By the early 20th century, Rabindranath Tagore had already unmoored himself from European dramaturgy and performance code, and relocated his performance praxis firmly within postcolonial coordinates (Ahmed 136). However, it was Selim Al Deen, who, beginning in early 1990s, successfully demonstrated how Tagore’s vision could be articulated in playwriting, as he propped up his creative work with his distinct theorization. Along with a few theatre practitioners and academicians, he inaugurated a new horizon for post-independence Bangladesh theatre by representing the epic struggle of diverse peoples of Bangladesh. For this purpose, he borrowed dramaturgical devices and complex structuring principles from indigenous theatre in order to give a specifically national shape to his plays.


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Citation: Ahmed, Syed Jamil. "Selim Al Deen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 July 2020 [, accessed 04 December 2023.]

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