Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB)- Art lovers and experts on Friday gathered to enjoy some of the finest works of woodcut at a group exhibition titled 'Musicality in Woods'.
The exhibition, an endeavour of Cosmos Group and Cosmos-Atelier 71, is being held at Gallery Cosmos in New DOHS area of Dhaka’s Mohakhali. Woodblock prints produced by 30 talented artists are being showcased.
Woodblock or woodcut is a traditional form of relief printing where the artist’s design or drawing is made on a piece of wood, and the untouched areas are then cut away with gouges, leaving the raised image which is then inked.
The 12-day exhibition is the outcome of an eponymous printmaking workshop on woodblock prints held at Cosmos-Atelier 71. It was conducted by artist Professor Anisuzzaman Anis, Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
Prominent artist Monirul Islam inaugurated the exhibition as the special guest. Tehmina Enayet, Director of Gallery Cosmos, was also present at the inaugural ceremony.
Monirul lauded Cosmos Group for supporting young artists, saying, “Bangladesh holds a big position in woodcut globally.”
He said the works of Bangladeshi artists are unparalleled despite several limitations of etching and woodblock. “Dedication is the most important [thing] for woodcut,” the artist said about the long process required for this form of art.
Anisuzzaman also praised the support of Cosmos Group and Cosmos-Atelier 71 while conducting the workshop.
Brazilian Ambassador to Bangladesh Joao Tabajara said he was fascinated. “I’m seeing arts that I've never seen before,” he said, praising the woodcut arts as “creative and aesthetically balanced.”
The exhibition will run from 12pm to 8pm every day until March 5 at Villa de Anjuman, House-115, Lane-6 of New DOHS.
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - An art competition on fishing cat with the participation of the students of a primary school was held in Barlekha upazila of Moulvibazar district on Thursday.
Around 65 students from classes III, IV and V of Halla Govt Primary School took part in the competition organised as part of the ‘Fishing Cat Research Project in Hakaluki Haor’ funded by the Toyota Foundation in collaboration with Jahangirnagar University teacher Prof Dr MA Aziz.
The school is situated just by a place called “Pakhi Bari” which is the home to thousands of birds.
Research assistants of the project Meherun Niger Sultana and Anwar Palash together with headmaster Bishnu Pada Chakraborty and other teachers of the school organised the event with the help of Sultan Ahmed, Sakib Bin Anwar and Ismail Hossain, said a press release.
Some of the drawings by students indicate confusion between a fishing cat and a tiger.
"This is common perception in Hakaluki Haor, but fishing cat is not tiger. Biologically, they’re closer to leopard cat than tiger. Strong fear towards fishing cat accelerates killing of this species. Fishing cat may play an important role in controlling rat population. Forcing extinction of those carnivores is not wise for people and their livelihood in the Hakaluki Haor," said leading researcher Dr Ai Suzuki.
New York, Feb 20 (AP/UNB) — Meghan Markle has been spotted at several swanky venues in New York City, cradling her baby bump as she visited friends for what is rumored to be a baby shower.
The 37-year-old pregnant Meghan, formally known as the Duchess of Sussex, was seen Tuesday entering The Mark hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side, at a restaurant on the ground floor of The Met Breuer and at The Surrey Hotel.
Meghan wore sunglasses, a black William Vintage trapeze coat and neutral high heels with a matching bag. As photographers waited outside the Mark, a high-end boxed crib and pink flowers were delivered.
Abigail Spencer, a co-star on Meghan's former TV show "Suits," was spotted at one of the gatherings.
Meghan and Prince Harry announced the pregnancy in October.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB)- Bangla adventure film ‘Hridoyer Rongdhonu’ (Life in Rainbow) is going to be released exclusively at Star Cineplex in the city on Friday.
In a media briefing on Monday night at a Dhaka restaurant, Director Razibul Hasan said the film was cleared for screening after two years from Bangladesh Film Censor Board on October 23 last year. “We are looking forward to the long- awaited release," he said.
Hasan said the film’s protagonist,t Mina Boskan, a Serbian girl, came to Bangladesh for its promotion and would join its premiere show.
"We are looking forward to a better cultural relationship betwen Bangladesh and Serbia. It is the first adventure film where Serbian actress Mina has played the main character," the director added.
The other three main cast – Shams Kadir, Muhtasim Shojon, Khing Shai Mong Marma – were also present at the press conference.
The adventure movie in Bangla was also premiered at 17th Dhaka International Film Festival 2019 while it was selected as “View Corner” at Goa Film Bazaar last year.
Asian Institute of Media and Communication Bangladesh said its first Asian Premier was held on November 24 at QUBE 2 Hall in India tourist city Goa.
'Life in Rainbow' is a story of four aspiring youths (three boys and a girl). They are friends and have everything in life. One day they get a call from a mysterious character who knows everything about them.
He offers them a trip, saying: "If you dare to take any challenge you can join a trip – a trip to an unknown destination!"