Kathmandu, Sep 14 (AP/UNB) — Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal's capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing.
President Bidhya Devi Bhadari and other top officials were among those seeking a blessing Friday from the girl, one in a long series who have been worshipped as a living goddess.
Indra Jatra is an eight-day festival celebrated mostly by the Newar community, the native residents of Kathmandu. It is also known as the festival of deities and demons. It especially honors Indra, the Hindu god of rain, to mark the end of the monsoon season.
Indra Jatra begins a festival season that runs until October, during which both Hindus and Buddhists celebrate with family, feasts and merry making.
Families gathered Friday for feasts and at shrines to light incense for the dead, and men and boys in colorful masks and gowns representing Hindu deities danced to traditional music and drums, drawing throngs of spectators to the city's old streets.
The masked dancers, one of the highlights of the ceremony, can be fearsome, entertaining and awe-inspiring, depending on the performers' movements.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – The 5th death anniversary of pioneering Nazrul Sangeet artiste and exponent Feroza Begum was observed on Monday.
Born on July 28, 1930 to Khan Bahadur Mohammad Ismail and Begum Kawakabonnessa, Firoza Begum is often considered as a trailblazing woman for pursuing a challenging career as a Nazrul artiste in the 20th century.
As a direct student of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, whom she first met at the age of 10, Firoza Begum dedicated her whole life nurturing and promoting the songs of Nazrul in the subcontinent. She was known as the ‘rebel disciple of the rebel poet’ for her groundbreaking activities as a Nazrul artiste.
Throughout her career, she had also directly supervised many fellow Nazrul Sangeet artistes in both Bangladesh and India.
She first made her way into the music world in 1940 and sang in All India Radio while studying in sixth grade. Since then till her death, a combined total of her 700 songs and more than 20 audio cassette records were released.
The eminent artist had been honoured with prizes in both Bangladesh and India. These include Independence Award (1979), Netaji Subhash Chandra Award, Satyajit Ray Award, Nasiruddin Gold Medal, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Gold Medal, Nazrul Academy Award, Churulia Gold Medal, Gold Disk from CBS, Japan, Meril-Prothom Alo Lifetime Honorary Award (2011), a ‘D Lit’ from University of Burdwan and Bongo Shomman from Mamata Banerjee (2012), to name a few.
Her sons Hamin Ahmed and Shafin Ahmed are two of the most renowned faces in Bangladesh’s band industry.
Firoza Begum passed away on September 9, 2014.
Dhaka, Sep 01 (UNB) – Country’s legendary artist, puppeteer, painter, sculptor, fine-arts professor and media personality Mustafa Monwar turns 84 on Sunday. This celebrated artist was born on September 1, 1935 at Jessore to the renowned poet Golam Mostafa.
Currently serving as the chairman of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka- Monwar started his career as lecturer at the East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts, after graduating from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata after obtaining excellent results.
In his illustrious and successful career, he held the position of director general at Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and the National Media Institute. He also served as a managing director of the FDC, and the founder president of Directors Guild Bangladesh.
Mustafa Monwar is known as the "Puppet Man of Bangladesh". During the Liberation War in 1971, he organized puppet shows at the refugee camps in West Bengal to make people aware about the war. His television puppet show ‘Moner Kotha’ ran on BTV for 12 years, which told the story of a little girl called Parul and her seven brothers named Champa who were cursed and turned into flowers. It is based on the folklore ‘Saat Bhai Champa’.
Still holding the affection and dedication to puppetry, Monwar is running the Dhaka-based organization, Educational Puppet Development Centre (EPDC). He is the Bangladesh representative of the Denmark-based International Puppet Development Centre.
This eminent art maestro has earned the prestigious All India Fine Arts Competition award, Zainul Abedin Gold Medal and most notably country’s highest honor, the Ekushey Padak in 2004.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) - Hasumonir Pathshala, a library and research-oriented sociocultural institution, will organise 'Bangabandhu Chhobimela' in 2020 marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prominent artist and freedom fighter Shahabuddin Ahmed, also convener of the event, informed this at a press conference at Dhanmondi-32 on Sunday.
The prominent artists also inaugurated the activities of the programme formally today.
Describing Bangabandhu as the leader of world leaders, Shahabuddin said more programmes should be taken to introduce Bangabandhu to the next generation.
He also shared his memories with Bangabandhu at the programme.
The artist said the programme will inspire children to paint the portrait of Bangabandhu at the grassroots levels across the country.
Member secretary of the event Marufa Akter Popy said the exhibition will be held with the participation of selected artists from eight divisions.
The artworks will be collected after arranging several art camps at the divisional level, she said.
A 'Sanskritik Mancha' will be established where musical and recitation programmes, stage show, documentary films will be held.
Alongside, a children’s corner will be set up to screen graphic films on the childhood of the Bangabandhu and series artworks.
She said the event will be organised either at Dhanmondi-32 or Suhrawardy Udyan or on the premises of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The interested institutions and cultural organisations will have to register before December 16, 2019 while individuals will also get the chance to participate in the event.
Registration forms will be available at the office of Hasumonir Pathshala and its website from November 1, 2019.
Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) - Country’s prominent cultural institution Chhayanaut arranged a cultural event to pay tribute to the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, observing his 43rd death anniversary.
The event inaugurated at its Dhanmondi auditorium on Saturday evening, with an introductory group performance on the song ‘Jago Amrita Piyashi Chita’ by artistes of the organisation.
Moumita Sarkar Mumu, Shukla Paul Setu, Kaniz Husna Ahammadi, Arpita Chakrabarti, Abhijit Kundu, Toma Sarkar, Popy Akhter, Sushmita Debnath Suchi, Shekhar Mondol, Sudipta Shuvo, Sushmita Das and Khairul Anam Shakil presented their solo performances on Nazrul’s songs. Chhayanaut’s musical troupe performed total four group songs, including the introductory one. Jahid Reza Nur and Krishti Hefaz performed solo recitations.
The programme concluded with the singing of the National Anthem with the participation of all the artistes.
To remember the rebel poet in occasion of his death anniversary, Chhayanaut has been arranging this exclusive event in every year.