Renowned indigenous artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma’s 17th solo art exhibition, “The Traveller’s Song” is currently drawing visitors to the Edge Gallery in Gulshan.
The exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday by former Adviser to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh Rokeya Afzal Rahman. Renowned art critic Professor Moinuddin Khaled and founder trustee of The Edge Foundation, Iftekhar A Khan- were also present at the inauguration, among others.
“Portraying the lifestyles and rich culture of six prominent indigenous communities of Bangladesh- Chakma, Marma, Garo, Mrong, Tongchonga and Santal- this exclusive exhibition is an outcome of my three-year research,” Kanak Chanpa revealed at the inauguration.
“My source of inspiration is the daily life of our indigenous people and the natural beauty of our lands. The vivid colors of our indigenous attires, the hills, forests, ‘jhum’ cultivation, pristine blue waterfalls, dance and music; in other words, anything that defines life in the hilly areas of Bangladesh can mesmerize any journeyman. Such lyrics and melodies will remain long after the traveller has gone, if only we care to listen- and I wanted to portray these feelings in this exhibition,” she further explained.
Fifty artworks, in oil, acrylic and collage, are being showcased in this exclusive exhibition with the exclusive focus on shades such as vermillion reds, cerulean blues and saffron yellows.
Kanak’s paintings have been featured in over 100 exhibitions both at home and abroad, including Australia, India, the United States, Germany, France and England. Under her supervision, ‘Bangladesh Ethnic Artist Forum’ has been inaugurated with the participation of all the ethnic communities in Bangladesh focusing on conducting research, art camps, art exhibitions and workshops.
As the country’s most prominent indigenous artist, Kanak Chanpa Chakma has won several prestigious awards at home and abroad including Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Costume Design (2014), Olympic Fine Arts Medal at Beijing, China (2008), Grand Award by Latin American Art Museum in Miami, Florida of the United States (2003) and National Award for Best Painting by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (2002).
The exhibition is open for all till November 30, every day from 10 am to 8 pm at Edge Gallery, Bay’s Edgewater, on the edge of Gulshan Lake (thus the name) as one heads towards Baridhara from the Gulshan-2 circle.
The second international symposium on community health workers (CHWs) will be held in the city on November 22-24 with about 500 participants from more than 35 countries to share practical knowledge and experience about CHWs related policy and programmes.
The theme of the symposium is ‘Potentials of Community Health Workers in Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the Context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
icddr,b in collaboration with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Government of Bangladesh; James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) and Save the Children, Bangladesh is organising the event.
Organisers made the announcement at a press conference at the DGHS on Tuesday.
The symposium is supported by the USAID, European Union, UKaid, MSH, Vital Strategies, BRAC, UNICEF, UNFPA, and WHO.
Additional Director General (Admin), DGHS Prof Dr Nasima Sultana shared the background of the symposium.
She said the community health workers are unsung heroes and have been a powerful workforce in promoting health services around the world.
“Informally originated in China in the 1920s, they were initially engaged in birth and death registration, vaccination, providing basic health education and first-aid services. Presently, the CHWs are considered as ‘alternative solutions’ and has received increased attention in many LMICs including Bangladesh.”
She also spoke about the prevalence of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries including in Bangladesh.
Scientist and Project Director SHARE Project, Health Systems and Population Studies Division, icddr,b Dr. Iqbal Anwar presented the historical aspects of community health workers and the past symposium.
The theme further expanded to four subthemes - CHWs programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), CHWs and Universal Health Coverage (UHC), CHWs in special situation such as urban health care, disaster and climate change and humanitarian context; and CHWs programmes and prevention and control of NCDs.
Some 141 abstracts of 232 were selected for oral and poster presentation while 20 young participants from LMICs were selected for scholarship based on the merit of their abstract.
The symposium brings academics, health experts, development partners and other relevant professionals to a common platform to discuss about the successes and challenges with the CHWs.
These will also enable formulation of better strategic pathways of how CHWs can help communities to win the new fight against NCDs further to attain UHC and Sustainable Development Goal- 3 targets.
Prof. Dr. Md. Abul Hashem Khan, Line Director, Community Based Health Care (CBHC), DGHS, MOHFW, Professor Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean JPGSPH, and Dr Farzana Islam, Project Director, Save the Children, Bangladesh and Dr. Samir Kanti Sarker, Ex- Line Director, MIS, DGHS were also present at the press conference.
The 1st International Symposium on CHWs was held in 2017 in Kampala, Uganda and has showcased the contribution of the CHW programmes across different areas of health related to sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the Senate's first Asian-American woman and only current immigrant, is working on a memoir.
Viking announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, will come out in 2021.
Hirono, 72, will write about emigrating at age 8 to the United States after her mother fled an abusive marriage in Japan. In a statement issued through Viking, Hirono said the book was a tribute to her mother's spirit and a chance "to bear witness on her behalf by telling the story of the daughter she inspired to live boldly."
Hirono, a Democrat, made news last year as a leading critic of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of sexual harassment and attempted assault. Kavanaugh, who was narrowly confirmed, denied the allegations.
Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder.
In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping and sewing. They've been working tirelessly, running up the ceremonial garments Pope Francis will wear during his four-day visit to Thailand later this month.
Using Thai silk, the nimble-fingered outfitters have made two full sets of custom robes, in gold-and-white and in vivid red, to grace the pontiff at two public Masses before tens of thousands of the faithful.
They are also stitching almost 200 robes for accompanying bishops, though no silk for them: Theirs are made of polyester.
The strong colors of the pope's two robes, known as chasubles, are not just to ensure he's visible from a distance — they also convey meaning. The visit's organizers say the gold and white symbolize innocence and joyfulness, while the red represents love and the blood of martyrs.
An air of quiet concentration pervades the high-ceilinged room where the 11-member team of sisters have been racing the clock, 10 hours a day, ever since the 82-year-old pope's measurements arrived from the Vatican in September.
Despite nervousness over the approaching deadline, they say they're on track. Soon they'll send the chasubles to the Vatican's embassy in Bangkok for final approval.
"I felt that we didn't have much time, but I wasn't worried that we wouldn't finish them," said Sister Sukanya Sukchai, a member of the tailoring team.
"I knew that God would help. I knew that his help would come in time so that we would finish the job — despite our stress about not being able to complete the task."
The pope's robes often incorporate designs relating to the country he's in. Two years ago in Myanmar, his green chasuble bore the country's national flower, the bright yellow padauk.
For Thailand, an ancient motif known as a "kranok" emblazons the cloth. The intricate design is frequently seen carved in the stone or wood of Thai temples.
The priest behind the idea, the Rev. Naruenat Pankrod, said by phone from Italy that he worried the kranok might be too elaborate for a pontiff who favors simplicity, but it's received the seal of approval.
The tailors hope the same will go for the garments themselves.
Gaysorn Srihera, who leads the tailoring team, said she can't wait to see the fruits of their labor before a worldwide audience.
"I am very excited. I want to see how good the vestments that I made could look. I am very excited and happy," she said.
Pope Francis will arrive in Thailand on Nov. 20 before heading off to Japan three days later, where a new set of tailor-made robes will await him.
The fourth Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival will be held in Quanzhou, east China's Fujian Province, from Nov. 22 to 27.
The event will feature art performances, a forum on art development and an online arts festival, organizers said in a press conference in Beijing.
Jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the government of Fujian Province, the festival has attracted over 1,200 artists and 130 troupes from more than 40 countries and regions, including the Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.
The event was initiated in 2014 and established a biennial festival a year later in 2015.
During this year's festival, visitors will be invited to immerse themselves in the arts with a series of public activities around the ancient city of Quanzhou, as well as in local universities and businesses.