Begum Razia Hussain, An Eminent Educationist & Litterateur— June 21, 2011
Begum Razia Hussain is one of the most active figures in our education and literary field. As an amiable personality her arena of success is too vast to write elaborately on a specific space which is not more than one page. She was born on 2 January 1936, in a village Durgapur of Kishoreganj district. A worthy daughter of Mvi. Md. Abdul Hakim Bhuiyahn and Begum Nurun Nahar both of whom were pious and dedicated to the development of education and social activities, Begum Razia Hussain also followed her parent’s footsteps by involving herself in expanding education, social works and many more. Razia was the third among four daughters. Her husband’s name is Alhaj Mohammad Hussain Ali who was an official of LGRD. As she started her career in the fifty, Begum Razia Hussain stepped into the realm of twenty first century with great influence. Literature, education and different branches of social activities have been enriched with her enormous contribution. She is well mannered, polite, perseverant and above all a hard working woman with rare talent.
Begum Razia did her graduation from Gurudayal College, Kishoreganj in 1959 and MA in Bengali Literature from University of Dhaka in 1970. She also completed her B.Ed degree from Mymensingh Women Teachers’ Training College in 1961. During her service life in the department of Education, she managed to get herself prepared for and subsequently passed her professional examination in BCS Cadre Education (General) conducted by Public Service Commission (PSC). As her student life was bright with extra ordinary talent, Begum Razia Hussain stood first from her early school life to college life and she was awarded scholarship throughout student life.
In true sense Razia Hussain has been sowing the seeds of hopes and aspirations through her write-ups including poems, stories, novels, essays, biographies etc. Regarding this we could quote her as says, “I love to sow the seeds of stars”. A day will come when her dedicated struggle and dream will get fruition with charm and beauty. She never gets frustrated at anything else. The instant area, green island with innumerable trees, olive forest – all become one and the whole world comes within a grasp of peaceful, equal, charming and loving world of Bangladesh. She always cherishes such dreams about her beloved motherland. She writes about the love, sorrows and the insight of her desire. Her writings are being published in many dailies, weeklies, periodicals, literary magazines of the country. Her thought provoking interviews on education, arts, culture and heritage were published in many newspapers, magazines of the country. The number of her creative books which have been published so far is 31. She also published eight more text books for the school students. One of her famous poetical works ‘Buker Bhitore Nadi’ is translated by Chitra Divakaruni in California and one poem from the book ‘Sound of Leaves’ has been placed in a world right book ‘Women Live War: An Anthology of South Asian and Middle Eastern Women’s Writings’ (1993).
Begum Razia Hussain was one of the active student workers of the historic Language Movement in 1952 and also a conscious Freedom Fighter of the Great Liberation War of 1971. Her important books are ‘Buker Bhitore Nadi’. ‘Ghum Bhenge Jae’, ‘Roddur Hete Jae Andhakare’, ‘Patar Shabde Shabde’, ‘Megh Chhue Jae Bare Bare’, ‘Haiku Amar Haiku’, ‘Pathorer Chokhe Jal’(Poem), ‘Ghangchiler Ghor’, ‘Ami Tomakei Bhalobashi’ (Short Stories), ‘Ghasher Nupur’, ‘Chhotto Sonar Nao’, ‘Ishan Bishan Tepantar’(Juvenile Poems), ‘Natun Diner Shurja’, ‘Haludia Pakhi’, ‘Chander Kona Chand Sultana’(Jevenile Novels), ‘Chhotoder Begum Rokeya’(Biography), ‘Antaranga Uchcharan’, ‘Kichhu Manush Kichhu Kotha’(Essays), ‘Alokito Barnamala’ (translation) and ‘Gan Gulo Mor’ (Songs Collection) etc.
Begum Razia Hussain is actively associated with many socio-cultural and educational organizations. She established many schools and libraries and has also contributed to the women’s education and their development. She served as the Chairman of Women’s Association and National Women’s Federation and also served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of different literary, social and cultural organizations. She is the Founder Chairman of Shikor Shahitya Gosthi and Abahaman Socio Cultural Organization. She is currently contributing specially to the Bangladesh Lekhika Shangha, National Literature Foundation, Nandini Shahitya and Path Chakra, Chayan Shahitya Club, The Authors Association of Bangladesh, City Samaj Kallyan Sangstha and Narikantha etc.
In recognition of her contribution to the society she was awarded nationally for four times ‘Star of Pakistan’ in 1967 rejected in 1971. The best Headmistress in 1968, ‘Medal of Merit’ in 1995 and Begum Rokeya Padak-2009. Aside this she received as many as 29 awards/crests from various socio-cultural organizations including Samikkha Sharna Padak (Literature), Dr. Mohammed Shahidullah Sharna Padak (Education Service), Poet Gobinda Chandra Das Sharna Padak (Literature), Dr. Ashraf Siddiki Foundation Medal (Literature), Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha Shahitya Padak, Kobi Josimuddin Sharna Padak, Syed Ali Ahsan Foundation Qamar Mushtari Padak, Sukumer Roy Shahitya Padak etc.
Although Begum Razia Hussain went retirement in 1994 as the Regional Deputy Director, she later on joined with Dhaka Begum Rahima Model High School as Headmistress and served there four years. She was also the Founder Principal of Dhaka Heritage International School till 2002-03.
A proud mother of three daughters and a son who are well established in their respective fields, Begum Razia Hussain, a very well known poet, litterateur, translator, educationist, lyrist and social worker is still contributing to her best to the society. She is undoubtedly an ideal for the future generation.