Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – French cultural organization Alliance Française de Dhaka paid tribute to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and National poet Kazi Nazrul Islam through a musical programme at its Dhanmondi center on Friday evening.
The event featured mesmerizing performances of Tagore and Nazrul songs, performed by 28 artistes. A total of 18 songs were presented by the performers.
The performing artists had been selected through a recent musical workshop titled ‘Subcontinental Classical Music’, conducted by renowned classical music-artiste Manzurul Islam Khan.
Talking to UNB about the programme, Manzurul said “This kind of event is arranged for the first time in 40 years, at the Alliance Française de Dhaka. Our students from the workshop performed all these songs straight from their hearts, as it was our first-ever tribute event to the legendary duo of Bengali music and culture.”
Notable personalities including Alliance Française de Dhaka’s director Olivier Dintinger and poet Shahidullah Farazi were present at the programme.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a discussion seminar on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s eventful life on Thursday, as part of a series of ten seminars.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury attended the seminar held at BSA’s National Art Gallery as its chief guest. Eminent educationist and art critic Professor Nazrul Islam and senior journalist Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul also attended the seminar as guest speakers.
Focusing on Prime Minister’s struggles, hardships and achievements as a successful administrator, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said “Our Prime Minister is constantly receiving global plaudits for her bold, effective activities as the leader of our nation, and her achievements are also making Bangladesh proud as a nation.”
Professor Nazrul, praising the PM for her majestic role in the development of arts and culture, said “BSA was established by the father of our nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman where the culture of Bangladesh is constantly getting nurtured through effective programmes and activities. Our PM Sheikh Hasina is successfully following his footsteps and she also has the vision to establish the long-cherished ‘Sonar Bangla Cultural Hub’, through which the culture of our nation will get even more accelerated.”
The speakers also praised the month-long exhibition on PM’s life and major events in her career, titled “Sheikh Hasina – Bangladesh er Shopnosharathi” (Sheikh Hasina – The Dream Chaser of Bangladesh).
Presiding over the event, BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky said “PM Sheikh Hasina believes cultural freedom is equally important as political freedom for a nation, and this exhibition is a dedicated portrayal to her broad visionaries as our leader”.
After the seminar, the speakers and other guests visited the exhibition and praised the artworks of the artists.
Set to be concluded on 27th October, the exhibition is going to be displayed at galleries 1 and 6 of the National Art Gallery complex every day 11 am to 8 pm and 3 pm to 8 pm on Friday.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB)- Chinese Embassy in Dhaka honored Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy with ‘Outstanding Organisation Award’ for its special contributions to culture at a Chinese exhibition launched at the academy recently.
Academy Director Liaquat Ali Lucky received the award on Friday while Education Minister Dipu Moni and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming, among others, were present, said a press release of Shilpakala Academy.
Addressing the event, Liaquat Ali said the friendly relation between China and Bangladesh will be strengthened through exchange of cultural exchanges.
The 10-day exhibition at the Shilpakala Academy will continue until October 10.
New York, SEP 28 (AP/UNB) — Perpetually crowded Times Square has a new statue for pedestrians to navigate — but it's unlike any other.
Artist Kehinde Wiley unveiled his biggest work ever Friday, a massive bronze statue of a young African American man in urban streetwear sitting astride a galloping horse.
Called "Rumors of War," it flips the script on traditional statutes commemorating white generals. Wiley described his bold work as a call to arms for inclusivity.
He told The Associated Press afterward that he hoped young people would see it and "see a sense of radical possibility — this, too, is America."
The project was born when Wiley saw Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's monument in Richmond, Virginia. That 15-foot-tall bronze work portrays Stuart astride a horse and is part of the city's string of Confederate memorials along Monument Avenue that includes ones for Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson.
"I'm a black man walking those streets. I'm looking up at those things that give me a sense of dread and fear. What does that feel like, physically, to walk a public space and to have your state, your country, your nation say, 'This is what we stand by.' No. We want more. We demand more," he said. "Today we say 'yes' to something that looks like us."
The horse-riding figure in "Rumors of War" — on the Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th streets — has turned in his saddle, his attention seemingly toward an American Eagle store. His Nikes are firmly in the stirrups and his majestic horse is in movement, focused on something across the street.
"Rumors of War" will display in Times Square until December before finding a permanent home at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
For now, Wiley's work joins other sculptures in the plaza of the so-called Crossroads of the World. There are also statues of Father Francis Duffy and producer George M. Cohan, both white men.
The unveiling was bookended by performances from the marching band from Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, New Jersey. Other speakers at the unveiling included Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
"Today is a monumental day," Stoney said. "In Richmond we have 10 Confederate monuments to the Lost Cause. I think that is 10 too many."
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) – The 14th edition of National Children’s Drama and Cultural Festival, a joint venture of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and People’s Theatre Association, is going to be inaugurated at BSA on 20 September, Friday.
This year, a total of 10,000 children from 94 drama troupes and 64 districts will perform and exhibit 85 performances every day at 8 venues of BSA from 20-28 September.
The nine-day fest is scheduled to be inaugurated by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader. Cultural Affairs Minister K M Khalid, legendary artist Mustafa Monwar, Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute’s President of Honor Ramendu Majumder and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation’s Secretary General Kamal Bayazid will attend the inauguration as special guests.
A press conference took place at National Theatre Hall’s seminar room on Wednesday, where the festival’s convener, People’s Theatre Association’s founder and BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky briefed about the event.
Started in 1995, the festival is considered as Bangladesh’s biggest drama and cultural fiesta solely participated by children.