The 2 km road, from Arifpur to Hazirhat, in Pabna municipality has been renamed -- after Professor Zia Hyder.
A programme, on the occasion, was held in the district headquarters yesterday morning. Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner Md. Abdul Mannan unveiled the nameplate of the road as the chief guest.
A discussion was part of the programme. Among others, Director of Nazrul Academy, Rashid Hyder (also brother of Zia Hyder); Pabna Deputy Commissioner, Md. Mostafizur Rahman; Pabna Municipality Mayor Kamrul Hassan Mintu; freedom fighter Baby Islam; Makid Hyder, younger brother of Zia Hyder; and president of Pabna Chamber of Commerce, Abdul Latif Bishwas, attended the discussion.
The speakers were of the view that Professor Zia Hyder was a key figure in the theater movement in Bangladesh. He worked to generate interest in theatre across the country.
Hyder passed away on September 2, 2008. Founder president of theatre troupe Nagorik Natyasampradaya, Hyder made remarkable contribution to the neo-theatre movement in Bangladesh, shortly after independence.
"We, the people of Pabna, are proud of Professor Zia Hyder. But until now, nothing was done to keep his memory alive in his home district [Pabna]. He is an idol for theatre activists across the country," Gopal Sanyal, theater organiser of Pabna, told The Daily Star.
"Pabna Municipality has named a road after Professor Zia Hyder. We are thankful to Pabna Municipality. We hope more steps would be taken to keep the memories of Professor Hyder alive, because he was an asset to Bangladesh, especially in the theater movement," Makid Hyder, younger brother of Professor Zia Hyder, said.
Hyder is also renowned for his books on theatre such as "Theatre-er Katha" (a series on the history of world theatre), "Stanislavski-er Obhinoy-tatwa" and "Natyakalaye Bibhinya Ism O Epic Theatre".
Most of these books are used as references in the theatre departments of the public universities in Bangladesh as well as Rabindra Bharati University in India. Moreover, Hyder worked determinedly to introduce theatre as an academic subject at the universities in Bangladesh.
Hyder was the founder professor of the Department of Drama in Chittagong University till his death. He was also Professor Emeritus to other universities.