Mohammad Rafiq, the eminent poet who dictated the Bangla literature back in the sixties has been honoured with the Mazharul Islam Kobita Puroshkar 2015. In the same announcement Kaisul Haque, has been declared to be the winner for this year's Sadat Ali Akhand Shahitya Puroshkar.
The awards annually delivered by Bangla Academy have been announced to these two great literary figures for their overall contributions toward poetry. The awards will be formally handed over on December 26 during the 38th Annual Conference of Bangla Academy. The prize money of the award Mazharul Islam Kobita Puroshkar 2015 has been estimated to be one lakh taka and it has been financed by the family of the late Professor Mazharul Islam. On the other hand Sadat Ali Akhand Shahitya Puroshkar is worth fifty thousand taka given by Tahmina Hossain, the daughter of late Sadat Ali Akhand.
Rafiq was born in 1943 in the village of Baitpur, Bagerhat. During his student life at Dhaka University he was a political activist and was arrested and jailed twice. Pakistani martial law court sentenced him ten years of hard labour. He later was released to complete his university studies. During the War of Independence of Bangladesh Mohammad Rafiq served as a Sector-1 commander and motivated the freedom fighters. Later he worked with the famous Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.
During the dictatorship of Hossain Muhammad Ershad, Rafiq wrote Khola Kabita and it was published as a leaflet and was circulated throughout the country. It was the first voice raised against the unlawful military autocracy. It become very popular among the student activists and they performed the poem as drama and song.
Mohammad Rafiq worked as a teacher at Chittagong Government College and at Dhaka College. After working in the Department of English, Jahangirnagar University for three decades, Mohammad Rafiq retired in 2009. He received Alaol Literary Award in 1981 and Bangla Academy Awardin 1987. In 2010 he won the prestigious "Ekushey Podok."