Eminent playwright-actor professor Momtazuddin Ahmed was felicitated on his 85th birthday at a programme held at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy on Friday.
Ahmed’s friends and peers including cultural activist Kamal Lohani, thespian Ramendu Majumdar, former cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, thespian Mamunur Rashid, actor Dr Enamul Haque, director Nawajesh Ali Khan, Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji and others spoke on Ahmed’s life and works and congratulated him.
Nazrul singer Ferdaus Ara welcomed Momtazuddin Ahmed to the stage rendering the song Anjali laho mor.
‘Momtazuddin Ahmed’s contribution to our theatre is immense. He was also in the front line of our democratic movements in the 1960s and was a member of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1971,’ said Mamunur Rashid.
‘Momtazuddin Ahmed’s plays reflect our social and democratic struggles. His pen always exposes social anomalies and speak of people’s freedom,’ said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘I do not know how many days I am with you. I am happy to have lived my life here, the most beautiful country in the world,’ said Ahmed thanking all.
Ahmed’s family declared an award after his name to be given to a theatre activist every year.
Born in Maldaha (now in West Bengal India), Momtazuddin Ahmed is a language movement veteran. He, along with his friends, built a Shaheed Minar at Rajshahi Government College at night.
He has taught at Chittagong Government College and later in the drama and music departments of Dhaka University and Jagannath University.
Ahmed has written around 30 plays for stage, radio and television and directed several of them. Apart from plays, he has written novels, essays, newspaper columns and screenplays for films.
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