Legendary journalist Serajur Rahman dies

Legendary journalist and the former deputy head of BBC Bengali service Serajur Rahman died on Monday,

Serajur breathed his last at around 11:00am local time in Royal Free Sirajur RahmanHospital of London, confirmed BBC bangla office in Dhaka.

He was suffering from some critical illness for the last couple of months.

Serajur was born in Noakhali in 1934 and went to school in Kolkata, matriculating with distinction in 1947 from Mitra Institution.

He started his broadcasting career in Kolkata whilst still at school, participating regularly on programmes of All India Radio.

In 1947, after the partition of India, he moved to Dhaka and was admitted to Dhaka College.

He was actively involved in the Language Movement when it started in 1948.

He was elected by his college to liaise with the University of Dhaka Students’ Action Committee.

In January 1960, he joined the then East Pakistan section of the BBC World Service.

By the time he retired in February 1994 he had risen to become the deputy head of the Bengali Section of the BBC World Service.

Serrajur’s efforts have been recognised on several occasions, including through the award of the Ekushe Padak, Bangladesh’s highest award for culture in 2002.

-Courtesy: New Age