About Rummana Chowdhury

Rummana Chowdhury nee Ahmed has been living in Toronto, Canada for almost 33 years now as a mother, cultural activist, a working professional, writer and volunteer in Toronto's South Asian Community. Rummana was the National Badminton Champion (1975-1978), recitation leader and debate guru while living in Bangladesh until 1981. She represented Bangladesh in the Asian Badminton Tournament, held in Hyderabad, India, in October of 1976, She immigrated to Canada after completing her Masters in Public Administration from Dhaka University in 1981. Author of 18 books, mainly comprising of short stories, poetry and analytical articles, Rummana's passion is to ensure that Bangladeshi culture thrives in diasporic communities across the West. Organizing socio-culture programs, workshops, seminars and literary programs in The USA, Mexico, Germany, India and all over Canada, Rummana has become a leading commentator on issues of migration, women, violence and cultural and historical remembrance strategies. Her literary endeavors and efforts as a voluntary social worker for battered Bangladeshi immigrant women and new immigrants has lead her to be recognized as an Expert Witness in the field of social and cultural conditions in Bangladesh by the Supreme Court of Saint, Johns Newfoundland, Canada since March 1997. She also has to her credit three poetry post card sets in both the Bengali & English languages. She was been awarded by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for meritorious service (1997) and for special contributions in the field of Bengali language, literature and culture by the Bangladesh Association of Toronto' Canada (1998 and 1999). Presented the Ontario Volunteer's Award by the Government of Canada (2000) and the Independence Award (2009) at the Victory Day Celebrations of Bangladesh in December, 2009 by the Doctors' Convention. In March of 2010 the Ontario Bengali Cultural Society of Canada awarded her the Woman of the Year' Title. Rummana and husband Enamul Haque Chowdhury have founded a free school, university-collage and hospital for marginalized communities in Feni, Bangladesh. Rummana is working as an accredited interpreter/translator at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and the Ministry of the Attorney General for the last 25 years. She has written numerous articles and seminar papers, and "Ganer Dali" produced a self-composed Bengali and English poetry-recital CD (1998). Rummana ensures her own literary work and that of others is translated into English for global exposure. She is the representative of PEN Bangladesh in Canada. ADVISORY MEMBER : Bangla Mela, Dhaka University Forum of Canada (Alumna), Bengali Cultural Society, Weekly Bengali Television Program of Toronto "Deshi TV", Federation of Bangladeshi Associations of North America (FOBANA). Life Member of Bangla Academy and Lekhika Sangha. Awarded the SOUHARDYA SHOMMANONA from Kolkata, India (2013) as a renowned Poet and Cultural Personality. They also released two more CD recitation albums of self-composed poetry in February, 2014 in both the Bengali & English Language. Received "The International Michael Madhusudan Award" in the field of Socio-Culture and Education (Held at Kolkata University, India, January' 2014). She has most recently been awarded the "Shattyendra Nath Datta Award" for her collection of Bengali short stories, Probash Golpo / Tales From Abroad from Kolkata, India, which she will receive at the Kolkata University in January, 2015.