Ekushey Padak winner thespian Ataur Rahman, known as one of the renowned and well-respected names in the theatre and cultural arena of Bangladesh - has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 79 years old veteran actor has recently been exploring the symptoms of the virus in his body and upon testing, the report came out positive.
Cultural activist, politician and General Secretary of Bangladesh Hajong Youth Association Sujan Hajong confirmed this news on a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"Advisory Board member of Bangladesh Awami League, Chairman of the Cultural Sub-Committee Ataur Rahman sir got infected by the coronavirus. Wishing his speedy recovery", Sujan wrote in his post.
This was further confirmed by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Secretary General Kamal Bayazid, who informed this correspondent about the thespian's ongoing health condition.
"Ata bhai (Ataur Rahman) is now admitted and receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College University (BSMMU) hospital in the capital. Hope he will recover soon", Bayazid told UNB.
Born in Noakhali in 1941, Ataur Rahman completed his Masters in Soil Science from Dhaka University in 1965. He served as the founder general secretary of Nagarik Natya Sampradaya, and also an honourable member and former Chairman of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
In his illustrious career as a successful thespian after the independence of Bangladesh, Ataur Rahman has directed over 35 original plays and translated foreign plays including “Galileo”, “Payer Awaj Pawa Jaye”, “Irsha”, “Rakto Karobi”, “Opekkhoman”, “Banglar Mati Banglar Jol”, “Narigon”, "Waiting for Godot", "Hamlet" and more. He is also a renowned actor in television and cinema, and an Honorary Fellow of Bangla Academy.
Alongside the Ekushey Padak (2001), Ataur Rahman has received a number of other prestigious awards including Shaheed Munier Chowdhury Award, Loko Natyadal Gold Medal for stage direction, Anyadin & Impress Telefilm award for the 'Best Character' role, Alliance Francaise award for contribution in theatre, Lifetime achievement award by Channel I and more.