First Death Anniversary of Sayeed Ahmed Today | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 21, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 21, 2011

First Death Anniversary of Sayeed Ahmed Today


Today is the first death anniversary of noted theatre personality, art critic and playwright Sayeed Ahmed.
Different socio-cultural organisations will place wreaths at his final resting place at Azimpur Graveyard (Hayat Bag) in the city. Prayers will be held at Dhanmondi Road 26 (old) after Asar today, according to family sources.
Ahmed was born on January 1, 1931 in Dhaka. Among his most provocative plays are “Kalbela” (1962), “Milepost” (1965), “Trishna-e” (1968), “Ek Din Protidin” (1974) and “Shesh Nawab” (1988). His plays have been translated into English, French, German and Italian. Ahmed received the Bangla Academy Award in 1974 and the Legion d' Honneur from the French Government in 1993. He has delivered lectures at prestigious universities and theatre academies in Brazil, China, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Norway, Thailand, Turkey, USA and Russia.
Ahmed began his career in London as a musician for BBC. His immense contribution to Bangladeshi theatre and art will always be remembered. He wrote several books on drama and art. He regularly wrote for a number of leading newspapers and journals. Ahmed was closely associated with internationally renowned painters, writers and dramatists.
Ahmed was well known to the BTV audience for his “Bishwa Natok” where he introduced and directed plays of international fame. His own contributions include five unique plays, but his impact on our theatre is overwhelming, and his knowledge of the performing art form is boundless. His plays were staged in the US, Italy, Germany, India and Pakistan.

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