Friends, admirers and well-wishers paid tribute to the late Ekushey Padak-winning playwright, theatre activist and TV actor Momtazuddin Ahmed on his 86th birthday, which was observed on Saturday.
In Dhaka, two seperate programes were held at Bangla Academy and Bangladesh Mahila Samity.
Professor Momtazuddin Ahmed 86th birthday celebration committee organised a programme at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium of Bangla Academy where thespian Asaduzzaman Noor was honoured with Oddhapak Momtazuddin Ahmed Natyajan Puraskar 2019 O Padak. Kamrun Nahar Mamtaj, widow of Momtazuddin Ahmed, handed over a cheque of Tk 1 lakh to Noor at the programme while former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque, who attended the programme as chief guest, handed over a crest to Noor.
Besides, artist-freedom fighter Shahabuddin Ahmed unveiled a book on Momtazuddin Ahmed at the programme, presided over by former governor of Bangladesh Bank Atiur Rahman.
A documentary on Momtazuddin Ahmed was screened at the venue and Nazrul Sangeet singer Ferdous Ara rendered songs Ami chirotorey durey choley jabo and Jani jani prio.
Renowned theatre troupe Theatre organised a programme to commemorate the life and works of Momtazuddin Ahmed at Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samiti.
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen was present as chief guest while thespians Ataur Rahman, Mamunur Rashid, secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Kamal Bayezid and Kamrun Nahar Mamtaj were present as special guests at the programme, presided over by president of Theatre Nilufar Banu.
The programme commenced with screening of a documentary on Ahmed titled ‘Chokher Aloye Dekheychhilen’.
‘Momtazuddin Ahmed had worked to promote theatre activities among the masses. The younger generation should follow in his footsteps,’ said Ataur Rahman.
‘Momtazuddin Ahmed was a multitalented person. I first met him at Bangladesh Betar after the liberation war. He made significant contribution to country’s theatre scene. I request the cultural affairs ministry to preserve his works’, said Mamunur Rashid.
Momtazuddin Ahmed was one of the major playwrights and theatre activists in post liberation war Bangladesh.
He passed away on June 2, 2019.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Theatre