Actor-director Ishrat Nishat passed away this Sunday, due to a cardiac arrest, at the age of 56. Ishrat was a renowned theatre personality, who was dedicated towards her craft for many years. From Bailey Road theatre street to Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, she gave us many significant performances across different venues in the country.
Her sudden demise has left many artistes in shock. Suborna Mustafa wrote “goodbye Ishrat” on social media, posting a black and white picture of the actor-director. Tariq Anam Khan stated, “Ishrat’s thoughts always revolved around theatre, she could never imagine her life beyond it. Her unexpected demise has left a void in our hearts.” Thespian Mamunur Rashid noted that Ishrat was an inspiration for the young generation of theatre artistes. Chanchal Chowdhury and Animesh Aich, among others, also made emotional posts about her online.
Ishrat, the daughter of prominent actor Najma Anwar, was widely known for her rebellious voice. She was associated with the popular theatre troupe, Desh Natok. Apart from acting, she also directed many stage plays, including Orokkhita. The artiste was also a reciter, who arranged many poetry recitals.
Ishrat was working as acting director in Jolbashor, a project by Desh Natok. The venture is scripted and helmed by Masum Reza. The play was said to be staged this month. She was last seen in a pivotal role in Nasir Uddin Yousuff’s Alpha.
Ishrat’s body was taken to BSA, in front of National Theatre Hall, from 1 pm to 3 pm, whereby people paid their last respects to her. Her Namaz E Janazah was held at the central mosque of University of Dhaka. She was laid to rest at the Banani graveyard.