Enamul Karim Nirjhar

Enamul Karim Nirjhar
Native name এনামুল করিম নির্ঝর
Nationality Bangladeshi
Alma mater Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Aupee Karim (m. 2016)
Buildings British American Tobacco Headquarter, Voot restaurant

Enamul Karim Nirjhar is a Bangladeshi architect[1] and film maker. He is the founder and principal architect of "SYSTEM Architects".[2] He won 4 Bangladesh National Film Awards for his film Aha!.[3]

Early life and education

Nirjhar was born to Muhammad Afsar Ali and Momtaz Begum in Rajshahi. In the mid-1970s, he was admitted to Rajshahi Cadet College. He studied architecture From Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).



Nirjhar started his film career directing short documentary films on social issues including The Shadow Gap (2003), Tini (The Architect) (2005), and Manush, Koyta, Asche (2006). He released two feature films - Aha! (2007)[4][5] and Nomuna (2009).[6][7][8][9] The film Aha! won Bangladesh National Film Awards in four categories.[3] It was Bangladesh's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, but was not nominated.[10]

Nirjhar's second film, Nomuna (2009), was a dystopian social satire about political turmoil. Apart from directing, he also wrote the story, script, and songs for the film.[3] The eight-song soundtrack was released in September 2009, but the Bangladesh Film Censor Board refused to issue the film a censor certificate.[11][12][13]

Photography and writing

From an early period, he was very much involved in photography as another of his passions. He participated in several exhibitions with his photography works. Bornodhara (2001), a book of his photography and poetry, was a tribute to the Bangla alphabet and language.[14]

He joined the popular humor magazine Unmad and in the mid-1980s became a contributor to the weekly Sachitra Shandhani. He was the initiator of an experimental magazine on cinema named Kino Eye and literary magazine Potito Shubash. He has also written three books of stories: Kanush (2010), Jaa (2012), and Oboshesh Ongshobishesh.

Album Ek Nirjharer Gaan is a compilation of 101 Bangla songs written and composed by Nirjhar and released on label Gaanshala.[6][15]







  1. Ashraf, Kazi; Haque, Saif ul. "Enamul Karim Nirjhar". The Architectural League of New York.
  2. "Principal Architect". SYSTEM architects.
  3. 1 2 3 "Nirjhar's Nomuna ready for release". The Daily Star. 10 January 2009.
  4. "Enamul Karim Nirjhar's Movie Aha!". PriyoAustralia.com.au. 2 December 2007.
  5. "Aha!". Rotten Tomatoes.
  6. 1 2 "Gaanshala". gaanshala.com.
  7. "Prospering Bangladesh, Reconciliation and co-existence". imperfect – world – 2010 (Blog). 16 June 2006.
  8. "Documentary film launched on Arc. Mazharul Islam". ArchSociety. 14 August 2005.
  9. "Biodata of Muzharul Islam". Muzharul Islam Archive.
  10. "67 Countries Vying for 2008 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Oscars. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  11. "Soundtrack of Nirjhar's 'Nomuna' launched". The Daily Star. 14 September 2009.
  12. "Shakira to sing in Indo-Bangla production". The Indian Express. 7 January 2012.
  13. "Censorship and Human Rights". Forum. The Daily Star. December 2012.
  14. "Bornodhara". Boi Mela.
  15. "'Maa Chhara Prothom' to release today". The Daily Star. 10 May 2015.
  16. "Winners Since Inception". Architect of the Year Awards.
  17. "ninaKABBO". SYSTEM architects.
  18. "Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited". Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited.

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