The veteran cultural personality kept the audience engaged throughout the session with his charms and answered questions on many important issues, making his session one of the significant and informative sessions of DLF as well
A house-full -- pin-drop silence -- a mesmerised audience -- listening with such intent, a scene I had not witnessed in a very long time. This was the effect that renowned actor, politician, activist and current MP Asaduzzaman Noor brought to this session on the first day of the Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) 2019.
The veteran cultural personality kept the audience engaged throughout the session with his charms and answered questions on many important issues, making his session one of the significant and informative sessions of DLF as well.
He also compared the current situation of the theatre of Bangladesh with other countries, trying to find a resolution on how to make it a well-paid art form for actors.
The charismatic actor and speaker also shared his memories and thoughts with the audience. The audience members, consisting of people of different ages and backgrounds, kept greeting Asaduzzaman Noor with rounds of applause all through the session.
Reflecting on his acting career and life in theatre he said: "Theatre is very important to me, and to some extent, my thoughts are reflected in my acting especially in theatre.
"I build my characters and portray them on stage carefully. I carefully take each and every step on stage, he said while talking about his acting method.
"In order to build any character, I learn from my surroundings and experiences. I also learn from human gestures.
"I sometimes take help from books, and films as well.
Asaduzzaman Noor also shared some funny stories about his life during the session. What he said about our education system and why it is important to emphasize on the creative professions was a lesson for every parent present there.
"I didn't like academic books and was involved with extracurricular activities back in those days.
"My wife used to tell me not to talk to the kids about my student life," he reminisced jokingly.
Towards the end of the session he recited a poem in remembrance of the Holey Artisan victims. Everyone shed a tear or two while he was reciting Tarik Sujat poem, Jonmer Aagei Ami Mrityuke Korechhi Alingon. Next, he recited another poem by Sunil Gangopadhyay.
When Asaduzzaman Noor finished reciting the poems, the audiences had goose bumps and they stood up from their seats in appreciation.