Tareque Masud was a unique maker: seminarCultural Correspondent
Tareque Masud as a filmmaker created a new language of film reflecting the age-old traditions, according to the Tareque Masud Memorial Speech delivered by young director Nurul Alam Atique in a commemorative programme on Friday at the Shilpakala Academy.
Tareq Masud’s 57th birth anniversary celebrations programme also included the launch of a compilation of Masud’s lyrics and screenplays and the screening of the director’s first film Adam Surat.
Around 50 photographs featuring memorable moments in the late director’s life were also displayed.
The two-day Tareque Masud Festival, organised by Tareque Masud Memorial Trust in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, began with the welcome speech delivered by Tareque’s widow Catherine Masud at the National Art Gallery.
Eminent poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haque unveiled Chalachitra Lekha, a compilation of Tareque’s screenplays and lyrics.
‘This book is the second volume of the series. The first volume, Chalachitra Jatra, was published last year and the last volume, Chalachitra Katha featuring Tareque’s interviews, will be published next year’, said Catherine Masud, who compiled the series.
Atique in his keynote speech used comments of various artistes and close associates of Tareq, including the late filmmaker Alamgir Kabir, artist Dhali Al Mamoon, Catherine Masud and others, to conclude his remark on the late filmmaker as the most prominent figure in the country, who created a distinctive celluloid language.
He also used references from Tareque’s writings and snapshots of his interviews.
‘Tareque Masud represented the country and its culture authentically in his films’, Atique said.
Following the speech, Adam Surat was screened.
The documentary on SM Sultan is not a biographical sketch of the legendary artist. Rather, it depicts the influence of the rural Bangladesh on Sultan’s unique canvases.
The documentary begins with a morning scene portraying a number of children at the Shishuswarga, an art school created by Sultan in Narail.
The interrelation between Sultan and nature has been depicted in the documentary, which ends with a close shot of Sultan beside on the bank of Chitra.
Tareque Masud’s interview on the making process of Adam Surat was also projected.
A houseful audience enjoyed Adam Surat, which was screened 22 years since its last show in 1991.
‘It is the only documentary on Sultan. Moreover, it is a wonderful beginning of a master filmmaker,’ said Tareque’s long time friend Dhali Al Manun.
‘Tareque will live forever in the hearts of the upcoming filmmakers’, said poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haque.
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