Dhaka, 11th July (UNB) – The 83rd birth anniversary of the late poet Al-Mahmud, one of the finest Modernist poets in the Bengali language, was observed Thursday. The legendary poet was born 11th July, 1936 at Morail village of present day Brahmanbaria district.
It was Al Mahmud’s first birth anniversary since his death aged 82 last February.
Several organizations observed the legendary poet’s birth anniversary with commemorative programmes. Kobi Ebong Kabita, a poets’ collective, arranged a program titled ‘Al Mahmud Utsab’ at Kabita Café in the city’s Katabon, featuring a discussion among poets Md Nurul Huda, Zahidul Haque, Shahin Reza and others reminiscing on Mahmud’s life, legacy and literary prowess.
Meanwhile, his friends, family and well-wishers visited his residence in Maghbazar, where a dua mahfil was arranged marking the occasion.
One of the iconic poets of Bangladesh, Al-Mahmud started his career as a journalist, joining now defunct Ganakantha as its assistant editor shortly after the Liberation War in 1971.
By then though, he had already received widespread recognition with the success of his book ‘Lok Lokantor’ which was published in 1963. His prose and poetrywent on to be featured in several magazines including Chotushkone, Samakal, Mayukh, Krittibas and the Buddhadeb Bosu-edited Kavit, widely acknowledged as the leading journal for Bengali poetry at the time. It enabled Al Mahmud to command followings in both halves of Bengal – Bangladesh itself, and the Indian state of West Bengal. He was particularly popular among urban crowds of Dhaka and Calcutta.
The publication of Sonali Kabin in 1973 sealed Al Mahmud’s legend, and his place in the Pantheon of Bengali literature.
Mahmud’s unique skill of portraying and even conveying through words the essence of Bengali sensibilities, his embrace of the natural beauty of the region, as well as his use of regional dialects made him popular among the admirers. His successful literary creations include Lok Lokantor, Kaler Kalosh, Shonali Kabin, Mayabi Porda Dule Otho, Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash, Bokhtiyarer Ghora, Pankourir Rokto etc.
During the crucial periods of the nation such as the Language movement in 1952 and Bangladesh’s Liberation war in 1971, Al Mahmud raised his voice through his poetries and writings which garnered widespread attention both nationally and internationally.
Mahmud served Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy which he joined in 1975 and retired in 1993 as director of the academy. As one of the most renowned poets of his generation, he received many prizes including Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1968 and Ekushey Padak in 1986.
Los Angeles, July 11 (AP/UNB) — It will be case closed next season for "How to Get Away with Murder," with the show's upcoming sixth season to be its last.
The series and its star, Viola Davis, are leaving behind history: In 2015, Davis became the first African American to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series.
In a statement Thursday announcing the show's end, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke praised Davis for her unforgettable portrayal of a female antihero.
Davis plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant attorney and professor at a Philadelphia law school, where she teaches her no-holds-barred views of justice and life and enlists her students in her cases and misadventures.
A three-time Academy Award nominee, Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2017 for "Fences."
Series creator and executive producer Pete Nowalk called ending the show a "brutal decision," but said the story demanded it.
"For me, Annalise Keating's journey has always had a clear ending," Nowalk said in a statement. "Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings" is a rare gift.
He advised fans to "buckle up" for the show's final twists when it returns on Sept. 26.
The show's ratings have softened, with viewership dropping from more than 10 million weekly in its early years to about half that last season.
"How to Get Away with Murder" debuted in 2014 as part of ABC's hit Thursday night programming block from prolific writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, including the long-running "Grey's Anatomy" and now-ended "Scandal." Rhimes created multi-dimensional female characters and rare opportunities for actresses of color, including Davis and former "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh, who became the first actress of Asian ethnicity to get an Emmy nod for best drama series actress (for "Killing Eve").
Rhimes' long partnership with ABC Studios ended when she signed a lucrative deal in 2017 to make series for Netflix, which became the new home for her Shondaland production company as part of the streaming service's talent hunt. She retains an executive producer credit for "How to Get Away with Murder."
New York, July 11 (AP/UNB) — In her first public appearance since discovering her masters were in the hands of someone she's not a fan of, Taylor Swift didn't directly address the issue, but she did play music from that rich catalog, including songs from her groundbreaking sophomore album to her first full-blown pop project to her latest title.
There was one moment, though, where Swift may have called out Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta on Wednesday night when she headlined Amazon Music's Prime Day Concert in New York City. When singing her final song, the upbeat hit "Shake It Off," she was extra loud as she uttered the words: "Liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world."
Some viewers on social media felt like Swift was throwing shade, but the pop star seemed to shake off the drama with a fun, entertaining performance that came two weeks after she wrote that she was sad and grossed out that her music catalog now belongs to Braun, who she accuses of subjecting her to years of incessant and manipulative bullying.
Swift's die-hard fans were as loud as ever Wednesday, erupting before she hit the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom, chanting her name minutes before opened her set with a colorful performance of the song "ME!"
She sang tunes from all of her albums except her 2006 self-titled debut and 2010's "Speak Now." She strummed her guitar while she sang "Delicate" from "reputation" and "Welcome to New York" from "1989," which won the Grammy for album of the year. She reminded the audience she was a former country singer before performing "Love Story" from "Fearless," which also won the top Grammy prize. And she whipped her head back and forth as she belted "I Knew You Were Trouble" from her "Red" album.
Swift sang her "You Need to Calm Down" live for the first time at the event, which also featured performances by singers SZA, Dua Lipa and Becky G. On the song Swift addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community. It will appear on her new album, "Lover," to be released Aug. 23.
"It's really, sort of, a love letter to love itself. And I think that love is such an inspiring thing to write about," she said of the upcoming album. "Love is complexity. Love is struggle. Love is pain. Love is joy. Love is hope. Love is equality."
Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch hosted the event, which featured clips of Amazon Prime programming between performances, from "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" to "Jack Ryan."
Dhaka, Jul 11 (UNB) - Pop singer Mila Islam on Thursday filed a case against three people, including her former husband Parvez Sanjari, accusing them of physical assault and demanding dowry.
She filed the case at Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal under the Digital Security Act in the afternoon. The other accused are Parvez’s brother SMR Rahman and cousin Khan Al-Amin.
Judge Md Assams Jaglul Hossain directed the Cyber unit of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime of Police to investigate and submit a report on September 16.
Earlier on October 5, 2017, Mila filed a case against Parvez under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act for domestic violence. Parvez was subsequently arrested but got out on bail two days later.
On May 20, Mila’s husband also filed a case against her under the Digital Security Act accusing her of defaming him and spreading falsehood against him on social media.
Mila and Parvez tied the knot on May 12, 2017.
Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) - Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the iconic 1994 film The Lion King is a story of relationships. For Shah Rukh Khan, who has voiced Mufasa in the Hindi version of The Lion King, the film “reflects it’s nicer to listen to your parents and understand the deeper meaning of what they are saying to you,” reports The Indian Express.
Talking about the significance of The Lion King, Shah Rukh said in a statement, “Many times, when kids are growing with their parents, they don’t realize that what their parents say could actually come handy much later on. It is unfortunate that you remember the teachings of your parents when they are not in your life.
Somewhere down the line, the story reflects that it’s nicer to listen to your parents and understand the deeper meaning of what they are saying to you. It does teach you that our parents always live within us and their teachings never go away.
Personally, I do feel the same. The small things that my father and mother said actually define me now. I realize it now. I didn’t realize it then.”
While SRK voices Mufasa, his son Aryan Khan will lend his voice to Simba.
Disney’s The Lion King releases on July 19 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu