Noted novelist Rizia Rahman died at a hospital in the city yesterday. She was 79.
Rizia breathed her last at Apollo Hospitals in the morning, said an of-ficial release.
Born on December 28, 1939, in Bhabanipur of Kolkata, she authored many memorable books, including “Bong Theke Bangla” (1978); “Rokter Okshor” (1978), “Ghar Bhanga Ghar” (1974), “Uttar Purush” (1977), “Surja Sabuj Rakta” (1980), “Ekal Chirokal” (1984), and “Nodi Nirobodhi” (2011).
She received many prestigious awards, including Ekushey Padak (2019), Bangla Academy Literary Award, Jashore Sahitya Parishad Puraskar, Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha Shwarna Padak and Ananya Sahitya Puraskar.
President Abdul Hamid expressed profound shock at the death of the eminent writer.
In a condolence message, he prayed for the salvation of her departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid expressed deep shock at the demise of Rizia.
In a message, he said, “The death of the renowned novelist is an ir-reparable loss in the cultural arena of the country. People will re-member her for her great contributions in Bangla language and litera-ture.”