Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) - Late singer Bhupen Hazarika’s only son, Tej Hazarika, who lives in USA, has said that they won’t accept Bharat Ratna award conferred on his father in the backdrop of the situation arisen out of Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Tej Hazarika has issued a statement in this regard from the United States and alleged that his father’s name has been politically used in the ongoing Citizenship Amendment Bill controversy, reports the Hindustan Times.
Legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika was posthumously honoured with the highest civilian award 'Bharat Ratna' this Republic Day along with former President Pranab Mukherjee and late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh.
Earlier, in an e-mailed statement issued by Tez Hazarika, reacting to his father being conferred the country's highest civilian award, quoted: "In his songs he celebrated the richness of indigenous people not only of the Northeast but all of India and he advocated their inclusion in the Indian experience as essential to the success of Indian civilisation as a whole.”
Pasadena, Feb 12 (AP/UNB) — Nearly 20 million people watched Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves earn four trophies each at the Grammy Awards, about the same audience as the annual music show had last year.
The Nielsen company on Monday estimated the Grammy audience size at 19.9 million. The 2018 audience of 19.8 million had been the Grammys' smallest audience in a decade.
Alicia Keys hosted the awards show, which last nearly four hours.
The night had some strong performances, particularly by women. Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae and Musgraves all had memorable turns onstage, with Dolly Parton and Diana Ross participating in their own crowd-pleasing tributes.
Still, the night had its share of bad vibes. Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar declined invitations to attend, and Ariana Grande pulled out following a dispute with producers. The Grammys also cut short the acceptance speeches of several Grammy winners, including Drake and Musgraves.
The Grammys at least stopped the steep audience erosion evident last year. The 2017 telecast was seen by 26.1 million people, with the show generally getting an audience of between 20 and 30 million the last decade.
CBS said that according to the media analytics firm Netbase, the Grammys drove more social media conversation than any awards show over the past two years.
Dhaka, Feb 11 (UNB) – Actor-turned-director Tauquir Ahmed’s new film ‘Fagun Haway – In spring Breeze’, based on the 1952 Language Movement, will arrive in movie theatres on February 15.
“The story will not only cover the incidents of 1952 but also focus on the love, humanitarian issues and comedy,” Tauquir said. The audience will love it.”
It is being distributed by Ovi Kothachitra.
The film’s poster was opened by Bipasha Hayat and Amin Khan in presence of all artists of the movie. The trailer and songs were released last year.
Actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha plays the lead role with newcomer Siam. Renowned actors Abul Hayat, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Shahidul Alam Sachchu, Roonak Hasan, Faruque Ahmed, Saju Khadem and Shahadat Hossain are also part of the movie.
The film is produced by Impress Telefilm and inspired by Tito Rahman’s ‘Bau Kotha Kao’ short story based on the Language Movement.
Tauquir made his directorial debut with ‘Joyjatra’, a 2004 film based on the Liberation War.
Los Angeles, Feb 11 (AP/UNB) — The Grammy Awards kicked off Sunday with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives — a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.
"Music has always helped me tell my story," Obama said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another."
Gaga told the crowd: "They said I was weird, that my look, that my choices, that my sound wouldn't work. But music told me not to listen to them."
Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS.
"Yes, ladies," Keys said. "There's nothing better than this."
The opening contrasted with last year's Grammys, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn't get a chance to perform onstage.
But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys.
Carlile won three honors in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year.
Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.
"Thank you so much. I got to thank God, thank you for looking out for me. Thank you for my family," she said. "I wish Bradley was here with my right now."
Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, won best pop solo performance for "Joanne," while hit "Shallow," from "A Star is Born," was named best song written for visual media. The song is nominated for an Oscar and also won at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Satellite Awards.
Women have a strong presence in the top categories. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees are women, including Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You," Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer," Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy," Musgraves' "Golden Hour," and H.E.R.'s self-titled album are also in contention.
Six of the best-new-artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.
When asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said women need to "step up." He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words," and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.
"I know i'm not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things .... but (expletive) ....... this is wild and beautiful. thank you so much," she tweeted after learning about her win.
Childish Gambino, Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle won two awards each. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, H.E.R., Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, "Weird Al" Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter also picked up early awards ahead of the live show.
There was a tie for best rap performance, and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners. Drake's "Nice for What" lost to Anderson Paak's "Bubblin'" and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake's "King's Dead," from the "Black Panther" soundtrack.
Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for "Colors." Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.
Several big stars are not attending the Grammys, including Grande, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards.
Drama has surrounded the Grammys around its Motown Records tribute: Some people complained when a promo aired on CBS showing Jennifer Lopez as the act set to honor the legendary record label, which launched the careers of the Jackson 5, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more.
Some complained that a black artist should be involved in the tribute, while others said stronger vocalists should perform over Lopez. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.
Camila Cabello kicked off the show with a performance featuring J Balvin, Ricky Martin and Young Thug.
Others set to perform Sunday included Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone and Chloe x Halle. Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB)- The 18th edition of 'Aamar Bhashar Cholocchitro 1425', a Bangla film festival dedicated to the Language Movement martyrs, kicked off in the city on Sunday.
Hosted by Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), the six-day festival will screen a number of Bangla films at Teacher Students Center (TSC) Auditorium of Dhaka University till February 17.
Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mostafa Jabbar inaugurated the event.
Speaking on the occasion the Minister said, "Film can be a powerful medium for spreading visionary ideas."
He lauded the effort of DUFS saying through the program they will be leaving something noteworthy for Bangla language.
Freedom fighter and director Nasir UddinYousuf Bacchu, who was present as special guest, mentioned that a Bangalee, Hiralal Sen initiated filmmaking in the subcontinent.
"Even though he hailed from Manikganj district in Bangladesh; little have been done for his commemoration," he added.
Former DU Vice-chancellor Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique remembered those who sacrificed their lives for keeping the honour of Bangla language.
"This venture of ours is for connecting our youths with the spirit of the Language Movement," he said.
The festival will screen 16 feature films and four short films from both Bangladesh and West Bengal throughout its six day span.
Six films of the previous year have been nominated for Hiralal Sen award which will be awarded by Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on the fourth day of the festival. The nominated films are --- Debi, Komola Rocket, Janmabhumi, Pathshala, Sanatan Galpa and Mati Projar Deshe.
The 18th Aamar Bhashar Cholocchitro is co-hosted by Banglalink, Dell EMC and Jazz Multimedia.