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Falgun, the first month of the festive Spring season and the eleventh month in the Bengali calendar, will be welcomed Tuesday and will also be celebrated on the same day as Valentine's Day, which has been a tradition in Bangladesh since 2020. The second largest celebration in the Bengali calendar year, Pahela Falgun meaning Falgun 1st, used to be celebrated on February 13 every year; however, it was merged with Valentine’s Day in 2020 when Bangla Academy revised Bangla Calendar to align it better with the Gregorian calendar. Welcoming the king of all the six seasons which breathes the life back into brings vibrant sunshine and mild heat in the weather after the short-lived Winter season in the country, the nation is ready to greet the first day of Falgun amid colourful festivities and yellow-red festive attires. Read More: Budget-friendly Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day Keeping pace with the rest of the world, Bangladeshis will also celebrate Valentine’s Day with their beloved ones, a day symbolising and celebrating love among their beloveds. Although the added festivities of Pahela Falgun brought a new and refreshing tone to the day, netizens especially the youths have been observing the day for the last couple of decades now. Different organisations and businesses will be celebrating this festive February 14 with multiple festivities this year, marking the return of grand in-person celebrations after three long years of battling with the Coronavirus pandemic and its aftermaths. The tradition of celebrating the Pahela Falgun in Bangladesh started in the Bengali calendar year 1401. Since then, the Jatiya Bawshonto Utsab Udyapan Parishad has been celebrating Pahela Falgun regularly with colourful cultural festivity at the Bakultala of Charukala (Dhaka University Faculty of Fine Art) in the morning every year. Read More: 10 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Wife Although the Parishad could not arrange the regular festivities in 2022 due to the pandemic, this year the organization will observe the Pahela Falgun festivities in Charukala Bakultala at 7 am and 3 pm with two different seasons. It will also host similar festivities in the afternoon on the open stage at Uttara Rabindra Sarani and Bahadur Shah Park in the capital. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will organise a special cultural event at its Nandan Mancha at 4pm. The event will feature musical performances, recitations, dance recitals and choreography of Spring-themed Bengali fashion; however, it also obligated the female festival-goers to must wear flower garlands and males to wear flower garlands in their hands, which infuriated many netizens on social media as they believe such events should not make such obligations. The ongoing Amar Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla Academy and Sohrawardi Udyan already observed an influx of crowd on Monday, the long-standing usual day of Pahela Falgun in the past; and the book-sellers and fair authorities are expecting an even bigger crowd on Tuesday amid the festivities. Read More: Tracing the Roots of Ekushey Boi Mela.
Bangladesh and South Asian region’s biggest art and painting biennale exhibition platform Dhaka Art Summit (DAS)’s 6th edition will begin at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday after three years of hiatus due to Covid-19 pandemic. Salman F Rahman, the private sector and investment adviser to the Prime Minister, will inaugurate the nine-day event while State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky will be present as the special guests. Director of Dhaka Art Summit and President of Samdani Art Foundation Nadia Samdani MBE, Trustee of Dhaka Art Summit and Samdani Art Foundation Rajeeb Samdani, and Managing Director and CEO of Golden Harvest Agro Industries Limited Mohammad Saker Shamim will also join the opening ceremony among the special guests. The nine-day-long summit will feature workshops, performance seminars and diverse exhibitions with the participation of renowned art critics and art collectors from home and abroad, with a vibrant panel of over 160 local and international artists. Topics like climate change and gender relations will be a key focus of this year's event. A press conference was held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's National Art Gallery auditorium on Wednesday, where the Samdani Art Foundation's Nadia Samdani, MBE and Rajeeb Samdani briefed the media about the event details of the 6th edition. “The theme of the 2023 Dhaka Art Summit is ‘Bonna’ (flood). In riverine Bangladesh, ‘Bonna (flood)’ is not just a name for disaster but a lot more, hence young girls are named ‘Bonna’ (flood). At this year’s DAS, ‘Bonna’ (flood) will be presented through the character of a young girl, in a different way: with questions that go against conventional binary thinking about necessity and non-necessity, recovery from disaster and reconstruction, kids and adults, women and men, and more. The participating artists' exhibitions will reveal the full significance of this connection,” Rajeeb Samndani told UNB. Read more: Fifth Dhaka Art Summit ends in style Artists participating in the 6th edition of the Art Summit include – Sumaiya Vali, Antony Gromley, Asfika Rahman, Vinodbihari Mukherjee, Bhasha Chakraborty, Chitraprasad, Daniel Boyd, Damasus Hacha, Faisal Zaman, Ganesh Paini, Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Habik Chuhen, Habiba Nowroz, Jamal Ahmed, Jaydev Roja, Jani Rusika, Kabir Ahmed Masum Chishti, Kamruzzaman Swadhan, Lala Rukh, Lapdiang Saiyem, Marina Perez Simao, Nabil Ahmed, Nazmun Nahar Kaya, Paul Taburet, Rupali Gupta and Prasad Shetty, Purnima Akhtar, Rafiqun Nabi, Safiuddin Ahmed, Sahej Rahal, Tanya Goyal, Veronica Hapchenko, Yasmin Jahan Nupur. , Rizvi Hasan, Ganesh Pine and others. Art Summit started its journey in 2012. A flagship venture by the Samdani Art Foundation, the Summit’s aim is to establish a profound relationship with Bangladeshi and South Asian arts to the world and to showcase the country's artists and artistic expertise in the international arena. The 6th edition of Dhaka Art Summit will be open to the visitors at National Art Gallery from 10 am to 8 pm till February 11.
Responding to the demand of avid art lovers, the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has extended the 19th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2022 for one week. The biennale will now welcome its visitors till January 13. The closing ceremony of the exhibition was held at BSA's National Theatre Hall Saturday. Presided over by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky, the event was joined by Speaker of the Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury as chief guest. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Cultural Affairs Secretary Md Abul Monsur, and eminent artists Shahabuddin Ahmed and Monirul Islam were also present. Many enthusiastic art admirers and visitors were seen on the BSA premises yesterday on the Asian Art Biennale's last day. Both Khalid and Liaquat said they received multiple requests for an extension of the exhibition, but had to announce its conclusion. However, the next editions of this flagship event of the BSA will be held for two months, they added. "Despite the fact that the 19th Asian Art Biennale officially drew to a close, we decided to extend it for another week due to the demand of our art enthusiasts. The galleries will be accessible to the public until January 13. However, it will not be extended further, as we have other exciting projects in our schedule," BSA Public Relations Officer Hasan Mahmud told UNB Sunday. On December 8, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the month-long art extravaganza online. The exhibition is showcasing 649 pieces of art created by 493 artists from 114 nations, including 149 Bangladeshi artists.
At Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's (BSA) National Theater Hall auditorium in the capital, the three-day festivities of the 40th Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan were inaugurated on Friday. Ekushey Padak-winning eminent educationist Syed Akram Hossain inaugurated the ceremonies of this flagship event of the Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan Parishad (JRSP). The inaugural session of this exclusive convention, which has returned to the capital for the first time after the Covid-19 pandemic, began with a harmonious rendition of the Tagore song 'Apni Obosh Holi'. Some 40 of the JRSP members and alumni, including renowned influential and cultural personalities, then began the ceremony by lighting the mangal pradeep (lamp of welfare) together on the stage. Hosted by thespian Tropa Majumdar, the event was presided over by the executive president of the National Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan Parishad, Atiur Rahman. The welcome remarks were delivered by Bulbul Islam, central general secretary of JRSP. "Our once-green world has turned blood red, and people must awaken their humanity, artistic sensibility, and compassion in order to save the earth and restore harmony to society. Music can be one of the majestic companions behind this awakening,” said Professor Syed Akram. Two special presentations of ‘Geeti Alekhya’ were performed on the opening day of the convention. Dr Atiur Rahman-written ‘Shampreetir Bangladesh’ was performed at the inaugural session, while Mofidul Hoque-written Liberation War-based 'Tomay Notun Kore Pabo' was performed in the evening session on the first day. The three-day convention is hosting a total of 700 artistes, organisers and cultural activists, and the inaugural day was observed with a youth competition, cultural segments and organisational activities. On Saturday, the festival is scheduled to feature a special seminar at 4 pm, featuring this year’s topic, 'The role of culture in creating a harmonious society'. Mofidul Haque, Liberation War Museum trustee and keynote speaker of the event, will deliver the lecture at the seminar which will be presided over by Sarwar Ali, while freedom fighter and cultural personality Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu and Professor Sadhan Ghosh will join as speakers. The evening will be observed with eminent singer Lily Islam-written ‘Geeti Alekkhya’ titled ‘Ananda-Sundor-Bishwo-Utsab’, which will be followed by several cultural segments, including songs, dance and poetry recitals.
A special 3-day visual art show titled 'STIGMATIZED DAY' began at Nandan Mancha of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Sunday, commemorating the August 21st grenade attack massacre. Fine Arts department of BSA organized the event with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Curated by artist Abhijit Chowdhury and co-curated by Sujon Mahahbub and Shubhra Talukder, the performance art programme is showcasing the graphic representation of the brutal Dhaka grenade attack which took place at an anti-terrorism rally organised by the Bangladesh Awami League on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on August 21st, 2004. Read:'BRAVEHEART’: Gallery Cosmos pays rich artistic tribute to Bangabandhu
The first edition of the Shilpo Bangla Art Exhibition was inaugurated Monday at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's National Art Gallery. The exhibition, presented by Mahfuz Canvas and co-sponsored by Moon Calligraphy, is showcasing over 250 paintings, ranging from calligraphies to contemporary artworks. Ekushey Padak winning artist-sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan inaugurated the exhibition. Mahfuz Canvas, an organisation founded by renowned international artist Mahfuzur Rahman, is the title sponsor of the event. Mahfuzur supported several online and offline art events and exhibitions in the past three years to provide self-taught artists of Bangladesh with a welcoming and encouraging international platform. The founders of Shilpo Bangla, calligraphy artist couple Sultana Mimi and Jamil Ahmed, want to offer a forum for Bangladeshi creative and energetic entrepreneurs. The Shilpo Bangla Art Exhibition will welcome visitors till June 30 from 11am to 7pm. Also read: 'Reminiscence of Dreams': Jogen Chowdhury's solo exhibition goes on
Reminiscing the legacy of the little magazine movement that gave rise to a new generation of writers in the country, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) lifted the curtain on a week-long little magazine exhibition at its National Art Gallery in Dhaka on Tuesday. The exhibition showcasing over 800 little magazines from across the country, features a wide range of diversified topics from different genres. In addition to the inauguration of the week-long exhibition, BSA also honoured eight editors of little magazines with the ‘Little Magazine Sammanona 2022’ awards. The inauguration event was joined by Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman as the chief guest, while Bangla Academy folklore department Deputy Director and little magazine ‘Amitrakkhar’ editor Aminur Rahman Sultan and little magazine ‘Lok’ editor Aniket Shamim were present as discussants. Presided over by BSA Director-General Liaquat Ali Lucky, the event was also joined by BSA Secretary Md Asaduzzaman who delivered the welcome speech, and writer Saikat Habib. The awards were handed over in two categories -- five awards in the central little magazine category, and three for the district and union-based little magazines. Read: My alphabet earned with blood, says Joy paying tribute to language martyrs Shahid Iqbal-edited ‘Chinho,’ Abdul Mannan Swapon-edited ‘Dhamani, Ejaz Yousufi-edited ‘Lyric,’ Mizanur Rahman Nasim-edited ‘Mananrekha’ and Obaed Akash-edited ‘Shaluk’ received the awards under the central little magazine category. Asaduzzaman Sharkar-edited ‘Mohakalgor’, published by Zila Shilpakala Academy Rajshahi, and Asit Baran Dash Gupta-edited ‘Surmakopot’, published by Zila Shilpakala Academy Sylhet, received the district-based awards and Upazila Shilpakala Academy Kamalganj in Moulvibazar, Sylhet, got the award under the union-based little magazine category for its publication titled ‘Aranyak’. The award-winning little magazines were selected by a jury composed of renowned researcher and Liberation War Museum trustee Mofidul Hoque, writer and translator Abdus Selim, and Professor Khaled Hossain. Every awardee under the central little magazine category received a crest, a certificate and Tk 50,000, while the awardees in the district and union-based categories received a crest, a certificate and Tk 25,000 each. The week-long little magazine exhibition will remain open for visitors till February 7 at gallery 6 of the National Art Gallery complex.
Marking the occasions of the Golden Jubilee of Independence and the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) premiered 'Gonohotta Poribesh Theatre' (Genocide Environment Theatre) festival on Friday in 64 districts. Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, inaugurated the festival at Meherpur Government College Campus at 6.30 p.m. State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain attended the inauguration event as the principal guest, while Meherpur Superintendent of Police Md Rafiul Alam attended as the special guest.
The 5th edition of Dhaka DocLab, an international documentary production project in Bangladesh, concluded with an online award-distribution ceremony on September 27, crowning ‘Devi’, produced by Subina Shrestha of Nepal, with the Best South Asian Project Award. Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Cosmos Group, sponsored the Best South Asian Project Award. “We’re very happy to support Dhaka DocLab since its inception. This is going to be a powerful platform to initiate positive changes in our community and in our country,” said Enayetullah Khan, Chairman of the Cosmos Foundation. Read: ‘An Insignia of a Forced Winter’ wins Best Project at Dhaka DocLab-2020
Observing the 75th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) organized a handful of programmes including exhibitions and cultural events on Tuesday. The celebrations began with a national children's painting competition, which BSA hosted across the country. Hundreds of children and teens from various educational institutions in Dhakaparticip ated in the painting competition at the National Art Gallery. A month-long special exhibition based on the exclusive art camp titled “Sheikh Hasina: Bishwajoyi Nondito Neta'' which was participated by 75 renowned female painters and artists of the country featuring the life and works of PM Sheikh Hasina, was inaugurated by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky at 5 pm at the National Art Gallery. Read: Bangladesh celebrates Hasina’s 75th birthday The month-long exhibition is open for everyone from 11 am to 8 pm till October 27. Visitors can explore the exhibition maintaining adequate health guidelines. A book-launching ceremony was organized at the National Theatre Hall auditorium at 6:30 pm, as part of the celebration programmes. BSA DG Lucky unveiled the publication of the book titled “Manobotar Jononi Sheikh Hasina: Nibedito Pongktimala”, which contains 75 selected poems written by 75 noted poets of the country. Following the book-launching event, a special cultural night was held at the venue participated by renowned artists and performers. Singers Sabbir Zaman, Homayra Bashir, Ronti Das, Abu Bakar Siddiqui, Romana Islam, Shafi Mandal and BSA Baul team performed songs at the event. BSA dance artistes showcased special dance performances and its acrobatic team enthralled the audiences with game shows, while poet Tarik Sujat and Jharna Rahman recited special poems dedicated to the Prime Minister. Read: Hasina’s birthday celebrated amid mass vaccination campaign Earlier, a 7-day online event including discussions and cultural programme was organized from September 20-26 at BSA’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, featuring the life and activities of the Prime Minister. Marking her birthday, more than 600 children and cultural activists across the country made a one-minute greeting video each, of which 75 videos have been posted on the academy's Facebook page and the rest will be phased out on the academy's Facebook page and YouTube channel, according to its Public Relations Officer Hasan Mahmud.