It is possible to raise public awareness by mirroring human conflicts through theatre, believed Professor Zia Hyder. With this recognition Hyder strove to introduce dramatics in the university syllabus and establish a full-fledged dramatics department in Chittagong University.
Speakers conveyed this message at the “Third Zia Hyder Memorial Speech” held at Chittagong District Shilpakala Academy auditorium in the port city on Sunday evening.
Dramatics Department of Chittagong University (CU) and Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA) jointly organised the programme.
Theatre critic Dr. Ashis Goswami of West Bengal was the key speaker at the programme where he spoke on the theme, “A diary depicting 30 years of a theatre audience”.
Chaired by BITA President Artiste Abul Mansur, the programme was addressed by CU Vice-Chancellor Anwarul Azim Arif, CU Dramatics Department chairman Dr. Kuntal Barua, Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) director Ahmed Ikbal Haider and drama personality Mostafa Kamal Jatra among others.
In his speech, Dr. Ashis Goswami explained how the trends of theatre are changing in the Indian subcontinent.
He also amplified on the concept of “company theatre”, a form of theatre blended by practicing “first theatre” and “group theatre”.
Reminiscing on the contributions of Zia Hyder to theatre, Dr. Gowsami also described the glowing history of street theatre in Bangladesh. Referring to Milan Chowdhury's “Jaye Din Fagun Din” and Selim Al Deen's “Kankrar Documentary”, he described how street theatre commenced its journey in the country.
CU VC Anwarul Azim Arif said, “Zia Hyder played a significant role in developing the aesthetics of theatre.”
Later, artistes from BITA staged a drama titled “Kalo Chand”. Written by Ashok Barua, BITA executive director Shishir Dutta planned the production. Mahfuza Nasrin, Sharmin Akhtar, Bappa Chowdhury enacted important roles in the play, directed by Mukul Ahmed.