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List of famous writers from Bangladesh, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Bangladesh is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Bangladeshi writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Bangladesh and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Prafulla Roy and Nirmalendu Goon are only the beginning of the writers on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Bangladeshi writers?" and "Which writers are from Bangladesh?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Bangladesh in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Bangladesh, but they're all of Bangladesh descent.

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Bimal Roy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 56 (1909-1965) Bimal Roy was an Indian film director. He is particularly noted for his realistic and socialistic films like Do Bigha Zamin, Parineeta, Biraj Bahu, Madhumati, Sujata, and Bandini, making him an ...more

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Humayun Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 64 (1948-2012) Humayun Ahmed was a Bangladeshi author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. Dawn referred to him as the cultural legend of Bangladesh. Ahmed reached peak of his fame with the ...more

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Taslima Nasrin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 56 Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi author and former physician who has lived in exile since 1994. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th ...more

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Muhammad Yunus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 78 Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist and civil society leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of ...more

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Jagadish Chandra Bose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 79 (1858-1937) Jagadish Chandra Bose, CSI, CIE, FRS was a Bengali polymath, physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist, as well as an early writer of science fiction. He pioneered the investigation of radio ...more

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Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 71 (1892-1963) Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was a Bengali politician and statesman in the first half of the 20th-century. He served as the Prime Minister of Bengal in British India and was the fifth Prime ...more

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Jibanananda Das is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 55 (1899-1954) Jibanananda Das was a Bengali poet, writer, novelist and essayist. Dimly recognised during his lifetime, today Das is acknowledged as “the premier poet of the post-Tagore era in India" and ...more

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Kazi Nazrul Islam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 77 (1899-1976) Kazi Nazrul Islam is the national poet of Bangladesh. He was also a Bengali polymath, poet, writer, musician and revolutionary. Popularly known as Nazrul, his poetry and music espoused ...more

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Jagadish Gupta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 71 (1886-1957) Jagadish Gupta was an Indian poet, novelist and short story writer. Known for his realistic view of life, strange character portrayal and unique narrative style, he was one of the major ...more

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Akhtar Hameed Khan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 85 (1914-1999) Akhtar Hameed Khan was a Pakistani development practitioner and social scientist. He promoted participatory rural development in Pakistan and other developing countries, and widely advocated ...more

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Monica Ali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 51 Monica Ali is a Bangladeshi-born British writer and novelist. In 2003 she was selected as one of the "Best of Young British Novelists" by Granta magazine based on her unpublished ...more

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Prafulla Chandra Ray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 83 (1861-1944) Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray was an Bengali chemist, educator and entrepreneur. The Royal Society of Chemistry honoured his life and work with the first ever Chemical Landmark Plaque outside ...more

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Michael Madhusudan Dutt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 49 (1824-1873) Michael Madhusudan Dutt, or Michael Madhusudan Dutta was a popular 19th-century Bengali poet and dramatist. He was born in Sagordari, on the bank of Kopotaksho River, a village in Keshabpur ...more

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Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 66 Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is a Bangladeshi author of science fiction and children's literature. He is a professor of computer science and engineering and also head of the department of electrical and ...more

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Syed Mujtaba Ali is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 70 (1904-1974) Syed Mujtaba Ali was a Bengali author, academician, scholar and linguist.

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Mohitlal Majumdar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 64 (1888-1952) Mohitlal Majumdar, a renowned Bengali author, was born at Kanchrapara village in Nadia district, India. Mohitlal started as a poet, but later became better known as a literary critic.

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Kamini Roy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 69 (1864-1933) Kamini Roy was a leading Bengali poet, social worker and feminist in British India . She was the first woman honours graduate in British India.

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Phani Majumdar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 83 (1911-1994) Phani Majumdar was a pioneering Indian film director, who worked in Hindi cinema, most known for his film Street Singer starring K.L. Saigal noted for its song, Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye, ...more

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Sulekha Sanyal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 34 (1928-1962) Sulekha Sanyal was a Bengali woman writer and activist. She emerged as an early feminist in the region through her work Nabankur in 1956. The work has been translated to English in 2001 by ...more

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Tareque Masud is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 55 (1956-2011) Tareque Masud was a Bangladeshi independent film director, film producer, screenwriter and lyricist. He first found success with the films Muktir Gaan and Matir Moina, for which he won three ...more

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Anisul Hoque is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 53 Anisul Hoque is a Bangladeshi screenwriter, novelist, dramatist and journalist.

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Lalon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 116 (1774-1890) Lalon, also known as Lalon Sain, Lalon Shah, or Lalon Fakir, was a Bengali Baul saint, mystic, songwriter, social reformer and thinker. In Bengali culture he has become an icon of religious ...more

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Anwar Pasha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 43 (1928-1971) Anwar Pasha was a Bangladeshi author and novelist. He was a martyred intellectual of 1971. Anwar Pasha was born on 15 April 1928 at Dabkai village in Murshidabad. His father was Haji Makrom

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Syed Shamsul Haque is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Syed Shamsul Haque age 83 Syed Shamsul Haq is a Bangladeshi poet and writer.

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Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki age 45 Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a Bangladeshi film director, screenwriter and film producer. Farooki is considered one of the leading figures to bring modernism/realism in Bangladeshi Cinema. His ...more

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Zahir Raihan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 37 (1935-1972) Zahir Raihan was a Bangladeshi novelist, writer and filmmaker. He is perhaps best known for his documentary Stop Genocide made during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

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Tahmima Anam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 43 Tahmima Anam is a Bangladeshi writer, novelist and columnist. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was published by John Murray in 2007 and was the Best First Book winner of the 2008 Commonwealth ...more

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Mushfiqul Alam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh

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Nabendu Ghosh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Nabendu Ghosh Died at 90 (1917-2007) Nabendu Ghosh was an acclaimed Indian author in Bengali literature, and screenwriter. He has written screenplays of classic Bollywood movies like, Sujata, Bandini, Devdas, Majhli Didi, Abhimaan ...more

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Abdullah Abu Sayeed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 78 Abdullah Abu Sayeed is a Bangladeshi writer, television presenter, organizer and activist. He is currently the Chairman of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, a non-profit organization that promotes the ...more

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Narendranath Mitra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Narendranath Mitra Died at 59 (1916-1975) Narendranath Mitra, was a renowned Bengali writer, poet.

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Shawkat Osman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Shawkat Osman Died at 81 (1917-1998) Shawkat Osman was a Bangladeshi novelist and short story writer.

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Qazi Anwar Hussain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Qazi Anwar Hussain age 82 One of the literary giants of Bangladesh Qazi Anwar Husain is an author, publisher and translator from Bangladesh. He has used pen names like Bidyut Mitra and Shamsuddin Nawab. Credit goes to ...more

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Buddhadeb Bosu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 66 (1908-1974) Buddhadeva Bose was a major Bengali writer of the 20th century. Frequently referred to as a poet, he was a versatile writer who wrote novels, short stories, plays and essays in addition to ...more

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Humayun Azad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 57 (1947-2004) Humayun Azad was a Bangladeshi author, poet, scholar and linguist. He wrote more than seventy titles. In 2012, the Government of Bangladesh honoured him with Ekushey Padak posthumously.

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Sirajul Islam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 77 Sirajul Islam is the chairman of the Board of Editors of Banglapedia, the national encyclopedia of Bangladesh, and the editor of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

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Complete Works of Kazi Nazrul ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh

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Sufia Kamal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 88 (1911-1999) Begum Sufia Kamal was a Bangladeshi poet, freedom fighter, feminist and political activist. Kamal was an influential cultural icon in the Bengali nationalist movement of the 1950s and 60s and an ...more

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Jahanara Imam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 65 (1929-1994) Jahanara Imam was a Bangladeshi Bengali writer and political activist. She is most widely remembered for her efforts to bring those accused of committing war crimes in the Bangladesh Liberation ...more

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Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 52 (1880-1932) Begum Roquia Sakhawat Hussain, popularly known as Begum Rokeya, was a leading feminist writer and social worker in undivided Bengal during the early 20th century. She is most famous for her ...more

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Jasimuddin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 73 (1903-1976) Jasimuddin Mollah was a Muslim Bengali poet, songwriter, prose writer, folklore collector and radio personality. He is commonly known in Bangladesh as Polli Kobi, for his faithful rendition of ...more

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Ishtiaque Zico is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Ishtiaque Zico Ishtiaque Zico is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.

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Mir Mosharraf Hossain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 65 (1847-1912) Mir Mosharraf Hossain was a Bengali language novelist, playwright and essayist in 19th century Bengal. He is principally known for his famous novel Bishad Sindhu. He is considered as the first ...more

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Hasnat Abdul Hye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Hasnat Abdul Hye age 79 Hasnat Abdul Hye is a Bangladesi writer and novelist. He received the national award Ekushey Padak for his contribution to literature in 1994. His novel Sultan was nominated for the Irish Impact ...more

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Shahidullah Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 44 (1927-1971) Shahidullah Kaiser was a Bangladeshi novelist and writer.

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Shamsur Rahman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 77 (1929-2006) Shamsur Rahman was a Bangladeshi poet, columnist and journalist. Rahman, who emerged in the latter half of the 20th century, wrote more than sixty books of poetry and is considered a key figure ...more

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Imdadul Haq Milon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 63 Imdadul Haq Milon is a Bangladeshi novelist and editor of the daily Kaler Kantho.

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Abu Rushd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
age 99 Abu Rushd Matinuddin, born in Kolkata, was a Bangladeshi author who used the literary name Abu Rushd.

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Akhteruzzaman Elias is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Akhteruzzaman Elias Died at 54 (1943-1997) Akhteruzzaman Elias, born in Gaibandha District, was a Bangladeshi novelist and short story writer. Though he wrote only two novels, critics place Elias in the pantheon of great Bengali

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Ahsan Habib is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Bangladesh
Died at 68 (1917-1985) Ahsan Habib was a Bangladeshi poet and literary figure in Bengali culture. He was born in the village of Shankarpasha, in Pirojpur. Before the India-Pakistan partition, he worked on several ...more