Legendary poet Al Mahmud has been kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of IBN Sina Hospital in the capital.
The poet's close aide Abid Azam said: "Al Mahmud was admitted to the hospital on Friday night as he fell sick. Later on Saturday night, he was shifted to the ICU after his condition deteriorated."
"His health condition is critical and is undergoing treatment under neurology specialist Dr Abdul Hay," he added.
Poet Al Mahmud celebrated his 82nd birth anniversary in June last year and he has been suffering from multiple old age complications.
His last publication, his autobiography titled ‘Jiban Jakhan Bak Ghore’, was published during the Amar Ekushey Granthamela in 2017.
Al Mahmud was born at Mourail village in Brahmanbaria in 1936. Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud started writing poems as Al Mahmud at his teenage.
He composed Sonali Kabin, Kaler Kalash and several other wonderful collections of contemporary Bangla poems.
A language movement veteran, Mahmud fled his home and came to Dhaka in 1954. Subsequently began working as a journalist with the Dainik Millat and weekly magazine Kafela.
In 1968, he received Bangla Academy award while Ekushey Padak in 1987.
He also wrote novels and short story collections, including, Pankourir Rakto, Gandha Banik, Dahuki, Jebhabe Bere Uthi, Kabi O Kolahol, Upamohadesh, Kabiler Bon, Nishinda Nari and Purush Sundar.
The poet joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1975 as assistant director at research and publication department. In 1993, he retired from the academy as the director of the department.