Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) - DIKANDA, a music band of international renown, hailing from Poland introduced the audience with extremely emotional and authentic performance.
The high profile polish band performed after the formal inaugural ceremony of Dhaka International Folk Fest on Thursday.
Audience were seen enjoying their diversity of musical performance with due attention though language is different.
Every members of the band were playing their instruments from the heart for listeners and trying to gain the attention their dancing.
They could also connect themselves with the unknown audience successfully through their ethnic songs and rhythmic body movement and clinched the huge clap of the audience.
Team leader of the band Ania Witczak played accordion in the packed audience platform alongside the singing.
She said in her short speech in Bengali “I love you Bangladesh.” she added “What I tell you in your language is really true.”
The other band members are- Dominik Bieńczycki , Daniel Kaczmarczyk , and Piotr Rejdak ( guitars), Grzegorz Kolbrecki (bass),Kasia Bogusz (singing), Szymon Bobrowski ( trumpet)
They come from Szczecin, Poland. In their artistic work DIKANDA promotes the authenticity of style – searching for new trends therefore most of their works are original compositions.
They draw their musical inspiration from traditional folk sounds of the broadly defined Orient – from the Balkans, through Israel, Kurdistan, Belarus to India.
Their works are dominated by the Balkan and Gypsy influences. The band has been playing since 1997 and has recorded 7 albums so far, including a Live DVD recorded in the Witkacy Theatre in Zakopane.
They have performed hundreds of concerts, mostly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland but also in Russia, India and the USA.
They have won numerous awards – among others in 2005 their album "Ushtijo" was awarded "The Disc of the Year" by a German magazine "Folker".
DIKANDA's concerts are extremely emotional journeys through ethnic sounds, zestful meetings full of charisma, energy and true feelings. What sets DIKANDA apart is creating new words in their lyrics, thus forming their genuine language - "dikandish".
The most important element of their artistic work is the message – a special relation between the musicians and the audience.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – Grammy award-winning folk band Los Texmaniacs from the USA and Majaz from Bahrain will take the stage on the second day of the Dhaka International Folk Festival, now underway at the Army Stadium.
Their mesmerizing performance will add very different flavour to the second of the three day long folk Festival which commenced on Thursday evening with Bhabna, a dance troupe, from Bangladesh presenting the inaugural show.
Los Texmaniacs, a conjunto band created by Max Baca in 1997, won the 2009 GRAMMY award for Best Tejano Album for Borders y Bailes.
Los Texmaniacs have collaborated with various artists from different genres including Rick Trevino (country music), Flaco Jimenez (Tejano), Los Lobos (Latin) and even Hip Hop recording artist and songwriter King Montana.
On the other hand, Majaz are touted as ‘a hidden gem’ from Bahrain. It is a new band based in Bahrain which was formed in 2013 and consists of five musicians who have previous experiences in creating music, enriching the music scene of Bahrain through their various projects.
Majaz creates a unique sound and style.
Sun Communications in association with Sun Foundation is organizing the festival in the country for the fourth year.
The performances will run from November at Bangladesh Army Stadium every day from 6pm to 12am.
Some 174 artistes from 7 countries including Bangladesh are gathering in one stage to celebrate the music of the heart.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) - It's been a long wait (summed up best by Smriti Irani) but Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have finally released pictures from their two-day wedding in Italy. Paparazzi long shots of the festivities went viral yesterday but the newlyweds' strict photo and phone policy meant that we had to count the hours, minutes, seconds till Deepika and Ranveer's second wedding ceremony, held according to Sindhi traditions, ended today.
Yesterday, Deepika and Ranveer married in a traditional South Indian ceremony - per Konkani rituals, reports news agency ANI - after which grainy paparazzi pictures and some footage of the wedding party went viral. Karan Johar and others from Bollywood posted congratulatory messages on Twitter, reports NDTV.
The wedding, held at the Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como in Italy, was an extremely private affair with family and close friends attending - combined, the ladkiwale and ladkewale added upto 45 only. Deepika's parents Ujwala and Prakash Padukone and sister Anisha led the ladkiwale - Anisha even updated her Instagram bio to reflect this - and the baaraat included Ranveer Singh's parents and sister Ritika.
Pre-wedding ceremonies reportedly included a mehendi and a sangeet, where Deepika Padukone is said to have had an emotional moment as Shubha Mudgal sang a thumri and was then comforted by Ranveer Singh. The ever-energetic Ranveer also reportedly played the dhol at his own sangeet, sang and danced to the song Tu Ne Maari Entriyaan from his film Gunday, and had "DeepVeer" (as the couple are popularly referred to as by fans) drawn onto his hand during the mehendi ceremony.
After the wedding festivities in Italy, the newly-weds are expected to return to India on November 18 and will make their first public appearance on the night of their Bengaluru reception on December 21. Deepika and Ranveer will also host another reception for their celebrity friends in Mumbai on December 28.
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are believed to have dated for six years. They have starred in three films together - Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani and "Padmaavat" - all directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali who will likely be at the Mumbai reception, as almost certainly will Deepika's first co-star and director, Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan.
Los Angeles, Nov 15 (AP/UNB) — Idris Elba's daughter has been chosen as the Golden Globe Ambassador to assist with the glitzy awards ceremony.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday that 16-year-old Isan Elba will assume the ambassador title for the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards in January. Her 46-year-old father was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine last week.
An ambassador is traditionally the child of a celebrity and assists with award presentations, handing out trophies to winners and escorting them off stage.
Elba is the second ambassador chosen after last year's selection of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's daughter, Simone Garcia.
The HFPA rechristened the role, formerly known as Miss Golden Globe, in 2017. The association wanted to expand the role to help recognize the HFPA's philanthropic efforts throughout the year.
Seoul, Nov 14 (AP/UNB) — The agency for K-pop superstars BTS apologized Wednesday for members wearing a T-shirt depicting the explosion of an atomic bomb and a hat with a Nazi emblem.
Japanese TV broadcasters recently canceled planned appearances in that country after images went viral of the musician wearing the shirt. The South Korean boy band ran into more troubles after news broke out that another member wore a hat featuring a Nazi symbol in a magazine photo book and band members flew flags with what appeared to be the Nazi swastika during a concert in the past.
"We would like to again offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has suffered pain, distress and discomfort due to our shortcomings and oversight in ensuring that these matters receive our most careful attention," the band's agency, the Big Hit Entertainment, said in a statement.
The T-shirt portrayed an atomic bombing juxtaposed with the celebration of Korea's 1945 liberation from Japan at the end of the World War II. The United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki before Tokyo's surrender.
Before its division into North and South Korea after the liberation, the Korean Peninsula was colonized by Japan from 1910-1945. Many in both Koreas still harbor strong resentment against the Japanese colonial masters. But in South Korea, it's extremely rare for anyone to publicly celebrate or mock the atomic bombings.
South Korean politicians criticized the Japanese broadcasters' decisions to cancel BTS appearances, accusing Japan of harboring "self-centered views on history" and letting politics interfere with cultural exchanges.
It doesn't appear the T-shirt controversy is seriously affecting the band's huge popularity in Japan, with 50,000 people reportedly filling up the Tokyo Dome Wednesday evening to watch them perform.
The BTS agency said the A-bomb shirt's wearing was "in no way intentional" and that it wasn't designed to "injure or make light of those affected by the use of atomic weapons." It said it still apologizes for "failing to take the precautions that could have prevented the wearing of such clothing by our artist."
Regarding the hat furor, it said all apparel and accessories used for the photo book were provided by a media company involved in its publication. It said the flags in question were aimed at symbolizing South Korea's restrictively uniform and authoritarian educational systems, not the Nazism.
"We will carefully examine and review not only these issues but all activities involving Big Hit and our artists based on a firm understanding of diverse social, historical and cultural considerations to ensure that we never cause any injury, pain or distress to anyone," the agency statement said.
The seven-member band, which has worldwide following, is the first South Korean artists in May to top the Billboard 200 albums chart with "Love Yourself: Tear." The band began its Japan tour earlier this week.
South Korean K-pop and movie stars are extremely popular in Japan and other Asian countries.