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 (such as theater) 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. Fahmida 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, having received the full ACE Scholarship that was funded by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

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. The link of the youtue channel of Fahmida Akhter is: https://www.youtube.com/user/fahmidad74/videos --There some of her directed documentaries and TV shows are availbale. In media, she is also known as 'Fahmida Munni'.

Dr. Akhter's articles concerning different aspects of Bangladeshi cinema and theater 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

Agami (The Time Ahead, 1984), the First “Short Film” of Bangladesh: Toward a New Cinematic Aesthetic of Imaging Time and Nation

BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies Journal, 2019, DOI: 10.1177/0974927619855449

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

South Asian Popular Culture (2015), 13:3, 199-216.,  DOI:10.1080/14746689.2016.1210296

'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).

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.  

‘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. 

 

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. 

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 Theater]

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

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

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


Book

আলমগীর কবিরের চলচ্চিত্র [The Films of Alamgir Kabir]

(Dhaka: Bangladesh Film Archive), ISBN 978-984-34-6862-8, 2019.

একজন আধুনিক, সাহসী ও রাজনীতি সচেতন চলচ্চিত্র নির্মাতা ছিলেন আলমগীর কবির (১৯৩৮-১৯৮৯)। চলচ্চিত্রে আধুনিক ও ব্যতিক্রমধর্মী ভাষাশৈলী সৃষ্টির খেলায় মেতে উঠলেও, শুধুমাত্র চলচ্চিত্র নির্মাণ প্রক্রিয়ায় নিমগ্ন ছিলেন না কবির। চলচ্চিত্র তৈরির পাশাপাশি, তিনি নিয়োজিত ছিলেন চলচ্চিত্র বিষয়ক গ্রন্থরচনা, চলচ্চিত্রের ছাত্র তৈরি, চলচ্চিত্র সংসদ আন্দোলনে নেতৃত্বদান ও বিকল্প ধারার চলচ্চিত্রের ধারণা নির্মাণসহ চলচ্চিত্র সংশ্লিষ্ট বহু বিচিত্র কাজে। তাঁর এই বহু ব্যাপ্ত কাজের পেছনে একটা স্বপ্ন ছিল - বাংলাদেশের চলচ্চিত্রে সৃজনশীল ও সুস্থধারা সৃষ্টির আকাঙ্ক্ষায় উল্লসিত ছিল সেই স্বপ্ন। সব্যসাচী ব্যক্তিত্বের প্রবণতায় কবির ছবি গড়েছেন, এবং একই সাথে, চলচ্চিত্র সংশ্লিষ্ট বহুবিধ কাজে নিরলসভাবে নিরত থেকেছেন এদেশের চলচ্চিত্রে সুস্থধারা সৃষ্টির তীব্র শপথে। "আলমগীর  কবিরের চলচ্চিত্র"-শীর্ষক  বর্তমান বইটিতে কবিরের চলচ্চিত্রসমূহের, বিশেষত তাঁর  উল্লেখযোগ্য কাহিনিচিত্রগুলোর একটি নিবিড় ও নন্দনতাত্ত্বিক পাঠ উপস্থাপিত হয়েছে। পাশাপাশি, এ গ্রন্থ তাঁর কর্মময় জীবনের বহুবর্ণিল সৃজন প্রয়াসের আলেখ্যও তুলে ধরার প্রয়াস পেয়েছে সংক্ষেপে।


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: 1992-1996 (Session 1991-92)

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

Institute: Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh
Period: 1996-1998 (Session 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’ theater and programs in the Area Development Centres of Proshika across Bangladesh. I also monitored and followed up the People’s Cultural programs run by the local groups in various Area Development Centers of Proshika. I assisted in networking activities for Proshika through Peoples’ Cultural Programs and conducted feasibility studies for the new programs.

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

I directed and scripted regular and special days' programs, promos and fillers. 

List of some selective programs directed by me:

1.‘Kenkata’, a regular life-style program on fashion and shopping.

2.‘Shabdo Jabdo’, a serial quiz and game show on Bangla language.

3.‘Priotomashu’, a regular program, 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, 2000

I planned, directed and scripted documentary films on visual art, painters, significant cultural events of Bangladesh.

In the bellow, I mentioned the links and titles of a few documentary films that were directed and scripted by me, produced by the Bengal Foundation:

1. 'The Homecoming' (2008) a documentary on the life and work of painter Monirul Islam.

2. 'Nishorger Ankieya’ (2004) (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' programs for Channel One. 

 

Following are the selective produced programs directed and scripted by me :

'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 works did not receive much attention to the media. Different episodes of the documentary series can be viewed at my YouTube channel named Fahmida Akhter, at this link: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNL9YWjnQ9lNTqfjWLOz8Xw

 

‘Notuner Utsobe’: A special day program on the Bengali New Year.

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

Supervised and taught BA and MA modules were:

-Lighting and Set Design [For Third Year, B.A. (Hons)]

-Dramatic Theories [For Third Year, B.A. (Hons)]

-Make-up and Mask Making [For Second Year, B.A. (Hons)]

-History of Word Drama [For First Year, B.A. (Hons)]

-Lighting Design and sound [For M.A. Students]

Contact

Dr. Fahmida Akhter

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