October 18, 2003


Nurjahan Begum, literateur, journalist & editor of the the weekly Begum is still carrying on with the legacy of the first weekly magazine solely for women, which she and a dedicated group of persons started way back in 1947. The first issue was published from Calcutta, India. In 1950, after the partition of India, the Begum shifted from Calcutta to Dhaka.

Nurjahan , born in 1925 at Chandpur district was brave enough to overcome all the hurdles of the conservative society to be educated at the Lady Brabon's College in Calcutta. She knows Arabic, Bengali, English, Urdu & Persian.

Although the circulation of the weekly Begum has dropped to about 12 thousand, it is still revered as a popular women's weekly in the country which paved the way of many women writers & columnists of Bangladesh.


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