Dhaka, Dec 5 (UNB) – Bangladeshi film ‘Haldaa’, directed by Tauquir Ahmed, has clinched the Best Feature Film (Fiction) award at the 4th Kashmir World Film Festival.
Monjurul Islam Megh, an International Film Festival distributor, submitted films from Bangladesh, Tunisia and Kazakhstan to Kashmir World Film Festival, including Haldaa, which is based on the fishing community that lives off the Haldaa River in Chittagong.
Haldaa was not the only film by a Bangladeshi to make a splash at this year’s KWFF.
'The Fear of Silence' (Bhoy) by Zuairijah Mou, won the award for Best Short Fiction.
Short Fiction (Jury’s Special) The 'Illusion Seller’ (Khayolfurush) by Sharofat M. Arabova-Singh of Tajikistan.
The award for best film in the 'Kashmir Section' was won by 'The Stitch' (Teab) by Aasiya Zahoor.
Dhaka, Dec 01 (UNB) - Zahira’s Nimontron, on behalf of Shohorbati, arranged their 2nd Winter Pitha Mela (fair) in a joyous atmosphere in the city on Saturday.
The Mela continued from 3 pm to 9 pm at Jomffa Restaurant adjacent to the 300-foot Balu Bridge.
A vibrant décor gave the place a look perfect for the wintry reception along with the mouthwatering collection of pithas, courtesy of Zahira’s Nimontron, which the huge number of visitors relished.
The pitha collection included Chandpakon; famous Dhup pitha of Madaripur, Dudh Chitoi, Dudh Puli along with many traditional dishes. Another feature of the Mea was pitha being baked live at the different stalls.
Besides the food and beverage, there was a collection of clothing mainly Khadi and hand-painted sarees, shawls, ornaments with a set of collectibles from Jothashilpo, Raa, Sharbari and Kaktarua – the event’s co-hosts.
There also featured a drawing zone for the kids where the visitors’ children delighted themselves with colours on canvasses and the enjoyable country music set the beat for the fest.
Zahira Khanam, head of Zahira’s Nimontron and founder of Shohorbati, said this endeavor of hersstems solely from her personal hobby, which she started with a view to giving a traditional taste of Bangla Pitha culture to people.
“When my grandmother died the previous year, I felt that I should do something that could bring memories of her back to me. With that in mind I planned with my cousin for a small pitha festiva. That’s where all of it started,” she said to UNB.
She mentioned that this year they have kept other merchandise apart from the pitha and beverages so that visitors find diversity in the festival.
She thanked all the co-hosts, media partner UNB, and hoped that people will return again next year for more of her treats of traditional Bangladeshi pitha.
One visitor, Ehsanul Karim Kaisar, a textile engineer, lauded the event’s coziness and said it was an amusing experience for him.
Sadia Akter Shwarna, a student visiting the mela, shared her merriment with UNB and said the different features of the event apart from the food enchanted her most.
“We feasted on a diverse collection of pithas, some of the name we came to know for the first time today. Visiting stalls of souvenirs and dresses were a pleasant experience too,” she added.
The festival was presented by Shohorbati with co-hosts being Jothashipo, Sharbari, Raa and Kaktarua while United News of Bangladesh (UNB) was the media partner.
Seoul, Nov 26 (AP/UNB) — North and South Korea are making a first joint bid for an international recognition of Korean traditional wrestling.
South Korean culture officials on Monday said a UNESCO committee is set to determine whether to add the Korean wrestling to its list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" this week.
The Koreas had earlier pushed separate bids for the sport's UNESCO recognition, but the cooperation follows an easing of tension on the divided peninsula amid a flurry of exchanges this year. Local media reports said South Korea had first proposed the joint bid during a leaders' summit at the Korean border village in April.
The Koreas were originally a single country before their separation in 1945. Split along the world's most heavily fortified border, the countries now have linguistic, cultural and other gaps.
They use different English Romanization rules. The wrestling's English spelling is "ssirum" in North Korea and "ssireum" in South Korea. According to South Korea's Cultural Heritage Administration, the Koreas use both spellings for their combined bid.
North Korea has won UNESCO recognitions of two Korean cultural assets — the Korean folk tune "Airrang" and the making of Kimchi. The two are among the 19 items that South Korea has received UNESCO recognition for, according to South Korean officials.
In the Korean wrestling, participants with a belt around their waists and thighs use their hands, legs and other body parts to bring down their opponents to the sand ground. In South Korea, it gained wide popularity the 1980s, threatening the long-running popularity of baseball and soccer.