Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan, president of Bangla Academy, passed away this afternoon with Covid-19 infection.
He breathed his last around 2:00pm at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, confirmed Bulbul Ahmed, a staffer of Bangla Academy who used to look after him.
Prof Shamsuzzaman succeeded National Professor Anisuzzaman, who served as President of Bangla Academy from 2012 till his demise in May last year.
Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan served as Director General of Bangla Academy for 10 years. He is renowned for editing a book series on folk culture of 64 different districts in 64 volumes, and collections of folklore series in 114 volumes.
He was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 2001, Ekushey Padak in 2009, and Independence Day Award in 2017.