Eminent actor and academician Dr Enamul Haque passed away soon after falling sick at his residence in the capital on Monday afternoon. He was 78.
He suddenly fell sick at his Bailey Road residence and was rushed to Islami Bank Hospital in Kakrail area where the doctors on duty declared him dead.
Enamul left behind his wife actress Lucky Enam, two daughters Hridi Haque and Priti Haque, cultural activists and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Ekushey Padak winning actor and teacher Dr Enamul Haque.
In a message of condolence, she prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Enamul was born on May 29, 1943 to Obaidul Haque and Razia Khatun in Feni district in the then British India. While studying in Notre Dame College in Dhaka, he first acted in a stage play named ‘Bharate Chai’.
He completed his bachelor’s and master’s in chemistry in 1963 and 1964 respectively, from the University of Dhaka and joined Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) as a lecturer of chemistry in 1965.
Enamul obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Manchester in 1976 in synthetic organic chemistry and worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in medicinal chemistry there from June 1976 to May 1977.
Enamul Haque’s first television drama was ‘Mukhora Romoni Boshikoron’, which was produced by Mustafa Monwar in 1968.
He began writing plays in the same year and penned more than 60 dramas including ‘Oneekdiner Ekdin’, ‘Sheishob Dingulo’, ‘Nirjon Shoikot’, and ‘Ke Ba Apon Ke Ba Por’.
He was one of the founding members of the Nagorik Natya Sampradaya established in 1968 and first acted in the stage play ‘Buro Shaliker Ghare Ro’ directed by Ataur Rahman.
In the consequent years, out of his passion for theatre, Enamul Haque acted many timeless plays of the theatre troupe, including ‘Dewan Gazir Kissa’ and ‘Nurul Diner Sara Jibon’.
During the glorious days of our liberation struggle in late ’60s, Haque performed in many street plays to motivate mass people in favour of independence and his residence at BUET campus was a melting pot of cultural activists who took part in the mass upsurge in 1969.
Enamul Haque married Lucky Enam on December 14, 1970.
He appeared in some of the most famous television dramas of the country such as ‘Ei Shob Din Ratri’, ‘Ayomoy’ and starred in films like ‘Emiler Goenda Bahini’, ‘Brihonnola’ and ‘Amar Bondhu Rashed’.
Leaving Nagorik Natya Sampradaya, Enamul Haque founded the theatre troupe Nagorik Natyangan in 1995. He served as the president of the troupe and acted in a number of productions such as ‘Janatar Rangashala’, ‘Surma’ and others.
Enamul Haque founded Nagorik Natyangan Institute of Drama in 2000 and served as its principal of the organisation till his death.
He received Ekushey Padak in 2012 for his outstanding contributions in the field of dramas.
Enamul Haque’s body was taken to Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises at 7pm on Monday where his friends, colleagues, well-wishers and admirers paid their last tribute to him.
He will be buried today at Banani Graveyard in the capital following his namaz-e-janaza after Zohr prayer.