Zia Haider in 'critical condition'
Monday, 01 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Playwright, poet and former Chittagong University professor Zia Haider, admitted to City Hospital Tuesday night, is in a critical condition, a doctor said Saturday.

"The doctors consider his treatment difficult due to old age," City Hospital doctor Zafar Mohammad Masud told bdnews24.com.
"We are trying our best," he added.
The 72 year-old playwright, who was initially taken to India's Tata Hospital in May after his cancer was detected, has been undergoing chemotherapy at City Hospital.
Zia's younger brother Rashid Haider told bdnews24.com that his brother was between life and death.
"The doctors are not optimist about his survival," he said.
One of the leading experimental playwrights of his day, Zia Haider was born at Dowarpara in Pabna in 1936. He was the eldest of seven siblings.
As one of the prominent figures of the post liberation drama movement, he also taught in the fine arts department of Chittagong University.
His body of work encompasses plays, poetry and theory and critique of drama.
Shubhro, Sundor, Kalyani O Ananda, Mukti Mukti and Elebele are among his most 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 of Bangladesh and India's Rabindra Bharati University.

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