Anwar Hossain remembered

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Dec 07,2018


Guests light candles at the programme.— Sony Ramany

Filmmakers, theatre activists, photographers, architects, doctors along with other professionals paid tribute to recently demised eminent photographer Anwar Hossain at a programme held on Wednesday at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The programme titled ‘Bangladesher Onnotomo Shrestho Cinematographer O Muktijoddha Anwar Hossain Shorone’ was jointly organised by Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Short Film Forum and the academy.
The programme commenced with guests lighting candles and paying one minute silence tribute.
Filmmaker Morshedul Islam, Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh president Lailun Nahar Simi, filmmaker and architect Mashiuddin Shaker were present as guests at the programme presided over by BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
‘Though I knew him from 1981, I first worked with him in 1991 during a movie shoot. He was a very passionate and friendly person. He spent the majority of his lifetime behind the camera,’ said Morshedul Islam.
‘He was five years senior to me but was like my friend. He always carried a camera and took pictures. We didn’t understand much about photography but liked his photos nonetheless. He tried to teach the younger generation who were interested in photography. I can’t believe that he is no more,’ said FFSB president Lailun Nahar Simi.
‘Anwar Hossain was a friendly and passionate person who tried to capture new ideas through his camera. We studied in the same university. The photos he captured were of international standards. He eventually bagged an international award. He was the cinematographer of the noted film Surja Dighal Bari. Due to his cinematography the film got an international award. His loss is irreparable,’ said Mashiuddin Shaker.
‘First of all, I want to thank all the guests who came here to pay tribute to my father. He was a hard working person. He led a carefree life and gave us equal freedom. He encouraged us to follow our passion. As a son, I am very lucky to have had a father like him,’ said Anwar’s son Akash.
Renowned photographer and cinematographer Anwar Hossain was found dead in a hotel room at Panthapath in the capital on December 1.
Born in 1948 at Aganabar Dewri in Dhaka’s old town, he passed matriculation from Armanitola Government High School in 1965 and HSC from Notre Dame College in Dhaka two years later.
He studied architecture at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and film studies at Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.
Anwar came to cinematography in 1979 with Sheikh Niyamat Ali’s first film Surja Dighal Bari.
He has written a number of books on photography. He captured the liberation war and the movements preceding it.
He won more than 60 international awards in photography. He filmed 15 fictions and 30 documentaries and published eight major photo books.
He began photography in 1969 with a humble camera that he bought for Tk 30.
One of the photos from his first batch of clicks in 1969 won him a national award in Pakistan.
Anwar has been teaching for the last 40 years. Some of the country’s most prized film makers like Tareque Masud, Tanvir Mokammel, Mishuk Munier have all been his students.
He was also the cinematographer of the film Shyamol Chhaya directed by Humayun Ahmed.

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