syed jamil ahmed
Syed Jamil Ahmed is a director-designer based in Bangladesh, with numerous production credits at home as well as in India, Pakistan, and the US. He trained at the National School of Drama (India), was awarded MA in Theatre Studies by the University of Warwick (UK), and his PhD by the University of Dhaka. His signature brio has evolved from a refashioning of traditional-Bengali theatrical vocabulary and indigenous archetypes for modern theatre in productions such as Bishād Sindhu (1991 and 1992) and Behulār Bhāsān (2005 and 2010) to a comingling of the visual-metaphoric with the multilinear narratorial techniques, giving shape a unique post-dramatic inscription in productions such as Rizwān (2017) and Jiban O Rājnaitik Bāstabatā (2019). Ahmed taught at Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Dhaka from 1989 to 2020. He founded the department in 1994, and served as its Chair till 1997. His book-length publications in English are Acinpākhi Infinity: Indigenous Theatre in Bangladesh, In Praise of Niranjan: Islam, Theatre and Bangladesh, Reading Against Orientalist Grain: Performance and Politics Entwined with a Buddhist Strain, and Applied Theatrics: Essays in Refusal. He has over 60 research articles in Bangla and English, published at home and abroad. Some of these have been translated into French, Norwegian, Russian, Chinese and Korean. Ahmad has travelled extensively to attend conferences, direct plays and facilitate workshops in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a number of national and international awards, and has served as visiting faculty in the US, UK and India.