Chit chat with Munmun Ahmed
There is few in the country who doesn't know who is Munmun Ahmed. She is a lady who has been keeping the nation mesmerized for some decade with her intricate footwork and enchanting twirls of Kathak.
She is in fact one in many-a classical dancer specializing in the dance form of Kathak, an avid performer, teacher, choreographer and a television personality.
She found likings towards kathak since her childhood and got the primary knowledge on it from Syed Abul Kalam in 1978. Indeed she started dancing even before she started walking. This is actually natural from someone who is grown up in a cultural-minded family.
However after completing her high school in 1987, she went to India where she studied at the Ram Bharatia Kala Kendra under Ram Mohan Maharaj and Raj Kumar Sharma.
She then learnt the art of Kathak from various centers and gurus before making her the best ever in this sector in the country. Apart from being an avid performer, she also runs a dance school and is a dance instructor at the Indian Cultural Centre.
In her illustrious career, she has achieved many prestigious awards including National Award by Shishu Academy for Kathak Dance (1980), UNESCO Cultural Award (2000) and NHK Japan Award (2000). She has performed in the movies 'Ghetuputra Komola'and 'Amar Ache Jol' as well.
She also founded Rewaz Performers' School, a pioneering dance company in Bangladesh. She did many workshops on Dance in both at home and abroad.
The artiste recently has selected as the World Masters 2019 form Bangladesh.
Munmun said, "It was for me to be recognized and awarded with the 'WORLD MASTER IN DANCE FROM BANGLADESH' in 2009 World Masters Conference by the World Masters Association for Cultural Exchanges in Korea. I was invited to perform too, at the Asia Culture Festival 2009 in Korea organized by the same organizatoin, during that trip .... It was such a privilege and a moment of pride to represent my country and my culture in front of so many World Masters from other parts of the world. I absolutely cherish those memories."
Since its founding in 2007, the World Masters Committee has so far honored 337 World Masters from 76 countries. These artists, artisans, and performers were recommended by the ambassadors and diplomats of the various foreign embassies in the Republic of Korea, along with the cultural ministries of their home countries.
The Embassy of Bangladesh in the Republic of Korea initiated, nominated and supported the artist trio for their status as World Masters.
The Daily Observer had recently caught up with her to know more about her and inspiration for the girls and young women's.
"I think an artiste's first inspiration comes from the family. I am blessed with a mother who is my first source of inspiration. She introduced me to the graceful art of dance. If she had not brought me up to learn dancing, I probably could have never been a dancer. Additionally, I was inspired seeing the splendid performances of my guru. The love and appreciation from my family, friends, well-wishers and audiences have always been my inspiration as well."
"I believe that dance is not just rooted in physical movements - it is also about teamwork and spreading joy. Furthermore, an artiste's honesty and sincerity should also come across in their performances. I always tell my students that as dancers, our true validation, first and foremost, comes through the acceptance of the audience that we perform for.
She thinks the young dancers today are full of talent and passion. She however said It is heartening to see that they are determined to make their mark in the profession.
"I would advise them to not try too many things at once, but instead, choose one dance form and focus on excelling at it."
She is also the owner of Munmun's Kitchen, a restaurant that gets immense popularity by the very short time. She has recently brought up a new recipe debisos, which is good for the patient who suffers from heart diseases.
She is fitness conscious and a good bicycle rider. She has been involved in the awareness of heart Disease and did campaign on how to be fit amid heart disease.
"All my plans and dreams are about dancing. My plan is just to stay healthy and survive! Dancers in Bangladesh need more support and patronage. Here, it is actually difficult if someone wants to live off entirely on dancing. I do have a few projects in mind; hopefully I will be able to execute them. But, one of my biggest agendas was to present some dance dramas in a regular basis and some of the participants would be honored by remuneration for their extraordinary presentations. By having enough sponsorship, we may start our project," she concluded.