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A talk with multi-virtuoso Sadat Hossain

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A talk with multi-virtuoso Sadat Hossain

A talk with multi-virtuoso Sadat Hossain

You're a professional writer, director and photographer. How do you connect these different branches of art together?
Interestingly, I haven't ever felt that there are really differences between these branches. The aim of all creative art is storytelling, I believe. For instance, a sculpture is a piece of art. The creator of this art must be telling a story by her creation. Isn't it? Her art/sculpture is narrating a story. Similarly, a photographer clicks, a painter paints, a film maker creates, a writer writes to tell stories, however, and their medium is different. All are doing one thing but in different ways. That's why, actually, I don't need to connect the ways of telling stories. I attempt the ways where I have the access to pen, click or create spontaneously.       
Since post-independence period Bangladesh has gone through a vast change in literary aspects. At present, has literary practice lessened compared to earlier? What is to blame, if yes? And how it can be resolved?   
Firstly, time. Time is the greatest catalyst of change. In this case, massive technological change of last fifteen, twenty or thirty years have played a significant role in changing material and non-material needs of the people. I don't know how others think regarding this matter. I think tremendous technological change has effects in every sector. Specially, attractive medium of entertainment and other web activities are influencing the minds of the young and it leads their life to be competitive economically.

"A person whose words are weapon, feelings are harbinger, and screens are stage, he is Sadat Hossain, a potential writer, director, photographer and anchor. He once had dreamt off to see his name in the printed paper in a distant village of Madaripur, which turned out to be true by his skilled works in camera and pen. This poesy-fiction-practioner has become an author of bestselling books of Ekushey Book Fair within a short span of time and penned successful novels including Arshinagar (2015), Andarmahal (2016), and Manobjonom (2017) and a poetry book Jete chaile Jeo (2015). His first successful short film, Bodh (2013) took him to the next height: The Shoes for which he achieved Best Short Film Maker Award 2016 By Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. He was also awarded Junior Chamber International Award 2013 (cultural category). Currently, he is the CEO and Creative Director of ASH-A Sadat Hossain Production."

Previously, book was the source of entertainment to the booklovers. Currently, book reading is replaced by different medium of entertainment, so, the youths are busy with new entertainment. The changed scenario of nowadays has reshaped the practice of literature as non-profitable act and less attractive entertainment. As a result, considering social reality and compared to other mediums of entertainment, the practice of literature is reducing.
Therefore, art and literature have to keep pace with the new-born media in order to survive and greater practice.    
What changes can be brought in teen's education curriculum to have more involvement in literature?
It's really difficult to tell what kind of changes in the curriculum can inspire the teens to love literature. I believe, we should raise our children in such a way so that they love reading books especially stories. Stories give birth many more stories in the imaginative world of the children. This imagination broadens the psyche of the children which results in the art or literature. Therefore, reading and telling stories are really needed.
The film industry is emerging again which faced a promising phase in the late '80s and early twentieth century. On the other hand, our neighbouring country established their film industry as one of the glorifying careers. What steps from the cultural personalities, and the State can be taken or expected in order to form an aspiring film industry as career?
I have an interesting observation regarding cinema, literature and likewise fields. 'Present' is such a 'time' when we always lament that past is better than the present. However, the past which we considered a good one was 'present' to many people who also regretted for their present the way we regret about our present. In future, when our this 'present' will turn into 'past', the future 'present' will lament about their present and will glorify the 'past' like us. This is how the cycle works and, I think, the way we are moving ahead it will be fruitful for the future.   
Share your views on the challenging art culture scenario in present Bangladesh where 'everybody' does not have access to art, literature and film. What role could the State play to have massive access of mass?
This is the time of capitalism. This is the time of market economy. Here, whatever the great art is if it does not have any product value it's quite impossible for that art to survive. You want to make a film? You need money. Imagine, a director's movie is artistically great but it wasn't successful in the market. In next movie, this director won't get any producer to invest money. That's the harsh reality. Same goes in case of literature. You've written a book which is qualitatively great but it does not sell successfully. The publisher's won't publish your next book, as it's a business. So, nowadays, your art needs to be a product along with creativity.
I think, regarding this apart from the State, private sectors can play an important role especially in cinema and literature. In our neighbouring country, we see, corporate institutions are investing money in the film. Some movies are not doing business but they are learning from that failure and attempting to improvise the business policy for more profit. And they are successfully doing it. Even film industry (art) is playing a great role in the national economy of the country.
In our country, the contribution of art and literature in national economy is not found at all. I believe, proper planning is needed to establish our film industry and enough investment is needed for that.       
The motif of art and literature varies from person to person; sometimes, it's individual or public. One can be choosy when it's about individual art. But how can a person select his/her audience after the works get published? Is it streaming the literary class distinction?
I don't know about others. Let me talk about myself. When I write I don't think about the readers. I pen my thoughts, and realisation of life. Every individual's thinking world is different from others. So, if you target certain individuals for your creations that may not touch those individuals. I assume, if my story, feelings, philosophy, realisation and narrative style can touch the readers, that's my achievement. That's why I only narrate my stories.   

Do you have any message for youngsters or any inspirational words?
Nowadays, we are passing through an anxious time. We really need depth of thoughts, realisation and balanced life. It's really easy to go with the flow, however, it's really difficult to go against the flow. I think, before flowing we need to think what's the source of this flow and what's the objective of it? Another remarkable thing is dream. Never leave your dream, not even in extreme frustrated moment of life. Many young go through frustration, nowadays. Nevertheless, there will be negative thoughts, experiences of life but we need to look to the optimism of life. Life is really like that cliché example of half glass where you can either think it's half-empty or half-filled. I always tell my story and always utter, "Frustration is my inspiration."

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