Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s (BSA) special exhibition on the life and works of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, titled ‘Sheikh Hasina – Bangladesh Er Shopnosharathi’ concluded on Sunday at the National Art Gallery.
S M Rezaul Karim, Housing and Public Works Minister, attended the closing ceremony as chief guest while Ashim Kumar Ukil, Member of Parliament from Netrokona-3, was present as the special guest.
Presided by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky, the closing ceremony was also joined by Honorary president of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Ramendu Majumdar and Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Arts Professor Jamal Ahmed.
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.
Initially set to end on October 27, the exhibition was first extended till November 15 and then November 30. Based on positive crowd reaction, Shilpakala authorities decided to extend the timeline thrice.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Speaker of the Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on September 28 at National Theatre Hall of Shilpakala.
Can you imagine yourself in a heavenly tranquil place in the midst of greenery with mountains as backdrop? To make this dream come true you can visit Sylhet, which is located in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh. Standing on the bank of the Surma River, Sylhet is blessed with subtropical climate, featuring humid weather, hot summer and cooler winter. Besides mausoleums and tea gardens, Sylhet has lots of tourist attractions. In this article, we are going to introduce you with Sylhet tourist places.
Let's see what are the best tourist attractions in and around Sylhet.
Ratargul Swamp Forest is a heavenly tourist attraction in Sylhet. Covering about 504 acres of land, Ratargul forest connects with Chengir Lake and Gowain River. This forest is composed of diverse kinds of water plants. What makes Ratargul forest exclusive is the amazing beauty of standing trees over the water.
During the rainy season, this forest is submerged with 20-30 feet water. Then it looks like the trees and their shadows have divided the crystal water. What is more? The marvelous greenery of surrounding Mizoram hills is merged with the eternal beauty of this serene forest.
Ratargul Swamp Forest Sylhet: Picture taken from Wikipedia.
How to reach Ratargul Swamp Forest from Sylhet city? First, you can hire a CNG – fare ranges around 500 BDT – from Sylhet city to arrive at Goain Ghat. The journey usually takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. From Goain Ghat, you can reserve a trawler engine boat to explore the Ratargul Swamp Forest.
Wanna feel the thrill of visiting the neighboring country India without crossing the border? The famous tourist destination Jaflong can give you this outstanding experience. The Dauki River originating from the north Khasi mountains of India flows into Bangladesh with the name ‘Piyain’. Lying on the bank of ‘Piyain’ River Jaflong falls under the East Jaflong Union at Guainghat Upazilla in Sylhet.
How to reach Jaflong from Sylhet city? The distance from Sylhet city to Jaflong is about 62 km. You can take a bus from Sylhet city heading towards Jaflong directly. The journey takes about 3 to 3.5 hours.
Jaflong Sylhet: Picture taken from Wikipedia
Hiring a boat in Jaflong, you can visit Zero Point, the last border of Bangladesh. The most amazing attraction of Jaflong is a natural bridge hanging over the river Dauki. Here you can also enjoy the magnificent water falls flowing from distant green mountains.
If you are a crazy lover of boat journey, then Bisnakandi would cherish your soul. The Bisnakandi village falls under Rustompur Union at Guainghat Upazilla in Sylhet. Bichanakandi presents a unique natural beauty where several layers of Khasi Mountain summits at a single peak from different sides. While flowing from the high mountains, the river stream carries huge rocks which naturally get deposited in Bisnakandi. The rolling stones lying over crystal clear water would leave an unforgettable memory in your mind.
Bisnakandi is about 25 kilometers far from Sylhet City. There are several ways to reach Bisnakandi from Sylhet city. You can take a CNG auto-rickshaw to arrive at Hadarpar. On this point you can reserve a local boat to explore Bisnakandi.
Bisnakandi Sylhet: Photo Taken from Pinterest (Framing Nailers Guide)
During your boat-journey to Bisnakandi, the boat will travel across the heavenly beautiful Piyain River. On the way, you can enjoy the cherubic sceneries of cloud-hugging mountain views, sinuous falls and graceful rural landscape. The best views of Bichanakandi are found during the rainy season.
Wanna spend your vacation floating on a wide natural canal where the water looks emerald green? You can have such a heavenly place in the ‘Lalakhal’ canal near Tamabil road in Sylhet. The distance from Sylhet city to Lalakhal is about 35 km. This canal is connected with the mind-blowing Sharee River, originated from the Meghalaya – a state of India. Being comparatively shallow, the Sharee River is a great source of sand resource in Sylhet.
Lalakhal Sylhet: Photo Taken from Flickr (R Rabi)
How to reach Lalakhal from Sylhet city? First, get on a bus to arrive at Sarighat – 42 km distant from Sylhet city. Here you would find reserve boats. Now, you can step on this heaven on earth through a boat ride. The amazing beauty of Lalakhal would keep you enthralled throughout the journey. The greenish blue crystal water of Lalakhal creates a breathtaking combo with cloud touching hills and surrounding greenery.
If you are fond of ancient architecture, then you can put Manipuri Rajbari in your bucket list. Manipuri Rajbari is a significant piece of Sylhet’s history and architecture. This historical place bears remembrance of dynasty and architectural monuments built by three royal brothers: Gombir Singh, Churging Singh, and Marjit Singh.
Manipuri Rajbari Sylhet: Picture Taken from Youtube.com ( Uploaded by Oinam Khagemba )
Visiting this place you can see a few remaining assets – like the principal gate, Bhalakhana, decorated stairs, and border wall – of the sing dynasty.
Sylhet is renowned worldwide for production of standard quality tea leaves. Not to mention the unique beauty of tea gardens have presented Sylhet a different identity. To make your Sylhet tour contented, don’t miss to visit Malnicherra tea garden.
Malnicherra tea garden Sylhet: Picture taken from vromon.com.bd
Here the tea trees and evergreen surroundings are declaring the grandeur of nature. As far as the eyes go, plush green carpet is spread across the horizon under blue sky. This tranquil ambient can release your stress and make your soul relax.
Sylhet is a divisional headquarter and one of the major cities of Bangladesh. The amazing combination of greenery, beautiful rivers and mountain views has made Sylhet a favorite destination of tourism for the outdoor enthusiasts from Bangladesh as well as the whole world. So far, we have highlighted the top 6 Sylhet Tourist Places. Besides these, Sylhet has many other tourist spots to visit.
Sylhet has good communication system with capital city Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh. However, it is recommended to checkout weather forecast before starting expedition. While you go for boat rides don’t forget to carry lifejacket, if you can’t swim. Happy travelling!
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President of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Shahriar Kabir has said any denial of the arbitrary killing of mass people, including country’s brightest minds, during the genocide of 1971 should be protested and brought under the law.
“Our freedom fighters, including the country’s brightest minds and brave hearts, always stood for the independence of Bangladesh. So, the Pakistani occupation forces murdered them showing highest-ever cruelty. We need to take firm stand against any denial of that brutal genocide,” he said while speaking at a seminar titled ‘Reasons behind genocide in Bangladesh’s Liberation War and punishment for the exterminators’ at the Bangla Academy on Saturday.
The seminar was arranged at Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall of the academy, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
“The genocide of 71 can’t be compared to any other genocide in the world. Even the infamous World War-II was less scary than our Liberation War and genocide of 1971. The Pakistani occupation forces carried out the massacre for only nine months,” Shahriar said.
He also underscored the need for realising international recognition of this genocide through collaborative efforts.
Bangla Academy President and National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman and its Director General Habibullah Siraji also spoke at the event.
“The massacre of the intellectuals was at its peak in December and even continued after independence, but it started way back in March of 1971. All those martyred intellectuals are gems of the nation and they’ll always be remembered in our independent Bangladesh,” Prof Anisuzzaman said.
Habibullah Siraji expressed his gratitude to the martyred intellectuals on behalf of the academy, acknowledging that they had always been intellectually and soulfully connected to the institution.
A one-minute silence was observed prior to the event to homage to the martyred intellectuals.
After that, eminent cultural personality Syed Hasan Imam recited poems written on the Liberation War by Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal and Abul Hasan.
Apart from the seminar, the academy paid tributes to the martyred intellectuals placing floral wreaths at their graves and Martyred Intellectuals Memorial.
Young Bangladeshi artists commemorated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi through a four-day art camp titled “Gandhi@150 Art Camp” that formally ends on Sunday.
Fifteen young artists from Bangladesh participated in the art camp from December 12 to 15 at Sreemangal, Sylhet organised by Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
The artworks produced in the Gandhi@150 Art Camp would be exhibited at Shilpakala Academy in early January.
Rokeya Sultana, a renowned artist and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University was the mentor of the camp, said the Indian High Commission on Saturday.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das inaugurated the art camp at the High Commission here on December 11.
Deputy High Commissioner Bishwadip Dey visited the art camp on Saturday and interacted with the artists.
"I’m pleased to see the enthusiastic participation by the young artists in the camp. Their works are indeed reflective of their understanding of the Gandhian way of thought,” said Riva Ganguly.
The High Commissioner said Gandhi's principles are timeless and she is encouraged to see that it has found resonance in the minds of these young participating artists.
The government of India has been commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi across the country and in Indian Missions abroad.
The Gandhi@150 art camp is part of the High Commission of India's commemoration of this significant year.
Earlier, the High Commission had organised a vegetarian food festival, tree plantation and a cycling event.
Schoolchildren from over 50 schools participated in a quiz on Mahatma Gandhi as well.
A high-level event celebrating the Mahatma was held at the UN Headquarters on September 24 which was graced by the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The artists, working on themes based on Gandhian philosophy brought out artwork in the nature of sculpture, paintings and batik work.
Rokeya Sultana said today's youths are Bangladesh's future, and she firmly believes that the art camp will guide them.
“This generation will understand Gandhi's ideology and the aim of building a compassionate world. They’ll become better citizens of the world and engage themselves in maintaining peace,” she said.
"I’ve tried to depict on canvas, Mahatma Gandhi's lifelong work for peace. He showed us the path of peace and proved with his life that one can achieve one's goal without resorting to violence,” said Tahia Hossain, a participating artist.
Another artist, Rahul Rahat, said Gandhi dedicated his life for the greater purpose of searching for the truth. “I’ve tried to present through my work his pursuit of the truth and how he made the cotton yarn the medium through which India fought for freedom and self-reliance."
Md Ashraful Alam, also a participating artist, said Satya in Satyagraha means truth. “Therefore, Satyagraha is the force borne out of truth, love and non-violence. It’s this understanding of Satyagraha that I’m trying to depict through my work.”
The Music Department of Dhaka University (DU) is going to arrange a two-day music festival on December 17-18 with the theme ‘Bangla Gaan’ (Bangla Songs), aiming to keep cultural activities alive and thriving in the country.
Organisers said the ‘Music Festival 2019’ will be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the department that started its journey in 1994.
On December 17, a colourful procession will be brought out at 10am from Arts Faculty building. Teachers of the department, its present and former students, and staff will join the procession.
DU Vice Chancellor Prof M Akhtaruzzaman will inaugurate the festival at 11am at Teachers Student Centre (TSC) while Professor Emeritus Dr Rafiqul Islam and DU Pro-VC Dr Nasreen Ahmed among others will be present as special guests.
The Silver Jubilee will be celebrated by cutting a cake, to be followed by a gathering of former and present students, and musical performances in the evening.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim will be present as the chief guest at the evening session at 5:30pm.
Commemorating Bangla songs and its creators of the period from ‘Shakta Padabali’ to present, prominent artistes from Bangladesh and India as well as teachers and students of the department will perform during the two-day festival.
Celebrated Indian singer Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay will be present at the first day’s cultural programme.
Over 250 students of the department will present improvised choral songs on the first and second days of the festival.
On the first day, singer Mita Haque, Tapan Mahmud, Tapan Chowdhury, Dinat Jahan Munni, Sharmin Islam, Bijon Mistri and artistes of the department will perform.
An open discussion titled ‘Music in Institutional Education: Dreams, Possibility and Reality’ is scheduled to be held on the second day of the festival.
Experts will take part in the discussion and shed light on the situation of music in institutional education, its success, contemporary crisis and plans to overcome those issues.
The key discussants are Sohrab Uddin, director, Music and Dance Department, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy; Kamal Ahmed, director of programme, Bangladesh Betar; Mahbuba Ferdousi, head of programme, Bangladesh Television; Prof Santosh Kumar Dhali, Chief Editor, National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB); Prof Kristee Hefaz, principal, Government Music College; Dr Rezwan Ali, chairman, Music Department, Jagannath University; and Assistant Professor Tumpa Samadder, Chairperson of DU’s Music Department.
On the second day of the festival, Bangladeshi celebrated artistes Ferdous Ara, Khairul Anam Shakil, Syed Abdul Hadi, Rafiqul Alam and Hasina Mumtaj along with teachers of the department will perform while two Bangladeshi bands are scheduled to perform at the programme.
Celebrated Bangladeshi Nazrul Sangeet exponent Nilufar Yasmin, also a teacher of the department till her death, will be honoured at the programme.
Tumpa Samadder, Chairperson of the department, told UNB the music festival is very special this year, as artistes will perform songs created from the early days of the country’s musical history till date.
In 1993, a subsidiary course on Music was introduced directly under the supervision of Dean, Faculty of Arts, Dhaka University. A similar course on Theatre was introduced in 1989, also under the Dean, Faculty of Arts.
Both of these separate units were brought under a single departmental administration on August 1, 1994 and named as the Department of Theatre and Music.
In 1995, the department introduced two MA programmes -- one on Music and another on Theatre.
In 1998, the Department of Music introduced 4-year Honours and one-year Master’s dgree course on Classical, Folk, Tagore, Nazrul songs and instrumentals. MPhil and PhD degrees were also included and started from 2000.
In 2009, the Music Department started its journey as an individual department.
Currently, over 250 students are studying for Honours and Master’s degrees on Tagore, Nazrul and Folk songs, and Classical Music.