Syed Mohammad Shahed is currently Professor of Bengali at the University of Dhaka. He was awarded Ph.D. in 1986 by the same university for his thesis Chadai Bangali Samaj O Samscrity (1988). He was post-doctoral visiting research scholar (1990-93) at the Nagoya National University, Japan and has done research on Comparative Study of Bengali and Japanese Folk Rhymes (1993). His other publications include history of Modern Bengali Rhymes (Chadar Ishkul); life of Ramesh Sheel and his works (Agrathita Gitiguccha, Aprakasthita Kabitabali & Ramesh Sheel Rachanabali); life and works of Fani Barua etc. Dr. Shahed was Director-General, Bangla Academy (2007-09); Trustee, Bangladesh National Museum and Member, National Commission for UNESCO. He has been actively associated with a number of reputed orgaizations including Khelaghar, Bangladesh Council for Child Welfare, UN Association of Bangladesh and World Federation of UNAs (Geneva). Dr. Shahed has participated in a number of seminars in South Asia, North America, Europe, South-East Asia and China.