The 63rd birth anniversary of late eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud, one of the country's film maestros who made immense contributions to the film industry of Bangladesh, was observed on Friday.
Marking the birth anniversary, Tareque Masud Memorial Trust and Moviyana Film Society jointly organised a programme at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
His directed documentary titled ‘Adam Surat’ was screened for the viewers.
A book titled ‘Chalachitra Katha’ was unveiled at the event. Tareque’s widow and associate, American-born producer-director Catherine Masud, along with Proshun Rahman and Belayet Hossain Mamun authored and edited the book.
Noted writer Anupam Hayat and humanitarian activist Khushi Kabir attended the programme as special guests.
Rajshahi University mass communication and journalism department associate professor Abdullah Al Mamun delivered the memorial speech at the event.
Born on December 6, 1956 in Faridpur, Tareque was involved with the film society movement in the late 70s. He produced his maiden film ‘Adam Surat’, a documentary on the legendary artist SM Sultan in 1989.
His much acclaimed film 'Matir Moyna' earned the FIPRESCI Prize in 2002 Cannes Film Festival and became Bangladesh's first film to compete for the Academy Award for best foreign language film in the same year.
In addition to filmmaking, Tareque was also a pioneer of the independent film movement in Bangladesh. He was a founding member of the Short Film Forum, the leading platform for independent filmmakers. He organised the country’s first International Short and Documentary Film Festival In 1988.
His other major films are ‘Runway’, ‘Ontorjatra’ ‘Muktir Gaan’ and the unfinished 'Kagojer Phul'.
On August 13, 2011,Tareque Masud died in a fatal road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway while returning from the shooting of his unfinished film 'Kagojer Phul'.
The tragic accident also claimed the lives of media personality Mishuk Munier, two film production crews Wasim and Jamal, and microbus driver Mostafizur Rahman.