Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced on Friday that it has discovered a number of huge archaeological stone blocks near Giza pyramids west of the capital Cairo.
The ministry said in a statement that the archaeological excavators at Mit Rahina area of Giza unearthed 19 ancient blocks of pink granite and limestone that used to be parts of the great temple of Ptah.
The ministry added that the blocks have inscriptions depicting the god Ptah, the god of the ancient city of Memphis, in addition to cartouches of King Ramses II and other inscriptions depicting him.
The ministry revealed that its teams will continue the excavation works in the area in an attempt to uncover the rest of the blocks that make up parts of the temple, noting that the discovered blocks were transferred to the open museum in Mit Rahina for cleaning and restoration works.
"It is an important discovery, not only for its value, but also for scientific research," Maha Salah, a Cairo-based journalist focusing on Egyptology, told Xinhua.
Salah said that the Temple of Ptah in Giza was one of the largest and most important temple in ancient Memphis, noting that much of what is known about the temple comes from ancient writings.
"Archaeologists started to excavate the site of the temple since last century. Their works have revealed ruins of temple, which took the form of a walled compound accessible by several gates," Salah added.
She stressed that the new discovery will help Egyptologists know more about the temple and open the door for more excavations in the area.
As one of the most ancient civilizations, Egypt has been working hard to preserve its rich archaeological heritages.
The North African country has witnessed several large-scale archeological discoveries this year in different parts of the country, including Pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins and mummies.
The 63rd birth anniversary of late eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud, one of the country's film maestros who made immense contributions to the film industry of Bangladesh, was observed on Friday.
Marking the birth anniversary, Tareque Masud Memorial Trust and Moviyana Film Society jointly organised a programme at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
His directed documentary titled ‘Adam Surat’ was screened for the viewers.
A book titled ‘Chalachitra Katha’ was unveiled at the event. Tareque’s widow and associate, American-born producer-director Catherine Masud, along with Proshun Rahman and Belayet Hossain Mamun authored and edited the book.
Noted writer Anupam Hayat and humanitarian activist Khushi Kabir attended the programme as special guests.
Rajshahi University mass communication and journalism department associate professor Abdullah Al Mamun delivered the memorial speech at the event.
Born on December 6, 1956 in Faridpur, Tareque was involved with the film society movement in the late 70s. He produced his maiden film ‘Adam Surat’, a documentary on the legendary artist SM Sultan in 1989.
His much acclaimed film 'Matir Moyna' earned the FIPRESCI Prize in 2002 Cannes Film Festival and became Bangladesh's first film to compete for the Academy Award for best foreign language film in the same year.
In addition to filmmaking, Tareque was also a pioneer of the independent film movement in Bangladesh. He was a founding member of the Short Film Forum, the leading platform for independent filmmakers. He organised the country’s first International Short and Documentary Film Festival In 1988.
His other major films are ‘Runway’, ‘Ontorjatra’ ‘Muktir Gaan’ and the unfinished 'Kagojer Phul'.
On August 13, 2011,Tareque Masud died in a fatal road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway while returning from the shooting of his unfinished film 'Kagojer Phul'.
The tragic accident also claimed the lives of media personality Mishuk Munier, two film production crews Wasim and Jamal, and microbus driver Mostafizur Rahman.
A-nine day theatre festival 'Prangone Mor Dui Banglar Natyamela 2019' began at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
Prangone Mor, a renowned theatre troupe of Bangladesh, organised the 11th edition of the theatre festival with the slogan 'Ami Banglay Bhalobashi, Ami Banglake Bhalobashi'.
Former State Minister for Cultural Affairs and renowned theatre activist Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival while State Minister of Cultural Affairs KM Khalid attended the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest.
Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das and BSA Director General and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky joined the inauguration ceremony as special guests with Founder and Director of Prangone Mor Ananta Hira in the chair.
In his speech, State Minister Khalid said theatre troupes like Prangone Mor are constantly upholding the pride of Bangladesh through these types of theatre festivals.
A total of nine plays -- three from India’s Kolkata, one from Delhi and five from Bangladesh -- are scheduled to be staged in this year’s festival.
The opening day was celebrated with Kolkata Praxis Theatre Group’s play ‘Art’, directed by actor-director Gautam Sarkar.
Apart from ‘Art’, the two other plays from Kolkata are- ‘Abritto’ by Nandipat Theatre Group which will be staged on December 7 and Rashikata Theater troupe’s ‘Jyanto Hamlet’ on December 10.
The festival will end with the staging of ‘Bismilla’ by Green Room Theatre, Delhi.
The performances of Bangladeshi troupes will start with host troupe Prangone Mor's 'Hassanjaner Raja' on December 8. Prachyanat will stage 'Pulsirat' on December 9 while Biborton Jashore ‘Koibarta-gatha’ on December 11, Arnyak ‘Moyur Shinghashon’ on December 12 and Loko Natyadal (Shiddheshwari)'s 'Amra Tinjon' is scheduled to be staged on December 13.
The festival also features a discussion event on December 13.
Besides, Mamunur Rashid’s wife Gauhar Ara Choudhury, Ataur Rahman’s wife Shahida Rahman and Liaquat Ali Lucky’s wife Kristy Hafez will be honoured on the same day at 6pm.
Over 140 people are participating in a five-day training on the protection of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, China Culture Daily reported Thursday.
Participants of the courses are staff at local ICH centers and members of ICH representative inheritor recording teams.
The program, which will conclude Friday, aims to help the trainees learn how to record ICH representative inheritors with digital and multimedia means, according to the report.
Besides training on video shooting, oral history interviews and document collection techniques, trainees are required to film real representative inheritors in Hubei.
Theatre festival Notuner Utsab - 2019 concluded on Thursday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Theatre Hall with Mangaldeep Foundation’s new play Lottery, performed by visually impaired actors- which garnered massive applause from the audience.
Directed by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya’s Mostafiz Shahin, the play featured visually impaired actors on stage, with eminent actor-director Sara Zaker being the dramaturge.
Despite being visually impaired, the performers brilliantly exceeded the expectations of the audience through their tantalizing performances.
Lottery narrated the story of middle-class crisis and inconsistencies in the name of yellow journalism, revolving a lottery ticket.
Renowned actor, theatre activist and former state minister of cultural affairs Asaduzzaman Noor applauded the performers after the staging of the play.
"The play became an exceptionally good creation because of all these actors. They read the script with their inner-eyes, felt the play within their beautiful soul and tremendously mastered the story with their amazing acting. We all have so many things to learn from them and their spirits"- Noor expressed his applause for the Lottery and its performers.
Honorary president of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Ramendu Majumdar honored the director of the play Mostafiz Shahin after the play. The director conveyed his gratitude to every person associated with the play and expressed his wish to stage more shows in future.
Nagorik Natya Sampradaya provided the creative supervision and technical assistance to the production of Lottery, while non-governmental organization Prerona, who first introduced the idea to portray the visually impaired aspiring actors- also associated with the production.