Chattogram, Mar 4 (UNB) - The annual Shiv Chaturdarshi fair, one of the major religious festivals of the Hindu community, started at Chandranath Dham of Sitakunda on Monday.
It is taking place on top of the Chandranath hill.
The pilgrims would bathe the idol of Shiv with coconut water and milk at 7:12pm on Tuesday. Dol Purnima will be celebrated on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Like previous years, several hundred saints and worshipers from different countries have gathered at the fair. A four-day conference of Hindu saints and scholars started on Sunday and will end on Wednesday with the fair.
Officer-in-Charge of Sitakunda Model Police Station Delwar Hossain said surveillance cameras have been installed and a three-tier security arrangement has been made to tackle any untoward situation.
Dhaka, Mar 3 (UNB) - Directors and television personas on Sunday urged youth to refrain from paths that can lead their lives to ruin.
Additionally, they encouraged everyone to connect more with our social and cultural values to lead a meaningful life.
These perceptions came up at a short film exhibition titled “Projonmo Wave Outreach Filmy Katha” hosted by MCJ Film Club, an organization of the students of the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism (MCJ) in association with Dhaka University Cultural Society (DUCS) at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium of Social Science Faculty of Dhaka University (DU).
Directors, actors and cultural figures gathered for the screenings sharing their insights with DU students present in the audience.
Chairperson of the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism Dr Kaberi Gayen lauded the hosts and the directors whose works were featured at the exhibition saying that through watching such works, students will learn about our cultural roots.
The exhibition saw the screening of three short films ---‘Chorabali’ directed by Badrul Anam Saud, ‘Uttoradhikar’ directed by Shabnam Ferdausi, and ‘Fera’ directed by Bashar George.
These films revolved around themes which concern the youth of the country such as drug addiction, social acceptance and religious extremism.
Directors of each film and cultural figures spoke in between the screenings discussing the works and answered the audience’s questions.
Director Badrul Anam Saud said that in our society drug addiction is a threat more fatal for the women as society tends to ostracize them.
Director Shabnam Ferdausi talked about the impact of religious extremism over the family of a youth who deviated to darker paths.
Director Georgis Bashar spoke about the theme of his movie saying the characters depicted his own experience regarding social acceptance of a terrorist’s family.
Prominent actor Ziaul Hasan Kislu and Tropa Majumder also spoke on the occasion alongside DUCS President Ragib Rahman.
The festival was jointly funded by the US Embassy and Expressions Ltd.
Narail, Mar 2 (UNB) – The 93rd birth anniversary of master artist SM Sultan will be celebrated through a cultural festival.
A ten-day long Sultan Mela will begin at the Sultan Mancha on the premises of Narail Government Victoria College on Sunday. The fair will continue until March 12.
Sheikh Mohammed Sultan (SM Sultan) is mainly known for his exquisite paintings and drawings mostly with nature and the hardworking rural population of Bangladesh as his subjects. He won various awards for his art work including Ekushey Padak in 1982.
The Bengali avant-garde artist was declared the Man of Asia in 1982 by Cambridge University. Sultan died on 10 October, 1994 and was buried in the yard of his own house at Masumdia village in Narail.
Khulna divisional commissioner Md Lokman Hossain Mia will inaugurate the fair in the afternoon.
A series of colourful events including an art exhibition and competition, a volleyball competition, ox fighting, and traditional games kabadi, lathikhela, kusti, Ha du du, cock fight, dariabandha, ekka dokka, bouchi, and danguli will be featured in this fair.
Meanwhile, SM Sultan Foundation in association with the District Administration has completed all the preparation. More than 200 stalls offering traditional textile and cottage industry products have been set up at the venue.
A seminar on Sultan’s life and works and various cultural programmes will also be held during the fair.
This year’s Sultan Gold Medal will be awarded to contemporary cinematographer Mustafa Monwar. He is also acknowledged as the father of the puppet industry. Ferdousi Priyobhashini, the late sculptor, got the gold medal last year.
Dhaka University, Mar 2 (UNB) - An exhibition of short films titled “Projonmo Wave Outreach Filmy Katha” will be held at Dhaka University on Sunday.
MCJ Film Club, an organization of the students of the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism (MCJ) in association with Dhaka University Cultural Society will organise the program at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium of Social Science Faculty building in the campus.
Jointly funded by the US Embassy and Expressions Ltd, the exhibition will commence at 4 pm.
Four films -- ‘Chorabali’ directed by Badrul Anam Saud, ‘Ma Calling’ directed by Animesh Aich, “Gharer Vetor Ghar’ directed by Tanvir Ahsan and ‘Fera’ directed by Bashar George --- will be showed in the program.
The directors will talk about their works and answer the audience’s questions during the intervals of the shows.
Chairperson of the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism Dr Kaberi Gayen, Film and Mass Communication expert Professor Dr Fahmidul Haq and theatre personality Tropa Majumdar, among others, will also be present.