International theatre festival ‘BotTala RonggoMela 2019’ kicked off at the Liberation War Museum in the city on Saturday.
Renowned theatre personality Ataur Rahman along with Cultural Affairs Secretary Dr Md Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal inaugurated the third edition of the 11-day festival organised by BotTala, a performance space.
Three young playwrights -- Sadhana Ahmed, Ruma Modak and Shubhashish Sinha -- joined the opening ceremony as special guests.
A total of 10 troupes from five countries – Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal and Spain -- are set to perform in this year’s festival.
Two troupes from Bangladesh, including hosts ‘BotTola,’ and eight other international troupes will stage their plays from 7:30pm every day till November 26.
Crutch-er Colonel (Bangladesh) was staged as the opening play at the Liberation War Museum auditorium on Saturday evening. Presented by BotTala, the play is adopted from Shahaduz Zaman’s novel with the same name and directed by Mohammad Ali Haider.
Ten other plays were staged on the opening day. These are Amar Mukher Anchalkhani (India), Dilemmas Witch My Flamenco Tailcoat (Spain), Mysterious Gift (Iran), 4.48 Psychosis (Nepal), Biswa Mangal (India), Macbeth (Bangladesh), Shluk (India), Blackhole (India), Acharya Profulla Chandra (India) and Khona (Bangladesh).
Legendary theatre personality, playwright, director and actor Mamunur Rashid will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the concluding ceremony of the festival on November 26.
Also following the tradition of the previous years, eight divisional theatre activists who have been working diligently to promote theatre in the country will be awarded at the festival.
For the first time, the festival will also honour 10 prolific associates behind the scenes who had been working as unsung heroes for years as the light, make-up, sound and stage assistants.
The 11-day festival will also feature screening of documentaries, discussions, songs, dances, recitations, three master classes on several aspects of stage drams and five documentaries made on prominent Bangladeshi and Indian dramatists.
These steaks may look from steakhouses of Gulshan or Banani but they're actually from a small boutique steakhouse in Malibag, Khilgaon. With their opening date a little around 6 months ago, LongHorn Steak & Pizza is perhaps the only steakhouse in Khilgaon offering premium Bengal meat cuts for their customers.
I’ll start with their downs first this time. Their location is not only inconvenient to find but they are also located on the main road causing noise to enter their premises. To add to that, there is also no parking available making it difficult for guests to find a proper parking space around. Upon entering their restaurant, you will notice that it is in fact, a very tiny space.
However, the tiny space is nicely decorated giving you a somewhat cozy vibe. You are then presented with a welcome drink to sip on while choosing from their food and beverage menu. There we were, two carnivores, ogling at the meat section. We ended up ordering a T-bone steak and a Premium Rib-Eye steak, both with a side of sautéed vegetables and mashed potato.
We ordered a Shrimp Cocktail as starter. Basically it’s a cold dish consisting of boiled shrimp, a sauce of mayonnaise consistency, lettuce, and eggs. If you're a fan of cold salads and such, you'll dig this dish as the shrimps incorporate well with their house special sauce. I loved the sauce itself but compared to traditional Shrimp Cocktails, the dish could use some more spice and lime.
The T-bone steak is not my preferred cut for steak since they tend to taste rough if not cooked well. This steak was also thinner than usual but was very filling. The mushroom sauce helped bring taste to this slab of meat but it's still the Premium Rib Eye that stole my heart! Unlike the rough texture of the T-Bone, this steak was actually very soft and juicy! Both the steaks had medium doneness but the fat on this piece managed to bring richness in taste. The mashed potato was seasoned well and was of acceptable consistency. It had some chunky bits of potatoes and was buttery as well. The sautéed vegetables, though, could use some more time on the stove.
In summary, I think LongHorn definitely has potential to become a favorite among Khilgaon residents. While their pricing is slightly high compared to other eateries in the area, the quality of food that they offer is also worth it. Do give their Premium Rib-Eye a try. I still can’t stop thinking about it!
Egypt celebrated on Friday the 117th anniversary of the establishment of the Egyptian Museum located in downtown Cairo, which is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities.
Held at the museum in Tahrir Square, the celebration was attended by Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany, government officials, foreign ambassadors and a number of cinema celebrities.
The celebration included many events, including the opening of two temporary exhibitions at the museum.
One of the exhibition focuses on education in ancient Egypt, while the other displays the mummies found recently in an ancient cachette in Upper Egypt's Luxor Province.
Over the past few years, the Ministry of Antiquities has been moving a lot of its unique artifacts to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) near the Pyramids Plateau in Giza, whose soft opening is scheduled for 2019 and is expected to be the top and largest in the Middle East region.
"The Egyptian Museum will never die. Even if the collections of Tutankhamen and the mummies will move very soon, it will keep its main treasures, its masterpieces will stay here," minister al-Anany told Xinhua during the celebration.
"Each year we will be celebrating the improvement of new services and new display at the museum."
The minister highlighted the ongoing development and rehabilitation project at the Egyptian Museum, which is being carried out by the Antiquities Ministry in coordination with the Egypt's Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation and in partnership with the European Union (EU).
The project, which started last June, will be implemented during the next three years with an EU grant of 3.1 million euros.
The two-storey museum was built during the reign of Khedive Abbas Helmi II in 1897 and was opened for visitors in mid-November 1902.
The ground floor is specified for featuring heavy monuments such as large statues, coffins, wall inscriptions and others, while the upper floor showcases drawings, small statues, ancient daily life activities and tools, in addition to the complete set of ancient King Tutankhamen's artifacts.
As Cuba's capital celebrates its 500th anniversary of its founding on Nov. 16, 1519, residents and visitors alike reflect on what makes Havana unique.
"It has a captivating beauty in what can be seen and what cannot," said Havana historian Eusebio Leal.
Leal has been instrumental in the renovation of the city and its numerous colonial-era monuments, including the Morro Castle of the Three Kings, which dominates the entrance to the bay.
"It's not for nothing that visitors come from all over the world. They come because we have a beautiful city," said Yamile Delgado, who works for a state-run company working on the renovation of the historic old quarter.
Anette Acosta came to Havana to study history at the University of Havana, but stayed on after completing her degree and now works at the House of Asia.
"Living in Havana has changed me," said Acosta, who used to live in the town of Guines, southeast of the capital, in the nearby province of Mayabeque.
First-time visitor Marta Lopez, traveling from her native city Barcelona with a friend on a two-week vacation, underscored "the hospitality and joy of the people in Havana."
Katherine Bonner, a French national who arrived in Cuba two days ago, also for the first time, said she was "a little overwhelmed by the heat, but very eager to see everything and try the specialties of local cuisine."
Havana's renovation began in December 1982, in which year the Historic Center of the city was elected a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
But restoration work, designed to rescue the historical and cultural landmarks that draw visitors from around the globe, was kicked into high gear as the city's quincentennial celebrations came near.
On a smaller scale, each year on Nov. 16, residents gather to mark the anniversary of Havana based on the legend of the first mass and council meeting held in the city, at the foot of a mahogany tree. A memorial building was erected at the site in 1828.
Thousands of Havana residents gather to walk around the tree counterclockwise and, as tradition dictates, make three wishes.
Renovation work has been critical to a city that has suffered decades of acute economic crisis following the fall of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of U.S. hostility.
One of the iconic features to benefit from the restoration programs is the malecon, or seafront promenade. It hugs the city's coastline for 8 km, drawing Cubans and foreigners, especially at sunset, to enjoy the view and sea breeze.
"Havana is a 'Wonder City' for so many reasons, for its people, for its buildings, for its great history, for how hospitable it is," said tour guide Alejandro Gonzalez.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s special exhibition on the life and works of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, titled ‘Sheikh Hasina – Bangladesh Er Shopnosharathi’ has been extended due to visitors’ demand.
It will now be concluded on November 30.
Initially set to end on October 27, the exhibition was first extended till November 15. Based on positive crowd reaction, Shilpakala authorities decided to extend the timeline twice.
Portraying the eventful and celebrated life, struggles and notable works of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the exhibition is featuring 231 artworks, 133 paintings, 4 sculpture arts, 5 video installations, 10 discussion meetings and a 32/43 feet long portrait painting of the PM, completed on 72 canvases.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on September 28 at National Theatre Hall of Shilpakala.
The ongoing exhibition is taking place at galleries 1 and 6 of the National Art Gallery complex at Shilpakala every day from 11am to 8pm and on Friday from 2pm to 8pm.