of the school, which was established by the author at his village in Kendua upazila of Netrakona.
The school authorities also arranged a day-long programme at the school.
Owners of publishing houses Onnyo Prokash, Kakoli Prokashoni, Oboshor Prokashoni and Protik Prokashoni, among others, were present.
At first sight, Humayun Ahmed came close to resembling an academic. Speaking in a low voice, he quite belied the truth of his being a writer.
But then came Nondito Noroke, in the defining, often distracting 1970s. It changed his life as it changed the thought processes of millions in Bangladesh.
As an author, Humayun had a significant role in creating new readers in the country. His repertoire is immense, from well-documented novels to striking short stories.
Alamgir Rahman of Oboshor Prokashoni said Humayun Ahmed was among a very few Bengali writers who enjoyed popularity from the very beginning of their careers.
“His debut work [Nondito Noroke] earned him much credit. As his second novel hit the market, publishers started rushing to him. He didn't have to go to them,” added Alamgir.