The four-day ‘3rd Art Festival 2020, Nilphamari’ began on the bank of famous dighi (large pond) Nilsagar in Nilphamari district on Wednesday.
However, the festival will officially be inaugurated on Thursday.
Visiting the venue, it was found that the participants were registering their names on the first day.
The venue was decorated in a colourful way with an attractive stage for the formal inauguration. Artists were also found busy for the last-minute preparations.
Some 200 students of different schools in the district also gathered at a local school in the morning adjacent to the venue to meet potential and prominent artists coming from different parts of the country and abroad, learn from them and exchange their experience with them.
The participating foreign artists along with the local ones have already arrived in the district to attend the programme.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will be present at the formal opening ceremony as the chief guest.
Eminent artist Prof Rafiqun Nabi will inaugurate the festival while cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor will preside over the programme.
Eminent artist Prof Mohammad Eunus is the convener of the festival organising committee while award-winning artist Md Harun-Ar-Rashid Tutul, an assistant professor at the Graphic Design department of Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Art, is its curator.
Tutul said the international art camp will be a lifetime great experience for the school-going artists.
They can also experience the way of painting of the prominent artists directly which will motivate them.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Nature is Life, Art for Brighter Life’.
Artists will paint as they like while organisers will provide them with art supplies, food and accommodation.
The festival will feature an international art camp by eminent artists from Bangladesh and beyond, art exhibitions, curated art projects, artist's talk, seminar, cultural programmes, traditional folk art and craft fair, installation, campfire and sightseeing tours.
An exhibition will be held on February 29 while another exhibition of the same paintings will be arranged from April 24 to April 30.
The organisers said the main goal is to introduce a healthy culture against the backdrop of poor taste, from cities to the remote countryside of Bangladesh, travelling beyond the realms of time.
The art festival aims to inspire artists to create innovative artworks, in a quiet place beyond the chaotic city life. Renowned artists from home and abroad will share their experiences and views on art with school students during the event, they said.
The mega event will end with an exclusive exhibition of the paintings of the participants on February 29.
‘Jatiya Pitha Utsab-1426’ (National Rice Cake Festival) began on the premises of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital on Sunday.
Jatiya Pitha Utsab Udjapan Parishad (Committee for National Cake Festival Celebration), alongside BSA, have jointly organised the festival to delight the city dwellers with the unbeatable tastes of traditional pithas (rice cakes).
Started back in January, 2008 for the first time- this year marks the 13th edition of this annual festival.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid inaugurated the 10-day festival as the Chief Guest. Honorary President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Ramendu Majumdar, ‘Mancha Sarathi’-famed veteran theatre activist Ataur Rahman, Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha President Minu Haque attended the inaugural ceremony as the special guests, among others.
Presided over by the BSA DG Liaquat Ali Lucky- who filled the role of Convenor of the committee overlooking the arrangement of the festival, the inauguration ceremony was also attended by the committee’s president, M Hamid, who was the main speaker at the event, while member secretary Khandakar Shah Alam and BSA Secretary Badrul Anam Bhuiyan delivered welcome speeches.
“The winter season in Bangladesh is unimaginable without Pitha- a food item which gradually has become a part of the urban life as well in recent years. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs is glad to be associated with this festival and the organizers deserve applause for regularly arranging the yearly festival,” K M Khalid said in his speech.
Following the inauguration, a cultural programme was arranged where artistes entertained the audience with traditional songs, dance recitals and recitation. The cultural programme will continue every evening for the length of the festival.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Square Food & Beverage Limited (SFBL) are jointly sponsoring this year’s festival.
Generally held in January every year, the 13th edition had to be delayed because of the DNCC and DSCC Elections, said the organizers.
With a total of 50 stalls representing 40 districts of Bangladesh, the 13th edition of this annual festival featuring approximately 200 types of Pithas (cakes) at BSA premises from 3 pm to 9 pm till March 3, 2020.
Country’s leading cultural organization Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) observed the 46th anniversary of its founding on Wednesday.
Marking the prestigious occasion, BSA organized several programmes throughout the day.
A special exhibition was inaugurated from 3pm at the National Art Gallery's first floor, featuring all the notable activities under all departments and sections of BSA since 1974.
500 Students who are enrolled in 14 departments of BSA including flute, violin, sitar, sarod, staff notation and piano, Kathak dance, Bharatanatyam, Gauria, Odissi and the rest showcased their talents through attending mock classes in BSA field from 4 pm onwards, as part of the special segment titled 'Sangskritir Pathshala' (School of Culture).
The founding anniversary seminar took place at the Academy's 'Nandan Mancha' on 5.30 pm, joined by the Parliamentary standing committee of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs member Asim Kumar Ukil as the chief guest. Presided over by the Director General of BSA, Liaquat Ali Lucky, the seminar was also joined by BSA Secretary Badrul Anam Bhuiyan.
A musical event took place followeding the seminar, featuring performers of BSA and popular band Spandan.
Founded on February 19, 1974 by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, BSA has been fostering and promoting the arts and culture of Bangladesh ever since its foundation.
Being the only national institution of cultural practice in Bangladesh, BSA was established by a special law in order to study and develop the arts in all the districts and upazilas of Bangladesh. Dr Mustafa Noor-Ul- Islam was the first Director General of the Academy.
Currently there are six departments in the Academy- the department of Arts, department of Drama and Film, department of Music, Dance and Recreation, department of Research and Publication, department of Training and department of Production. All these departments are directed by six directors, the highest executive officer of the Academy is the Director General, appointed by the Government. The current Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky has been operating his duties since April 2011.
In order to spread the cultural activities, the District Shilpakala Academy has been established in five districts of the country. In each district there is a Cultural Officer who runs the activities of the District Art Academy. Currently its activities extend to the upazila.
With a state-of-the-art gallery building, a dedicated theater building, a dedicated music, dance and recitation building and a training building in the compound- BSA frequently organizes seminars and ceremonies, along with cultural events such as regular theatrical productions, musical recitations and dance performances, painting or photography exhibitions and a lot of other exciting, essential programmes in the service of arts and culture.
Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) - German cultural organization Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), organized the screening of filmmaker Mrittika Goon’s debut film ‘Kalo Megher Vela’ (The Raft of Clouds) on Sunday, February 16 evening at the Institut auditorium in Dhanmondi of the capital.
International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB) representative Lubna Sharmin introduced the filmmaker Mrittika Goon, along with film critic, journalist and the moderator of the Q&A discussion session Sadia Khalid, to the audience at the screening.
While sharing her experience on filmmaking as a debut director, Mrittika Goon said, “Kalo megher vela is a philosophical fiction and an adaptation of my father, poet Nirmalendu Goon’s novel of the same title.”
She further explained: “I wanted to show the chaotic aspects of the city life through protagonist Dukhu’s struggling slum life who flees the city and takes asylum in nature to escape the abuse of his stepfather, leaving behind his beloved mother. There he discovers his life’s philosophy: that the path to freedom is blocked by emotional attachments.”
Mrittika summed up the message she tried to express through her debut venture in the following words: “In order to listen to the call of the soul, one must release themselves from the bondage of love.”
Mrittika Goon claims that the story of 'Kalo Megher Bhela' grabbed her attention in her very childhood when she had first read it and eventually got lost in her imaginary world surrounded by the story. Since then, she had been nurturing her desire to make a film on it and in 2015 she got her chance as the government approved grant for the film.
The screenplay of the movie was done by the late Faruk Hossain. Maximum of the shooting was done in Nirmalendu Goon’s ancestral village Barhatta in Netrokona district and the rest was shot in Kamalapur Railway Station and Tejgaon.
The screening was jointly organized by Goethe-Institut and IFIB as part of their monthly film screening and discussion series “Through Her Eyes - A space to watch and discuss films with women filmmakers of Bangladesh”.
Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt's workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself.
For decades, the Allentown Art Museum displayed an oil-on-oak panel painting called "Portrait of a Young Woman" and credited it to "Studio of Rembrandt." Two years ago, the painting was sent to New York University for conservation and cleaning.
There, conservators began removing layers of overpainting and dark, thick varnish that had been added over centuries — and they began to suspect Rembrandt himself was responsible for the original, delicate brushwork underneath.
"Our painting had numerous layers of varnish and that really obscured what you could see of the original brushwork, as well as the original color," said Elaine Mehalakes, vice president of curatorial affairs at the Allentown Art Museum.
Conservators used a variety of tools, including X-ray, infrared and electron microscopy, to bolster the case that it was the work of one of the most important and revered artists in history.
The scientific analysis "showed brushwork, and a liveliness to that brushwork, that is quite consistent with other works by Rembrandt," said Shan Kuang, a conservator at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts who restored "Portrait of a Young Woman."
Outside experts who examined the 1632 painting after the completion of its two-year restoration concurred with the NYU assessment that it's an authentic Rembrandt.
"We're very thrilled and excited," Mehalakes said. "The painting has this incredible glow to it now that it just didn't have before. You can really connect with the portrait in the way I think the artist meant you to."
When "Portrait of a Young Woman" was bequeathed to the museum in 1961, it was considered to be a Rembrandt. About a decade later, a group of experts determined that it had been painted by one of his assistants. Such changes in attribution are not unusual: Over the centuries, as many as 688 and as few as 265 paintings have been credited to the artist, according to Mehalakes.
The museum has not had the painting appraised — and has no intention of selling it — but authenticated works by Rembrandt have fetched tens of millions of dollars.
The painting, currently in the museum's vault, will go on public display starting June 7.