Jazz music with its uncommon timings and alternative tunings has had its admirers but never really established a wide following in Bangladesh. Yet in their love for the blues, a precursor to jazz that also traces its roots to America’s Deep South, and love for improvisation, there is a potential love for the genre worth exploring.
German cultural organization Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, hosted a Jazz Concert by Charlotte Greve's Lisbeth Quartet (NYC/Berlin) at the BSA’s Experimental Theatre Hall on Sunday, 1 December at 7 pm.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s Director Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch welcomed the jazz enthusiasts at the event.
The full lineup, however, could not perform due to an unavoidable circumstance, as the band’s founder, and popular German saxophonist Charlotte Greve, could not join her band at the event. Goethe-Institut Bangladesh informed UNB that she was diagnosed with dengue fever earlier in the day. It wasn’t clear though, as to where she picked up the bite, as her fever took hold while they were touring India before coming here.
As a result of her absence, the Quartett was a misnomer as they was reduced to a trio- Manuel Schmiedel (Piano), Igor Spallati (Bass) and Moritz Baumgärtner (Drums), who still successfully mesmerized the jazz lovers in the evening with some of their most popular jazz numbers.
“We are very sorry that Charlotte could not perform tonight with us, but at the same time we are really happy and delighted to perform in front of such a great number of patient and enthusiast audiences,” said by the drummer Moritz Baumgärtner at the concert.
Founded in 2009 and divided equally between Berlin and New York since 2012, the Lisbeth Quartett was awarded a Jazz-Echo as newcomer of the year for its second album Constant Travellers. For the band’s recent album "There Is Only Make", Charlotte was awarded an ECHO Jazz in the category Saxophone/ Woodwind national.
The concert was part of the band’s Asian tour, in which they performed in Pune, Chennai, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Colombo and Kolkata. From Dhaka they move on to Karachi, Pakistan.
A survey by China Youth Daily found that 82.4 percent of Chinese parents worry their children are getting insufficient sleep.
"The sleeping habits of primary and middle school students are getting worse, and the proportion of those lacking sleep is rising," Sun Hongyan, director of the childhood research institute at the China Youth and Children Research Center, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Nearly 63 percent of Chinese children and adolescents aged between 6 and 17 sleep less than eight hours per day, and some 81.2 percent of teenagers aged between 13 and 17 sleep less than eight hours, according to a white paper released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society in March.
The survey showed that excessive schoolwork and pressure from cram schools are deemed to be the two major causes of the lack of sleep, accounting for 61.1 percent and 54.5 percent, respectively.
Homework pressure has long had the biggest effect on children's sleep, while the use of electronic devices and the internet has exacerbated the situation, Sun said.
Respondents agreed their children had three common problems: short slumbering hours, difficulty in falling asleep and nervousness during sleep.
The survey covered 1,876 parents with children aged between six and 17, 77 percent of whom live in the first and second-tier cities
HIV/AIDS had killed more than 1,300 people in Cambodia in 2018, down 48 percent from over 2,500 deaths in 2010, Ieng Mouly, chairman of the National AIDS Authority, said Sunday.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
Speaking at an event marking the World AIDS Day, Mouly said some 880 people became newly infected with HIV last year, down 62 percent from 2,300 nine years ago.
"We have seen continued success in combating HIV/AIDS in the last decade, and we are seeking about 20 million U.S. dollars a year from 2020 in order to achieve our target of ending HIV/AIDS in Cambodia by 2025," he said.
Currently, the Southeast Asian nation has an estimated 73,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, and about 81 percent of them have received antiretroviral drugs, according to the National AIDS Authority.
Pauline Tamesis, resident coordinator of the United Nations in Cambodia, said despite these immense achievements, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is not yet over.
In 2018, 25 percent of new HIV infections were among men who have sex with men, more than three-fold increase from 7 percent in 2010, she said.
Thuon Sarim, who infected the virus from her husband in 2000, said discrimination against people living with HIV had now declined remarkably if compared to that two decades ago.
"About 20 years ago, in some cases, when a HIV carriers sat on his neighbor's bed, and soon after he left the bed, the neighbor took the bed to burn down," she said. "In another case, when a HIV patient drank water at his relative's home, and soon after the patient left the home, the relative threw away the mug the patient had used."
"People feared the virus spread to them. They did not understand about the ways HIV spread at that time," said Sarim, who lives in Southern Takeo province.
Now, she said people in her community are better aware of the ways HIV spread, and they no longer discriminated against her and other patients.
According to a recent survey conducted by the National AIDS Authority, job discrimination against the people living with HIV had dropped from 46 percent in 2010 to 2 percent last year, while verbal harassment against them had declined from 14 percent to 3 percent during the same period.
A tiny wooden relic believed to have been part of Jesus' manger has returned to its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope.
Sheathed in an ornate case, cheerful crowds greeted the relic Saturday with much fanfare before it entered the Franciscan Church of St. Catherine next to the Church of the Nativity, the West Bank holy site where tradition says Jesus was born.
The return of the relic by the Vatican coincides with Advent, a four-week period leading up to Christmas.
The Palestinians welcomed the relic as a spirit-lifting occasion as Bethlehem braced for Christmas, where pilgrims from around the world flock to the city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
A two-day watercolor painting workshop and exhibition, arranged by TSC-based cultural studies and development center OntorKotha, concluded at the National Art Gallery’s ground floor of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital.
Prominent theatre activist and actor-playwright-director Azad Abul Kalam inaugurated the event as the chief guest on Friday.
Artist Kishor Mojumdar, instructor of the workshop, Ontor Kotha’s founder Rahim Sumon were present at the event.
A total of 38 participants across the country took part in the workshop in which the participants were given lessons on the basic, theoretical and practical usage of watercolor painting.