Narail, Mar 2 (UNB) – The 93rd birth anniversary of master artist SM Sultan will be celebrated through a cultural festival.
A ten-day long Sultan Mela will begin at the Sultan Mancha on the premises of Narail Government Victoria College on Sunday. The fair will continue until March 12.
Sheikh Mohammed Sultan (SM Sultan) is mainly known for his exquisite paintings and drawings mostly with nature and the hardworking rural population of Bangladesh as his subjects. He won various awards for his art work including Ekushey Padak in 1982.
The Bengali avant-garde artist was declared the Man of Asia in 1982 by Cambridge University. Sultan died on 10 October, 1994 and was buried in the yard of his own house at Masumdia village in Narail.
Khulna divisional commissioner Md Lokman Hossain Mia will inaugurate the fair in the afternoon.
A series of colourful events including an art exhibition and competition, a volleyball competition, ox fighting, and traditional games kabadi, lathikhela, kusti, Ha du du, cock fight, dariabandha, ekka dokka, bouchi, and danguli will be featured in this fair.
Meanwhile, SM Sultan Foundation in association with the District Administration has completed all the preparation. More than 200 stalls offering traditional textile and cottage industry products have been set up at the venue.
A seminar on Sultan’s life and works and various cultural programmes will also be held during the fair.
This year’s Sultan Gold Medal will be awarded to contemporary cinematographer Mustafa Monwar. He is also acknowledged as the father of the puppet industry. Ferdousi Priyobhashini, the late sculptor, got the gold medal last year.
Dhaka University, Mar 2 (UNB) - An exhibition of short films titled “Projonmo Wave Outreach Filmy Katha” will be held at Dhaka University on Sunday.
MCJ Film Club, an organization of the students of the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism (MCJ) in association with Dhaka University Cultural Society will organise the program at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium of Social Science Faculty building in the campus.
Jointly funded by the US Embassy and Expressions Ltd, the exhibition will commence at 4 pm.
Four films -- ‘Chorabali’ directed by Badrul Anam Saud, ‘Ma Calling’ directed by Animesh Aich, “Gharer Vetor Ghar’ directed by Tanvir Ahsan and ‘Fera’ directed by Bashar George --- will be showed in the program.
The directors will talk about their works and answer the audience’s questions during the intervals of the shows.
Chairperson of the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism Dr Kaberi Gayen, Film and Mass Communication expert Professor Dr Fahmidul Haq and theatre personality Tropa Majumdar, among others, will also be present.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – A 12-day-long group art exhibition titled ‘Musicality in Wood’ will begin at the Gallery Cosmos in the city’s Mohakhali New DOHS area on Friday.
Eminent artist Monirul Islam will inaugurate the exposition at Villa de Anjuman, House-115, Lane-6 of New DOHS at 5pm.
The exhibition is based on woodcut prints from the outcome of a printmaking workshop held at Cosmos Atelier71 Printmaking Studio which was conducted by artist Anisuzzaman Anis, a Professor of Printmaking Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
The exhibition will run from 12 noon to 8 pm every day till March 5.
The entire exhibition consists of the woodblock prints produced by 30 talented artists who participated in the workshop.
Woodblock or woodcut is a traditional form of relief printing where the artist’s design or drawing is made on a piece of wood, and the untouched areas are then cut away with gouges, leaving the raised image which is then inked.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) - Pahela Falgun, the first day of Spring in the Bengali month of Falgun, is being celebrated across the country today (Wednesday) in a colourful way with young girls and boys joining various functions wearing dazzling dresses.
Falgun is the eleventh month in the Bengali calendar and the first month of the season, Spring, the king of all the six seasons that brings back warm sunshine, budding flowers and dancing of birds.
The first of Falgun is known as Pahela Falgun and usually falls on February 13 of the Gregorian calendar.
After the dryness of winter, new leaves start to come out again and the nature adorns the branches with new colorful flowers such as Shimul, Polash and Marigold.
Falgun brings joys and colours both in nature and life. Everything in nature gives an impression of youthfulness or freshness, as if the nature takes a new birth. The festival-loving Bangladeshi people welcome and celebrate this day with great joy, love and in a colourful manner.
Girls are dressed in 'bashonti' (yellow or orange) coloured sarees while boys wear colorful panjabis to welcome the Falgun.
A spring festival is being celebrated on the premises of Dhaka University's (DU)'s fine arts faculty, which is the centre of the festival.
Besides, different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out various programmes in the capital and elsewhere to celebrate the day.
Prayagraj, Feb 12 (AP/UNB) — At the world's largest pilgrimage in Prayagraj in northern India, tens of millions of Hindu faithful travel to the sacred sangam — the confluence of three holy rivers — to take a dip.
The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is a series of baths by Hindu sadhus and sadhvis, holy men and women, and other pilgrims who believe the ritual cleanses them of their sins and ends the process of repeated reincarnation.
For some, stripping down for a holy dip also signifies the stripping away of the material world.
At every Kumbh, including this year's, thousands of devotees are initiated into the reclusive sect of the Naga Sadhus — naked, ash-smeared cannabis-smoking Hindu warriors and onetime-armed defenders of the faith who for centuries have lived as ascetics in jungles and caves.
On so-called royal bathing days, the Naga Sadhus lead the 13 monastic orders' processions — on garlanded horses, elephants and tractors — through the festival grounds and into the river, armed with tridents and swords.
Performed by senior priests, the elaborate process of initiation comprises five rituals, starting with the shaving of heads and beards, ritual offering of saffron robes, wearing prayer beads, applying ash on the body and giving up their last piece of clothing.
The aspirants have to take a vow of celibacy, practice tough physical and mental conditioning and renounce worldly possessions and family ties.
After a purifying bath in the river and a prayer ceremony, the sadhus have to perform "Pind Dan," a Hindu funeral ritual to pay homage to their ancestors for the salvation of their souls.
Usually this ritual is performed only after a person dies.
But the last "Pind Dan" ritual at the Naga initiation ceremony is for the sadhu himself, symbolizing the unity of his soul with God.
"They will consider themselves dead, and only their soul will live on. They will pronounce themselves dead even while living," said Santosh Mishra, a 50-year-old priest of the Juna Akhara monastic order.
After they are ordained, the Naga Sadhus must remain partially or fully naked for the rest of their lives, sleep on the ground, limit themselves to one meal a day, obey their leaders and gurus and protect the Hindu religious traditions.
The ancient Kumbh festival, which UNESCO added to its list of intangible cultural heritage in 2017, runs through early March. About 150 million people are expected to attend.