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Alam Khorshed

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Alam Khorshed (B.1960), graduated as a Mechanical Engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka and did his Post Graduate studies at Baruch College of City University of New York, USA majoring in Operations Research. He worked for two of the world’s largest manufacturing companies in their respective domains: GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals in Chittagong and Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE) in Montreal, Canada. After working for nearly fifteen years, he has given up Engineering as a profession and returned to Bangladesh in 2004 to embrace his real passion: Arts.

He is now engaged as a full-time writer, translator, critic, cultural activist and an arts organizer. After successfully running a unique socio-cultural organization named Bishaud Bangla in Chittagong for nine years, he founded a new arts space called Bistaar: Chittagong Arts Complex in December 2014 and has been working as its Founding Director since.

He has authored more than twenty books in Bengali, mostly works of translation and literary essays. Among them, the most notables are: translations of Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’; ‘Reflections’, an autobiographical book of Henry Miller; an anthology of poems of the Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska; a book length conversation between the two great Argentine writers Jorge Louis Borges and Victoria Ocampo; ‘The Jaguar Smile’, the first work of non-fiction by Salman Rushdie, ‘I Shall Marry When I want’ a Play by the Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’O.

He currently anchors a talk show at Chittagong Television on arts and literature.