Dhaka, Mar 15 ( UNB) - A special programme marking the 86th birth anniversary of Tagore exponent and cultural activist Waheedul Haque will be held at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of the Central Public Library in the capital on Saturday.
Recitation organisation Kanthashilon will organise the programme featuring poetry recitations by the artists of the organisation.
Besides recitation, Kanthashilon will also distribute certificates to students of Abartan 91, 92 and 93 batches for successfully completing the correct pronunciation and recitation course.
In the second part of the programme, Kanthashilon recitation production titled ‘Mohioshi Rokeya’ based on Begum Rokeya’s life and works will be staged.
The recital contains excerpts from a number of books on women’s empowerment penned by Begum Rokeya, including ‘Oborodhbashini’, ‘Motichur’, ‘Sultana’r Shopno’, ‘Chithi Patra’, ‘Paddaraag’ etc. Golam Sarwar, Kanthoshilon’s instructor, has written and directed ‘Mohioshi Rokeya’.
The cast of the production includes Hasina Hasi, Ila Rahman, Khairun Nahar Snigdha, Raziya Sultana Mukta, Miftahul Jannat Nipun, Shirin Sultana Mithila and others.
Born on March 16, 1933, Haque -- also a writer, journalist and a founder member Kanthashilon – was a campaigner-activist for social-political-cultural causes and an founder of several cultural institutions.
He was one of the founding members of Chhayanaut in 1961. Chhayanaut played a vital role in the cultural-political scenario during the late 1960s, prior to the country’s liberation war.
He was also the founder member of Nalonda, Anandadhani, Fulki, Bratochari Samity and Bashanto Utsab Udjapon Parishad and formed the Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad in 1980.
Haque was also involved in filmmaking and the film society movement during the 1960s. Being an expert musian, he also worked with Indian director Ritwik Ghatak’s for the musical scores of film Titash Ekti Nadir Naam.
Haque’s major works are ‘Gaaner Bhetor Diye’, ‘Chetona Dharaye Esho’, and ‘Shangskriti Jagaraner Protham Shurjo’.
He received Ekushey Padak for music in 2008 and Independence Day Award in cultural category in 2010.
Waheedul Haque died at Birdem Hospital in the capital on January 27 in 2007.