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IN MEMORY OF PABLO NERUDA

Seminar, staging of poetic drama held at Notre Dame Univ

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Seminar, staging of poetic drama held at Notre Dame Univ

In memory of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda on his death anniversary, a seminar titled ‘An Ode to Neruda’ and staging of poetic drama were arranged by the English Club of Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB) on September 23. The seminar included a talk on Pablo Neruda by the chief guest-- Syed Badrul Ahsan-- celebrated columnist and journalist, followed by short plays on Neruda’s poetry by Notre Dame University Bangladesh English Club (NDUBEC).

The Vice-Chancellor of NDUB, Fr Patrick Gaffney, CSC, and Registrar Fr Adam S Pereira, CSC, were also present as special guests at the event.

Through the event, the NDUBEC welcomed and congratulated Father Patrick, the new Vice Chancellor of NDUB, for his successful ascension.

Registrar and Chairman of the English Department Father Adam delivered a motivational speech encouraging the students to take part in such co-curricular academic activities.

Hosts of the event Ashley Shoptorshi Samaddar, Vice President of NDUBEC, and Iftekhar Ahmad, member of NDUBEC, introduced Neruda to the students in brief. Only at the age of 19, this Chilean poet Neruda was a household name in Latin America.

In the later part of the programme, NDUBEC members staged plays on Neruda’s poems directed by co-moderator of English Club and lecturer of English Department, Ahmed Tahsin Shams.

The lights flicked off and the performance on poems by Neruda began on the premise of NDUB at 6:30pm.

The performers glimmering in the spot light mesmerised everyone being passionate, which was full to the brim with chemistry and melancholy, at the same time.

The next performance named ‘Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines’, performed by Shahrear Amin Rafi, Arnab Pial and Md Saifuddin Al Quaderi, presented the universal melancholy in love through three different characters sharing their tales through trio-logue. The plays were directed by lecturer of Department of English Language and Literature, Ahmed Tahsin Shams. Registrar Fr Adam concluded the event with certificate giving ceremony to the participants and organisers of the seminar.

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