‘Preema Donna – An Infinite Journey’, a book by prominent Bangladeshi visual artist Nazia Andaleeb Preema, was unveiled at the Dhaka Lit Fest on Friday.
Published and produced by Cosmos Books, the book’s foreword has been written by National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman.
The book, divided into five chapters, depicts Preema’s artistic journey of two decades.
‘Preema Donna – An Infinite Journey’ also illustrates Preema’s brave approach of aesthetical vision that depicts her philosophy of context.
“This publication is my inspiration to be more committed towards my intense journey of creativity,” said Preema.
She dedicated the book to the next generation of creative minds to proceed with their passion in art.
Preema graduated from the Dhaka University with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting.
She represented Bangladesh at La Biennale di Venezia this year.
She has won various awards, along with the BASIS award in the Visual Arts category and Anannya award for being an outstanding woman in the creative field.
Preema is currently working as the Director of Bangladesh Brand Forum. She is also the President of Women in Leadership and founder of Bangladesh Creative Forum.
She is constantly expressing the representation of women in a metaphorical – whether traditional or digital – through her canvas in a poetic manner.
As part of the Dhaka Lit Fest 2019, a discussion on Friday commemorated the works of Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his role as a phenomenal leader of postcolonial era.
The discussion took place at Abdul Karim Shahitya Bisharad auditorium in Bangla Academy where Indian writer Shashi Tharoor, historian Afsan Chowdhury, poet and government official Kamal Chowdhury expressed their thoughts.
Former Indian minister of state for external affairs and writer Tharoor reflected on the vitality of Bangabandhu's leadership after partition.
“The original postcolonial liberators had the advantage of fighting for freedom from a foreign power ... [but] in the case of Sheikh Mujib, he had already witnessed that moment of liberation. The foreigners were gone ... he became the first leader in the postcolonial system to interrogate what identity it meant and to do so through enormous struggle," he said.
He further mentioned that during his term as Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman articulated the four pillars of the state very well to guide the nation.
“He had a tremendous ability to move people with his oratory, his language. He had a vision,” said Shashi Tharoor.
Eminent historian and researcher Afsan Chowdhury noted that since partition Bangabandhu sought for a state free from all kind of oppression and added that Bangabandhu “was never loyal to Pakistan”.
He mentioned that Bangabandhu realised the power of peasantry of Bengal region very well and won them over with his leadership.
"Sheikh Mujib was not interested in any other region, he just wanted a Bengal region of what he saw a peasantry region," he said.
"In 1947, Pakistan comes into being. In 1948, first strike against Pakistsn is called. If Sheikh Mujib was pro Pakistan, then he'd have never called the strike," he added.
Poet Kamal Chowdhury highlighted the contributions of Bangabandhu in rebuilding the country after liberation.
"Bangabandhu's whole life is an epic tale," he said.
He also credited him for the founding of first state driven by nationalism.
"First nationalist state in South Asia was established by Bangabandhu," he said.
Kamal Chowdhury also discussed government plans to celebrate Bangabandhu’s 100th birth anniversary next year.
Kolkata-based writer Avishek Sarker and Bangladeshi poet Rafiquzzaman Rony won the Gemcon Young Literature Award 2019 and Gemcon Young Poetry Award 2019 respectively at Dhaka Lit Fest.
Each received crest and Tk 100,000 at a ceremony which took place at Abdul Karim Shaittyabisharad (AKSB) auditorium in Bangla Academy.
Rafiquzzaman Rony said, "I'm overwhelmed and speechless. I thank the hosts and the jury for choosing me."
Avishek Sarker said, “I am honoured to receive such a prestigious prize.”
They won the awards for their manuscripts, “Nishiddha” and “DhoasharTamate Rong”.
The jury board included poet Sajjad Sharif, poet Mridul Dasgupta, poet Kumar Chakraborty, Professor Mostak Ahmed and writer Papri Rahman.
A new Legoland theme park will be built in the Jinshan district in southwestern Shanghai, according to local government officials.
With a total investment of 550 million U.S. dollars, the Legoland theme park will become one of the largest Legoland parks globally.
According to a cooperation agreement, the theme park will combine elements of Lego bricks and Chinese culture to target families with children between two and 12 years old.
Numerous entertainment projects, interactive educational lessons and a themed hotel will also be available at the park.
Hu Weiguo, head of the Jinshan District Government in Shanghai, said the Legoland theme park would integrate the coastal and pastoral elements of the district.
LEGO Group has seen steady growth in the Chinese market since it entered the country over two decades ago. At present, LEGO has opened two retail flagship outlets in Shanghai and one in Beijing.
Currently, Legoland parks can be found in many countries including the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany and Denmark.
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) - Thibault Cauvin, the only guitarist in the world to win 13 international first prizes and known as “the champion of classical guitar”, performed at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Theatre Hall on Tuesday.
Organised by Alliance Française de Dhaka, the programme was arranged in association with the support of the Embassy of France to Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Oryx Bangladesh and Gandharbpur Water Treatment SNC (a joint venture of Suez International and OTV-Veolia).
Ambassador of France to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh and Alliance Française de Dhaka’s Director Olivier Dintinger said they were proud to present this French guitar maestro’s solo concert in Bangladesh and expect to thrive the cultural bonding further between the two countries.
Throughout the concert, the classical guitarist enchanted the audiences with his incredible solo scores such as ‘Ulan Bator’, ‘Berlin’, ‘Kolkata’, ‘Istanbul’- to name a few. Prior to every performance, he described the stories and themes of each creation.
He also performed a surprising, unannounced score at the end of the concert in collaboration with Gazi Abdul Hakim, a renowned flautist of Bangladesh.
Talking to UNB about his mesmerized Bangladeshi audience in the venue, Cauvin expressed his gratefulness saying “Never really imagined this sort of overwhelming appreciation and I am very happy to perform here in Bangladesh.”
Thibault Cauvin has been touring extensively for 15 years now and playing in the most prestigious halls in 120 countries across the globe. He has played in over 1000 solo concerts at prominent venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Shanghai Concert Hall, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s South Bank, to name a few.
The world-renowned guitar icon will share his story of mastering the classical guitar in a seminar titled ‘A discussion with Thibault Cauvin on his life and journey’ on Thursday, 7 November 2019 at Auditorium Nouvelle Vague, Alliance Française de Dhaka.