Helal Hafiz

(7 October 1948 - / Netrokona / Bangladesh)

Biography of Helal Hafiz

Helal Hafiz poet

Helal Hafiz (Bengali: হেলাল হাফিজ) is a Bangladeshi poet. He is considered a true representative of the poets of his generation.

He studied at Netrokona Datta High School, Netrokona College and University of Dhaka.

His first collection of poems: Je Jale Agun Jwale published in 1986 was the best-selling Bengali book in Ekushey Book Fair of the year. "Nishiddha Sampadakiya" ("The Banned Editorial"), one of his most quoted poems inspired at least two generations of revolutionaries and angry young men. During the Mass Upsurge in 1969 it became a popular slogan and a constant source of inspiration for Bengali political activists, specially students. He works for many newspapers as literary editor. He is also known as a legendary gambler.

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