Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Momtazuddin Ahmed’s birthday observed

Momtazuddin Ahmed’s birthday observed

Ekushey Padak-winning playwright, Language Movement hero, theatre activist and actor Momtazuddin Ahmed’s 88th birthday was observed on Tuesday.   

To mark the day, popular drama troupe ‘Theatre’ organised a programme at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on the evening.  

The programme featured discussion, live music, recitation, documentary screening, theatrical performance and others.

Dramatist Ataur Rahman, Bangla Academy Director General Mohammad Nurul Huda, actor Afzal Hossain and Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, among others, were present at the discussion with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky in the chair.

Theatre President Nilufar Banu delivered the welcome speech at the programme.

A documentary on the life and work of Momtazuddin Ahmed directed by playwright, director and actor Prabir Datta was screened before the discussion. 

Noted recitation artistes Sahadat Hossain Nipu and Mir Barkat recited poems while Chhaya Biswas enthralled the audience by rendering ‘Anandaloke Mangalaloke’ and ‘Tumi Ki Kebali Chhabi’.

Naresh Bhuiyan and Munira Yusuf Memi read selected parts from Momtazuddin Ahmed’s popular play ‘Shat Ghater Kanakori’.  

The programme concluded with the staging of Momtazuddin Ahmed-written play ‘Spartacus Bishayak Jatilata’.

Momtazuddin Ahmed is mostly known for his satirical plays and columns depicting social and political anomalies. He wrote around 40 plays for stage, radio and television and directed several of them.

His popular plays are ‘Ki Chaho Shankhachil’, ‘Raja Anuswarer Pala’, ‘Hridoy Ghatita Byapar Syapar’, ‘Saat Ghater Kanakari’, ‘Swadhinata Amar Swadhinata’, ‘Bakulpurer Swadhinata’ and others.

He received Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1976 and Ekushey Padak in 1997. The playwright and artiste breathed his last on June 2 in 2019.