Ekushey Padak-winning thespian Keramat Moula received the prestigious Munier Chowdhury Sammanana Padak on Sunday at a programme at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The awards ceremony, organised by Theatre, also marked late playwright Munier Chowdhury’s 91st birth anniversary. Theatre has been giving the award named after him since 1989.
Another award, Mohammad Zakaria Smrity Padak, was given to theatre activist Avijit Sengupta of the Chittagong-based Nandimukh. Theatre introduced the award in 1997.
Writer-researcher Golam Murshid was present at the ceremony and handed over the awards comprising crests and five-figure prize money cheques to the recipients.
The Munier Chowdhury award is worth Tk 50,000 while the Mohammad Zakaria award is worth Tk 25,000.
Theatre director Ramendu Majumdar and IFIC Bank managing director Shah A Sarwar were also present on the occasion. Munier Chowdhury’s sister and eminent actress Ferdausi Majumder presided over the programme.
‘I have been involved with theatre for over 50 years now and have received quite a few awards, too. But I consider this award the highest achievement in my career,’ said Keramat Moula, who mainly appears in the productions of Theatre.
‘Munier Chowdhury was one of the most inspiring figures for us cultural activists in 1950s and 1960s. My passion for theatre was ignited by Munier Chowdhury, among others.’
Keramat Moula also works as a part-time faculty member at a private university.
In his response to getting the Mohammad Zakari Padak, Avijit Sengupta thanked Theatre and said it means a lot to him.
‘An award named after Mohammad Zakaria, who contributed so much to the theatre movement in post-war Bangladesh, is a big achievement. It will inspire me to work further,’ he said.
Following the award giving, Theatre staged Munier Chowdhury’s one-act satire Bangshadhar that features political and social anomalies and moral degradation of the middle class through a metaphorical story of monkeys.
The play was directed by Shekanul Islam Shahi.
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