Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee’s neurological condition deteriorated further since Saturday night although his vital organs were stable, said doctors at a hospital in Kolkota on Sunday evening.
The award-winning actor was in a drowsy state.
He was admitted at a private hospital in south Kolkata 20 days ago after he tested positive for Covid-19.
He has been in the intensive care unit (ICU) for 17 days with clear symptoms of Covid encephalopathy. Chatterjee tested negative for Covid-19 on October 14, reports Hindustan Times.
Chatterjee’s condition has deteriorated further, said doctors on Sunday evening.
“He is not keeping well. His consciousness level, despite all our efforts, is not improving. Rather, we can say it has gone down. Our board of neurologists is taking a decision on whether his airway should be protected with invasive devices,” said Dr Arindam Kar who is leading the medical team that is treating Chatterjee.
“Also, there are other factors. He was doing well as far as organ functions are concerned. But now due to prolonged stay in the ICU and all the invasive supports, there could be chances of secondary complications creeping in due to his age and comorbidity factors. Some of these things have begun to happen. His platelet count is little on the lower side. Haemoglobin count has also gone down. His urea level has gone up,” said Dr Kar. The actor is being given blood, he added.
“Regarding the definite therapy to end the Covid encephalopathy, because of which his condition has not improved, the board of neurologists has also discussed the option of plasmapheresis. Nephrologists are also taking a call. By tomorrow, we will have a discussion with his relatives and take a call on two issues; invasive airway support and plasmapheresis,” said Dr Kar.
Plasmapheresis is a process in which the plasma is separated from the blood cells for two purposes. The plasma is either replaced with saline or albumin or, it is treated and injected back to the body.
“As of now, his heart is doing well. He needs only 2-4 litres of oxygen support a day. No blood pressure support is required till now. His urine output and lever functions are good,” Dr Kar added.
Chatterjee’s condition improved last weekend and the octogenarian opened his eyes, responded to verbal commands and even said a few words. His neurological condition deteriorated after which the actor was once again given immunoglobulin and steroids.
Chatterjee underwent an MRI test last Monday.
The reports showed no structural abnormalities. “We have diagnosed that the Covid encephalopathy will stay for a while... in a worst-case scenario, for an indefinite period. We will again give him immunoglobulin and steroid for the coming two days,” Dr Kar said earlier this week.
Winner of Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Chatterjee was admitted on October 6 after he tested positive for Covid-19. He had to be shifted to the Covid ITU after his condition deteriorated.
Millions of people in Bengal and beyond have been praying for Chatterjee’s recovery ever since he was admitted.
In a bid to offer a holistic treatment, doctors made Chatterjee listen to music and literature of his choice till last week.
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Adding to the worries of the doctors treating him at a private hospital here, an official said though the 85-year-old’s organs were functioning “well”, the platelet count has dropped and the level of urea and sodium in his blood has gone up, said Dr Arindam Kar, who is leading the team of doctors treating him at the facility, reports Indian Express.
“(Soumitra) Chatterjee’s consciousness is little down compared to what it was 72 hours ago.
Not very sure which way it is heading to. We have received reports of tests and we can deduce that the COVID encephalopathy is progressing,” Kar said.
Encephalopathy is a general term describing a disease that affects the function or structure of the brain.
“Despite the use of steroids and other prolonged efforts, he is not responding to treatment,” he said.
Expressing concern over the thespian’s age and comorbidities, the doctor said, “Though his lungs and blood pressure are still working well, there are points to be worried of. His platelet count has come down. We are trying to find out the reason for that. We will take some tough calls tomorrow.”
“We are trying our best. But sometime the best efforts are not enough for someone who is suffering from these disease at his age,” he added.
The critically acclaimed actor was admitted to the hospital here on October 6 after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Chatterjee tested negative for COVID-19 last week after which he was shifted to a non-COVID ITU.
Portraying the undiscovered night life of Dhaka from a young filmmaker's perspective, Apurba Jahangir directed short-film Dhaka An Opera is scheduled to have it's virtual premiere on Saturday evening at Lagvelki.com, the first pay per movie OTT platform in Bangladesh.
Showcasing the perspective and stories around the vibrant night life of Dhaka as one of the most crowded megacities in the world - the film has been screened and got official selections in both national and international film festivals including Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival in India and Dhaka Inter University International Film Festival.
"We experience loads of traffic in Dhaka during the busy, hectic and forever busy Dhaka megacity - but a rare number of audience explored the night life of Dhaka on films. Also, not many films have showcased the shores of Dhaka nights and the thousand shades of the city. The film portrays mesmerizing night life of Dhaka city in an absolute new dimension that none has introduced to the audience on screen," director Apurba Jahangir said about his film.
Presented by Panchali Production, the short-film projected the night life of the city dwellers from the lower to upper class perspective, masterfully within a limited time duration. Also, it has portrayed the night life of Dhaka urbanites in such an artistic way - showing both dilemma and sorrow of the city and its dwellers alongside the struggles, in a melodious and realistic way.
A graduate of Media and Communication from the University of Liberal Arts (ULAB), Apurba started his career as a feature writer in national dailies which eventually thrived him to write on films and dove into the world of cinema. His first cinematic venture was a documentary titled Modhu (An in-depth look on the famous Modhur Canteen at the University of Dhaka), followed by Dhaka An Opera.
Apart from being a filmmaker, Apurba is currently working as the Chief Creative Officer of 360ONE, a creative advertising agency. He is also a writer and columnist, and the son of late eminent columnist and talk show host Muhammad Jahangir.
Following the virtual premier, viewers can watch the film on the website for free from anywhere for the next two months.
ZEE5 Global has been named the ‘Digital Content and Streaming Service of the Year’ at the 2020 Telecoms World Middle East Awards for the second consecutive year.
The brand has also grown from offering content in 12 languages at launch to now offering content across 18 languages, filling a growing demand among audiences.
Fast-moving into its next phase of growth, it will soon launch multiple localised content and other initiatives in priority markets like Bangladesh and the Middle East.
The virtual awards ceremony, held on October 13, was part of a Telecoms World Middle East event in Dubai. The winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges brought together by Terrapinn, the organisers of the annual Telecoms World Middle East Conference and Awards.
“We’re thrilled to be named the Digital Content and Streaming Service of the Year, that too for the second consecutive year. This award is a recognition of the tremendous love for our content across markets, the partnerships we have forged in the shortest span of time and our continuous initiatives to bring the best of Indian and South Asian content to our audiences worldwide,” said Archana Anand, the Chief Business Officer of ZEE5 Global.
Catering to not only South Asians but also mainstream audiences across countries, ZEE5 is today, with over 125,000 hours of on-demand content and 60+ live TV channels, the largest single point destination for Indian content globally.
Four modern art maestros from Bangladesh - Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan, SM Sultan and Safiuddin Ahmed - have elevated the genre to new levels, each through the body of work they left behind during their lifetimes and the audience of modern art needs more image literacy to fully comprehend the work of the legends, said renowned Bangladeshi art critic Moinuddin Khaled at the 5th edition of Cosmos Art Echo on Wednesday.
“The brilliance of their simple yet profound artworks need deeper analysis that can only be achieved through proper image literacy of the audiences and fellow artists, for the betterment of Bangladeshi modern arts,” the eminent art critic said as the speaker of the special art talk series organized by Cosmos Atelier71, where he described the greatness of the four legendary Bangladeshi artists who revolutionized modern art in the country.
The live programme under the Cosmos Art Echo series, titled 'Shilper Chotushkon: Zainul Quamrul Sultan Safiuddin' took place from Cosmos Centre, Malibagh in the capital which the audience participated via online platform Zoom, avoiding social gathering during the ongoing global pandemic.
In his elaborate discussion on the priceless artworks and aesthetics that the eminent art maestros have portrayed during their lifetime, Moinuddin Khaled described the individualism of the artists and how they solidified their legacies in the history of modern art as Bangladeshi artistic legends.
“Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin has cemented his legacy as the greatest artist of Bangladesh who got himself ecologically balanced in riverine Bangladesh, not in Kolkata or anywhere else under British India. He portrayed the nature of the Bengal through his imaginative inner eyes that explored more than outer vision,” Khaled said defining the greatness of Zainul Abedin as the visionary artist.
Further explaining with example, Khaled said, “Many of us know about the infamous 1943 famine in the greater Bengal which happened due to the heinous acts of the British government, and we know about the havoc of that period because of Zainul’s artworks which perfectly portrayed the social situation at that time.”
“Through all his journeys in many countries and socializing with various types of people around the world, he portrayed the physical anthropology of human in his artworks. He mastered the cubic language of art through geometrized line-drawing. He used all his knowledge to establish the Dhaka Art School (now the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) and he was also a huge folk arts and crafts enthusiast and collector,” Khaled added in his lecture on Zainul Abedin.
Talking about the artist known as ‘Potua’ Quamrul Hassan, Khaled said that people still fail to grasp the artist as not many of his artworks got exhibited. “Picasso was his idol, so his paintings have had similarities with Picasso, and the most important aspect of his paintings was his use of the metaphor - through which he channelled his protest against autocratic rulers like Yahya Khan before the Liberation War of Bangladesh.”
On the legendary artist, SM Sultan who is known for his striking depictions of exaggeratedly muscular Bangladeshi peasants engaged in the activities of their everyday lives, Khaled said, “Sultan has always rooted for the idea of ‘We’ instead of ‘I’ - he was all in for portraying the togetherness of human beings. In his paintings, he unified the human species together through transcending the gender and societal barriers in society.”
Calling Safiuddin Ahmed the ‘Master of stylized art’, Khaled praised his technique of using the geometric form in his line-drawings. “His paintings have synthesized graphics - I often feel his paintings have sound enabled, because of the graphical quality he portrayed.”
Khaled said on Safiuddin:“To understand these factors and more behind their mesmerizing drawings and paintings, we need more sessions like this - and I thank the Cosmos Atelier71 for taking such initiative which is much needed to bring more image literacy among the audiences”, Khaled said at the virtual edition of Cosmos Art Echo.
Hosted by Cosmos Atelier71 Executive Artistic Manager Sourav Chowdhury, the programme was also joined by Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin's youngest son Engineer Mainul Abedin and Vice-Chancellor of Sheikh Hasina University Dr Rafique Ullah Khan, among others