|Cultural Cooperation in South Asia
The Sector for Community
Papers and Proceedings of the Fifth South Asian Dialogue
Centre for Policy Dialogue
ISBN 984 05 1469 5 1999 234pp 215x136mm HB Tk.450.00 US$25.00
The South Asian Regional Dialogue took off in 1991 to promote a greater sense of community within South Asia. Between 1991 and 1995 successive dialogues were organised in New Delhi, Kandy, Lahore and Kathmandu. The fifth dialogue was held in Dhaka on 25-27 February 1997. The dialogue focused on the way in which different art forms address the themes viz., Social Justice and Human Rights, Women in Society and Fundamentalism and Communalism. The purpose of the dialogue was to examine the extent to which the creative imagination within South Asian Region, expressed in the different disciplines of literature, drama, the plastic arts, music and dance view these important social issues. Leading cultural figures from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participated in the dialogue and explored the presence of a shared cultural identity within the South Asian Region which may provide a more substantive basis for cooperation between not just the governments but also the peoples of South Asia.
The present volume is an anthology of the papers presented in the Dhaka Dialogue. The volume is edited by Jamil Choudhury.
Jamil Choudhury started with a brilliant career in nuclear physics but went on to becoming a pioneer in television in the country, where he exelled. Starting as a project director of Pakistan TV in the Eastern Wing, he left television as a Director General of Bangladesh Television. He closed his career as an Additional Secretary to government in the Ministry of Education.
Choudhury authored two volumes particularly well received in Bangladesh and West Bengal, viz., Banan 0 Uchcharan (Spelling and Pronunciation) published by Bangla Academy and Bangla Academy Bangla Banan-Abhidhan (Bangla Academy Dictionary of Bangla Orthography), the latter being the first in Bengali language.
He is keenly interested in music and has been involved in producing LP records CDs in Bangladesh.