Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) – Prof Abdur Razzaq was a visionary who had an impressive brain and mind ahead of his time but he used to live as a common man, speakers said at a book launching ceremony on Saturday.
The book titled ‘Samaj, Rashtro Biborton: Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Gunijon Boktritamala 2017-2018’ was published by Bengal Publications.
National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman, Emeritus Professor at Dhaka University Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury, Dr Akbar Ali Khan and The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam attended the launching ceremony as guests of honour.
Seven renowned educationists collaborated in this book as the writers. They are Professor Rehman Sobhan, Badruddin Umar, Prof Anisuzzaman, Dr Rownak Jahan, Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury, Dr Akbar Ali Khan and Prof Hasan Azizul Haque.
“The society and culture are now overwhelmed with the micro trend. Nowadays people are intending to run after shorter goals and relying on easy methods. During the time of Prof Razzaq, everything was not easy but he profoundly managed to be one of the successful educationists of Bangladesh and lived his life break-free as a common man. That is the most beautiful aspect we learned from his life,” Dr Serajul said.
Prof Anisuzzaman said, “Prof Razzaq was a visionary ahead of his era and certainly the best educational influencer the country has ever had. The writers of the book, including myself, tried to portray the frequently changing societal, political and economic scenarios of the last couple of centuries along with the evolution that Razzaq envisioned through our essays.”
The book, first publication of Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation, is edited by Dr Ahrar Ahmed and co-edited by Rashed Rahm.
The launching event was jointly organised by Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation, Bengal Boi and Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth.
A new Guinness world record was set Friday at a Chinese university for "most people performing sign language."
Changchun University in northeast China's Jilin Province broke the previous record with a total of 10,223 valid participants "singing" the song "Grateful Heart" in sign language, according to Yang Shaopeng, a Guinness certification officer.
Previously, the record was achieved by Yan Chai Hospital, Tin Yan Community Care Association and Link of Volunteers in Hong Kong on Nov. 1, 2014, with 8,054 participants involved, according to the website of Guinness World Records.
An ancient stone tablet describing the story of Chan Buddhist master Bi Tingxuan over 580 years ago was found in north China's Hebei Province, local authorities said.
Archaeologists believe the stone tablet was erected in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), according to the cultural relic protection department of Linxi County.
The tablet, 99 cm tall, 83 cm wide and 17 cm thick, was found in Wulaoguanzhai Village of the county. It contains more than 700 words, recording the time when the master came to Jintu Temple and praised him for his helpfulness and proficiency in Buddhist dharma.
The Jintu Temple (also known as Kaiyuan Temple) mentioned in the stone inscriptions was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), according to county annals.
The tablet provides evidence for the study of political, cultural and geographical changes in the early Ming dynasty, said Zhang Xia, head of Linxi's cultural relic protection department.
The restoration of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) murals in Yongle Palace, the largest Taoist temple in China, will be launched in 2020, local authorities said Saturday.
Yongle Palace, built in Yuan Dynasty, is located in Ruicheng County of Yuncheng, a city in north China's Shanxi Province. The total area of murals preserved there is more than 1,005 square meters.
Workers have completed the digital collection of the murals, monitored and analyzed the surrounding temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide level before the restoration began, said Xi Jiulong, head of Shanxi's Yongle Palace mural preservation research institute.
The restoration and protection work is expected to be completed in three years, Xi confirmed.
The three-day long Selim Al Deen Utsab 2019 and the 8th national council of Bangladesh Gram Theatre begun at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the festival, jointly organised by Bangladesh Gram Theatre and Dhaka Theatre.
At the beginning of the programme, the guests placed wreaths at the portraits of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Fakir Lalon Shah, poet Jibananda Das and Dhaka Theatre’s founder Selim Al Deen, at the National Theatre lobby.
Speaking on Selim Al Deen's role in theatre and Bengali literature, Khalid described the drama doyen as “one of the most talented and visionary theatre activists” and thanked Bangladesh Gram Theatre and Dhaka Theatre for keeping his legacy alive by arranging festival.
Gram Theatre’s President Nasiruddin Yousuf Bachchu said the journey beginning in 1986 had not been easy.
Khalid handed over ‘Selim Al Deen Padak-1426’ to Bangladesh Mohila Samity this year. The organisation’s President Sitara Ahsanullah and General Secretary Tania Bakht received the award.
‘Fowzia Yeasmin Shibli Padak-1426’ was given to playwright Ruma Modok while ‘Mir Moqsud-Us-Salehin’ and ‘Bozlul Karim Sommanona-1426’ were given to dramatist Ahmed Iqbal Haider for their contributions to group theatre activities.
Students and teachers of Bangladesh Navy College put up dance and song performances and instrumental recitals at a cultural show.
A colourful procession was bought out after the award ceremony.
A council seminar was held at Shilpakala seminar and the second council seminar is scheduled for Saturday.
Rajshahi’s Padma Boral Theatre staged ‘Jatra’ ‘Bohurupe Asibo Phire’ and Faridpur’s Bangla Theatre staged drama ‘Nimojjon’ in the evening.
Several plays of Selim Al Deen are scheduled to be staged at National Theatre Hall throughout the three-day event. Ingit Theatre, Natore will stage ‘Chaka’ on Saturday while Shantinagar Theatre, Jaipurhat will perform ‘Eti Potromita’ on Sunday.
Over 500 theatre activities are attending the 2019 council conference of Bangladesh Gram Theatre.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote President Golam Kuddus, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation’s Secretary General Kamal Bayezid, Gram Theatre’s Presidium Member and former pro-vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Dr Afsar Ahmed, Gram Theatre’s General Secretary Toufique Hasan Moyna, Presidium Member and folklore researcher Kazi Sayeed Hossain Dulal and Bangladesh Abritti Somonnoy Parishad’s Hasan Arif, among others, attended a seminar as speakers on the first day.