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Eminent newspaper article writer, Canadian Bangladeshi Rummana Chowdhury has written this book named as "Of Dreams and Shadows...selected writings" comprising of a collection of some of her selected articles, based on her views about some social activities and current affairs which were published in The Daily Observor.


RUMMANA CHOWDHURY
Canada Address:
4081 Wilcox Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1B8
Telephone: 905-306-9095 Fax: 905-306-9096
Mobile No. 416 303 7022
Bangladesh Address:
House 12, Road 8, Sector 3, Uttara, Dhaka
Telephone: 7914723, 7914725, 7914735
Fax: 58953045, 58952526 Mobile No. 01711524552
E-mail: rummanachowdhury@gmail.com Web: www.rummanachowdhury.ca
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND B. S. S. (Hons.), M. S. S.- Public Administration UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, Bangladesh. 1981 Select Courses HUMBERCOLLEGE, Toronto, Ontario. 1985 Political Science Courses UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, Toronto, Ontario. 1987-1989 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Accredited Translator / Interpreter
• Ministry of the Attorney General, Canada 2000- Present
• Discovery Channel, special series on South Asian Forestry and Wildlife 2003
• Canada Immigration & Refugee Board (IRB) 1990- Present
• Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Special Investigation Unit (SIU) 1996
• Enhanced Security Clearance By R.C.M .P. (1996) and Immigration and Refugee Board (2013)
• Recognized as an Expert Witness for social conditions and womens’ affairs of Bangladesh1996
PRESENT INTRODUCTION
• Life Member- Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha, PEN Bangladesh & Bangla academy.
• President “Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha” Canada Branch.
• Vice- President, Michael Madhusudan Academy, Kolkata, India.
• Official Bangladeshi PEN Representative in Canada
• Presently author of 30books consisting of poetry, short stories, columns, and analytical articles in both English and Bengali and notable speaker at seminars and conferences.
• Her 19th. book, "WHERE DO I BELONG," an Anthology of English Verses, has been published in October, 2014 from USA.
• Presently working in The Immigration & Refugee Board and the Ministry of the Attorney General of Canada.
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• Speaker (September 2006) at Seminar held in Montreal by FOBANA Topic: “Women and the Colours of Violence”
• Seminar Speaker & M.C. at FOBAC 2004, Canada. Topic: “New Immigrants and their integration & settlement in Canada.”
• Seminar Speaker at Toronto’s Open Forum (June2004), topic “Position of Bengali literature in context to mainstream Canadian literature.”
• English Newscaster, Bangladesh Television (2003).
• Seminar Speaker on Victory Day celebrations by the Bengali Cultural Society, Dec. 2003.
• Currently working on her first English novel and Collection of English Short Stories to be published from U.S.A & Canada.
• Speaker (September 2000) at seminar held in Toronto at the 14th North American Bangladesh convention (FOBANA) –topic: “Women and Violence, Bangladesh vs. Canada.”
• FOBANA Seminar (September 2000) –topic: “Bangladeshi Women settled in North America and their related Problems and Solutions.”
• Chairperson, M.C. Committee (Sept.2000) 14th North American Bangladesh Convention. Toronto, Ontario. (NABC).
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
• Awarded by the “Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha” as a Writer & Translator. (2017)
• Received from the Literary & Cultural Organization of Kolkata, India “KholaChithi” for the “Poet Sunil Ganguly Literary Smriti Award 2017”.
• Received “THE INTERNATIONAL BANGAMONI AWARD, 2016” by The Michael Madhusudan Academy of India as a Poet, Translator & Researcher for her contribution to Bengali and English literature in East and West Bengal and North America.(January 2017).
• Received the “SONARTORI SOMMANONA’2016” as an Internationally renowned Poet & Cultural Personality by SONARTORI, Kolkata, India. (December 2016)
• Received from the Upoma Sahithya Patra of Dhaka, Bangladesh the “Upoma Sahithya Patra Sommanona’2016” as a Probashi Writer for her contribution to Bengali and English literature. (Novenber’2016.)
• Honoured by the ONTARIO BENGALI CULTURAL SOCIETY( OBCS ) as a diasporic writer for her contribution to Bengali and English literature, September,2016.
• " Awarded the PODOKKHEP SOMMANONA’2016, as a renowned Poet & Cultural Personality from Kolkata, India.
• Received from the Literary& Cultural Organization of Kolkata, India “KholaChithi” the “Poet Horobilash Biswas Smriti Award 2016”as a renowned Poet & Cultural Personality, January, 2016at the Kolkata Bangla Academy of West Bengal, India.
• She has been awarded the " Shattyendra Nath Datta Award" for her collection of Bengali short stories, Probash Golpo / Tales From Abroad from Kolkata, India in January, 2015.
• Special recognition by the ShonibarerSondhya (Cultural Organization) "GUNIJON SHONGBORDHANA RECEPTION” as a renowned Poet & Cultural Personality,19 January 2015. (Public Library, Dhaka, Bangladesh.)
• Special recognition by the Feni district "NAGORIK SHONGBORDHANA COMMITTEE” for exceptional contribution in the Socio-Cultural & Educational field, 12 April 2014.
• " Awarded by the Alpona Boithok “THREE POETS AWARD-RECEPTION” as a renowned Poet & Cultural Personality (Held at BirUttam Khaza Nizam Uddin Auditorium, Deshbangla Bhaban, Segunbagicha, Dhaka, on 15 March, 2014).
• " Received ”The International Michael Madhusudan Award (From Michael Madhusudan Academy Kolkata, India) in the field of Socio-Culture and Education. (Held at Kolkata University, India, January, 2014)
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• " Awarded the SOUHARDYA SOMMANONA’2013, as a renowned Poet& Cultural Personality from Kolkata,India.
• “Woman of the Year 2010” by the Bengali Cultural Society, Toronto, Canada.
• Awarded “International Cultural Personality of 2009” by the Medical Association of Bangladesh, December Victory Day Celebration.
• Voted “Woman of the Year 2007” by the Bangladesh community in Toronto, Canada.
• TARA SUNDARI recognition: Interview on KOLKATA ( India) TV May-2005.
• Banalata Shahitya Parishad Writer’s Award, Dhaka, Bangladesh- April 2005.
• Special recognition Literary Award- by “SUNDARAM” Dhaka, Bangladesh- August 2003.
• Received “Deshe Bideshe” Award for M.C. and social work (Feb. 2003), Toronto, Ontario.
• Specially awarded (June 2000) by the Government of Ontario, Canada, through the Ministry of Citizenship & Recreation for 10 years of Service to the Bangladeshi Community living in Canada (ONTARIO VOLUNTEER AWARD, 2000)
• Awarded (April 1999) for special contribution in the field of Bengali language, literature and culture by the Bangladesh Association of Toronto, Canada.
• Top selling album “Midnight Blue”- self-composed English and Bengali poetry recitation (Weekly ‘Bichitra’ 23 Oct. 1998).
• Speaker (July 1998) at seminar held at the 18th Bongo Shommelon on “Women Depicted in Literature from the 19th and 20th Century,” Toronto, Ontario. NABC
• Awarded (December 1997) for special contribution in the field of Bengali literature, language and culture by The Bangladesh Association of Toronto, Ontario.
• Awarded (August 1997) by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.) of Canada for meritorious service.
• Recognized (March 1996) as an Expert Witness on Women’s Affairs and Social Conditions of Bangladesh by the Supreme Court of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
• Nationally awarded for Badminton, Debate, Recitation and Academic Merit in Bangladesh (1972-1981).
• “Best Sportsman (Badminton): 1978” –Bangladesh Sports Writers’ Association.
• “Best All Rounder Student: 1976”– Dept. of Public Administration, University of Dhaka.
MASS COMMUNICATION PARTICIPATION
• Published poems, short stories, articles in English daily newspapers in Bangladesh and Canada.
• Regular Contribution in “Deshe Bideshe” –The weekly Bengali newspaper published from Toronto, Canada. Also worked as Executive Editor for the newspaper.
• Produced radio and television programming, served as an on-air host in Bangladesh and Canada.
• Guest Speaker: Radio Show (July 1994) in Toronto to discuss social conditions and women writers of Bangladesh, including affairs regarding Taslima Nasreen.
• Popular Master of Ceremonies (MC) and renowned reciter / orator and Seminar speaker in National Shows and Conventions held all over North America by various social and cultural organizations such as:
o Bongo Shommelon NABC (Toronto,2013)
o Bongo Shommelon NABC (Toronto,2008)
o Bangladesh Convention (Montreal, 2006)
o 18th Bongo Shommelon NABC (Toronto 1998)
o Bangladesh Convention (New Jersey 1996)
o Executive Editor, “Deshe Bideshe” Weekly Bengali newspaper from Toronto(1996).
o Bangladesh Convention (Montreal 1995)
o Bangladesh Convention FOBANA (Toronto 1993),
o 12th Bongo Shommelon NABC (Toronto 1992).
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VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
• Co-chairperson, 28th North American Bengali Convention, Toronto, Canada, 2008.
• Liaisons, Bangladeshi Associations.
• Worked with Women’s Shelters in Toronto; battered women in Dhaka, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture in Toronto(CCVT).
• Bengali Studies Program in University of Toronto as Advisory Committee Member for the ‘Dipty Chakravarty’ Bursary.
• Community Liaison Member ‘Friends of Bengali Studies’, University of Toronto.
• Member, Advisory Board: Bangla Mela, BetarBani, Canada, Dhaka University FORUM Alumni Association, Deshi TV Toronto and Bengali Cultural Society, DESHE BIDESHE Bengali Newspaper.
PAST INTRODUCTION
• Recitation:
First position in Inter-School English Recitation Competition, 1970. First position in Inter-School English Extempore Speech, 1969.
• Debate:
First position in Inter-University English Debate Competition, 1978. Second position in National Television Bengali Debate Competition1976 and 1977.
• Badminton:
Singles Champion in Bangladesh National Badminton Competition 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978.
• Radio: Radio conductor of World Music, 1972-1981.
• Television:
Presenter and Conductor of popular shows like Shikhangan, NoboKollol, Barnali, Jubo Mela, Pran Taranga etc. 1972-1981 Received the annual award for being the “Most Well Rounded High Achieving Student of the Year”1976, Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
• Cultural Shows:
Conductor and Presenter of various cultural delegation and troupes from China, Korea, Burma, Malaysia etc. at the National Shilpa Kala Academy and Bongo Bhaban. FOREIGN REPRESENTATION:
 Bangladeshi Representative of “PEN” International residing in Canada. Represented Pen
 Bangladesh in Mexico PEN Convention of November 2003.
 Represented the University of Dhaka and visited North Korea (1978).  Represented Bangladesh PEN at the 89th PEN CONGRESS, QUEBEC, 2015.  Represented Bangladesh in the Asian Badminton Tournament held at Hyderabad, India in October 1976.  Represented Sputnik International at the Indian International Philatelic Exhibition held in New Delhi (Nov. 1973).
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Book Publications Of Rummana Chowdhury: 1) Akasher Dike / Mirages of Gold – First Published: August’1993 2) Hete Cholechy Pathe Pathe – First Published: January’1995 3) Kothar Tou Shesh Nei – First Published: January’1995 4) Shukher Katha Dukher Katha Moner Katha … – First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’1995 5) Summer Lights Winter Reflections – First Published: February’1995 6) Tales From Abroad by Rummana Chowdhury-I – First Published: December’1996 7) Blue Lotus Red Lotus – First Published: August’1997 8) Canada : Invisible Bondage of Love – First Published: August’1998 9) Tales From Abroad by Rummana Chowdhury-II – First Published: December’1999 10)Twilight and Evening Star – First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2001 11)Moonlight Reflections on Ice – First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2008 12)Can I Touch the Sky – First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2009 13)Rummana Chowdhury’s Probas Golpo Somogro-I – First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2010 14)Folklore of my Soul – First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2011 15)Shades of Mysticism – First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2012 16)Bhalobasher Kobita - First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2012 17)Rainfall and a Little Bird – First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2013 18)A TRILOGY OF COFFEE - First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2014 19)WHERE DO I BELONG – First Published : USA., October, 2014 20)Dreams by the Apple Tree - First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2015 21)Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head - First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2015 22)Bring Me A Dream / Ekti Swapno Eney Dao- First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2016 23)Unknown Imagery- First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2016 24)Shadow Over The Henna Tree –(English Novel) Published from U.S.A. (October ‘2016) 25)Whisper Of The Rain-(Analytical Articles) Published from Toronto, Canada (November ‘2016) 26)Tomar Kache Reeni (Nirbachito Kobita)- First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2017 27)Amar Chetonaay Ekush - First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2017 28)Kobita Somogro- First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2017 29)Tobu O Protikkha (Rummana Chowdhury’s Nirbachito Probas Golpo)- First Published: Ekushey Book Fair, February’2017 30)Golapi Muktor Mala O Onnanya Golpa - First Published: Kolkata, 2017 31)OF DREAMS & SHADOWS: Selected Writing (Kolkata Book Fair- 2018) 32)Hirer Majhe Sidurer Abha O Onnanya Golpa - First Published: Amar Ekushey Book Fair -2018 33)Sondhya Nemeche Baeng Pukure O Onnanya Golpa-First Published: Ekushey Book Fair -2018 34)Madhu Kobi Je Pothey Hetey Jai - First Published: Amar Ekushey Book Fair -2018 35)Lalon Bhabna O Tar Dorshan - First Published: Amar Ekushey Book Fair -2018 36)Nirbachito Onubad Golpo - First Published: Amar Ekushey Book Fair -2018
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Other Publications Of Rummana Chowdhury: 1. Self composed Bengali & English Poetry Recitation CD & ALBUM : “ MIDNIGHT BLUE” Produced By : Ganer Dali, Elephant Road, Dhaka Background Music Composition: Aminur Rahman Nizhu, First Launched: May, 1998 2. Twelve Post Card Set. “THE COLOUR OF DREAMS” Bengali & English Verses Original & Translation : Rummana Chowdhury Artist : Pijush Dostidar Publisher: Swarabynjon, First Published: Ekushey Boimela February, 2009 3. Twelve Post Card Set. “Verses of Freedom” Bengali & English Verses Original & Translation : Rummana Chowdhury Artist : Pijush Dostidar Publisher: Swarabynjon, First Published: Ekushey Boimela February, 2010 4. Twelve Post Card Set. “WOMAN: MY SALUTATIONS TO THEE” Bengali & English Verses Original & Translation : Rummana Chowdhury Artist : Tandra Mukherjee Publisher: M.R. Komal, Alpona Prokashony, First Published: Ekushey Boimela February, 2010 5. “SHOTOTAR PONGTIMALA”Verses Of Innocence (Self composed Bengali & English Poetry Recitation) Produced By : Souhardya, Kolkata Direction: Joydeep Chattopadhyay Music Composition: Santanu Bandyopadhyay, First Launched: February, 2014 6. The Fairy Tale of Bangles (Self composed English Poetry Recitation) Produced By : Souhardya, Kolkata Direction: Joydeep Chattopadhyay Music Composition: Santanu Bandyopadhyay, First Launched: February, 2014
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7. “ACHIN PAKHIR KHONJE” Self composed English & Bengali Poetry Recitation(DVD Version) Produced By : Creative World, Kolkata, India Direction: Joydeep Chattopadhyay Music Composition: Santanu Bandyopadhyay, First Launched: March, 2015 8. “NIL APORAJEETA” Self composed Bengali Poetry Recitation (CD Version) Produced By : Impress Audio Vision Ltd., Chennel- I. First Launched: April, 2015 9. “AABOHOMANER URHAAN” Self composed Bengali Poetry Recitation(CD Version) Produced By : Creative World, Dum Dum, Kolkata, India Direction: Joydeep Chattopadhyay Music Composition: Santanu Bandyopadhyay, First Launched: July, 2015 10. “LYRICS OF DREAMS & SHADOWS” (SWAPNOCHAYER KATHAMALA) Self composed Bengali Poetry Recitation (CD Version) Produced By : Creative World, Dum Dum, Kolkata, India Direction: Joydeep Chattopadhyay Music Composition: Santanu Bandyopadhyay, First Launched: March, 2016 11. JAKHON ANUBHOB Bengali Poetry Recitation(CD Version) Direction & Distribution: Jannat Sultana In Association with: Anyamela Recording: CIR Recording Arts Inc. Toronto, Canada First Launched: July, 2016 12. “NEEL PADMA NEEL KHAME” Self composed Bengali Poetry Recitation(CD Version) Produced By : Creative World, Dum Dum, Kolkata, India Direction: Joydeep Chattopadhyay Music Composition: Santanu Bandyopadhyay First Launched: September, 2016 13. “RABINDRA TIRTHO PORIKROMA” (Jorasanko-Shilaidaha-Shantiniketan) Researchable Documentary Film Produced By : Creative World, Dum Dum, Kolkata, India Planning & Direction: Joydeep Chattopadhyay Video Editing: Noni Gopal Roy. First Launched: 2017
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