Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - A two-week long solo art exhibition of young artist Farzana Rahman Bobby titled ‘The Soul of The Soil’ has kicked off at Gallery Shilpangan in the capital’s Dhanmondi area.
Renowned artist Monirul Islam inaugurated the exhibition on the gallery premises on Friday evening while artist and critic Javed Jalil was present as a special guest.
Farzana approaches nature to harness its spirit rather than expressing her fidelity to the visible markers while her ecosystem is devoid of easily recognisable forms.
The artist has so far participated in a number of group exhibitions, including 21st National Art Exhibition, ‘Life 2’ at Gallery Cosmos-2, 16th Asian Art Biennale, 19th Young Artist Art Exhibition, group printmaking exhibition ‘Amader Kotha’ organised by Shako.
She also took part in workshops under renowned artist Biren Shome, Alamgir Haque, internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Toshihisa Fudezuka, and Indian artists -Nirmalendu Das and Pinaki Barua.
The exhibition will remain open from 3pm to 8pm every day till July 18.
London, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — British artist Leon Kossoff, who painted his home city of London in all its moody, rough-edged glory, has died. He was 92.
Annely Juda Fine Art, which represents Kossoff, said he died Thursday after a short illness. Another of the artist's galleries, LA Louver in Los Angeles, also confirmed his death.
Born in London in 1926 to Russian Jewish immigrants, Kossoff grew up in the city's tough East End and served in the army during World War II before studying at St. Martin's school of art.
He is considered a member of the "School of London" group of post-war artists — alongside Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach — who pursued careers in figurative painting regardless of changing artistic fashions.
Inspired by the Old Masters, Kossoff painted portraits of friends and family, but is best known for his urban landscapes of a gritty, war-scarred London. Streets, churches, swimming pools, subway stations and railway bridges were all rendered in dark-hued, thickly layered oil paint. Kossoff would often paint all day and then scrape off most of it in frustration, repeating the process day after day.
Annely Juda said in a statement that Kossoff "saw beauty in everything and everybody."
"His death robs us of one of Britain's greatest painters, but his work reminds us of the continuing potency of painting to comprehend the world in which we live," the gallery said.
Though never as famous as Bacon or Freud, Kossoff's works have sold for six and seven figures. A 1971 painting of London's Willesden Junction railway interchange fetched 1.39 million pounds ($1.74 million) at a Christie's auction last year.
Kossoff represented Britain at the 1995 Venice Biennale, and had a major show the following year at London's Tate gallery. His work has been shown around the world, including at London's National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Funeral details were not immediately available.
Spain, July 6 (AP/UNB) — The blast of a traditional firework on Saturday opened nine days of uninterrupted partying in Pamplona's famed running of the bulls festival.
A member of the northern city's official brass band was chosen for this year's launch of the rocket, known as the "Chupinazo," to mark 100 years since the local ensemble's foundation.
Jesús Garísoain addressed an ecstatic crowd from the city hall's balcony, declaring "Long live San Fermin," the saint honored by the festival. The blast was met by an eruption of joy from revelers, who sprayed each other with wine, staining in pink the traditional attire of white clothes and a red scarf.
Early 20th-century American author Ernest Hemingway immortalized the fiesta in his "The Sun Also Rises" novel.
During the festival, Pamplona's population swells from nearly 200,000 residents to around a million visitors, who are attracted by the adrenaline boost of bull runs along an 850-meter (930-yard) street course to the city's bullring and seamless nights of partying.
The city is also trying to leave behind the scandal that stemmed from a gang rape of an 18-year-old woman during the 2016 festival. The initial prison sentences for sexual abuse to the five defendants was seen as too lenient and led to widespread public outcry, galvanizing the country's feminist movement.
Last month, Spain's Supreme Court overruled the lower courts and sentenced the men to 15 years in prison for rape. In the full-length ruling, published on Friday, judges say the attackers were fully aware of the crime they were committing and bragged about it in a WhatsApp group that they called "The Animal Pack."
The case has led to authorities in Pamplona to step up police surveillance and set up information booths, cellphone apps and 24-hour hotlines allowing instant reporting of abuse cases.
The protests of pro-animal rights groups have also become a fixture in recent years. On the eve of the festival, dozens of semi-naked activists staged a performance simulating speared bulls lying dead on Pamplona's cobbled streets to draw attention at what they see as animal cruelty for the sake of human entertainment.
Bullfights are protected under the Spanish Constitution as part of the country's cultural heritage.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Strenuous exercising can sometimes lead to muscle soreness. But if it gets worse, it becomes a matter of concern as it can lead to extreme pain in the gluteus maximus. When even the simple act of picking up a bag starts feeling like a task, you are possibly suffering from DOMS — or delayed onset muscle soreness, which is usually caused after workouts, reports The Indian Express.
Hence paying attention to post-workout recovery is of prime importance and many people emphasise on taking long ice baths, expensive massages and even medications. “However, an important thing to note is that the most effective way to release muscle tightness is actually through the kind of food you consume. A few nutritious food items, when included in your post-workout diet, can aid in combatting inflammation and delayed onset muscle,” says Dr Siddhant Bhargava, co-founder, Fitness & Nutritional Scientist.
To help you keep fit, following are a few food items that will help fight muscle pain and soreness:
Protein is the most important building block of muscles, and adding a few sources of protein like eggs to your diet may help reduce the danger of developing DOMS. Moreover, the protein one can get from an egg is completely suited to fighting soreness and encourage healthy muscle growth.
A single egg contains about 6 grams of protein. One can also get important vitamins and minerals, precisely vitamins A, E and K along with vitamin B through regular consumption of egg. Eggs are also an amazing source of leucine, which is associated with muscle recuperation.
Salmon is rich in protein as well as healthy fat, both of which play an important role in rebuilding muscles. Each salmon serving is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and is known to help fight inflammation, increase blood flow to muscles, reduce muscle soreness and combat swelling.
Turmeric helps in healing wounds and injuries. It is also effective in reducing discomfort linked with DOMS, decreasing the impact of injury, and also improving muscle performance. One must add a considerable amount of curcumin-loaded turmeric to eggs, smoothies, and milk to get the best result.
Easy to digest, bananas are a good source of carbohydrates. They help spike just the right level of insulin to the body and help dive protein into the muscles to improve its renovation and growth. An excellent source of potassium, eating bananas also helps in easing muscle soreness post gymming.
Tart cherries are known for being rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. An important compound in cherries, known as anthocyanins, plays a vital role in decreasing muscle discomfort and paleness, redness, and even cellular injury which usually occurs after performing a tough exercise.
Whey and casein are the two types of protein cottage cheese is rich in. This healthy food item also comes packed with live cultures (good bacteria) that contribute to breaking down the nutrients that can help improve muscle tissues and make it strong.
An excellent post-workout fruit, watermelon’s vital amino acids and l-citrulline has an ability to soothe painful, tender muscles. The natural sugars present in the fruit help in driving protein content into the muscles and refill low glycogen stores, while its water content helps in preventing muscle cramping and dehydration.
Tunis, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — Tunisia has banned face-covering veils in state-run buildings for security reasons, ending a policy of official tolerance with the garment.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed signed an order on Friday demanding that ministers, governors and heads of public establishments "take the necessary dispositions to stop all people whose faces are covered from entering public buildings."
The measure said the ban was needed "to preserve public security" and assure the smooth running of establishments.
The "niqab" that hides the face was banned in state-run spaces under leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, toppled in 2011. However, it has made a gradual comeback — amid heightened concern over attacks, including two last week.
A female suicide bomber, her face covered, wounded nine people, mainly police officers, in an October attack in downtown Tunis.