Renowned author Shawkat Ali has been kept on life support at the capital’s Lab Aid Hospital.
Physicians of the hospital placed the writer on life support at around 5:30am on Saturday, his son Asif Shawkat Kallol informed journalist.
The author, now 81-year-old, was admitted to the hospital on Thursday with a lung infection. He was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital as his condition deteriorated rapidly.
Physicians concerned will brief the family on his condition at 6:00 pm.
Shawkat Ali was born on Feb 12, 1936, West Bengal’s North Dinajpur. He was involved with leftist politics during his student life.
Firstly, he started his career in journalism and later shifted to teaching profession.
Shawkat wrote for the leftist newspaper Natun Sahitya. His stories, poems and works for children were also published in Dainik Millat, monthly Samakal, and Daily Ittefaq.
In 1990, he won the Ekushey Padak award for his contributions to literature. He has also won the Bangla Academy Award, Humayun Kabir Memorial Award, and Ajit Guha Memorial Literary Award.
The author won the Philips Literary Award for his trilogy of novels ‘Dakkhinayoner Din’, ‘Kulai Kalsrot’ and ‘Purboratri Probodin’.