Abdus Selim

February 16, 2019
February 16, 2019

Shouts of applause

I am not talking about any common shouts of applause that we often come across in any political meet or in any mesmerizing performance by a performing maestro—it's the youth I am talking

February 9, 2019
February 9, 2019

Only a woman can cope and go down singing

When we think of Beckett's theatre, the images that come to mind are bodies in pain, immobilised, paralysed, trapped or incomplete, observed William McEvoy in an online

January 26, 2019
January 26, 2019

Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello is not a very familiar name among our mainstream theater practitioners, for as far as my memory goes, none of his plays have been translated and staged in Bangladesh so far.

January 19, 2019
January 19, 2019

A Poet and an Astrologer

Percy Bysshe Shelley, in his A Defence of Poetry, written in 1821, most famously declared poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

January 12, 2019
January 12, 2019

Shantiniketan Poushmela

Merry Christmas (belated though!), and a very happy new year to all! I finished my year (2018) with a polemical trip to Shantiniketan Pouhsmela—my first ever.

December 29, 2018
December 29, 2018

Translating Man of La Mancha

In one of my recent write ups in this column I made a promise (perhaps more to myself than to my readers) to translate Man of La Mancha, a very successful Broadway musical production of the present time.

December 22, 2018
December 22, 2018

English plays in Dhaka city

At the very outset let me spell out what I mean by English plays. By the phrase I do not mean plays written by English playwrights in English language nor do I mean Bangla translations of English plays performed in Dhaka city. What I mean is: plays written and performed in English language in Dhaka city – beginning from the British rule until now.

December 15, 2018
December 15, 2018

Muktijudhdho and I

Muktijudhdho(Liberation War), like innumerable Bangladeshis, is a revelation of amour to me. At the very outset I have a plain confession to make—I am not a certified Freedom Fighter.

December 8, 2018
December 8, 2018

The discarded father

Call it serendipitous (Indian English has coined a word with similar connotation coaccident in its Bollywood movies) if you wish, in recent months I had the rare stroke of luck watching three interviews of Ian McKellen

December 1, 2018
December 1, 2018

History retold

Yes, I am talking about Mahasthan, a play written by Dr Selim Mozahar (apologies for not being sure about the English spelling he prefers), visualized