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Khaled Khan’s 57th birth anniversary celebrated

Update : 09 Feb 2014, 06:35 PM

The 57th birth anniversary of prominent theatre activist, actor and director, late Khaled Khan was celebrated at Bokultola of the University of Dhaka at 7am yesterday. The programme was a lively affair with his friends, family, colleagues and comrades from the theatre arena, reminiscing their memories of the vibrant personality, who was nicknamed Juboraj. The programme was titled Juboraj Joyonti.

Moniruzzaman opened the programme with a melodious soft tune of the flute that put a rather serious tone in the occasion. It was followed by a fine composition of Bharatnatyam on Kanna Hashir Dol Dolano Poush Faguner Pala by Dhrupad Kalakendra, the performance added more life to the programme. Owning a remarkable and flamboyant personality, Khaled Khan lead an eventful life and fought like a valiant prince, just as his nickname suggests and the celebrations were inspired by his jest for life.

Eminent cultural activist Ramendu Majumdar presented a speech, highlighting the contributions of the late artist. Veteran Nazrul exponent and freedom fighter Rafiqul Islam remembered their golden time in the sphere of art, culture and the university.

Nagarik Natya Sampraday presented a special piece dedicated to Khaled Khan from Roktokorobi. Khaled Khan’s last performance as a theatre actor was from this very play, where he acted out the role of Bishu Pagla and his singing ability held the audience captivated throughout his performance.

Led by Khaled Khan’s wife eminent singer Mita Haque, her students and a few of Khan’s family members also remembered him with the timeless songs of Tagore including Ore Ore Ore Amar Mon, Tumi Dak Deyechho Kon Shokale, Tumi Dure Kothao, Tumi Je Cheye Achho, Tomar Haway Haway, Rangiye Diye jao and many others.

Shonchoyeta Dutta presented Tumi Dao Go Dao More, Ilora Ahmed sang Amar Aponar Cheye Apon Je Jon and Sharmin Shathi Islam presented Jegechhe Papiya, the programme concluded with an enchanting performance of Vojon Khepa’s Helay Helay Din Boye Jay. There was pin drop silence from the beginning of the presentation till its end, which showcased the inspirations left behind by the legend.

Khaled Khan started his career in theatre as a member of Nagarik Natya Sampradaya in 1975. His television debut was Shirighor on Bangladesh Television in 1981. He acted in many popular dramas and his notable works are Shokal Shondha, Eishob Din Ratri, Roopnagar, Lohar Churi and many others. Rupnagar, a drama that aired in 1993, is still remembered by people for his famous dialogue, “Chi chi, tumi eto kharap”?

He appeared in more than 30 plays throughout his career as an actor. His notable plays are Dewan Gazi’r Kissa, Irsha, Ocholayotan, Nuroldiner Sarajibon, Darpan, Galileo and Roktokorobi among others. He directed more than 10 theatre plays. Some of his noteworthy plays are- Muktodhara  written by Tagore, Putul Khela and Master Builder  written by Ibsen, and Khudhito Pashan based on the Tagore short story.

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