Abul Hussain is a well-acclaimed Bangladeshi poet who is recognized as the first modern Bengali poet in Bangladesh. Abul Hussain is the leading exponent of modernism in Bangladeshi poetry. He expresses in his verse a cynical and anguished mood that reflects his lifelong search for a philosophical and religious position from which to analyze and comprehend the individual life in relation to society; the political instability and economic uncertainties in his country; and his suspicion of progress without human feeling. He is a writer of 25 books.
Abul Hussain was born in Khulna, a southern district in Bangladesh, in 1922. He studied Economics at the Calcutta Presidency College and Calcutta University. For more than three decades thereafter he worked in national and international organizations, at home and abroad, as a civil servant. At the same time he has been a major Bengali writer, excelling both in poetry and prose. He has been awarded state and other national prizes for his poetical works. He also represented his country in literary conferences and festivals in Belgium, USSR, Yugoslavia and India. Abul Hussain has traveled widely in Asia, Europe, USSR and the USA.
Abul Hussain received several awards for his literary achievements. Among them, following are notable:
Bangla Academy Award (1963)
Nasiruddin Gold Medal
Ekushey Padak (1980)
He was outside his porch, all crumpled up,
Eyes shrunken, weather-beaten, bent and weak,
Coughing, hands trembling, puffing hard
At his old hookah, when the siren's wail