Monday, January 28, 2008

Homage to Selim Al Deen

Natya Manchayan Parshad organised a condolence meeting in memory of Selim Al Deen, a legendary drama icon of the country, at Padma Manch in Rajshahi city yesterday. Litterateur Hasan Azizul Haque, theatre personality Nasiruddin Yusuf and Prof Moloy Kumar Bhowmik attended the meeting. Photo: STAR
Homage to Selim Al Deen
Selim Al Deen, the legendary drama icon of the country, was remembered at a citizens' condolence meeting at Padma Mancha in Rajshahi city yesterday (Sunday).

Speakers at the meeting said the death of Al Deen brings to an end the illustrious career of a man who made significant contributions to literature and theatre of Bangladesh.

They said he is the only playwright in Bangla literature who developed a 'new drama form' based on the narratives of traditional indigenous theatre.

Shakuntala, Kittonkhola, Keramat Mongol, Hat Hadai, Chaka, Joiboti Koinnar Mon, Horgoj, Bonopangshul, Nimojjon and many other plays by Al Deen are remarkable examples of the narrative style he popularised, they added.

Presided over by Hasan Azizul Haque, a well-known litterateur, the meeting was attended by Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, a noted drama director, as the main speaker.

Nasiruddin, who directed most of Al Deen's plays, said, "For last three decades, we worked together establishing a new trend in theatre. In his death I have lost my best friend."

Hasan said, "Al Deen's death is an irreparable loss. He successfully highlighted typical Bengali cultural identity through his plays."

Rajshahi University teacher Moloy Kumar Bhowmik, General Secretary of Rajshahi Muktijuddho Library Dr Shafikul Alam, drama artistes Humayun Kabir Himu, Sayeed Hossain Dulal, Tawfik Hossain, Kamarullah Sarker and Mamunur Rashid also spoke on the occasion.

Rajshahi Natya Manchayan Parishad organised the meeting.

Selim Al Deen passed away on January 14.

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