Praising the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Vikram Doraiswami stated on Tuesday that Bangabandhu was not only an iconic statesman, but also a hero in India as well as other parts in the world.
The Indian envoy made his remarks while presiding over a group art exhibition titled 'Bangabandhu: Statesman of the Era' at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Tuesday.
The exhibition is organized by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and the High Commission of India in Dhaka, in collaboration with BSA - marking the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni virtually inaugurated the special exhibition as the chief guest, while eminent thespian and former Cultural Affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and chief coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee, Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury virtually joined as the special guests.
Acknowledging the Father of the Nation as one of the greatest leaders in the world, HC Doraiswami said that Bangabandhu is an inspiration for millions of his countrymen for his sagacity, courage and most importantly, his unconditional love for his people.
"We take immense pleasure showcasing these artworks from all these incredibly talented artists, in remembrance of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. To be a part of something like this (exhibition) is a huge honour for us and the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre as well, which is named after our great leader Indira Gandhi who considered Bangabandhu as his brother", the Indian High Commissioner said at the event.
He also greeted the participating artists along with the curator of the exhibition ARK Reepon on the stage with flowers, and presented a sanitizer machine to BSA secretary Md Naoshad Hossain and fine arts director Syeda Mahbuba Karim Mini as a token of friendship, on behalf of the Indian High Commission.
Thanking the Indian HC, Education Minister Dr Dipu said, "India and Bangladesh have always shared great mutual friendship. Many of the Indian soldiers have also sacrificed their lives alongside our freedom fighters for our independence in the 1971 War of Liberation, embracing the martyrdom. We hope that exhibitions like this will also be arranged in India as well, as part of the great relationship that India-Bangladesh and Indira Gandhi - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have always continued".
Focusing on the artistic importance of Bangabandhu's life, eminent thespian-politician Asaduzzaman Noor said, "Bangabandhu changed the norms of politics and made it accessible to the common people, which was previously greeted only as a matter of imperial autocracy. His majestic life must be studied properly in the realm of arts and culture, and this exhibition is a great example on how that study should be projected".
Curated by renowned art curator ARK Reepon, the special exhibition is featuring artworks of 12 prolific Bangladeshi artists including Abdul Mannan, Md Muniruzzaman, Syeda Mahbuba Karim Mini, Quader Bhuiyan, Kiriti Ranjan Biswas, Sanjib Das Apu, Prashanta Karmakar Buddha, SM Mizanur Rahman, Md Zakir Hossain Pulok, Monjur Rashid, Manik Bonik and Sourav Chowdhury.
The exhibition will remain open for everyone from November 24 to November 26 at the Gallery 4 at the National Art Gallery, every day from 11 am till 6 pm.
It will also be moving forward at the District Shilpakala Academy in Rajshahi, Sylhet, Jashore and Chittagong from December 4 - 6, 11 - 13, 18 - 20 and 25 - 27, respectively.
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Two new exhibitions are scheduled to be inaugurated at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Tuesday.
The first of these two exhibitions is a three-day exhibition on Islamic calligraphy arts and photographs, marking the occasion of the International Day of Islamic Art 2020.
Md Abdul Mannan Ilias, additional secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs is expected to inaugurate the exhibition at 12 pm as the chief guest of the inauguration ceremony.
BSA secretary Md Nowshad Hossain will preside over the inauguration event, which will also be joined by Md. Shohel Imam Khan, deputy secretary-general of Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO as the special guest.
The exhibition will continue from November 24-26 from 11 am to 6 pm.
Meanwhile, marking the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - a group art exhibition organized by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and the High Commission of India in Dhaka, in collaboration with BSA, will also be inaugurated on Tuesday at the Gallery 4 of the National Art Gallery.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni will inaugurate the special exhibition as the chief guest at 4 pm.
High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Vikram Doraiswami will preside over the inaugural event, while eminent thespian and former Cultural Affairs minister Asduzzaman Noor and Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, chief coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee, will join as the special guests.
Featuring the artworks of 12 prolific artists of Bangladesh including Abdul Mannan, Md Muniruzzaman, Syeda Mahbuba Karim Mini, Kader Bhuiyan, Kiriti Ranjan Biswas, Sanjib Das Apu, Prashanta Kumar Buddha, SM Mizanur Rahman, Md Jakir Hossain Pulok, Manjur Rashid, Manik Banik and Sourav Chowdhury - the exhibition will remain open for everyone from November 24 to November 26, every day from 11 am till 6 pm.
Friday marked the 21st death anniversary of Begum Sufia Kamal, country's trailblazing woman activist, poet and educationist.
The day has been observed in befitting manners by different socio-cultural organisations throughout the years, however, this year the day was observed with limited arrangements due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19.
Commemorating the eminent personality, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on Thursday, paying great respect to the life and memories of Begum Sufia Kamal.
Besides, several socio-cultural organisations including Bangladesh Mahila Parishad remembered the poet on social media, the organization to which she was the founding president.
A woman ahead of her time and the contemporaries, Sufia Kamal was instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, the legendary educationist who was her own inspiration.
Born on June 20, 1911 at Shayestabad, Barishal to Abdul Bari and Sabera Begum, Begum Sufia Kamal went on becoming a civil society leader and a pioneer activist for women’s rights. She played active roles in the 1952 language movement, the oppressions against the nation before and during the 1971 Liberation War and every human rights movement till her demise.
Despite lacking formal education during her childhood, she learned multiple languages at her home including Bengali, Hindi, English, Urdu, Arabic, Kurdish and Persian. Her first book of poems, Sanjher Maya (The Eventide Spell), was published from Kolkata in 1938 which were praised by legendary litterateur Kazi Nazrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore.
As a poet and writer, she then went on authoring more than a dozen volumes of poetry and several volumes of short stories, short novels, travelogues, etc. Her documentary book Ekatturer Diary (Diary of 71) narrated the horrific stories during the 1971 Liberation War. She was the founding editor of Begum, country's maiden women’s magazine.
Sufia Kamal was the founding-chairperson of The Bangladesh Women’s Rehabilitation Board, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, Dustha Punarbasan Sangstha. She was the president of Chhayanaut, Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation and Nari Kalyan Sangstha. She was also the first Chairperson of BRAC.
Sufia Kamal received a large number of awards including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1961), a major national award conferred by the Pakistani government that she returned in 1969 in protest at the then government’s oppressive treatment to Bengali people. Her major achievements include Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1962), Ekushey Padak (1976), Jatiya Kabita Parishad Award (1995), Women’s Federation for World Peace Crest (1996), Begum Rokeya Padak (1996), Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal (1996), Independence Day Award (1997), Czechoslovakia Medal (1986) and more.
Besides, the National Public Library in Dhaka is named the Sufia Kamal National Public Library and Bangladesh National Museum named one of its main auditoriums in her honour.
Sufia Kamal passed away on November 20, 1999. She was survived by her three daughters and two sons, including Sultana Kamal, a noted human rights activist and former adviser in the Caretaker government of Bangladesh.
Today the city kids are mostly growing up in closed spaces. The haphazard development of the urban areas came at the expense of playgrounds in different parts of Dhaka City. Children and teenagers hardly get open spaces for playing and entertainment. But still, there are some places in the city where children and adults can do some fun activities. In this article, we are going to highlight the top amusement parks in Dhaka city. Check out these places to plan a fun trip for your family and kids.
Dhaka Shishu Park is the first children's amusement park in Bangladesh. It was established in 1979 in a vast 15-acre area. Dhaka Shishu Park includes several fun rides, such as a wheel train, a merry-go-round, and several wheel-based rides.
According to the Winter Season Schedule (October to March), Dhaka Shishu Park is open from 1 pm to 7 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Friday, the visiting hours are 2 pm to 8 pm. On Wednesday, this place is open only for the poor and street children from 2 pm to 5 pm. On Sunday, Dhaka Shishu Park remains closed.
Dhaka Shishu Park’s Entry Fee is only BDT 15 per person. There are 12 types of fun rides for children. You have to spend BDT 10 per person for each ride. Besides these, there are four rides owned by private companies that cost BDT 25 per ticket. Shishu Park is located near Shahbag Foot Over Bridge.
If you are looking for an amazing destination for a family day out, put the Fantasy Kingdom Complex on your list! Concord group inaugurated the Fantasy Kingdom theme park on February 19, 2002. This place attracts a huge number of people every day.
The Fantasy Kingdom offers a bunch of thrilling rides and innovative fun activities for both children and adults. The most popular amusement activities of Fantasy Kingdom include the huge video game arcade, 1,500 feet roller coaster, Arabian flying carpet, large flume ride, racehorses, Santamaria Viking ship, and crazy bumps. Here children and family members can enjoy and get entertained without being scared.
The Fantasy Kingdom stands beside the Dhaka-Ashulia bypass road. This place is about 30km away from Dhaka city on the way to Savar and not too far from the Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport. This place is open every day of the week. The visiting time is from 11 am to 9 pm every day. On government holidays, this place stays open from 10 am to 10 pm.
Nandan Park is one of the most popular family amusement parks in the country. It started its journey on Oct 3, 2003. The fun rides and amusement activities of Nandan Park include Water Coaster, 5D Cinema Theater, Musical Dancing Fountain, Cable Car, Tilt-A-Whirl, Ice-Land, and Wave pool. Furthermore, the “Water World” of Nandan Park was inaugurated in May 2004. In the Water Park, you get eight additional rides. This park is specially designed for the family day out programs.
Nandan Park is located at Baroipara, on the way from Nabinagar to Chandra Highway in Savar. This place remains open every day. The visiting time is from 10 am to 8 pm.
Here the entry and 2 dry park rides cost BDT 295 per ticket. The entry and 10 dry park rides combined cost BDT 295 per ticket. If you want to visit the water world, then pick the entry, with 10 dry park rides and the water world package that costs BDT 650 per person. And, the entry and Water World package charges about BDT 550.
The Jamuna Amusement Park is a part of the Future Park complex located on the Pragati Sharani at Kuril, in Baridhara. This place can be accessed by the Kuril Flyover from both directions of the Airport Road.
Jamuna Amusement Park is famous for thrilling rides like a pirate ship, roller coaster, tower challenger, sky drive, magic windmill, flying disco, etc. Besides these, the fifth floor of Jamuna shopping mall has an entertainment zone that includes Food Court, Restaurants, Players Zone, and Blockbuster Cinemas, etc. Here all the family members, especially children can have lots of fun.
In the Jamuna Amusement Park, the entry fee is BDT 50 per person. Per ticket for a Roller Coaster ride costs about BDT 300. For other rides, you have to pay BDT 150 per person. You can also choose combined packages to enjoy multiple rides that cost about BDT 750 per person. The Jamuna Amusement Park remains open Saturday to Thursday from 3 pm to 8 pm. On Friday, the visiting hour is 3 pm to 9 pm. On Wednesday, both the Jamuna Shopping Mall as well as the Jamuna Amusement Park remain closed.
The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre was inaugurated on Sep 25, 2004. Novo Theatre is spread across 5.46 acres of land. Renowned architect Ali Imam designed this planetarium. The voluminous structure of Novo Theatre accommodates about 275 people on every show. Novo Theatre is a great place for entertainment for kids and adults.
The Planetarium dome wonderfully simulates planet Earth and the magical blue sky. This dome-shaped theater creates a fascinating three-dimensional environment utilizing the latest technologies and equipment. Novo Theatre enables visitors to experience the feel of roaming into space and enjoy the breathtaking thrills of an interplanetary journey.
Novo Theatre is located on Bijoy Sharani Avenue at Tejgaon. This place is open to the public on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm. On Friday, the visiting time is from 10 am to 7 pm. This place is closed on Wednesday.
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