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Bangladesh director portrays Jesus in DVD

Christ’s teachings portrayed through traditional song and dance

Bangladesh director portrays Jesus in DVD
Launch of the music DVD reporter, Dhaka

February 4, 2011

A Bangladeshi Muslim director has launched a music DVD depicting Jesus’ values as described in the writings of Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore.

“Jesus came to preach mankind about humanity and Tagore wrote about him. We tried to put them in an interesting way through a dance performance,” said Rafiq Mahmud.

Mahmud directed the Oi Mahamnab Ase (See the Great Man Comes) music and dance DVD that was launched Feb. 3 at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh office in Dhaka.

About 60 Catholics, Protestants and Muslims attended the event where prominent Bangladeshi writer Selina Hossain was the chief guest.

“Thousands of years ago Jesus came to the world. Tagore emphasized his humanity through his writing,” said Selina Hossain.

Humanity is greater than whatever religion we belong to, she told the gathering.

“Many people don’t know about Tagore’s thoughts and writings on Jesus. Through dance we’ve tried to show that Jesus’ humanitarian message can attract people from of all faiths,” said David Pranab Das, a Protestant.

Das is the producer of the musical DVD that was financed by Compassion, a US-based Christian child advocacy ministry. He also directed the 1993 popular patriotic Bengali movie called Ekattorer Jishu or Jesus ’71.

Jamuna Sarker, a Catholic housewife, said she didn’t know much about Tagore’s written work on Jesus’ teachings-especially on love, forgiveness and sacrifice. This is incredible and outstanding!”

“More initiatives like this should be undertaken,” said Protestant Pastor Martin Luther.

Tagore (1861–1941) was a Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright who reshaped Bengali literature and music. He was the first non-European who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. His poetry and prose, even in translation is viewed as spiritual.

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