A two-day music festival of the Music Department of Dhaka University (DU) begins on Tuesday with the theme ‘Bangla Gaan’ (Bangla Songs), aiming to keep cultural activities alive and thriving in the country.
Organisers said the ‘Music Festival 2019’ will be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the department that started its journey in 1994.
On the opening day, a colourful procession will be brought out at 10am from Arts Faculty building. Teachers of the department, its present and former students, and staff will join the procession.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof M Akhtaruzzaman will inaugurate the festival at 11am at the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) while Professor Emeritus Dr Rafiqul Islam and DU Pro-VC Dr Nasreen Ahmad, among others, will be present as special guests.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim will be present as the chief guest at the evening session at 5:30pm.
Commemorating Bangla songs and its creators of the period from ‘Shakta Padabali’ to present, prominent artistes from Bangladesh and India as well as teachers and students of the department will perform during the two-day festival.
Celebrated Indian singer Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay will be present at the first day’s cultural programme.
Over 250 students of the department will present improvised chorus songs on the first and second days of the festival.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), organized the screening of the Shahneoyaj Cacoly-directed film “Nodijon” (The River of Colours) on Sunday, December 15 at Goethe-Institut Bangladesh auditorium.
The event was joined by President of the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB) Samia Zaman, Dhaka University’s Associate Professor of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and actor Wahida Mollick, the film’s actor Pran Roy and director Shahneoyaj Cacoly.
Samia Zaman, in her welcoming speech, said “Almost a year has passed since we started ‘Through Her Eyes’ Film Screening series, which has given us the opportunity to come together regularly to watch and discuss films made by women. A bold film about social injustice against women, ‘Nodijon’ again reminded me about why we thought it was important to have this space.”
The film “Nodijan”, deals with the social and marital consequences of a man divorcing his wife by using the oral 'talaq'; first suspecting her of adultery and then realising his mistake and wanting her back.
Followed by the screening, filmmaker Shahneoyaj Cacoly and actor Pran Roy spoke during a lively Q&A discussion session, moderated by Wahida Mollick.
Marking the occasion of the 49th Victory Day of the country, the artistes of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (Free Bengal Radio Centre) reunited and performed at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Sunday.
Featuring a series of performances at BSA’s National Theatre Hall by artistes of the only radio broadcasting centre of Bengali nationalist forces during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, programme was presided by eminent journalist - cultural personality and head of news of then Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, Kamal Lohani- and joined by BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, music composer and instrumentalist Jahangir Hayat Khan, singer Kalyani Ghosh, Anup Bhattacharya and Rafiqul Alam.
Recalling the emotion of the time, Kamal Lohani said “The 1971 liberation war of Bangladesh saw a ‘never-seen-before’ kind of activism and patriotism from the people all over the country, and Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra was the soul of that united body. We had been lucky to contribute in our liberation war through our talents and cultural works.”
Artistes from BSA presented several tremendous dance and musical performances, while renowned singers of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra including Fakir Alamgir, Kaderi Kibria, Rupa Forhad, Moloy Kumar Ganguly, Timir Nandi, Shaheen Samad, Indra Mohan Rajbongshi, Rafiqul Alam, Bulbul Mahlanbish and Dalia Nawshin enthralled the audiences with their solo songs, written on the liberation war.
Artist Ashraful Alam performed a live, on stage news presentation of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, recreating the palpitating yet majestic notion and emotion of the war-period when people used to depend on radio (the only broadcasting entertainment medium available during that time) news to get daily updates on the war.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s (BSA) special exhibition on the life and works of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, titled ‘Sheikh Hasina – Bangladesh Er Shopnosharathi’ concluded on Sunday at the National Art Gallery.
S M Rezaul Karim, Housing and Public Works Minister, attended the closing ceremony as chief guest while Ashim Kumar Ukil, Member of Parliament from Netrokona-3, was present as the special guest.
Presided by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky, the closing ceremony was also joined by Honorary president of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Ramendu Majumdar and Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Arts Professor Jamal Ahmed.
Portraying the eventful and celebrated life, struggles and notable works of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the exhibition is featuring 231 artworks, 133 paintings, 4 sculpture arts, 5 video installations, 10 discussion meetings and a 32/43 feet long portrait painting of the PM, completed on 72 canvases.
Initially set to end on October 27, the exhibition was first extended till November 15 and then November 30. Based on positive crowd reaction, Shilpakala authorities decided to extend the timeline thrice.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Speaker of the Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on September 28 at National Theatre Hall of Shilpakala.
President of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Shahriar Kabir has said any denial of the arbitrary killing of mass people, including country’s brightest minds, during the genocide of 1971 should be protested and brought under the law.
“Our freedom fighters, including the country’s brightest minds and brave hearts, always stood for the independence of Bangladesh. So, the Pakistani occupation forces murdered them showing highest-ever cruelty. We need to take firm stand against any denial of that brutal genocide,” he said while speaking at a seminar titled ‘Reasons behind genocide in Bangladesh’s Liberation War and punishment for the exterminators’ at the Bangla Academy on Saturday.
The seminar was arranged at Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall of the academy, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
“The genocide of 71 can’t be compared to any other genocide in the world. Even the infamous World War-II was less scary than our Liberation War and genocide of 1971. The Pakistani occupation forces carried out the massacre for only nine months,” Shahriar said.
He also underscored the need for realising international recognition of this genocide through collaborative efforts.
Bangla Academy President and National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman and its Director General Habibullah Siraji also spoke at the event.
“The massacre of the intellectuals was at its peak in December and even continued after independence, but it started way back in March of 1971. All those martyred intellectuals are gems of the nation and they’ll always be remembered in our independent Bangladesh,” Prof Anisuzzaman said.
Habibullah Siraji expressed his gratitude to the martyred intellectuals on behalf of the academy, acknowledging that they had always been intellectually and soulfully connected to the institution.
A one-minute silence was observed prior to the event to homage to the martyred intellectuals.
After that, eminent cultural personality Syed Hasan Imam recited poems written on the Liberation War by Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal and Abul Hasan.
Apart from the seminar, the academy paid tributes to the martyred intellectuals placing floral wreaths at their graves and Martyred Intellectuals Memorial.