The first-ever Beach Cultural Festival of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) inaugurated in Cox’s Bazar, the world’s longest sea beach on Friday.
BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky opened the two-day festival at 4.30 pm at Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar sea beach.
Additional Police Super of Cox's Bazar Mohammad Adibul Islam and Mayor of Cox's Bazar municipality Mujibur Rahman were present as special guests at the opening ceremony.
“From now on we are planning to organize the festival every year, as part of the ongoing district-based cultural activities by our academy which is intended to expand the cultural practice across the country and feature talented local artists. It will also entertain the tourists and travellers in Cox’s Bazar”, Lucky said at the inauguration.
The Beach Cultural Festival - 2020 will feature songs and dance performances, acrobatics, performance arts, poetry recitals, cultural performances by ethnic groups and other exciting cultural segments by over 500 artists of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Bandarban and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Alongside the opening cultural performances, two 43 feet-long portrait paintings of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have also been unveiled at the venue to be exhibited for a week.
The two-day long festival will conclude on January 25.
Ten personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar (Bangla Academy Literary Award) 2019.
Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji announced the names at a press conference at the academy’s Poet Shamsur Rahman Auditorium on Thursday.
The award recipients are former Home Minister Rafiqul Islam (Literature on Liberation War), Makid Haider (Poetry), Wasi Ahmed (Literature), Swarochish Sarkar (Essay/Research), Khairul Alam Sabuj (Translation), Rahim Shah (Children’s Literature), Ratan Siddiqui (Drama), Nadira Majumder (Science Fiction), Faruk Moinuddin (Autobiography/Travelogue) and Simon Zakaria (Folklore).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the award among the recipients at the inaugural ceremony of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on February 2.
The winners will receive a cheque for Tk 2 lakh and crests each.
Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar is given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh in recognition of creative genius in advancement and overall contribution to the field of Bengali language and literature.
This year marks the diamond jubilee (60 years) of this prestigious award, which was launched in 1960.
A total of 307 litterateurs have so far received the award.
Israeli researchers have discovered a method to rejuvenate the kidneys, which has the potential to eliminate the need for dialysis in the future, Israel's Sheba Medical Center said Wednesday.
In a study published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers from the center showed that it is possible to rejuvenate the kidneys and improve their function using the patient's own stem cells.
Previously, it was found that the adult kidney can constantly renew itself over time through the activity of colonies of cells that function to replace lost and degenerated cells in the kidney.
In the current study, the team developed a new technology that allows the extraction of such healthy kidney cells from diseased kidneys.
These cells are expanded into large numbers within a laboratory environment, and by generation of three-dimensional cultures called "kidney spheres", they show improved function to generate new kidney tissue and replace lost cells.
The cells are administered into the kidney, allowing them to rebuild it, positively influence neighboring cells and improve the kidney's function.
Because the newly developed technology relies on the patient's own cells, it circumvents problems associated with immune rejection.
This treatment, successfully tested on mice, resulted in improved renal function in the treated mice.
The results are expected to be further studied in clinical trials in patients with renal failure.
A three-day film festival will end in the district on Monday evening.
Thirty films, including eight full length films, 14 short films and eight animated films, have been screened at the festival.
Bagerhat Film Society organised the festival beginning Saturday. Md Mamnunur Rashid, the deputy commissioner, inaugurated the event.
“We’ve been organising the festival since 2002 after the founding of the organisation,” said Jakir Hossain, president of the society.
Echoing the slogan of the organisers, Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud brought the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival to a close on Sunday by saying that better films and better audiences, who support and appreciate all the efforts that go into what appears on screen, can indeed contribute to the betterment of society.
The slogan of this year’s DIFF, chosen by organisers Rainbow Film Society, was ‘Better Films, Better Audience, Better Society’.
“The need for good films is at its highest at present, as humans are becoming more like machines with advancement of civilization as we call it,” Hasan Mahmud said, speaking as Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of the 18th DIFF at the National Museum in the capital.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid attended the ceremony as Special Guest. The program was presided over by festival executive committee member M Hamid.
Dr. Hasan paid homage to the memory of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and said, '”Bangabandhu established government patronization for films in the country. Back in 1957, he raised the Film Development Corporation Bill in the provincial parliament as Minister of Industries and Commerce and it was passed. That’s how Film industry in Bangladesh commenced its journey.'”
State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid said, “We must encourage young generation for film-making and only then the industry would thrive. Our Ministry is going to establish a Cineplex in every upazila to bring back the golden days of film once again, and will cooperate in future endeavors like this wonderful international festival.”
The 18th DIFF screened a total of 220 films, with participation from 74 countries in competitive categories spanning “Asian Cinema” “Retrospective ,” “Bangladesh Panorama ,” “Cinema of the World,” “Children’s Films,” “Spiritual Films,” “Women Filmmakers ” and “Short and Independent Films” categories.
Iranian film Castle of Dreams (Ghasr- e-Shirin), directed by Reza Mirkarimi won the awards for Best Film and Best Director in the Asian Cinema category.
Several other awards were presented to the winners at the ceremony. The Badal Rahman Award for Best Children's Film was achieved by Loknat (Director Mohammadreza Haji Gholami, Iran); Audience Choice Award in the category Cinema of the World was won by prominent Indian-Bengali filmmaker Anjan Dutt for his debut participation in DIFF, Finally Bhalobasha. The prestigious Best Film Award by FIPRESCI Jury in Bangladesh Panorama Section was awarded to No Dorai, directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu.
Women filmmakers around the world received awards in three main categories with a special mention for each- Best Short Film Award in Short Fiction Category was achieved by Russian filmmaker Daria Binevskaya for My Name is Petya and Special Mention Award in this category went to Mexican filmmaker Sandra Concepción Reynoso Estrada for her short film Video Tape. Special Mention in Documentary Category was awarded to Mirjam Leuze (Canada, Germany) for her documentary The Whale and The Raven; while Asian filmmaker Dina Naser received award for Tiny Souls, selected as the Best Documentary.
Special Mention in Best Feature Film Category went to Iranian filmmaker Maryam Bahrololumi for her film Patio, while Polish filmmaker Malgorzata Imielska received award for Wszystko Dla Mojej Matki (All For My Mother) as the Best Feature Film.
Iranian movie The Feast of the Goat, directed by Saeed Zamanian won Special Mention in Short Fiction Category under the Spiritual Film Section, while the Best Short Film Award in this category went to Lovro Mrden for The Stamp. Iranian filmmaker Yaser Talebi’s documentary Beloved won as the Best Documentary in the Spiritual Section, while Chinese filmmaker Yesir’s film Fanshujiaomi (Koali & Rice) won the award as the Best Feature Film in the Spiritual section.
The films were screened from 11 to 19 January at several prominent venues in the city. Organizers Rainbow Film Society also hosted a two-day ‘Sixth International Women Filmmakers Conference’ on January 12-13 and a day-long programme ‘West Meets East’ on January 14 at the Samson H. Chowdhury Lounge of the Dhaka Club.
The festival Director and President of Rainbow Film Society Ahmed Mostofa Jamal announced that the 19th edition of DIFF will be held on January 16-24, 2021 and would be dedicated to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking the occasion of his birth centenary as Mujib Year, although it is officially being celebrated this year.