Mannan Hira passes away

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:35, Dec 23,2020 | Updated: 23:09, Dec 23,2020


Mannan Hira

Theatre activist, writer and filmmaker Mannan Hira passed away on Wednesday night. He was 64.

He suffered a heart attack at his residence in Kakrail in the capital. He was rushed to Islami Bank Hospital at Shahjahanpur, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Sammalita Sangskritik Jote general secretary Ghulam Quddus confirmed it to New Age.

‘He suffered a heart attack at his residence in Kakrail in the capital. He was rushed to the hospital, where duty doctors pronounced him dead at around 8:30pm,’ Ghulam Quddus told New Age.

‘Mannan Hira’s body will be kept in front of the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 11:00am and his first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Segunbagicha Jam-e-Masjid at 12:00noon. His body will be taken to Sirajganj to his village home where he will be buried,’ said Bangladesh Path Natak Parishad general secretary Ahmed Gias.

Earlier, Mannan Hira suffered a heart attack in 2018. He is survived by his widow and son.

Mannan Hira was a member of Aranyak Natyadal and was involved in the street theatre movement. He was the former president of Bangladesh Path Natok Parishad.

Mannan Hira penned around 15 theater plays, including Laal Jamin, Bhager Manush, Mayur Singhasan and Sada-Kalo. Murkha Loker Murkha Kotha is one of his street plays.

In 2014, Hira debuted as a filmmaker through Ekatturer Khudiram, a children’s film based on the War of Independence.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of eminent playwright and director Mannan Hira.

In a condolence message, she said the nation will remember his unique contributions to the country’s drama field, including street drama movement.

Sheikh Hasina prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family

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