Padatik Natya Sangsad theatre Fest
Mamtazuddin Ahmed, Asaduzzaman Noor honoured
Senior thespians Mamtazuddin Ahmed and Asaduzzaman Noor were conferred with Syed Badruddin Hossain Memorial Awards on the concluding day of a theatre festival organised by Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC). The awards were handed over by poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Ramendu Majumder, former president of International Theatre Institute and senior thespian Mamunur Rashid were present on the occasion. Mamtazuddin Ahmed was not, however, present at the programme. The last day of the festival, which opened on April 7, also saw two plays staged by Nagorik Natya Sampraday and BotTala. The five-day event featured a total of 10 plays by seven local and Indian troupes. The two recipients of awards were chosen because of their active engagement with theatre that has left a ‘profound mark’ on the theatre practitioners, said the organisers. Mamtazuddin Ahmed, born in 1935, is a noted playwright-director-actor and has been active in theatre, television and radio. Among his notable theatre plays are Spartacus Bishyok Jatilota, Jaminir Shesh Sanglap, and Harin Chita Chil. He has also adapted many foreign-language plays in Bangla. Besides theatre, he has also written plays for radio and television. Asaduuzaman Noor is mainly recognised as an actor and is the incumbent cultural affairs minister of the country. He is a longtime member of Nagorik Natya Sampraday and has worked in almost all the celebrated productions of the troupe. His performance in teleplays like Kothao Keu Nai, Bahubrihi, Eisob Dinratri and others made him a household name in the 1980-90s.
Source: New Age