Dhaka, Aug 6 (UNB) - The 78th death anniversary of the Bard of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, is being observed on Tuesday.
Tagore, who enriched the Bengali language and literature with his astounding talent and merit, died on this day in 1941 at the age of 80.
Different organisations are holding many programmes while television channels are airing special productions based on Rabindranath Tagore's works.
Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Shishu Academy and different government and non-government institutions and cultural organisations chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion.
Tagore was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer whose works reshaped Bangla literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Born on May 7, 1861 at Jorasanko Mansion in Kolkata, he was the youngest of 13 surviving children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.
He became Asia's first Nobel laureate after winning the Nobel Prize in literature for his mesmerising book Gitanjali in 1913.
Two of his songs are now the national anthems of Bangladesh and India -- Amar Sonar Bangla and Jana Gana Mana -- respectively.
Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. Gitanjali, Gora, Ghare-Baire and Chokher Bali are among his best-known works.
Dhaka, Aug 5 (UNB) – A three-day photo exhibition titled ‘Paharer Bornil Sangskriti’ began at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Monday.
The BSA together with Bangladesh Ethnic Artiste Forum organised the exhibition as part of its month-long programme to mark the National Mourning Day and 44th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Gowher Rizvi inaugurated the show, dedicated to Bangabandhu, as the chief guest.
Dipankar Talukdar, MP and Cultural Affairs Secretary Dr Md Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal were special guests at the opening ceremony while the welcome address was given by Ethnic Forum's Adviser artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma.
The exhibition will remain open from 11am to 8pm every day until Wednesday.
New York, Aug 1(AP/UNB) — Woodstock 50 is officially canceled.
Organizers announced Wednesday that the troubled festival that hit a series of setbacks in the last four months won't take place next month.
The three-day festival was originally scheduled for Aug. 16-18, but holdups included permit denials and the loss of a financial partner and a production company.
Last week Jay-Z, Dead & Company and John Fogerty announced that they wouldn't perform at the event after organizers said it was moving to Maryland from New York.
"We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the festival we imagined with the great lineup we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating," festival co-founder Michael Lang said in a statement Wednesday. "We released all the talent so any involvement on their part would be voluntary. Due to conflicting radius issues in the DC area many acts were unable to participate and others passed for their own reasons."
Organizers said they were planning to make Woodstock 50 a free benefit concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, before announcing they had canceled the festival altogether. Lang announced the 50th anniversary event in March alongside Fogerty and rapper-actor Common, two acts that were slated to perform. Other artists who were booked for the festival included the Killers, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, David Crosby, Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Halsey.
Woodstock 50 was originally supposed to take place across three main stages at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the original site, but the venue pulled out. Tickets were supposed to go on sale on April 22, which was Earth Day, but that was postponed.
Woodstock will still celebrate its anniversary: Ringo Starr, Santana and Fogerty will perform at Woodstock's original site in Bethel, New York, in a smaller anniversary event at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts not connected to Woodstock 50.
The original Woodstock, a festival pushing the message of peace, love and music, was a seminal, groundbreaking event in 1969 that featured performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, the Who and other iconic acts.
Lang is asking Woodstock 50 artists who were already paid to donate 10% of their earnings to HeadCount, a nonprofit group that registers voters at music events, or to another organization.
"Woodstock remains committed to social change and will continue to be active in support of HeadCount's critical mission to get out the vote before the next election," Lang said in his statement. "We thank the artists, fans and partners who stood by us even in the face of adversity. My thoughts turn to Bethel and its celebration of our 50th Anniversary to reinforce the values of compassion, human dignity, and the beauty of our differences embraced by Woodstock."
Dhaka, July 26 (UNB) – The two-day Nazrul Fest organised by leading cultural organisation Chhayanaut to pay tributes to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam ended here on Friday.
The festival kicked off on Thursday at Chhyanaut’s auditorium in Dhanmondi with an introductory dance and musical performance on the song ‘Ano Ano Amrita Bari’ by artistes of the organisation.
Several Nazrul singers performed Nazrul’s songs on the first day.
Nawshin Tabassum Omi, Suptika Mondol, Nusrat Jahan Runa, Sumon Chowdhury, Lotifun Julio, Syeda Sonjida Zohra Bithika, Ferdous Ara, Oisharjh Samaddar, Tanvir Ahmed, Priyanka Gope, Dalia Nawshin, Yakub Ali Khan, Anila Ameer Lamee, Bitu Kumar Sheel, Nahiyan Durdana Shuchi, Bivash Ranjan Maitra, Jannat-E-Ferdous Lucky, Shamima Parveen Shimu and Sumon Majumdar rendered solo songs while Jayanta Roy and Mahmuda Akhter performed their solo recitations and Hindol, and Chayyanaut music troupe performed group songs coupled with Sudeshna Shoyomprova Tathoi’s solo dance performance.
The second-day programme started with a combined music and dance performance by Chhayanaut artistes. Singers Shukla Paul Setu, Shorifur Rahman, Anannya Shila Shamsuddin, Selina Hossain, Jarin Subah, Shrabonti Dhar, Mohit Khan, Yeasmin Mushtaree, Rejaul Karim, Roksana Hossain Munni, Moidul Islam, Salahuddin Ahmed, Ovipriyo Chakroborti, Pramita Dey, Mahmudul Hasan, Rawshan Ara Soma, Mofijur Rahman, Kaniz Husna Ahammadi Simpi, Manish Sarkar, Bijon Chandra Mistri performed solo songs while Rafiqul Islam and Krishti Hefaz performed solo recitations. Three group songs were performed by Nazrul Institute and Chhayanaut each, while Warda Rihab performed her solo dance with one of Chhayanaut’s songs.
The festival concluded with the singing of the National Anthem with the participation of all the artistes.
To commemorate and celebrate Nazrul’s amazing literary creations, Chhayanaut has been organising the two-day festival since 2009.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) – The Bangladeshi Embassy in Japan organised a seminar on Bengali language and culture at Bangabandhu auditorium of the embassy in Japan on Friday.
Students of the Bangla Department under Foreign Education faculty at Tokyo University attended the seminar where Bangladeshi Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima spoke, said a press release on Saturday.
“It’s a matter of pride that students have been practising Bengali language and culture here in Japan,” Rabab Fatima said while speaking on the occasion.
She emphasised on working deeply with Tokyo University to enhance the study and practice of Bengali language and culture.
Students of the Bangla department also performed in a cultural event on the occasion.
The guests were served with Bangladeshi traditional food after the seminar.