Kathmandu, Sep 14 (AP/UNB) — Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal's capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing.
President Bidhya Devi Bhadari and other top officials were among those seeking a blessing Friday from the girl, one in a long series who have been worshipped as a living goddess.
Indra Jatra is an eight-day festival celebrated mostly by the Newar community, the native residents of Kathmandu. It is also known as the festival of deities and demons. It especially honors Indra, the Hindu god of rain, to mark the end of the monsoon season.
Indra Jatra begins a festival season that runs until October, during which both Hindus and Buddhists celebrate with family, feasts and merry making.
Families gathered Friday for feasts and at shrines to light incense for the dead, and men and boys in colorful masks and gowns representing Hindu deities danced to traditional music and drums, drawing throngs of spectators to the city's old streets.
The masked dancers, one of the highlights of the ceremony, can be fearsome, entertaining and awe-inspiring, depending on the performers' movements.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – The long-awaited Meet and Greet event with Nabela Noor is just around the corner! The popular social media personality and beauty activist will be making an appearance in the city on Saturday, 14 September at the Lakeshore Hotel.
The event ‘Meet and Greet Nabela Noor’ has created huge interest amongst her fans in the city and many like-minded brands are gearing up for the upcoming event.
Emerald Events is organising the event while news agency, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) as its media partner.
Commencing at 11am, the event will continue till 5pm in two separate sessions.
Nabela, a Bangladeshi-American, is popularly known as beauty activitist, lover and vlogger amongst her fans and followers. She is also the Founder and CEO of Zeba, a size inclusive, self love-focused movement and clothing brand. Zeba’s mission is to challenge sizing norms and beauty standards.
Her YouTube fans expressed excitement over her visit to Bangladesh through various comments.
Nabela was a guest speaker at United Nations on multiple occasions. Most recently, she starred in an AT&T-produced series about body positivity called The Bright Fight.
In social media, more than 7 lakh people follow Nabila on Youtube while over 12 lakh on Instagram and more than a lakh on Facebook.
People who are interested to meet the Nabela Noor can buy tickets for the event available at Gulshan’s Hairbar parlour and Bristro-E restaurant.
Prices for the tickets are at Tk 1200/- for gold and Tk 2500/- for platinum.
Inglot cosmetics, Kona by Farnaz Alam, Gala cosmetics, lashes and other fantastic brands will be present at the event with their products and services.
La vie en rose will be participating for the first time and taking orders for their beautiful evergreen roses.
Sugar Rush Cupcakery will also be giving out some scrumptious samples at the event.
Cape Town will be displaying its fabulous outfits which are made for all shapes and sizes. Powder Room will be offering special discounts on their salon services.
Hair Bar is offering free hair-makeovers for a few lucky winners only at the event.
Miniso’s pink panther will also be present with their products.
Snapshot, the premium photography and cinematography service providers, will be covering the entire event.
New York, Sept 12 (AP/UNB) — Naeem Khan brought it home with his new spring-summer 2020 collection, launching his runway show in the chic lobby and courtyard of his New York City apartment building.
The longtime designer set up shop Tuesday on the ground floor of the ultramodern Zaha Hadid Building on Manhattan's west side. Lucite chairs lined the entryway and outside space of the building — a modern metallic and glass structure with serpentine lines and rounded balconies towering over a courtyard. Hadid, who was a close friend of Khan's, designed the building before her death in 2016.
Khan said the space Hadid created inspired the collection, calling it salon-like and intimate.
"Lots of separates, lots of coats, jackets, of course glamour, because I'm known for that, but it's like fluid, it's light, it's airy. The pajamas are so chic. It's like, tunics mixed with pants. Really glamour at its most relaxed form," Khan told The Associated Press at the show.
A parade of models strutting in impossibly high stiletto heels entered into the building's courtyard, with the evening breeze helping to increase the dramatic effect of the loose, flowing designs. Most wore slicked back updo's with intricate fishtail buns, accentuated by huge gold hoop earrings with bejeweled parrots and seahorses.
The first several looks were animal print pajama pantsuits, dresses and jumpsuits with matching thin billowing jackets. While some prints were in the fabric, many were embellished with sequins, creating glittering texture.
Vibrant colors were also part of the collection and seen in silk pajamas with giant flowers. One knockout look was a bright, fuchsia satin halter sheath that poured down to the floor, with a stream of fabric down the back. Several designs honored Khan's Indian heritage, including a pink Sari-inspired dress with a dramatic train of ombre' effects of pink and orange chiffon, and a long green tunic dress with a decorative panel of beading.
There were glitzy wide-legged pants with matching tunics covered in monochromatic sequins of black, bright yellow and aquamarine. A metallic gold three-tiered backless dress shimmered, capturing the evening light as the sun set.
Khan has been in the fashion industry for 30 years and has dressed many A-list celebrities. He said glamour has changed and young people want to look beautiful but less "stuffy" so he is changing with the time.
Celebrities seated in the front row included Ryan Seacrest, reality star Kaitlynn Carter and Miss Universe Catriona Gray. Seacrest said he always tries to make time for Khan's shows and he may have had extra incentive to attend.
"Amazing, stunning, glitz, glamour...I'm really in awe of what he did. And one of the models especially was incredible, my dear friend," Seacrest said with a smile, referring to model Shayna Taylor, who walked in the show and whom he has dated in the past.
Gray said the Hadid building added to the mood.
"I loved the drama of this venue and paired with the music, it was operatic and there was a tribal feeling there also...there were sequins, there was chiffon, it was very feminine and romantic," Gray said.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – The 5th death anniversary of pioneering Nazrul Sangeet artiste and exponent Feroza Begum was observed on Monday.
Born on July 28, 1930 to Khan Bahadur Mohammad Ismail and Begum Kawakabonnessa, Firoza Begum is often considered as a trailblazing woman for pursuing a challenging career as a Nazrul artiste in the 20th century.
As a direct student of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, whom she first met at the age of 10, Firoza Begum dedicated her whole life nurturing and promoting the songs of Nazrul in the subcontinent. She was known as the ‘rebel disciple of the rebel poet’ for her groundbreaking activities as a Nazrul artiste.
Throughout her career, she had also directly supervised many fellow Nazrul Sangeet artistes in both Bangladesh and India.
She first made her way into the music world in 1940 and sang in All India Radio while studying in sixth grade. Since then till her death, a combined total of her 700 songs and more than 20 audio cassette records were released.
The eminent artist had been honoured with prizes in both Bangladesh and India. These include Independence Award (1979), Netaji Subhash Chandra Award, Satyajit Ray Award, Nasiruddin Gold Medal, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Gold Medal, Nazrul Academy Award, Churulia Gold Medal, Gold Disk from CBS, Japan, Meril-Prothom Alo Lifetime Honorary Award (2011), a ‘D Lit’ from University of Burdwan and Bongo Shomman from Mamata Banerjee (2012), to name a few.
Her sons Hamin Ahmed and Shafin Ahmed are two of the most renowned faces in Bangladesh’s band industry.
Firoza Begum passed away on September 9, 2014.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) - I had been seeing a buzz around the interior of this new restaurant in Dhanmondi called Little Asia. Upon entering you’ll notice a warm lighting throughout the place with some seats next to the windows receiving natural lighting. We took some time to look around and finally picked a place to sit.
To start off, the menu was immense. Since they are named Little Asia, they wanted to bring in food from different parts of Asia. I went for the two dishes that everyone had been posting pictures of: Chicken Maki Roll and Nasi Goreng.
The concept of Japanese Maki roll is used for their Chicken appetizer. A layer of shredded chicken breast wraps capsicum, mushroom and cheese and is later fried with a layer of breadcrumbs. The presentation of the dish really pops out until you realize that the bed of sauce is actually store-bought ketchup and not marinara. However, somehow this dish tasted good! The coating was crispy and the cheesy interior is something no one can resist. The reason why I think I enjoyed the dish is because it tasted quite familiar to the evening snacks I have at home which have bread crumbs as their coating.
The Nasigoreng didn’t really look appetizing but the flavors of the rice really won me over. The smoky and aromatic taste of the rice made the rice a meal itself. I could binge on it without any sides however, 2 chicken satay, a poached egg, salad, and chips are also provided with this meal. The rice itself was so good that the sides really didn’t make much of a difference to me. They also were out of the typical Indonesian chips that they tend to serve on regular days and thus, we were provided with packaged chips. The sambal had quite a kick to it but yet failed to be close to the authentic one in terms of color and consistency.
Other than that, I really liked their Halal Bar which had an array of nonalcoholic drinks. We ordered the Blueberry Yoghurt and Nutty Vanilla Freddo which was a new addition. I wasn’t particularly pleased with any of the thickness. The Blueberry Yoghurt had a great potential to be a must-have drink but the consistency of the drink was a let down for me. As for the Freddo, it was nothing impressive and barely had any Nutty taste unlike the name suggests.
For me, Little Asia has some good dishes but some very odd ones. If they maintain the taste of the rice of their Nasigoreng, I will recommend it to whoever asks me for a place for an Indonesian meal.
By: Ifreet Taheea