Veteran jatra artiste Victor Daniel Nag passed away on Friday at a city hospital in the capital’s Sher-E-Bangla Nagar at around 12:10pm. He was 70.
‘My father had been suffering from age-related complications. We admitted him to National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital after he suffered a stroke. He breathed his last here,’ Daniel Raju Ahmed, son of Victor Daniel Nag, told New Age.
Theatre and jatra artistes of the country expressed profound shock at the death of Victor Daniel Nag who had made outstanding contribution to the country’s jatra arena through his acting and creations.
Acclaimed Jatra artiste Milon Kanti Dey said, ‘Though he stared his career in 1968, I first met him in 1976. I had a good relationship and acted in many palas alongside him. He was not only a good actor but also a creative director. He skilfully portrayed contemporary issues in his works.’
‘The country’s younger generation jatra artistes should follow in his footsteps. His passing away has left a huge void in the country’s jatra scene. He will live on through his creations. I considered him one the best jatra artistes in the country after Amalendu Biswas. The government should take an initiative for preserving his works,’ added Milon Kanti Dey.
International Theatre Institute honorary president Ramendu Majumder mentioned, ‘Victor Denial was a very powerful jatra artiste in our country. His acting was different from all other jatra artistes. He called me for help and I tried to help him to the best of my ability. He gave me a letter and asked me to pass it to our prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Our prime minister gave him financial assistance of Tk 10 lakh.’
‘It is a matter of great grief that our veteran artistes were all financially struggling when they became old. The government and rich people of the country should stand beside those artistes who have given a lot to the country. He taught jatra to many students throughout his career. He did not receive the recognition he deserved,’ added Majumder.
Thespian Irin Parvin Lopa pointed out, ‘I worked with him in several projects at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. He also conducted many workshops at the academy. His contribution to country’s jatra scene cannot be overemphasised.’
‘He was not only a talented artiste but also a good human being. He never misbehaved with anyone. His works should be promoted for the future generation to get an idea about his achievements. I pray to the almighty that his departed soul may rest in peace,’ added Lopa.
Victor Daniel Nag was born on January 15, 1950 at Baradal village of Ashashuni upazila in Satkhira district. He is survived by one son and a daughter.
He was buried in Khulna on Saturday afternoon.
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