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Google Doodle, book launch to honour Tareque Masud’s birthday

  • Published at 03:21 pm December 3rd, 2018
Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud
Tareque Masud and wife Catherine Masud Courtesy

The Doodle will appear online on December 6th

The 62nd birthday of the late Bangladeshi cinema filmmaker, Tareque Masud, will be celebrated with a Google Doodle—as well as the launch of a book by Kotha Prakash.

The Doodle is slated for December 6, and the book launch will take place in December–although the date is yet to be announced.

Tareque’s wife, Catherine Masud, expressed her gratitude to Google for the Doodle. Doodles are a special, temporary alteration of the company’s logo, on Google's homepage, that honour notable personalities. 

“It is a great honor to have Tareque Masud's legacy recognized by Google,” she said. “Tareque was a visionary and a pioneer of Bangladeshi cinema; an inspiring figure for young people in his own country and beyond. Although he made films for the people of Bangladesh, his films also spoke to the world through their universal themes of tolerance, compassion, and justice." 

Later this month, publisher Katha Prakash is going to launch “Cholochitra Kotha,” their new book about Tareque Masud. 

Edited by Catherine Masud, Proshoon Rahman, Belayet Mamun, and Aftab Hossain, the book is going to be published in partnership with the Tareque Masud Memorial Trust.

Tareque’s ideas about the role of cinema in society are elaborated on in the book that features a collection of his lectures and interviews. 

Notably, in 2017, writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed was also honoured with a Doodle on his 69th birthday. Some other filmmakers who have been honoured with a Doodle are: Satyajit Ray, Akira Kurosawa, Sergei Eisenstein, Raj Kapoor, and Chantal Ackerman.