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DLF sets sail on Thursday across the premises of Bangla Academy

Published : Saturday, 19 November, 2016 at 12:00 AM Count : 213
Afsana Aziz Nitol

Imagining History
Shazia Omar and Bappaditya Chakravarty with Saad Z Hossain
The session with Shazia Omar and Bappaditya Chakravarty starts at 1pm, KK Tea stage where Shazia Omar talks about her story Dark Diamond in the beginning of the session and explains how a lot of research was involved behind her story. She says she spent two and a half years for researching and then another two and half years for writing it.
Saad Z Hossain, internationally published novelist, asks his peers why they turned to the historical. The panel explores how Chakravarty and Omar handled the eternal contest of facts and fantasy in any fiction, but especially in the historical form. While researching Shazia says she found a lot of details about the Mughal Era, their food, their clothing and their architecture and in terms of biography there were a lot of details about the main emperors but she did not find enough detail about women. Bengali women are not featured very strongly and so researching about women is very difficult.
While talking about the role of the hero, Bappaditya Chakravarty says --- "A hero is a person who manages to create a paradigm shift in the society. He goes out in the society to change. There is a great difference between a hero and a martyr. A martyr is not a hero because the martyr never comes back to change the society."
According to him we celebrate martyrs more than we celebrate heroes because like everybody else we are afraid of the very thought of change. We are scared that somebody will show us the basic insecurities.
Then Shazia Omar says that we need to recognize more heroes of our past. Especially in Bangladesh, the youth really lack heroes and role models and people to look up to who had a lot of spiritual vigour and free thinking. The session ends with a brief question and answer session.

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