Marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a special programme titled ‘Muktir Mahanayak’ (Great Hero of Freedom) was aired on all the television channels of Bangladesh on Tuesday night.
Amid the fear of the coronavirus pandemic, the programme was aired as a recorded version.
The two-hour festivity started with fireworks, marking the moment when Bangabandhu was born on March 17, 1920.
Opening the show, 100 children sang the National Anthem and ‘Dhonno Mujib Dhonno’, a song dedicated to the Father of the Nation.
Later, 100 renowned Bangladeshi singers performed the theme song of the ‘Mujib Borsho’ along with Bangabandhu’s youngest daughter Sheikh Rehana.
Along with the speeches of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the programme featured video messages from Nepal's President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef Al Othaimeen.
PM Sheikh Hasina recited a poem along with her sister Sheikh Rehana, commemorating fond memories with their father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) orchestrated a special performance to portray Bangabandhu's eventful life through a 45-minute theatrical choreographic performance on the life of Bangabandhu titled ‘Shotabdir Mahanayak’, featuring 1,000 artistes.
The performance was planned, directed and choreographed by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky. Eminent cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor recited poems on the background of this performance as the narrator.
A troupe of 100 musicians rendered a musical tribute orchestrated by musician Foad Nasser Babu.
Renowned British-Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan and company staged a special theatrical performance titled ‘Father: Vision of the floating world’.
The show ended with all 1,000 artists singing the song ‘Joy Mujiber Joy’, and a special lasers show following fireworks, live telecast from the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
Cinema halls all over Bangladesh are going into lockdown mode from March 18 to April 2 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladesh Film Producers-Distributors Association President Khorshed Alam Khosru announced on Monday.
While asked about the ongoing crisis and possibilities of a nationwide shutting down of the cinema halls, Khosru told UNB that the association has decided to close all the halls until April 2.
“As the virus passes from human to human in close proximity, people inside crowded cinema halls are at a higher risk to be contaminated with the virus, so we decided not to continue the shows in any of the halls including the cineplexes from March 18 to April 2,” Khosru told UNB.
If the crisis continues, the longevity of the decision can get extended until the situation gets normal – he further added.
The current line up of Black, held together by just one original member, nevertheless enthralled fans who showed up for an intimate gig at the Yamaha Music Bangladesh outlet at Jamuna Future Park. Arranged by Yamaha Music Bangladesh, a concern of ACI Motors Limited, the musical session titled ‘Black: Live at YMB’ also featured three other bands - Olik, Encore and Level Five.
Black stepped on stage as the headliners after the underground rockers grooved the audiences, and played several of their most popular tracks including Amar Prithibi, Mittha, Manush Pakhir Gaan, Roder Vetor Rod and many more.
“We thank our fans who came here out of love for Bangladeshi band music, even at this crucial time. Gratitude to Yamaha Music Bangladesh for inviting us to play for our fans,” Rubayet Chowdhury, vocalist and guitarist of Black said at the event.
Along with Rubayet, the current lineup of the band features Bass – Charlz Amit Francis (Bass Guitar), Farhan Tanveer (Drums) and the longtime and only remaining founding member Khademul Jahan (Lead Guitar).
Speaking about the musical venture, ACI Motors Limited’s Digital Marketing Executive Muhib Faysal Lincon said, “From the beginning, we wanted to invite Black, one of the legendary bands in Bangladesh since the 90’s which has contributed greatly to Bangladeshi music industry with so many hit numbers we all love and cherish in our hearts - and we are happy to see today’s crowd reaction.”
Regarding the initiative, another performing band Level Five’s drummer Sadmaan Guppu Asif said “We highly appreciate Yamaha Music Bangladesh’s venture to support Bangladeshi band music. Many of the bands including ours, we use quality musical instruments made by Yamaha, and through arranging these events they are promoting the culture along with supporting us, the musicians for the greater good.”
Yamaha Music Bangladesh started these sessions first back in October, 2019 at its showroom located at the East court, 4th Floor, in JFP.
The 5th Cosmos Art Echo session has been postponed following growing concern of novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
The programme was scheduled to be held on Saturday at the studio at Cosmos Centre in the city’s Malibagh area.
The Cosmos Art Echo is a monthly talk-show of Cosmos-Atelier71 printmaking studio.
Internationally renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed was the speaker of the 5th edition of Cosmos Art Echo. The programme will be rescheduled soon, a press release said.
Cosmos Atelier71 studio launched its membership programme this year with 71 members of different disciplines.
Different activities like art talk, art camps, workshops, screening of art-related movies, outdoor art events and art auction will be arranged under the Membership Programme 2020.
World-renowned French-Spanish musician Manu Chao performed at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA)’s National Theatre Hall on Wednesday, rocking the Dhaka crowd in his first visit to the country.
Organised by Alliance Française de Dhaka, the concert, titled "Sibérie m'était contée" Asian Tour, was arranged in association with the support of the Embassy of France to Bangladesh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
In front of the jam-packed crowd at the venue, Manu and his guitarist performed several of his popular French and Spanish scores including his popular track "La Vida Tómbola" which was featured in the documentary film Maradona by Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica.
The duo then performed along with Bangladeshi Percussionist Mithun Chakraborty, also known as Mithun Chakra, and the crowd was tentalized with the collaboration.
“Manu is an amazing talent. We could not practice together even for more than half an hour just before the concert, yet we managed to speak the universal language of music at this concert”, Mithun told UNB.
The crowd loved every bit of this show, and it was reflected by the dancing audiences. “We did not understand a single word of his songs, but his performance did not let us sit for a minute and we never saw this much energy in any performance at this venue ever before”, Imtiaz, a student of East West University, told UNB.
Thanking his mesmerized Bangladeshi audience in the venue, Manu expressed his gratefulness while talking to UNB, saying “Never really imagined this sort of overwhelming appreciation even at this time of Corona epidemic. I am very happy to perform here in Dhaka and really grateful to this amazing crowd.”
Alliance Française de Dhaka’s Director Olivier Dintinger said they are very proud to present this eccentric concert in Bangladesh and expect to thrive the cultural bonding further between the two countries.
Manu Chao, a world renowned artist who performs in French, Spanish, English, Italian, Arabic, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Greek and occasionally in other languages .
One of the genius followers of Bob Marley, Manu Chao began his musical career in Paris, busking and playing with groups such as Hot Pants and Los Carayos which combined a variety of languages and musical styles. With friends and his brother Antoine Chao, he founded the band Mano Negra in 1987, achieving considerable success, particularly in Europe. After its breakup in 1995, Manu Chao became a solo artist and since then tours regularly with his live band, Radio Bemba.
As part of his Asian tour, Manu Chao rocked several cities in India including Ahmedabad, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai and Kolkata, before stepping inside Dhaka for the first time ever. On Tuesday, he roamed and performed in the Dhaka University campus, exploring the color fest of Holi.
As part of the Asian tour, Manu’s next destination is Colombo, Sri Lanka.