Published:  01:03 AM, 12 January 2018

Selim Al Deen memorial festival kicks off

Selim Al Deen memorial festival kicks off

To mark the tenth death anniversary of 'Natyacharya' Selim Al Deen, Dhaka Theatre and Bangladesh Gram Theatre Federation are jointly organizing a three-day memorial festival from January 12 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

The programmes will begin with a seminar at 11am on January 12 at the Seminar Room of the National Theatre Hall, where Masum Reza will present a paper. On the second day, Dhaka Theatre will stage "Nimojjon" at the National Theatre Hall at 7pm. The play, written by Al Deen, has been directed by Nasiruddin Yousuff.

On the final day, the programmes will begin at 10am by paying tribute at Selim Al Deen's grave, at Jahangirnagar University. In the evening, Dhaka Theatre will stage "Dhaboman", at the Bangla Academy. Shimul Yousuff has directed the play from Selim Al Deen's script.

Selim Al Deen was attracted to Bangla literature at a young age, and wrote a few poems. But later, with encouragement from noted writer Munier Chowdhury, he chose theatre for research and creation. He wrote his first play in 1968 while still a university student. His first radio play "Biporit Tomosay" was broadcast in 1969, and the next year his play aired on Bangladesh Television.

To pursue his love of theatre, he founded the Drama and Dramatics Department at Jahangirnagar University. He was one of the founding members of Dhaka Theatre, and Bangladesh Gram Theatre Federation.

A recipient of Ekushey Padak in 2007 and National Film Awards in 1994 and 1996, he also revived Mymensingh Geetika, and penned a few plays following the pattern.

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