Thespian Ataur Rahman was felicitated at a programme marking his 76th birthday on Sunday.
Manchosarothi Ataur Rahman Karmo Udzapan Parishad, a platform formed exclusively to celebrate the occasion, organised the programme at the Studio theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Prominent theatre and cultural personalities as well as budding theatre activists and enthusiasts congratulated Ataur Rahman on the occasion which featured discussion, poetry recitation and others.
Director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky, president of Bangladesh Chapter of International Theatre Institute Nasiruddin Yousuff, theatre personalities Jhuna Chowdhury and Gazi Rakayat, general secretary of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Akhtaruzzaman, noted theatre artistes Kamal Bayezid, Nasirul Haq and wife of Ataur Rahman Shahida Rahman were present at the programme.
Speaking at the programme Jhuna Chowdhury said Ataur Rahman is man with diverse qualities. ‘Over the years Ataur Rahman has contributed immensely to the theatre scene of the country. The theatre activists have learnt a lot from him,’ said Jhuna Chowdhury at the programme.
Liaquat Ali Lucky wished for long life and wellbeing of Ataur Rahman. ‘I hope that Ataur Rahman will continue to enrich us with his wisdom and creations in the coming years,’ said Lucky.
Shahida Rahman said the best quality of Ataur Rahman is his ability to make people smile. ‘Ataur Rahman can easily make the people around him smile. Even the gloomiest person is guaranteed to smile if he/she spends some time with Ataur,’ said Shahida Rahman.
Ataur Rahman thanked everyone for organising such a beautiful programme. ‘I am blessed to be loved by so many people,’ he said.
Recitation artistes and theatre activists paid tribute to Ataur Rahman by reciting poems on the occasion. A group of young theatre activists recited selected parts from Ataur Rahman’s plays Hamlet and Banglar Mati Banglar Jal, while eminent jatra artiste Milan Kanti Dey and Tarannum Chowdhury Kakoli presented solo poetry recitations at the programme.
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