Reflections with Ramendu Majumdar on his 80th birthday

Ekushey Padak awardee Ramendu Majumdar played an integral function in enriching the theatre arena in

Ekushey Padak awardee Ramendu Majumdar played an integral function in enriching the theatre arena in Bangladesh. By developing the well-regarded troupe, Theatre, he has retained the theatre phase alive with his tireless attempts. Also identified as one particular of the pioneers of Bangladesh’s theatre motion, the renowned cultural identity has been a section of most of the mass movements in the state. He is a two-time president of the Worldwide Theater Institute (ITI). He is presently the honourary president of the ITI. In a candid chat with The Day-to-day Star on his 80th birthday, he reflects on his journey, and far more.  

What does your birthday mean to you?

 (Laughs) I have lived a long lifetime, but the pursuits of human beings stay unhappy. We only get to live our everyday living the moment. Every working day, we sense the like and affection for life, our pricey ones, and the planet that surrounds us. A sorrow of leaving all this powering encompasses me at this place. If I bought the likelihood to reside my everyday living from the start off as soon as once more, I would like to do much more meaningful function.

Stage performs discuss about modern society and politics appreciably. Do you consider that just after 50 several years of independence, Bangladesh’s socio-political circumstances have improved?

The culture has moved ahead, and so has politics. Having said that, the query is, are we headed in the direction of the correct direction? Our principal aspiration after the Liberation War was that there will be no communalism. In light of secularism, we will stick to the penned structure. Materialistically, we have created development, but in the case of morality, we lag driving – the political get-togethers are more liable for this than the modern society. There is no adherence to morality. Somewhat, there exists bigotry and communalism. The faith-based mostly politics in Bangladesh is some thing that I do not believe that in.

If our country was a lot more tradition-oriented, morality would have endured. We really should assume a lot more about the desire of other folks, alternatively than our own selves. Only then, the energy of the modern society will be woke up. We are unable to count on the federal government for every little thing. In these attempting periods of the Covid-19 pandemic, persons have arrive ahead to assistance every other. We have to keep this up, to make issues much better.

Have the traditions and glory of our phase plays pale to a good extent?

No, the glory of phase performs has not at all faded. All through the 70s, 80s and 90s, we experienced fewer theatre groups, which resulted in far better productions that bought everyone’s awareness. Now, the range of the groups has grown. Good plays are remaining produced, but potentially, they are not obtaining the deserved attention.

One has to maintain up with the modifying realities. Hunting back at when we employed to function, I realise that we felt a large amount of joy in performing, irrespective of the obstacles. The systems have improved, and so has numerous factors about us. There are even now great get the job done heading on, and we require to adapt to the modifications.

What do you believe is the rationale guiding well-manufactured performs not finding the rightful awareness of the audience?

The absence of party spaces and auditoriums is the greatest challenge. The quantity of stages has not enhanced the way that the audience has. Dhaka has grown larger, and spots like Uttara, Gulshan, Banani, Mirpur, Dhanmondi, an Previous Dhaka require cinema halls. That is why the theatre groups in our city are not receiving many chances to conduct.

The number of venues for plays will have to be enhanced, and the government has to choose the major responsibility for it. So far, we haven’t witnessed any successful initiatives from them.

It is found that once in a while our tv productions and world wide web series give increase to a lot of discussions, and difficult-hitting criticism. Some say that television productions are not very well-built, while some others say that website displays are starting to be the induce for the degeneration of modern society. What are your ideas on this?

The last judgement is for the audience to make. If they you should not like anything, it will fade absent. If they do, then it will be talked about for decades. We need to have obligation from the makers of the productions. We simply cannot work with the strain of censorship. It is the age of technological innovation, and there will be a large body of do the job. But a person demands to be responsible in building each job.  Television channels will have to be responsible as properly.

What do you consider about the troubles dealing with our film field today?

The main obstacle is that not all viewers go to cinema halls, and hence, the halls are closing. There is no ecosystem for cinema halls any longer. In addition, individuals are finding to look at films appropriate from the consolation of their homes, so, why would they go out and expend funds on motion pictures?

There was a time when we made a hundred motion pictures yearly. Now, that quantity has lowered noticeably. Our filmmakers are generating flicks according to the taste of the masses. Nevertheless, parallel cinema has carved a space for by itself nowadays. But there are no spaces to showcase these kinds of cinema, which I feel is the biggest crisis proper now. The number of cinema halls needs to be elevated, and we have to have concerted endeavours towards the prosperity of our movies.

On this birthday, would you alternatively look back, or prepare your lifetime ahead?

Of program, I search forward. I want to preserve myself immersed in my work. I feel about undertaking much more get the job done. My vow is for the welfare of the humankind. I will not just assume of getting pleased by yourself, I believe of how I can be joyful with all people else in my everyday living. I imagine that performing for the welfare of other folks is my objective.

Translated by Mormee Mahtab