Cultural organisations, theatre activists, educationists and other professionals paid last tributes to recently demised Ekushey Padak-winning playwright, theatre activist, academician and TV actor Momtazuddin Ahmed at a commemorative programme held on Tuesday at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Hall of Bangla Academy.
The programme titled ‘Momtazuddin Ahmed Er Smoron Shobha’ was jointly organised by Sammilita Sangskritik Jote and the academy.
Bangla Academy acting director general Anwar Hossain was present as the chief guest at the event, presided over by thespian Ferdousi Majumder.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, thespian and educationist Dr Enamul Haque, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association Rubana Huq, DU history department professor Dr Mesbah Kamal and others spoke at the programme.
‘Momtazuddin Ahmed was a very kind and jolly man and a close family friend. Both I and Anissul Huq had spent a lot of time with him. I have many fond memories of him. His death has left a huge void in the country’s art and culture scene,’ said Rubana Huq.
‘He was a multi-talented and extraordinary person. He was very close to me. He could make people smile and cry at the same time with his acting. Today’s young theatre activists should follow in his footsteps,’ said Dr Enamul Haque.
‘He was a talented playwright, theatre activist, actor and researcher. His contribution to country’s theatre scene cannot be forgotten. He took part in the language movement in 1952, legislative elections in 1954 and liberation war in 1971. He will be remembered through his creations,’ said Ghulam Quddus.
‘Bangla Academy needs to preserve his works. The younger generation can learn a lot from him,’ said Dr Mesbah Kamal.
Born in 1935 in Malda in the then British India, Momtazuddin Ahmed was one of the major playwrights and theatre activists in post-independence Bangladesh.
Ahmed was directly involved in the language movement during his college days at Rajshahi Government College. On February 21, 1952, he was among the students who contributed to the erection of the Shaheed Minar at Muslim Hostel of Rajshahi Government College. He was imprisoned multiple times for his involvement in political activism.
He is mostly known for his satirical plays and columns exposing social and political anomalies. Ahmed has written around 40 plays for stage, radio and television and directed several of them besides acting in some of the most popular TV dramas in the 1970s and 80s.
For his contributions to theatre and culture, he received Bangla Academy Literary Award (1976) and Ekushey Padak (1997). Besides, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy honoured him as one of the most outstanding playwrights in Bangladesh in 2008.
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