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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Augusto Boal passes away

Agencies / May 06, 2009

The celebrated Brazilian theatre director, dramatist, cultural and political activist, Augusto Boal died on May 2 in Rio de Janerio at the age of 78. Boal who had leukemia died of respiratory failure, says a press release.

With the death of Augusto Boal, the theatre world loses a bold personality who inspired many around the world with his ideas and methods described in his work “The Theatre of the Oppressed.”

On March 25 last he was present at UNESCO's World Theatre Day event in Paris and delivered a message. Ramendu Majumdar, Worldwide President of International Theatre Institute who was present at the function, described Boal's death as a terrible loss to the global theatre community. “He was a man who could successfully use theatre to change the society and inspire others to do the same,” Majumdar added.

Ataur Rahman and Nasiruddin Yousuff, President and General Secretary of the Bangladesh Centre of the International Theatre Institute respectively also condoled Boal's death.


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