Abdul Gaffar Choudhury

Abdul Gaffar Choudhury, a writer and journalist was born in Barisal (in south-central Bangladesh) in 1934 and moved to Britain with his family in 1974. He is known for writing the most iconic song of the 21st February Martyr’s day – Ekushe Gaan (song of Ekushe), which he wrote originally as a poem at the age of eighteen. In 1976, Mr Choudhury published Banglar Dak Newspaper, which was in circulation for five years in Britain and Europe. After its dissolution, he joined as an editor of the British Bengali newspaper Jagoron and continued to publish Bengali and bi-lingual newspapers: Notun Din, Notun Desh and Purbo Desh. He has published 5 novels and several anthologies of his poems. Mr Choudhury has also written several plays related to the Bangladesh Liberation War and the assassination of the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

Listen: Mr Choudhury talking about his background
Listen: Mr Choudhury talking about his poem 'Ekusher Gan'