People’s Theatre Association (PTA) in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) held a cleanliness campaign on the Central Shaheed Minar premises on Monday.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, founder of PTA and Director General of BSA, inaugurated the ‘Shaheed Minar Cleanliness Campaign’ where over 500 children from different schools and cultural organisations took part.
The campaign began with the observance of a one-minute silence as a mark of respects to the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement and the singing of the national anthem.
Later, PTA and BSA members staged a cultural programme where they performed songs, including ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano’ and two group songs written and composed by Lucky.
Along with acrobatic performances, the cultural session also featured group dance performances with three songs, including ‘Dhannya Mujib Dhannya’.
After the cultural performances, all the participants, led by Ali Lucky and other officials of PTA and BSA, swept the Shaheed Minar premises and surrounding areas.
The event concluded with an oath to keep the Shaheed Minar neat and clean.
The Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), which continues to enjoy a rising profile on the international festival circuit with each passing year, commences its 18th edition on Saturday at different venues around the capital with participants from over 70 countries.
A press conference was held Thursday afternoon at Dhaka Club’s Samson H. Chowdhury Lounge, where the organizers officially announced the dates and details of the festival.
The press conference was conducted by festival executive committee member M Hamid, while festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal disclosed details regarding the venues and event schedule.
Festival committee Chairperson Kishwar Kamal, Head of the Programmers Zohreh Zamani, founder of Rainbow Film Society Mostafa Kamal and two of the festival committee members, Mofidul Hoque and Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, also spoke at the press conference.
The inaugural ceremony of the festival will take place in the main auditorium of the National Museum at 4pm on January 11. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen will attend the ceremony as chief guest, while State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, also the chief patron of DIFF, will preside over the ceremony.
The 18th DIFF festival will screen some 220 films, with participation from 74 countries, with competitive categories spanning “Asian Cinema” “Retrospective ,” “Bangladesh Panorama ,” “Cinema of the World,” “Children’s Films,” “Spiritual Films,” “Women Filmmakers ” and “Short and Independent Films” categories, the organisers revealed.
The jury board features some of the biggest names of arts and entertainment from both national and international level, including Polish filmmaker Joanna Kos-Krauze, prominent Bangladeshi filmmakers Mostafa Sarwar Farooki and Nargis Akhter, renowned singer Maqsoodul Haque, Australian docu-filmmaker and human rights activist Robyn Hughan and several other notable film personalities from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Italy, Spain, Kosovo, Canada, Russia and Iran.
The film screenings will be held at the Bangladesh National Museum’s main auditorium and Sufia Kamal auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Music and Dance auditorium and National Art Gallery, Central Public Library’s Shawkat Osman auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka auditorium and two of the renowned cinema halls in the capital- Madhumita cinema hall and Star Cineplex’s Bashundhara City and Shimanto Shambhar branches.
Organizers Rainbow Film Society will also be hosting a two-day ‘Sixth International Women Filmmakers Conference’ from Sunday (January 12) where women filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world will take part, along with BGMEA president Dr Rubana Huq at Dhaka Club’s Samson H. Chowdhury Lounge.
A day-long programme ‘WEST MEETS EAST’ will also be held on January 14 at the same venue.
Another very important segment that this year’s festival is arranging is the Children’s Film Section, where films related to children will be screened free of cost every day from 10 am to 3 pm. A special arrangement has been made for the underprivileged children to enjoy the films.
Students with valid identity cards will be allowed to watch films for free at the 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm shows. Except for the cinema halls, attendance for regular audiences will also be free at most of the venues. Screenings at the main gallery of National Museum and Public Library’s Shawkat Osman auditorium however will cost Tk 50.
The aims of DIFF are to create a space for young and aspiring filmmakers in Bangladesh so they may connect with global artistes and learn international filmmaking standards, alongside opening up global markets for Bangladeshi. One film from the Bangladesh Panorama section will receive the prestigious International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) critics’ award for Best Film.
The first DIFF was organized in 1992 by the Rainbow Film Society, whose members are film enthusiasts solely dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cinema culture in Bangladesh and celebrating the blending of contemporary films from all over the globe since 1977.
This year’s festival will conclude on January 19.
High Commission of India, Dhaka arranged an exclusive 10 day-long art exhibition titled ‘Gandhi @ 150’, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) at the National Art Gallery.
Commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of India’s founding father Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi- the exhibition features several artworks on his eventful life.
The opening ceremony of the Exhibition was held on Tuesday, 7 January which was inaugurated with a floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
Member of Parliament from Jamalpur-3, Mirza Azam and Member of Parliament from Noakhali-1, H.M. Ibrahim attended the ceremony as the Guests of Honor, representing the two districts where two Gandhi Ashrams in Bangladesh are located.
Leading thinker on Gandhian ideals Syed Abul Maksud and Deputy High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Shri Bishwadip Dey joined the ceremony as special guests.
Speaking on the occasion, Bishwadip Dey welcomed everyone to visit the exhibition and remarked that visitors will not only be able to appreciate the art, but will also be reminded of the life of Mahatma Gandhi - a life led in Simplicity and devoted to truth.
The artwork exhibited was produced by 15 young artists of Bangladesh during the Gandhi @ 150 art camp held from 12-15 December 2019 at Sreemangal, Sylhet which was inaugurated on 11 December by High Commissioner Smt. Riva Ganguly Das at High Commission of India, Dhaka. Deputy High Commissioner, Shri. Bishwadip Dey visited the art camp on 14 December 2019 and interacted with the artists.
Prof. Rokeya Sultana, a renowned artist and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University was the mentor of the camp- whose painting on Mahatma Gandhi is also part of the exhibition.
Also on display are unique photographs depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi - from his time in South Africa to the various movements he led for India's freedom. The artists, working on themes based on Gandhian philosophy such as Truth & Non-violence (Ahimsa), 'Universal brotherhood- Vasudeiva Kutumbakam', have brought out artwork in the nature of sculpture, paintings, batik work, metal & wood work etc.
The exhibition is open for all at Gallery - 4, Fine Arts Building, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from 7 - 16 January 2020, 11 AM - 8 PM.
Peers and colleagues on Monday remembered renowned music director, singer, lyricist, musician and composer Basudeb Ghose who passed away recently.
Audio-visual production house Laser Vision arranged a memorial seminar on the artist at the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra (BSK) auditorium in the evening.
At the event, artistes pledged to preserve the work and publish the unfinished one of Basudeb who took a great initiative to compose an enormous album with 1,000 Bengali patriotic songs.
“We didn’t consider our relation as a business one. In reality, he was our friend. He introduced so many artistes with Laser Vision and our music industry is indebted to him,” said Laser Vision chairman Arifur Rahman.
Basudeb’s wife Nabonita Ghose said, “Music was his priority and love, and he was extremely passionate about his dream project of composing 1,000 patriotic songs. About 250 songs have so far been recorded.”
Bangla Tribune editor and lyricist Zulfiqer Russell announced that his online news portal will provide all sorts of assistance for preserving Basudeb’s creations.
Basudeb’s brother Ajay Ghose, son Korno Ghose, Setar artist Reenat Fauzia, singer Sandipan, singer-composer Sumon Kalyan and singer Hasan Abidur Reja Jewel also took part in discussion.
The music director passed away at Birdem Hospital on December 29 last.
Four young litterateurs have received prestigious ‘Kali O Kalam Tarun Kabi O Lekhak Purushkar 2019’ (Kali O Kalam Young Poet and Writer Award) for their outstanding contributions to Bengali literature.
The award recipients are Hanzala Han (Poetry), Kamrun Nahar Sheila (Fiction), Faisal Ahmed (Essay) and Chowdhury Shaheed Quader (Liberation War Literature).
The award was conferred on them at a ceremony at Bengal Shilpalay, Dhanmondi in the capital on Saturday.
National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman presided over the ceremony while eminent writer Selina Hossain was present as the chief guest.
Legendary cartoonist Rafiqun Nabi and thespian Asaduzzaman Noor were also present at the ceremony as guests of honour.
The ceremony was followed by a poetry recitation and sarod performance.
Asaduzzaman Noor recited poems and Sohani Majumdar, a student of Bengal Parampara, performed sarod at the event.
Kali O Kalam, country’s renowned monthly magazine on art, culture and literature, has awarded a total of 43 young writers and poets with this prestigious award in five categories since 2008.