Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) – The 91st birth anniversary of country’s legendary poet Shamsur Rahman was observed on Wednesday. The poet was remembered through a reminiscing programme at Bangla Academy.
Arranged at the Academy’s Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall, the programme was jointly presented by Bangla Academy, Jatiya Kabita Parishad and Shamsur Rahman Smriti Parishad- and observed with presence of cultural personas along with friends and family members of Poet Shamsur Rahman.
The event was chaired by Bangla Academy President and National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman. Discussion and memorial lecture on Shamsur Rahman’s life and works was joined by historian Professor Syed Anwar Hossain, Literature Magazine ‘Kali O Kolom’ editor Abul Hasnat, Academy’s Director General Habibullah Shiraji, poet Muhammad Nurul Huda and Jatiya Kabita Parishad’s President Poet Muhammad Samad.
Poet’s son Faiyaz Rahman, daughter-in-law Tiya Rahman, Professor Moniruzzaman, Psychologist and writer Mohit Kamal, writer-journalist Nasimun Ara Haque, researcher Dr Israil Khan was present at the event, among others.
“Shamsur Rahman was a rebel against all odds, and always penned his poems profoundly with courage. He will be remembered with great honor till the end of Bengali literature for his remarkable creations”, said Professor Anisuzzaman.
A grand mural of the poet was unveiled in front of the Academy’s Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall. A minute of silence was held for the recently deceased writer-translator and Academy’s past employee Arshad Aziz, at the beginning of the event.
The poet was also remembered in this event through the reading and recitations of his poems. Robiul Hussain, Anowara Syed Haque, Kazi Rozy, Lily Haque, Shihab Sarkar, Faruk Mahmud, Hasan Hafiz, Rezauddin Stalin, Nahar Farid Khan, Piyash Majid and Hanif Khan read the poems while Rafiqul Islam, Layla Tarannum Chowdhury Kakoli, Foyzul Alam Pappu and Shahadat Hossain Nipu recited poems of the beloved poet.
Renowned singer Rafiqul Alam and Abida Rahman Setu presented songs from Shamsur Rahman’s poetry while Sahida Rahman Surovi presented a dance recitation.
The programme was jointly hosted by Bangla Academy’s Deputy Director and Poet Dr Aminur Rahman Sultan, Shahadat Hossain Nipu and Jatiya Kabita Parishad’s General Secretary Poet Tariq Sujat.
Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) - The first-ever international workshop on magic industry ended here on Wednesday, highlighting the importance of using advanced techniques in magical presentations, and effective networking among the magicians of various countries.
At the workshop titled ‘Development of Magic Industry and Networking, the magicians underscored the need for necessary cooperation from the bodies concerned to boost the potentials of the industry.
The two-day workshop was organised by Magicians Society of Bangladesh (MSB) at the Magic Theatre in the city. Around 100 magicians from home and abroad participated in the workshop.
Magician Mamada from Thailand, Danial Boom from China and S Lal and Subash from India, among others, joined the workshop.
MSB President Jewel Aich, its founder and secretary Aliraj and magician Ulfat Kabir from Bangladesh delivered lectures on different topics at the workshop, said a media release.
The participants discussed, among other things, the use of advanced techniques of magic and illusion, stage craft, stage effects, presentation and showmanship and slight of hands.
Nine different sessions were held at the workshop while the magicians participated in lectures and demonstrations.
The MSB is working in the country for the overall development of this industry as well as the welfare of the professional and amateur magicians.
It also organised an international magic festival in Dhaka a few years back.
Nanchang, Oct 23 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Porcelain craftsmen from home and abroad said the plan of building Jingdezhen, a Chinese city renowned for its over 1,700-year history of porcelain making, into a world ceramic cultural center, will attract more skilled craftsmen to introduce new ideas, strengthen exchange and stimulate the development of the ceramic industry.
In early October, the government of eastern China's Jiangxi Province unveiled details of a newly-released plan of building Jingdezhen into a national ceramic culture inheritance and innovation pilot zone. One of its primary missions is to enhance international ceramic cultural exchange and cooperation.
"It's nice and interesting to me, and also for all international artists who come here, to exchange thoughts and ideas on each other's works. Every person from Europe, Africa, America and Russia, has come here to experience Chinese culture and learn from the Chinese," said Christiane Toewe, a German ceramic artist who has visited Jingdezhen three times in recent years.
"At home, I have a big workspace, but it is refreshing to take a break, come here for three months and work on new projects," Toewe said.
As one of the areas with the highest concentration of artistic talents in China, Jingdezhen has over 30,000 artists, including 5,000 foreigners, living in the city. These artists are known as "jingpiao" and foreigners as "yangjingpiao."
Moreover, the city now boasts more than 6,700 ceramic enterprises and workshops. Some 150,000 people work in porcelain-related industries.
Japanese ceramist Takeshi Yasuda and his wife, who have lived in the city for 17 years, are two of the thousands of "yangjingpiao." For them, Jingdezhen is not only their creation base but also their second hometown.
In Yasuda's eyes, foreign artists chose to come to Jingdezhen as it is a place where they can learn advanced skills in craftsmanship. In addition, artists are able to aquire precious materials and equipment to turn their visions into reality, which is sometimes difficult to achieve in their own countries.
"Jingdezhen is a spectacle. You have new discoveries here every year. Its well-developed industry environment has attracted many young artists to start their business and create their own works, " said Yasuda.
As the city speeds up to transform itself into a world ceramic cultural center by 2035, Yasuda said Jingdezhen is taking a new development path. "The future of Jingdezhen will be brighter as it is building cultural confidence at a higher and more international level."
Lee Taxoo, a ceramic artist from the Republic of Korea, will spend three to four months every year collecting porcelain fragments in Jingdezhen. He splices the pieces into new ceramic works at the bottom of old bowls, which he has named "Rebirth."
"Jingdezhen is a special place for porcelain artists. It has a long history of hand-made ceramics, which is important for the ceramic cultural inheritance," said Lee. "In China, I have more opportunities to exchange with global artists on my design ideas and works."
According to the plan, more high-level porcelain talents will be introduced to Jingdezhen, and both domestic and foreign institutions of scientific research, art and think tanks are encouraged to establish branches in the pilot zone.
More preferential policies tailored for talents, such as housing, resettlement of their spouses and children's education, as well as loans for start-ups, will be rolled out.
"Jingdezhen is an inclusive city, with skilled craftsmen from all over the world gathering here," said local porcelain artist Zeng Yalin. "The pilot zone will bring historical opportunities for the city, which expects to attract more artists from home and abroad to exchange new ideas and craftsmanship and stimulate the development of the ceramic industry."
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – With an aim to promote oriental artworks of the enriched eastern heritage, Gallery Cosmos is hosting a group art exhibition titled ‘Praccher Prachin Dhara’ (The Ancient Lineage of The East).
The 22-day exhibition, dedicated to art maestro Kalidas Karmakar who passed away recently, began at the Gallery Cosmos in the city’s Mohakhali area on Tuesday.
Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet, Executive Assistant Director Rumessa Mailloux, Cosmos Group Director Masud Jamil Khan, Dragon Century (Singapore) Director Alain Dambron, Chairman of Dhaka University’s Oriental Art department Dr Mizamur Rahman Fakir and Artist Afrozaa Jamil Konka spoke at the inauguration ceremony.
“Through initiatives like this exhibition, it’s our aim to break the new ground working as an incubator for the emergence of oriental art in Bangladesh,” said Tehmina Enayet.
Reminiscing about Kalidas Karmakar, Masud Jamil Khan said, “Our printmaking studio Cosmos-Atelier71 was established under the guidance of Kalidas Karmakar. He was a legendary artist and a lifelong well-wisher of the country’s oriental art as well as an angelic figure for Gallery Cosmos.”
Dr Mizanur Rahman Fakir thanked Gallery Cosmos for arranging the exhibition.
Meanwhile, a one-minute silence was observed in memory of Kalidas Karmakar.
A total of 25 oriental artworks by 25 artists have been put on display at the exhibition.
The participating artists are Nasreen Begum, Elham Huq Khuku, Rubina Akhter, Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Nasima Khanam Queenie, Dilruba Latif Rosy, Trivedi Gopal Chandra, Dr Mizanur Rahman Fakir, Dr Sushanta Kumar Adhikary, Md Abdul Aziz, Fahmida Khatun, Malay Bala, Kantideb Adhikary, Zahangir Alom, Sumon Baidya, MD Nazmul Haque Bappy, Iskindar Mirza, Tanjima Tabassum Easha, Amit Nandi, Md Nazmul Hasan, Nahida Nisha, AKM Golam Ullah Nishan, Samina Zaman, Saahahaz Akther Pinky and Fahmida Haque Mahi.
The exhibition will remain open from 12pm to 8pm every day till November 10.
Paris, OCT 22 (AP/UNB) — Much about Leonardo Da Vinci remains an enigma: the smile of the "Mona Lisa"; why the world's most famous painter left so many works unfinished; and more recently, who bought the contentious "Salvator Mundi."
A new exhibit at the Louvre, however, opening Thursday and marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian master's death, tries to sketch out as complete a picture of the artist and thinker as possible.
Drawing from the Louvre's permanent collection and institutions around the world, the exhibit brings together some 160 works. They include Da Vinci masterpieces, dozens of studies and scientific sketches, and pieces by other artists in Da Vinci's orbit. Visitors can also experience a virtual reality portion of the exhibit that delves into the story behind the "Mona Lisa."
"We wished, in order to pay homage to the artist, to be able to show the entirety of Leonardo Da Vinci's career and his development and to explain, ultimately, the sense of his life," curator Vincent Delieuvin told The Associated Press.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 24, 2020. Visitors must reserve tickets online in advance, and the Louvre said it has already pre-sold 220,000 tickets as of Monday morning.
More than 10 years in the making, the project began when Louis Frank, the exhibit's other curator, translated a Renaissance-era Da Vinci biography to round out existing knowledge about the painter's life. That biographical emphasis is evident in the exhibit's design, which traces the artist's trajectory from his apprenticeship with Florentine sculptor Andrea del Verocchio to his death in France in 1519.
With a whole room devoted to his scientific pursuits, it seeks to capture the quest for knowledge and perfection of a man Delieuvin called "a universal genius."
"Leonardo Da Vinci, he is one of those rare men, those personalities who fascinate us, because he was universal," Delieuvin said. "He had an interest in all aspects of nature, we all see ourselves in his personality."
"Mathematicians, geometry specialists, doctors, artists, everyone sees a part of themselves in Leonardo," he added.
Several of Da Vinci's completed paintings will be on display, including "La Belle Ferronniere" and "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne." The "Mona Lisa" will remain in its case, upstairs. Visitors will be able to see "Portrait of a Musician" on loan from the Vatican and "Benois Madonna" from St. Petersburg, among other works the Louvre borrowed for the occasion.
Some pieces proved more difficult to obtain. The "Vitruvian Man," Da Vinci's famous drawing of the ideally proportioned male figure, arrived in France from Venice's Accademia Gallery only days before the exhibit's opening.
Italian heritage group Our Italy tried to block the loan, saying the drawing was too fragile to be moved. An Italian court originally suspended the loan before ruling last week that it could travel to France for eight weeks. In exchange, the Louvre will lend several works by Raphael to Rome next year.
The dispute fanned the flames of a broader debate about Da Vinci's legacy and Italian national identity.
"A Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit is very difficult to do, since Da Vinci has become a symbol," Delieuvin said, calling it "natural" that some museums are reluctant to lend pieces from their collections.
Though Da Vinci died in France, Delieuvin said Louvre officials recognize and celebrate the painter's Italian roots.
"I assure everyone that the French have never appropriated Leonardo Da Vinci," he said. "Leonardo is a genius who is evidently Italian, he was entirely formed in Italy, and he would not have become Leonardo Da Vinci in France."
Another, still-absent piece has also drawn significant attention. The Louvre put out a call for the "Salvator Mundi" but has yet to receive the painting, which sold to an anonymous buyer for a record-breaking $450 million in 2017.
It's unclear where the painting is, but speculation abounds that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is its new owner. Art experts, meanwhile, remain divided over whether Da Vinci in fact painted the work.
For now, a variation of "Salvator Mundi" created in Da Vinci's studio hangs in the Louvre exhibit. Delieuvin said he does not know who owns the original, but he's holding out hope it will be sent over.
Delieuvin has said the Louvre will withhold judgment on its provenance until they have the painting in hand.