Noted novelist Rizia Rahman died at a hospital in Dhaka on Friday (Aug 16). She was 79. Rizia breathed her last at Apollo Hospital in the morning, local media reported.
Born on Dec 28, 1939 in Bhabanipur, Kolkata, she authored many memorable books including 'Bong Theke Bangla (1978)', 'Rokter Okshor (1978)', 'Ghar-Bhanga-Ghar (1974)', 'Uttar Purush (1977)', 'Surja Sabuj Rakta (1980)', 'Eka lCirokal (1984)', the autobiography 'Nodi Nirobodhi (2011)' and many more.
She received an array of prestigious awards including Ekushey Padak (2019), Bangla Academy Literary Award, Jessore Sahitya Parishad Puraskar, Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha Shwarna Padak and Ananya Sahitya Puraskar.
President Md. Abdul Hamid expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of the prominent writer. In a condolence message, the President prayed for salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid expressed deep shock at the demise of the novelist.
In a message, he said, "The death of the renowned novelist is an irreparable loss in the cultural arena of the country and people will remember her for her great contributions in Bangla language and literature."