Noted playwright and director Mannan Hira has died on Wednesday night.
He breathed his last around 8 pm at Islami Bank Hospital in Dhaka.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock and sorrow at his death.
In a condolence message, the premier said, the nation will remember his unique contribution to the cultural arena.
She prayed for his departed soul and extended condolence to the bereaved family members.
Cultural Affairs Minister KM Khalid also mourned the death.
Mannan Hira was the recipient of 2006 Bangla Academy Literary Award in the drama category.
He wrote around 15 theatre plays including Laal Jamin, Bhager Manush, Moyur Singhasan and Sada-Kalo. Murkha Loker Murkha Kotha is one of his street plays. In 2014, Hira debuted as a filmmaker through "Ekatturer Khudiram", a children's film set during the Bangladesh Liberation War.