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22 January, 2019 09:23:58 AM

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Filmmaker-cultural activist Alamgir Kabir remembered

DL desk, Dhaka
Filmmaker-cultural activist Alamgir Kabir remembered
Guest speakers, organisers and participants pose for a photograph at the event. Photo l courtesy

To remember noted filmmaker and cultural activist Alamgir Kabir on his 30th death anniversary, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Moviyana Film Society and Bangladesh Film School jointly organised a commemorative programme at the Seminar Room of BSA on Sunday.  The programme featured a memorial lecture and screening of Alamgir Kabir-directed film.

Presided over by Moviyana Film Society president Belayat Hossain Mamun, veteran filmmaker Morshedul Islam discussed the life of Alamgir Kabir, while eminent filmmaker-writer Tanvir Mokammel delivered memorial speech at the event.

Morshedul Islam said, “Kabir Bhai (Alamgir Kabir) was the biggest inspiration of my life. He was my teacher.

He taught us to be uncompromised in the journey of life. 30 years have passed in a blink of an eye. We have lost our guardian on January 20 in 1989.”

At the event, filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel analysed the life and works of Alamgir Kabir as well as spoke about his films and writings.  

After the discussion, a 1979 Bangladeshi film ‘Rupali Saikate’, directed by Alamgir Kabir, was screened. The film stars Bulbul Ahmed, Jayshree Kabir and Sharmili Ahmed.

On the other hand, a two-day workshop was held on January 18 and 19 on the occasion of the 30th death anniversary of Alamgir Kabir.

Born on December 26 in 1938 in Rangamati, Alamgir Kabir attended the British Film Institute to complete a number of courses on the history of the film industry, film direction and aesthetics. He started his professional life as a journalist. With the start of the war of independence in 1971, he joined the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra as the chief of its English section.

After the war, he started making feature films. During 1981-82, he was the coordinator of the Film Appreciation Courses organised by the Film Institute, Government of Bangladesh.

He drowned on January 20, 1989 in the Jamuna River at Nagarbari ferrighat while returning from Bogra after attending a film seminar. Alamgir Kabir received the National Film Award, Cine Journalists Award, Zahir Raihan Film Award of Uttaran, Syed Mohammad Parvez Award and Independence Day Award. l

BK

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