The family of Shyamal Bhattacharjee, a renowned cultural personality and former teacher of Bogura Zilla School, has donated his body to the anatomy department of the Bogura Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College for research.
Speaking to The Daily Star, his youngest son Avra Bhattacharjee said, “My father’s body has been donated to this hospital for medical studies as per his wish before his demise.”
Rezaul Alam Jewel, principal of Bogura Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College, confirmed the matter, saying, “After completing legal procedures, Shamal Bhattacharjee’s body, donated to our anatomy department, can be useful for my students in medical study.”
An eminent teacher of Bogura Zilla School, Shyamal passed away aged 81 at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of SZMCH around 7:30pm on Wednesday. He had been suffering from numerous old-age complications for last several days, said his family members.
Shyamal Bhattacharjee was born on August 10, 1939 at Jaleswaritala in Bogura. He joined Bogura Zilla School in 1967 as an assistant teacher and retired in 2000. After the Liberation War, he became a key personality in Bogura’s cultural arena. He was connected to the country’s most renowned personalities who were involved with the literary and cultural arena, and was one of the organisers of the Biswasahitya Kendra in Bogura when it started.
“He was a very talented man belonging to the literary world. He was simultaneously a teacher, theatre actor and a good human being who guided people throughout his life. He did not have greed. Although he studied engineering, he became a teacher of a government school. He was a humanist and was indirectly involved in left-wing politics. He founded the Bogura Natya Gosthi in 1972 and later the Bogura Natya Dal in 1984, which played a unique role in post-independence Bangladesh,” said Bazlul Karim Bahar, a local poet and writer.
Apart from teaching, acting and directing plays, Shyamal Bhattacharjee also used to write. He has written a novel titled Kadbanu Begum and a children’s novel called Shyamapakhi, he said.
He acted (solo) in a play ‘Nana Ranger Dinguli’, based on the translated version of a work by Anton Chekhov, and also acted in about 40-50 plays including Nurul Diner Saradin, Bazlul Karim also said.
Shaymal Bhatracharjee left behind his two sons — elder son Pinaki Bhattacharya, a writer and blogger currently based in France, and younger son Avra Bhattacharjee, who is working with the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).