Late eminent archaeologist AKM Zakaria’s 101st birth anniversary was celebrated on Tuesday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The programme titled ‘Abul Kalam Mohammad Zakaria-er Ekshoto Ek Tomo Jonmobarshiki’ was organised by Committee for Documentation of Architectural Sites in Dhaka.
The programme featured performing art show, photography exhibition and discussion.
Former Dhaka University vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, also chairman of Committee for Documentation of Architectural Sites in Dhaka, was present as the chief guest, while journalist Mozammel Hossain Manju and DU professor Shamima Banu spoke on the life and works of AKM Zakaria.
‘AKM Zakaria had made significant contribution to country’s archaeological sector. His writings will continue to inspire archeology students, researchers and enthusiasts for years to come. The concerned authorities should take initiatives to preserve Zakaria’s works,’ said AAMS Arefin Siddique.
Late Zakaria’s daughter Sufia Atiya Zakaria paid tribute to her father rendering Tagore’s popular song Megher pore megh jomechhey.
Singers Sanjuti Nowroz, Ishrat Jahan Kakon and Aruna Sarkar paid tribute to Zakaria rendering popular Tagore songs like Pran bhariye trisha hariye, Bishwa shathe joge biharo and others.
Following which, a total of 29 photographs depicting Zakaria’s life and works were projected on a screen.
Natore-based Balal Pramanik and his troupe presented traditional performing art ‘Jogir Gaan’, which features philosophical discussions between a guru and his disciples, at the venue.
Archaeologist Zakaria had keen interest in traditional performing art forms, including, ‘Jogir Gaan’ where a guru with a torch in his hand teaches his disciples diverse philosophical topics.
Born on October 1, 1918, AKM Zakaria started his career as a teacher at Bogura Azizul Haque College.
He later joined the civil service and initiated excavation of archaeological sites. He played an important role in the discovery of Sitakot Bihar, a seventh century Buddhist monastery in Dinajpur.
For his research works, Zakaria received Ekushey Padak in 2015 and Bangla Academy Award in 2006.
He passed away on February 24, 2016.
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