Today is the 85th birth anniversary of late Ekushey Padak-winning playwright, theatre activist and TV actor Momtazuddin Ahmed.
Different organisations have chalked out special programmes marking the day.
Renowned theatre troupe Theatre will organise a programme to commemorate the life and works of Momtazuddin Ahmed at Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity today.
Momtazuddin Ahmed was one of the major playwrights and theatre activists in post liberation war Bangladesh.
Ahmed, born in 1935 in Malda in the then British India, was directly involved in the language movement during his college days at Rajshahi Government College. Ahmed along with his fellow students erected the Shaheed Minar at Muslim Hostel of Rajshahi Government College on February 21, 1952. He was imprisoned multiple times for his involvement in political activism.
Ahmed is mostly known for his satirical plays and columns exposing social and political anomalies. He wrote around 40 plays for stage, radio and television and directed several of them besides acting in some of the most popular TV dramas in the 1970s and 80s. Apart from plays, he has written novels, research papers, essays, newspaper columns, screenplays for cinema and more. His works also extended to the field of pedagogy.
Among his popular plays are Ki Chaho Shankhachil, Rajar Anusharer Pala, Hridoyghatita Bepar Shepar, Saat Ghater Kanakari, Bakulpurer Swadhinata, Khata Bikkhata and others.
Momtazuddin Ahmed taught Bengali, Sanskrit, and European drama in several nongovernment and government colleges for over three decades. He was a professor in the department of Bangla at Jagannath University and a part-time lecturer at the department of Music and Dramatics at Dhaka University.
Rabindra Bharati University has included his writings Bibaha and Ki Chaho Shankhachil in its curriculum. Several of his plays are also included in primary, secondary and higher secondary curriculum in Bangladesh.
In addition, he worked as director of the Research and Publishing Department of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and served in Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations as minister (culture).
For his contributions to theatre, education and culture as a whole, he received Bangla Academy Literary Award (1976) and Ekushey Padak (1997). Besides, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy honoured him as one of the outstanding playwrights in Bangladesh in 2008. He passed away on June 2, 2019.
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