Partha Pratim Majumder: A master of mime

Partha Pratim Majumder: A master of mime

He is called predecessor and forerunner of the art of mime in Bangladesh. He is called torchbearer of the ‘universal mime,’ a blend of western corporeal mime, pantomime, Chinese Opera, Japanese traditional Kabuki and Noh and Indian Kathakali. He is Partha Pratim Majumder, a student of legendary French mime artiste Marcel Marceau who developed the art of universal mime. Partha travelled all over the world to display his outstanding skill and teach the art.

Partha has received many prestigious awards such as ‘Master of Mime’ (by the Jogesh Mime Academy in India) and ‘Master of the World’ (Malaysia). He also performed in TV drama and theatre productions in France. In recognition, he got Molière Award, the most prestigious award in France after the Cannes. Bangladeshi troupe Theatre has also honoured him with Shaheed Munier Chowdhury Padak.

The Paris based Bangladeshi born artist has arrived in Dhaka to perform at a programme on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Alliance Françoise de Dhaka. In a conversation with The Daily Star Online, Partha talked about his struggle at the initial stage of his career that brought him to the position he is now.

“Though I’m invited by the Alliance Françoise, I’m also teaching young people the art of mime across the country,” said Partha.

Partha moved to Paris in 1981 with a scholarship on mime. He studied the art under the iconic French mime artiste Marcel Marceau from 1983 to 85. Under the guidance of the master of mime, Partha developed his unique style.

These days, the Bangladeshi born mime artist is reigning in Europe, however, his heart seems to have never left his beloved country. Besides being a dedicated artiste, he is also deeply involved in the Bangladeshi community in France. The mime artist hopes to develop an institute in Dhaka to train up professional mime artistes.

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