Dr. A K M Yusuf Hassan
Dr. A K M Yusuf Hassan Professor, Department of Drama & Dramatics

PROFILE

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Widely known as 'Yusuf Hassan Arko' in the art world of Bangladesh. Besides working as a Professor in the department of Drama and Dramatics, Jahangirnagar University, he is an Actor-Director-Writer-Researcher on theatrical arts. Yusuf Hassan Arko obtained his Ph.D from Okinawa Prefectural  University of Arts, Japan in 2009 as a MONBUKAGAKUSHO scholar. He was awarded the "Masao Yamamoto Award" (President's award of that university) for his excellence in academics during his doctoral study in Japan. Yusuf was furtherly awarded "Japan Foundation Fellwoship" for his Post-Doctoral research in 2011-2012. As a researcher, his field of study is indigenous Bangladeshi  theatre. He has been publishing plenty of research articles and books on the above subject. Recently, he is focusing on the musical aspects of Bangla traditional theatre. Besides academics, he has been practicing theatre with a theatre group Natyakendra since 1991 where he acted, designed for numerous plays of the group. Other than those productions, he works for several groups and institutions as a free-lance director. Ekolobbo Akhyan, Sheetayon, Totakahini, Kobi, Neelakhyan, Maatbring, Devdas, Bratto Aami Montrohin, Jera, Man of La Mancha, Boshikoron, Geeti Chondraboti, Dohondoyita etc. are his accalaimed productions in Bangladesh. There are 4 published books and plenty of other writings in different midea in home and abroad.

RESEARCH INTEREST

Research on the Theories of Performance,  Performance Studies, Music compose and Play Direction in stage and visual media. 

AWARD

Yusuf Hassan Arko, Masao Yamamoto Award 2009, 2009.

An award for 'Excellence in Academics' titled according to the name of the President of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Japan

Monbukagakusho Scholarship, Monbukagakusho Scholarship, 2003-2009.

Awarded by the Japanese goverment for Master's and Doctoral study in Japan.

Japan Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Japan Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-12.

Fellow of Japan Foundation for a comparative research on Bangladeshi traditional theatre and the same of Japan,


JOURNAL PAPER

Research Articles:

²“Shohorkendrik Adhunik Moncher Bornonamulok Natto-Projojonai Geetomoyota" (Singing and Musical Aspects in the Urban-based Narrative Stage Productions of Bangladesh)Published in the Bangal Academy Folklore Potrika 2nd year 1st Issue (July-December 2020).

²“Kissagaan:Mohammoad Saiduler Gahonabhinoye Bornonamoyota o Obhikoronshilota” . Published in the Bangal Academy Folklore Potrika 1st year 2nd Issue (June 2020).

²   “Oitijjobahi Bangla Natte Geetomoyotar Matrikota Onneshon”(Transmission of Performance Style in Traditional Bangla Theatre). Published in the 26th  issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2019.

²  “Bangladesher Oitojjhobahe Natte Geet er Prashongikota” . Published in the 25th  issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2018.

²  “Oitijjobahi Bangla Natte Onusrtio Obhinoy-Reeti-r Poribahon”(Transmission of Perforance Style in Traditional Bangla Theatre). Published in the 24th  issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2017.

²  “Bornattok Bangla Natter Obhinoy O Rosh Nishpottir Shutro Onneshon: Gaenreeti-r Obhinoy Bishoyok Selim Al Deen O Quddus Boyatir Shakkhatkar Bisleshon”( In quest of the Theory  of Performance and Rasa Concerned: Analysis of an Interview Between Selim Al Deen and Quddus Boyati).Published in the 22nd issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2015.

²  Function of Song in Palagaan: from a comparative perspective to Ningyou Joururi, published in “Moosa”2013 issuse- A Bulletin of the Okinawa Prefectural University of arts.

²  Palagaan and its relation to religion, published in the 19th issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2012.

²  Dramatization of Tagore’s story: Practical aesthetics of ‘Totakakhini’, in the 18th issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2011.

²  A Comparative study of the standpoint of narrator in Bangla Narrative and Brechtian Theatre.Published in the 17th issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2010.

²  Improvisational Qualaity of Pala Gaan, Published in the 21 Century COE Programme’s Official journal of Waseda University, Japan in 2007.

²  Towards the performance text of Gule Hormuz and Gyanjekul. A Narrative of Bangladesh, Pub;ished in the Mousa, official journal of the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Japan in 2006

²  Acting Style of Gaen in Bangla theatre, Published in the 10th issue Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2003.

²  A comparative study on the Character acting and Narrative acting, Published in the 8th issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2001.

²  “Oitijjobahi Bangla Natte Onusrtio Obhinoy-Reeti-rPoribahon”(Transmission of Perforance Style in Traditional Bangla Theatre). Published in the 24th  issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2017.

²  “Bornattok Bangla Natter Obhinoy O Rosh Nishpottir Shutro Onneshon: Gaenreeti-r Obhinoy Bishoyok Selim Al Deen O Quddus Boyatir Shakkhatkar Bisleshon”( In quest of the Theory  of Performance and Rasa Concerned: Analysis of an Interview Between Selim Al Deen and Quddus Boyati).Published in the 22nd issue of The Theatre Studies, official research journal of the Department of Drama and Dramatics Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, in June 2015.

 

 

 


BOOK

ইউসুফ হাসান অর্ক Yusuf Hassan Arko, গাহনাভিনয় (Gahonabhinoy- A Unique Style of Performance in Bangla Traditional Theatre), 2021.

It is a study on the unique musical style of performance in Bangladeshi traditional theatre where singing is treated to be describing the story in different modes of expression which are ministically composed in the form.

ইউসুফ হাসান অর্ক Yusuf Hassan Arko, বাংলাদেশের ঐতিহ্যবাহী নাট্য পালাগান ( Palagaan, A Traditional Theatre of Bangladesh), 2018.

It is based on the doctoral research on Bangladeshi traditional theatre which has been transmitting with it's unique aspects like narrativity through musicality with monistic composition of various modes of expression.

ইউসুফ হাসান অর্ক Yusuf Hassan Arko, নব-নাটলিপি (Neo-text: four plays), 2017.

It is an anthology of four production scripts based on the composition of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Rabindranath Tagore's Totakahini and Boshikoron, Tarashanar Bannerjie's Kobi. These plays were produced and Directed by the author in Bangladesh stages through different times.

ইউসুফ হাসান অর্ক Yusuf Hassan Arko, অভিনয়রীতি : বাঙলা বর্ণনাত্মক ও পাশ্চাত্য প্রসঙ্গ (Performance Styles: Bangla Narrative and Western), 2015, 2020.

It is a comparative study of Bangladeshi Narrative performance and western styles of acting,


Academic Info

Institute: Ph.D
Period: 2006-2009

Ph.D on "Palagaan, a Tradiotinal Theatre of Bangladesh" from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Japan

Activity

Organization: Jahangirnagar University
Position: Professor of the Department of Drama and Dramatics
Period: Since September 2015

Contact

Dr. A K M Yusuf Hassan

Professor
Department of Drama & Dramatics
Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh.
Cell Phone: +8801711422147
Work Phone: +88-7791045-41, Ext 2066
Email: arkoritu@juniv.edu , arkoritu@yahoo.com