Dhaka, Sept 3 ( UNB) – A five- week long Jamdani festival will begin at Bengal Shilpalay in the city’s Dhanmondi on Friday.
Bengal Foundation organised the festival in association with World Crafts Council.
A press conference on the festival was held at Bengal Boi in the city on Tuesday.
Addressing the press conference, President of the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh Rafiqul Islam said it took two years for the preparation of the festival.
A seminar titled "Jamdani: Past, Present and Future " will be held on September 7 at Women Voluntary Association ( WVA) in the city's Dhanmondhi area, the organiser said.
The festival will be inaugurated by Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni while
State minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid, Mayor of Narayanganj Selina Hayat Ivy and the President of the World Crafts Council Asia-Pacific Region Dr Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi will be present on the occasion as special guests.
President of the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh Rafiqul Islam will chair the inaugural ceremony.
The Master Craft Persons award ceremony will also be held on the same day to honour the most efficient master weaver and their apprentices for their skills and contributions to the community.
Four short films onthe design and weaving process of Jamdani and the life of weavers will be screened as part of programme.
The organisers said that they have taken all out efforts with the support of the Cultural Affairs Ministry and local administration of Sonargaon to make Sonargaon as the world Craft City.
The exhibition is open to all every day, except on Sundays, from 12 pm to 8 pm until October 12
Luva Nahid Choudhury, one of the trustees of Bengal Foundation, representatives of executive partners of the festival Aarong, Aranya, Kumudini and Tangail Sharee Kutir were also present.
Berlin, Sep 2 (AP/UNB) — A zoo in Berlin is celebrating the arrival of two panda cubs, the first time one of the rare mammals has given birth in Germany.
Zoo Berlin said Monday that mother Meng Meng gave birth to a hand-sized pink cub at 6:54 p.m. Saturday.
According to the zoo, mothering came naturally to the 6-year-old panda: "She placed the tiny creature gently on her belly and began to warm it lovingly with her big paws, warm breath, and the soft fur of her cheeks."
An hour later, its twin was born.
Keepers only confirmed last week that Meng Meng was pregnant. She had mated with 9-year-old partner Jiao Qing in April, and was also artificially inseminated to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.
Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrived from China in June 2017.
Dhaka, Sep 01 (UNB) – Country’s legendary artist, puppeteer, painter, sculptor, fine-arts professor and media personality Mustafa Monwar turns 84 on Sunday. This celebrated artist was born on September 1, 1935 at Jessore to the renowned poet Golam Mostafa.
Currently serving as the chairman of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka- Monwar started his career as lecturer at the East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts, after graduating from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata after obtaining excellent results.
In his illustrious and successful career, he held the position of director general at Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and the National Media Institute. He also served as a managing director of the FDC, and the founder president of Directors Guild Bangladesh.
Mustafa Monwar is known as the "Puppet Man of Bangladesh". During the Liberation War in 1971, he organized puppet shows at the refugee camps in West Bengal to make people aware about the war. His television puppet show ‘Moner Kotha’ ran on BTV for 12 years, which told the story of a little girl called Parul and her seven brothers named Champa who were cursed and turned into flowers. It is based on the folklore ‘Saat Bhai Champa’.
Still holding the affection and dedication to puppetry, Monwar is running the Dhaka-based organization, Educational Puppet Development Centre (EPDC). He is the Bangladesh representative of the Denmark-based International Puppet Development Centre.
This eminent art maestro has earned the prestigious All India Fine Arts Competition award, Zainul Abedin Gold Medal and most notably country’s highest honor, the Ekushey Padak in 2004.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) - Hasumonir Pathshala, a library and research-oriented sociocultural institution, will organise 'Bangabandhu Chhobimela' in 2020 marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prominent artist and freedom fighter Shahabuddin Ahmed, also convener of the event, informed this at a press conference at Dhanmondi-32 on Sunday.
The prominent artists also inaugurated the activities of the programme formally today.
Describing Bangabandhu as the leader of world leaders, Shahabuddin said more programmes should be taken to introduce Bangabandhu to the next generation.
He also shared his memories with Bangabandhu at the programme.
The artist said the programme will inspire children to paint the portrait of Bangabandhu at the grassroots levels across the country.
Member secretary of the event Marufa Akter Popy said the exhibition will be held with the participation of selected artists from eight divisions.
The artworks will be collected after arranging several art camps at the divisional level, she said.
A 'Sanskritik Mancha' will be established where musical and recitation programmes, stage show, documentary films will be held.
Alongside, a children’s corner will be set up to screen graphic films on the childhood of the Bangabandhu and series artworks.
She said the event will be organised either at Dhanmondi-32 or Suhrawardy Udyan or on the premises of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The interested institutions and cultural organisations will have to register before December 16, 2019 while individuals will also get the chance to participate in the event.
Registration forms will be available at the office of Hasumonir Pathshala and its website from November 1, 2019.
Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) - Country’s prominent cultural institution Chhayanaut arranged a cultural event to pay tribute to the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, observing his 43rd death anniversary.
The event inaugurated at its Dhanmondi auditorium on Saturday evening, with an introductory group performance on the song ‘Jago Amrita Piyashi Chita’ by artistes of the organisation.
Moumita Sarkar Mumu, Shukla Paul Setu, Kaniz Husna Ahammadi, Arpita Chakrabarti, Abhijit Kundu, Toma Sarkar, Popy Akhter, Sushmita Debnath Suchi, Shekhar Mondol, Sudipta Shuvo, Sushmita Das and Khairul Anam Shakil presented their solo performances on Nazrul’s songs. Chhayanaut’s musical troupe performed total four group songs, including the introductory one. Jahid Reza Nur and Krishti Hefaz performed solo recitations.
The programme concluded with the singing of the National Anthem with the participation of all the artistes.
To remember the rebel poet in occasion of his death anniversary, Chhayanaut has been arranging this exclusive event in every year.