Dr. Fahmida Akhter
Dr. Fahmida Akhter Associate Professor, Department of Drama & Dramatics

PROFILE


SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Fahmida Akhter joined the Department in June 2006. She has contributed to a teaching and research profile that emphasizes the techniques and aesthetics of audio-visual productions both in live and recorded media. She holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Essex, UK; and a recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship for the PhD program. Her PhD research explores the ways in which memories and histories of the war are shaped by the gender dynamics of nationalism through examining war-themed films of Bangladesh.

Besides teaching, Fahmida works as a documentary film director. Most of her documentaries are produced by the Bengal Foundation, a leading art trust in Bangladesh, which also published 7 of her documentary films as DVDs. Here are a few titles of her directed and scripted documentaries: The Homecoming (2008), Garaner Gahine (2008), Nishorger Ankiye (Ode to Nature: Portrait of an Artist, 2004), Surer Swajan (2005).

Fahmida had three years' experience of working as a program producer in the Television industry of Bangladesh. She received her BA (Hons) and MA in Drama and Dramatics from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and also acquired a second Master's degree in Digital Design from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. Her articles covering different aspects of Bangladeshi cinema and theater arts have been published in several national and international refereed journals.

RESEARCH INTEREST

Cinema of Bangladesh, Women and War in Film, Digital Design, Documentary Film Production, Traditional Theatrical Forms and Performances in Bangladesh, History and Aesthetics of Eastern Drama, Theater Archeology and Set Design, Comparative Study Between Eastern and Western Drama, 

Journal Paper

নব্য নৃ-গোষ্ঠী নাটকে ফিউশন: 'একটি মারমা রূপকথা’ (Fusion in Neo ethnic theatre : ‘Ekti Marma Rupkatha’)

Theatre studies Journal, issue14, (June 2006), 81-102

 

ভরতের বিকৃষ্ট মধ্য রঙ্গমঞ্চ ও গ্রীক ক্লাসিক্যাল থিয়েটারের তুলনাচিত্র (A comparison Between the Theatre Archeology of the East and the West: The Vorot’s Bikrishta Moddhya Ranga Mancha and the Greek Classical Theatre)

Theatre studies Journal, issue17, (June 2010), 55-98 

ষাটের দশকের ইস্তেহার ও আলমগীর কবিরের আত্মআবিষ্কারের চলচ্চিত্র 'রূপালী সৈকতে' (‘Rupalee Shaikatey’: A Mirror of the 1960s and a Self-Portrayal Film by Alamgir Kabir)

Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, (ISSN 2074-2134), Issue:04, June 2011, pp.29−38. 

‘ধীরে বহে মেঘনা’: মুক্তিযুদ্ধের প্রামান্য ও ফিকশানের এক অদ্বিতীয় ভাষা ('Dhirey Bohey Meghna': A Unique and Unified Language of Documentary and Fiction)

Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, (ISSN 2074-2134), Issue:05, June 2012: 113-122. 

 

 

Panning from the Past to the Present: The Climate, Context and Concept of Bangladeshi National Cinema

Shilpakala Annual Journal 2014, Published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Volume XXII: 49-67.

"Framing Pain as Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Wartime Films of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, (ISSN 2074-2134) (December 2014): 38− 50.

"Jibon Thekey Neya (Glimpses of life, 1970) : The First Political Film in Pre-Liberation Bangladesh and a Cinematic Metaphor for Nationalist Concerns"

Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), Vol. 59(2), (December, 2014), (ISSN 1015-6836), pp. 291-303.  

 

'সূর্যকন্যা': মধ্যবিত্তের অবদমিত আকাঙ্ক্ষা ও ফ্যান্টাসির মনোবিশ্লেষণ' (Shurjokonna: Psychoanalysis of the Suppressed Desires and Fantasy of the Middle Class).

Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, Issue:08, June 2015, pp. 88−99, ISSN 2074-2134 (Written in Bangla/ Bengali).

 

The construction of the ?new Bengali woman? in Nasiruddin Yousuff?s Guerrilla (2011)

South Asian Popular Culture (2016), DOI: 10.1080/14746689.2016.1210296


Other

Flashback: A Brief History of Cinema in Bangladesh before its Formation (1896-1970)

Celluloid, 2014, Volume 35, (3&4): 28-37. 


Academic Info

Institute: Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh
Period: 1991-94

BA (Hons), 2:1st, (Secured First Place in her Peer Group)

Institute: Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh
Period: 1994-95

MA in Drama and Dramatics, First Class First position 

 

Institute: Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea.
Period: 2008-09

Master's in Technology and Development (Design), GPA-3.82

Institute: University of Essex, UK
Period: 2017

PhD in Film Studies, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Experience

Organization: Proshika Manobik Unnayan Kendra, Bangladesh
Position: Senior Program Organizer
Period: July, 1998?June, 1999

I Coordinated training sessions and workshops for field workers, and directed peoples’ theatre and programmes in the Area Development Centres of Proshika across Bangladesh. I also monitored and followed up the people’s cultural programmes run by the local groups in various Area Development Centres of Proshika. I assisted in networking activities or Proshika through peoples’ cultural programmes and conducted feasibility studies for the new programmes.

Organization: ETV (Ekushey Television Limited), Bangladesh
Position: Assistant Producer, Programme Department
Period: June, 1999?December, 2002

I directed and Scripted regular and special day programmes, promos and fillers. 

List of programmes which were directed by me:

1.’Kenkata', a regular lifestyle programme on fashion and shopping.

2.’Shabdo Jabdo’, a serial quiz and game show.

3.’Priotomashu’, a regular programme focused and centred on women's issues.

4.’Khelaee Khelaee Chirontonee’, a game show based on the evergreen Bangladeshi film songs, with the participation of celebrity and non-celebrity couples.

Organization: Bengal Foundation
Position: Senior Assistant Director
Period: September, 2003?May, 200

I planned, directed and scripted documentary films on visual art and culture-based topics.

The following are links and titles of a few documentary films that were directed and scripted by me, which were produced by the Bengal Foundation:

1. 'The Homecoming’ a documentary on the life and work of painter Monirul Islam.

 

2. 'Nishorger Ankieya' (Ode to Nature: Portrait of an Artist), a film on the life and work of painter Qayyum Chowdhury.

 

3. 'Shurer Shajan’, a documentary film on the life of eminent classical singer of Bangladesh, Nilufar Yasmin. 

4. 'Goroner Goheeney', a documentary film on the life and work of late sculptor Abdur Razzak. 

5. 'A French April in Dhaka’, a film on the works and the period of residency of three French artists in Dhaka in 2004. 

6. 'Shudurer Pathik’, a documentary film on the life and work of painter Rokeya Sultana. 

I also coordinated the project, entitled, 'Development of Theatre in Bangladesh' and I planned and managed events organised by the Bengal Foundation.

Organization: Channel One Entertainment Limited, Bangladesh, 
Position: Producer, Program Department
Period: November, 2005?May, 2006

I Produced, planned and scripted regular and special days programme. 

List of produced programmes:

"Akar Ekar”: a regular game and quiz show, based on Bengali language and culture.

"Alpa Shalpa Galpa”: a documentary series, focused on different stories of the people whose work did not receive much attention to the media. Different episodes of this documentary series can be viewed at Fahmida Akhter's YouTube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNL9YWjnQ9lNTqfjWLOz8Xw

"Notuner Utsobe”: A special day programme on the Bengali New Year.

 

Organization: Jahangirngar University
Position: Lecturer, Department of Drama and Dramatics
Period: June 2006 ? January 2010

Taught Courses : Lighting and Set Design, Dramatic Theories, Make-up and Mask Making, History of Word Drama

Contact

Dr. Fahmida Akhter

Associate Professor
Department of Drama & Dramatics
Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh.
Email: fahmida.akhter@juniv.edu