Syed Hasan Imam is a man of many talents with vast contributions to the country’s cultural arena. He is a renowned actor, director, organiser, recitation artiste and a singer too. The octogenarian Imam has also participated in all major political struggles of the country.
On Sunday, the cultural personality’s autobiography was launched at a programme held at the National Art Gallery Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The autobiography titled ‘Akash Amay Bhorlo Aloy’ charts Imam’s eventful life that has closely seen many ups and downs in the political and cultural arena of the country. Besides the book, a documentary on Imam titled ‘Binamro Manush Bikkhubdha Shilpi’, directed by Imam’s daughter Sangeeta Imam, was screened at the programme.
The launch programme was attended by, among others, former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, thespian Nasiruddin Yousuff, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, Syed Hasan Imam’s wife and eminent dancer Laila Hasan, writer-politicial Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin and others.
‘Syed Hasan Imam is a man of integrity and honesty. His cultural and political activism inspired many of our generation. In our group theatre federation movement too, his contributions are immense,’ said Nasiruddin Yousuff.
‘Syed Hasan Imam’s contributions are manifold- both in our politics and culture. During the East Pakistan days and the liberation war, he was in the forefront fighting for the country’s liberation. Even after the liberation, he was as committed as before to help promote culture,’ said Ghulam Quddus.
‘I was never an ambitious man. I have done what I felt like doing and, to my luck, have successfully been involved in many fields,’ said Syed Hasan Imam.
Born in Bardhaman in the then British India in 1935, Imam became involved in singing and theatre from a very early age. He started his acting career with the film ‘Dharapat’ in 1961. He went on to act in hit films like
‘Raja Elo Shohorey’, ‘Shiit Bikel’, ‘Janajani’, ‘Ujala’, ‘Kagojer Nouka’, ‘Anarkoli’, ‘Ghuddi’ and ‘Sareng Bou’. He debuted in direction with the film ‘Lalon Fakir’ in 1972.
He was honoured with the Bangladesh National Film Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2014. He has also received many other prestigious awards including Ekushey Padak (1999) and Independence Award (2016).
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