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Bangladesh director portrays Jesus in DVD
Christ’s teachings portrayed through traditional song and danceLaunch of the music DVD
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- February 4, 2011
â€śJesus came to preach mankind about humanity and Tagore wrote about him. We tried to put them in an interesting way through a dance performance,â€ť 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 Bishopsâ€™ 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.
â€śThousands of years ago Jesus came to the world. Tagore emphasized his humanity through his writing,â€ť said Selina Hossain.
Humanity is greater than whatever religion we belong to, she told the gathering.
â€śMany people donâ€™t know about Tagoreâ€™s thoughts and writings on Jesus. Through dance weâ€™ve tried to show that Jesusâ€™ humanitarian message can attract people from of all faiths,â€ť 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 didnâ€™t know much about Tagoreâ€™s written work on Jesusâ€™ teachings-especially on love, forgiveness and sacrifice. This is incredible and outstanding!â€ť
â€śMore initiatives like this should be undertaken,â€ť said Protestant Pastor Martin Luther.
Tagore (1861â€“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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