Dhaka, July 26 (UNB) – The two-day Nazrul Fest organised by leading cultural organisation Chhayanaut to pay tributes to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam ended here on Friday.
The festival kicked off on Thursday at Chhyanaut’s auditorium in Dhanmondi with an introductory dance and musical performance on the song ‘Ano Ano Amrita Bari’ by artistes of the organisation.
Several Nazrul singers performed Nazrul’s songs on the first day.
Nawshin Tabassum Omi, Suptika Mondol, Nusrat Jahan Runa, Sumon Chowdhury, Lotifun Julio, Syeda Sonjida Zohra Bithika, Ferdous Ara, Oisharjh Samaddar, Tanvir Ahmed, Priyanka Gope, Dalia Nawshin, Yakub Ali Khan, Anila Ameer Lamee, Bitu Kumar Sheel, Nahiyan Durdana Shuchi, Bivash Ranjan Maitra, Jannat-E-Ferdous Lucky, Shamima Parveen Shimu and Sumon Majumdar rendered solo songs while Jayanta Roy and Mahmuda Akhter performed their solo recitations and Hindol, and Chayyanaut music troupe performed group songs coupled with Sudeshna Shoyomprova Tathoi’s solo dance performance.
The second-day programme started with a combined music and dance performance by Chhayanaut artistes. Singers Shukla Paul Setu, Shorifur Rahman, Anannya Shila Shamsuddin, Selina Hossain, Jarin Subah, Shrabonti Dhar, Mohit Khan, Yeasmin Mushtaree, Rejaul Karim, Roksana Hossain Munni, Moidul Islam, Salahuddin Ahmed, Ovipriyo Chakroborti, Pramita Dey, Mahmudul Hasan, Rawshan Ara Soma, Mofijur Rahman, Kaniz Husna Ahammadi Simpi, Manish Sarkar, Bijon Chandra Mistri performed solo songs while Rafiqul Islam and Krishti Hefaz performed solo recitations. Three group songs were performed by Nazrul Institute and Chhayanaut each, while Warda Rihab performed her solo dance with one of Chhayanaut’s songs.
The festival concluded with the singing of the National Anthem with the participation of all the artistes.
To commemorate and celebrate Nazrul’s amazing literary creations, Chhayanaut has been organising the two-day festival since 2009.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) – The Bangladeshi Embassy in Japan organised a seminar on Bengali language and culture at Bangabandhu auditorium of the embassy in Japan on Friday.
Students of the Bangla Department under Foreign Education faculty at Tokyo University attended the seminar where Bangladeshi Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima spoke, said a press release on Saturday.
“It’s a matter of pride that students have been practising Bengali language and culture here in Japan,” Rabab Fatima said while speaking on the occasion.
She emphasised on working deeply with Tokyo University to enhance the study and practice of Bengali language and culture.
Students of the Bangla department also performed in a cultural event on the occasion.
The guests were served with Bangladeshi traditional food after the seminar.
Jerusalem, Jul 17 (AP/UNB) — A project in downtown Jerusalem is using an ornate tower constructed of discarded windows from around the city to give people a view of its diverse cultural past and present and bring life to a neglected area.
"Window Stories" is made of 550 windows collected by the late Jerusalem artist Yoram Amir, who died earlier this year. Organizers say the eclectic collection reflects the ethnic and religious pluralism of the city and sends a powerful message.
There are "Muslim windows and Christian windows, and Jewish, and Armenian and they all come together as a beautiful piece, and it's a statement for a better Jerusalem," said the project's manager, Kobi Frig.
The exhibit is part of an annual festival put on by Mekudeshet, a group that sponsors artistic events that focus on Jerusalem's complexities.
Karen Brunwasser, one of the founders of Mekudeshet, said the windows "tell a deeper story about the way we are supposed to treat each other in this city, the fact that this city has room for everyone."
Brunwasser said that Amir was "madly in love with Jerusalem" and for 20 years collected windows that were thrown out as a result of development projects. He worked on the installation until his death in March.
He said Amir was weary of the fast-paced changes of the city and viewed the windows as a reminder of our "responsibility to the past, particularly in such an ancient city."
The installation, which opened this month, is to stay open at least through September. It was intentionally placed in the heart of Jerusalem at a small park that is usually empty and overlooked.
"It's a cute little place that is, let's say underutilized" said Brunwasser. "One of the ideas was to take a place that actually is beautiful, but kind of off the radar, and through this installation do some sort of place-making and attract people to appreciate this really really quiet and beautiful corner."
Kladruby Nad Labem, Jul 14 (AP/UNB) — A Czech stud farm founded 440 years ago to breed and train ceremonial horses to serve at the Habsburg emperor's court has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, acknowledging the significance of a tradition that has survived for centuries.
The National stud farm, located in the town of Kladruby nad Labem 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Prague, is the first stud farm on the UNESCO's list. Here's a look at it:
A ROYAL HISTORY
The farm officially started in 1579, when Emperor Rudolf II of the House of Habsburg gave an imperial status to an original stud established by his father, Emperor Maximilian II. The famed regular visitors to the site, which also has a small chateau and a church, included Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth of Bavaria.
The stud farm survived wars and a devastating 18th-century fire until the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, when the newly established Czechoslovak state took over. That threatened its existence, since anything linked to the former empire was unpopular in Czechoslovakia. Yet somehow the horse breeding tradition weathered both that shift and 40 later years of communist rule.
In 2015, the whole site underwent a major renovation with European Union funds.
MAKING THE UNESCO LIST
The Kladruby site occupies 1,310 hectares (3,240 acres), about the same size since the 16th century. Located on flat, sandy land near the Elbe River, it contains fields and forests along with its classic stables, indoor and outdoor training grounds and a symmetrical network of roads.
UNESCO describes it as "one of Europe's leading horse-breeding institutions, developed at a time when horses played vital roles in transport, agriculture, military support and aristocratic representation."
Kladruby director Jiri Machek said UNESCO's recognition is the confirmation of "the global uniqueness of this place."
"There are three unique aspects about it," Machek told The Associated Press. "It's not only about a tangible heritage, it is also the breeding of unique Kladruber horses, which means the landscape still serves its original purpose. And the third, unique thing — which is not mentioned so often — is the intangible heritage, the traditional way of doing things, that is we have been trying to operate the stud in a traditional way."
ONE OF THE OLDEST HORSE BREEDS IN THE WORLD
Kladruby is the home of the Kladruber horse, a rare breed that is one of the oldest in the world with a population of only 1,200.
Kladrubers were bred to serve as ceremonial carriage horses at the Habsburg courts in Vienna and Prague. A warm-blooded breed based on Spanish and Italian horses, a convex head with a Roman nose is among their significant features.
Since the late 18th century, the Kladrubers have come in two colors, grey and black. The grey ones were used for royal ceremonies while the black ones served high-ranked clergy.
Today, they still do the same at the Danish court, while others are used by the trumpeters from the Swedish Royal Mounted Guard. Some carry police officers in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
The breed's peaceful nature also makes them a popular riding horse among private owners around the globe, and some compete in international carriage driving events.
Pamplona, Jul 14 (AP/UNB) — A bull broke from the pack and gored two Australians and a Spaniard during Sunday's final bull run of this year's San Fermin festival, health officials from the northern Spanish city of Pamplona said.
That took the number of gorings to eight for the eight bull runs that provide a high-adrenaline morning rush to the non-stop party that draws around 1 million people each year.
While five of the bulls stayed in a group Sunday and charged through the twisting streets with their guiding steers, one bull drifted back and provoked havoc in the crowds of runners. The bull flipped one man over its horns and slammed him onto the cobblestone street. It then clipped another two runners who were trapped against a wall.
Regional hospital spokesman Tomás Belzunegui said the man who had been tossed by the chocolate-colored bull named Rabanero was gored in the leg, while another man was gored in the right arm and a third in the armpit. The hospital said the wounds were not life- threatening.
The Red Cross reported several other injuries from knocks received from the bulls and steers, or from runners tumbling out of the way.
The previous seven bull runs had produced five gorings: three Spaniards and two Americans.
The six bulls from the Miura breeder, who celebrated the farm's record-extending 53rd showing at the festival, completed the 930-yard (850-meter) run to the bull ring in 2 minutes, 42 seconds. They will be killed at the ring later Sunday.
The San Fermin fiesta was made famous internationally by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." Most revelers stay up all night or rise early enough to gape from balconies or barricades as hundreds of runners dressed in the traditional white outfit with a red sash make their mad dash.
Sixteen people have died in the bull runs since 1910. The last death occurred in 2009.
Animal rights protesters have also become a fixture in Pamplona. On the eve of this year's festival, dozens of semi-naked activists staged a performance simulating speared bulls lying dead on Pamplona's streets to draw attention to what they see as animal cruelty for the sake of entertainment.
Bullfights are protected under the Spanish Constitution as part of the country's cultural heritage.