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(clockwise from left) Ikri Mikri, Halum, Tuktuki and Shiku of Sisimpur.
Tuktuki sings.
Tuktuki, Ikri Mikri and Shiku.
Behind the scenes.
Characters' homes.

Sisimpur is the Bangladeshi co-production of Sesame Street.

Set in a marketplace, the series began airing in April 2005. The local Muppet characters include Halum the Bengal Tiger; Ikri Mikri, a small blue monster; Shiku, a jackal; and Tuktuki, a young girl. The show has no full-body character. Additionally, the series features traditional Bangladeshi puppets, crafted by designer Mustafa Manwar and not by the Muppet Workshop, who appear in separate segments within Ikri's imagination, a realm known as Ikri's World.

The first season of the series featured 26 episodes, and a second season of 36 episodes was in production as of 9 February 2006.[1] A third season went into production April 2007.[2] The series airs four times a week on Bangladesh TV (BTV), the country's national broadcaster.

The development of this show and the production of its first season were profiled in the documentary The World According to Sesame Street.

The program airs on BTV at 9:05 am on Friday, with repeats on Saturday at 2:15 pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:05 pm.[3]

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Sesame Workshop description

Sisimpur is the Bangladeshi adaptation of Sesame Street, designed to meet the learning needs of 3- to 6-year-olds across social classes and different regions of the country. With a curriculum defined by Bangladeshi educators, the series emphasizes not only literacy, math and science, but also helps foster values such as self-respect, empathy and cooperation. Other key objectives include improving educational opportunities for young girls; promoting good nutrition, hygiene and safety; and encouraging appreciation of the shared cultural heritage of diverse segments of Bangladeshi society.

The series features unique Bangla-speaking Muppets such as Ikri Mikri, an imaginative 3-year-old who encourages young girls to have a limitless sense of possibility. Original music and locally produced live-action and animated segments reflect the rich artistic heritage of Bangladeshi culture."

Info on USAID

Sisimpur storybooks and other supplemental material are distributed among pre-school aged children. Teachers and parents will also be trained to use these materials effectively to support the children’s learning.

In an effort to reach children in remote areas, USAID-Bangladesh has partnered with Save the Children USA to produce and deploy a small fleet of flatbed cycle rickshaws that carry a TV, a DVD player, and a generator to villages that are not serviced by power lines or are otherwise limited in their ability to access Sisimpur. The rickshaw goes to each location once a week and draws a remarkable amount of viewers, sometimes with as many as 200 people gathering to watch the show.

Episode descriptions

  • 44: "Ikri was alone in a room when the electricity goes off due to load shedding. Overcome by darkness, she was finally calmed down by the encouragement from a friend, and wandered away into the lands of her imagination. Meanwhile, Mukul tries to pacify Tuktuki who was extremely angry due to some reason. Elmo was sad having lost one of his most priced possessions, best friend Grover tried to cheer him up."[3]

Human Characters

  • Lal Mia: postman; the actor later died, and the character died within the show, ala Mr. Hooper
  • Mukul Moira: university graduate and entrepreneur (played by Chanchal Chowdhury)
  • Sumona Moira: local school teacher
  • Guni Moira: sweet shop owner
  • Asha Moira: Guni's wife and the local librarian
  • Polash Moira: Guni and Asha's son

Crew

External links

  • "The World of Mesmerising Muppets", article in Star Weekend Magazine: July 25, 2007.

Sources

  1. USAID Bangladesh in Focus: USAID Introduces Sesame Street Television Program in Bangladesh
  2. http://www.sesameworkshop.org/aboutus/inside_press.php?contentId=18064564
  3. 3.0 3.1 "[TV Watch :Sisimpur on BTV]", The New Nation (Bangladesh), June 14, 2008.
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