Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said it was most important to enhance cultural activities to keep away the new generation from militancy and terrorism.
“It will be easier to promote creative thinking of new generation by preserving own culture and freeing them from the grip of satellite culture. I would like to urge the country’s artistes to take plan in this regard,” he told the 87th birth anniversary of eminent artiste Mamtajuddin Ahmed at Shilpakala Academy on Monday night.Paying rich tribute to Mamtajuddin, the minister said there were many stage dramas in eighties and nineties. There were also many street drams during the anti-autocracy movement, he said, adding that now-a-days it does not happen.
It is needed to bring back those good days of stage drama, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
Recalling his old days when he used to wander in the field of theatre arena, the minister said he was a member of ‘Tiryak Nattyadal’ and ‘Jathra Dal’ in Chattogram.
He called for holding competition and to arrange stage drama for 10 days at district level to promote the cultural event. He also informed that he would initiative to air stage drama from Bangladesh Television (BTV) from Dhaka and Chattogram centers.
“There are about 6,000 cinema halls in America though there are OTT platforms and social media. There are about 8,000 cinema halls in India. There are also many theaters in Europe where a number of people visit daily and see the drama buying tickets,” he added.
He said there is no reason to think that stage drama will be lost due to satellite culture or electronic media. If that happened, then all theaters would have closed in the country, he added.AL Advisory council member Ataur Rahman, Rabindra University vice chancellor Professor Biswajit Ghose, Bangladesh Shishu Academy chairman Lucky Inam, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Golam Quddus, Nattyogosti Theatre president Dr Nilufar Banu, general secretary Ashok Ray Nandi, former general secretaries Pradip Banik and Rezaul Ekram Raju, among others, addressed the programme with Shilpakala Academy director general and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Chairman Liakat Ali Lucky in the chair.
Munira Yousuf Mamy and Ziaul Hasan Kislu recited poems. Later, a drama ‘Folafol Nimnochap’ was screened.