Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of poet, essayist, and former director general of Bangla Academy Manzur-I-Mawla.
The poet died on Sunday while undergoing treatment at United Hospital in the city after being tested positive for Covid-19. He was 80.
Amar EkusheyBoi Mela was launched while he was serving as the director general of Bangla Academy for three years.
The essayist had been awarded the Bangla Academy Literary Award and the Bangla Academy Rabindra Award for his contribution to literature.