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Wednesday, 03 September 2008


Playwright, poet and former Chittagong University teacher Zia Haider died of cancer at City Hospital on Tuesday morning, aged 72, his younger brother said.

"My brother died at around 7:45 am," Zahid Haider told
He would be laid to rest at a graveyard in his hometown Pabna on Tuesday, Zahid said.
Colleagues, friends and students were overwhelmed with grief at the death of one of the leading experimental playwrights of his day.
The body was brought to the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla of Dhaka University around 11am for people to pay their last respects.
Later it was taken to Bangla Academy where his fellow playwrights and poets paid their last tributes.
His namaz-e-zanaja was held at Dhaka University Central Mosque after zohr prayers. Teachers and students of the Department of Music and Dramatics and other departments attended the rites.
He was to be taken to his brother's Mirpur house and from there relatives would head for Pabna to bury him.
He was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday night where he was administered chemotherapy, as his condition became critical.
The poet was initially taken to India's Tata Hospital in May after the cancer was detected.
The eldest of fourteen siblings, Haider was born at Doharpara in Pabna in 1936.
One of the prominent figures of the post-liberation drama movement, he also taught in the fine arts department of Chittagong University.
His work encompasses plays, poetry and theory and critique of drama.
Shubhro, Sundor, Kalyani O Ananda, Mukti Mukti and Elebele are some of his well-known plays. His published poetry volumes include Ektarate Kanna and Bhalobashar Poddyo.
His books of theory and critique include Theatre Er Kotha, Stanislavskir Tothyo, Epic Theatre O Anyanno, Bangladesher Theatre O Anyanno Probondho.
His books on theory of drama are taught at universities in Bangladesh and India's Rabindra Bharati University.

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