August 12 of every year is remembered for being the death anniversary of prominent Bangladeshi poet and Islamic cultural icon Motiur Rahman Mollik. Popular for poems espousing Islamic cultural values, poet Motiur Rahman Mollik was also active in setting up several Islamic cultural organizations and fronts.
Motiur Rahman Mollik passed away after midnight on the 12th of August, 2010, at Square Hospital premises in Dhaka, after suffering from cardiac arrest and going into deep coma on the 11th of August, while on the way back to his house from the hospital. Attending treatment at Bangkok earlier for heart disease, he was set to recieve further treatment at Bangkok at the end of an year of specialized treatment, which included frequent dialysis treatment for kidney problems.
He was laid to final rest at Kalshi cemetery, Pallabi in Dhaka.
Motiur Rahman Mollik (1 March 1950-12 August 2010) was a renowned poet and organizer, widely regarded as a lyricist as well as a singer in the field of Islamic culture. He is often called the poet of Renaissance and is remembered after the name of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh. His surviving works include articles consists of around two thousand songs, four poetry books, two lyrical and one juvenile books. Some of his works have been translated in many languages and some have been included in the text books for the young learners.
Motiur Rahman Mollik was born and raised in a noble family of Bagherhat, Roypara. He was the son of Late Munshi Kayem Uddin Mollik, an Islamist and a scholar, and Late Asia Begum, the daughter of an affluent and educated family. He was the last child of the three sons and two daughters.
Motiur Rahman Mollik had been educated at Baruipara Siddiqia Senior Madrasah. He had completed his Higher Secondary at Profullo Chandro Mohabiddaloy and later was a student of Jagannath College, Dhaka.
At the age of 34, he married Sabina Yesmin, with whom he had two daughters: Jummy Nahdia and Nazmy Natia, and one son: Hassan Munhamanna. Between 1980 to 1990, he became a prominent poet and singer, and gave birth of many successful organizations, one of which is Saimum Shilpi Goshthi, a famous cultural organization of Bangladesh. In addition, he worked for some of the well known monthly magazines e.g. “Kolom” , weekly newspaper “Shonar Bangla” and daily newspaper “Shongram”. He was working as the executive director of Bangladesh Shangskreetik Kendro at the time of his death.
Motiur Rahman Mollik was an author of humanity. His writings always reflect the time, nature, and life. He almost spent his whole duration to fight against the cultural aggression and paid his utmost effort in favoring the right doers, criticizing the enemies of Bangladesh. Abortito Trinolota, Rongin Megher Palki, Onoboroto Brikhkher Gaan, Nishonno Nirer Pakhi are his poetry books. His lyrical paperbacks are Jhonkaar and Joto Gaan Geyechi. Nirbachito Probondho is a collection of his articles.
Motiur Rahman Mollik was awarded by many organizations. Among them Shobuj Mitali Shongo Literature award, National Literature Gold Medal, Kolom Shena award, Baitush Sharaf award, International Mother Language Day Literature award (France), Bangla Shahitto Songskriti Shongshod award, Kishorkontho Liturature award, Bangla Shahitto Porishod award etc.
Biography source: Kobi Mollik Foundation