The 2nd National Campus Theatre Festival 2020 got underway at the National Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
Government Bangla College-based theatre troupe Bangla College Juba Theatre organized the festival, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and People’s Theatre Association.
A total of sixteen theatre troupes from different universities and colleges are participating at the festival, staging captivating performances through their plays.
The festival was inaugurated by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky. Principal of the Government Bangla College Professor Dr Ferdousi Khan and Vice Principal Professor Md Jahangir Hossain also joined the inaugural ceremony.
Bangla College Juba Theatre President and Bangla department head at the Government Bangla College, Abul Khair, convener of the festival and chief trainer of Bangla College Juba Theatre Habib Tarashi, and former president of the troupe Kamal Uddin Shamim were also present at the inauguration.
Voluntary Blood Donors' Organization BADHAN, which works with students from different campuses in the country, organized a free blood-testing camp at the venue where the audience and attendees at the festival can get their blood group be checked without any cost. The camp is organized by BADHAN Bangla College Paribar and will continue till the festival ends.
On the inaugural day, Manipuri band Mingal and artistes of IUB Dance Club performed and four troupes staged plays including the presentation of Bangla College Juba Theatre titled ‘Mujib Maney Mukti’, Jashore-based M M College Theatre (Bibartan) staged ‘Bonkabya’, Rajbari College Theatre staged ‘Ebong Ekti Phool’ and Jahangirnagar University-based troupe Shuneya staged ‘Manush’.
Performers of Drama and Dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Bangladesh Institute of Information Technology (BIIT) Bogura and Notre Dame College, Dhaka staged plays on Saturday.
The ongoing festival is scheduled to conclude on January 27.
The second annual membership programme of Cosmos Atelier71, a printmaking studio with an overarching vision to serve art in Bangladesh, was launched Saturday through an orientation welcoming 71 new members for the 2020 calendar year.
The Cosmos Atelier71 Membership Programme 2020 (CAMP '20) orientation took place on the studio premises located at Cosmos Centre in Malibagh of the capital.
Focusing on the number ‘71’ in remembrance of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and echoing with the name of the studio ‘Cosmos Atelier71’- the second ever membership programme of the studio welcomed a total of 71 members for the next one calendar year.
Alongside the orientation, Cosmos Atelier71 also showcased hundreds of ceramic art mugs from the ceramic art project titled ‘50 Artists 100 Mugs‘, one of the most successful ventures of its inaugural annual membership programme in 2019, for the art-enthusiasts in attendance.
Sourav Chowdhury, Executive Artistic Manager of Cosmos Atelier71, told UNB that they have selected these 71 artistes from over 120 applications from across the country.
“Our Cosmos Atelier71 is a wonderful and friendly place to practice art. These 71 members will attend different workshops and events at the gallery, as well as in different venues. They will also use this platform to exhibit their art works,” Sourav, who conducted the orientation program, added.
“Extending our previous activities, we are planning to initiate more activities such as art talks with eminent artists, outdoor art camps and a lot of other exciting campaigns for our members,” he further said.
Sourav introduced and described some of the notable previous activities of Cosmos Atelier71 to the attendees.
Adbur Rahman Nur, Art Executive of Cosmos Atelier71, then explained the path ahead as part of the annual programme for the benefit of the new members.
Tarpon Paul, a freelance visual artist who is part of the new intake, said it’s a great opportunity to be attached with Cosmos Atelier71.
“It’ll introduce me with prominent artists and their works,” said Paul, adding he was grateful to the studio for selecting him.
Md Humayun Kabir Tutul, a final year student of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kabi Nazrul University in Trishal, Mymenshingh, also attended the orientation as a new member.
Kabir expressed his joy to UNB about getting involved with the Atelier as he believes it will help him in developing his skills in set design and other activities in theatre.
Bristy Pathan, a member of Cosmos Atelier71 , and a student of Printmaking Department at Kabi Nazrul University, told UNB that the Cosmos Atelier71 is helping her practically in printmaking besides her academic studies.
Cosmos Atelier71 launched its first ever membership programme last year with 55 members and conducted notable workshops and art-oriented programmes in association with the members.
The first-ever Beach Cultural Festival of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) inaugurated in Cox’s Bazar, the world’s longest sea beach on Friday.
BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky opened the two-day festival at 4.30 pm at Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar sea beach.
Additional Police Super of Cox's Bazar Mohammad Adibul Islam and Mayor of Cox's Bazar municipality Mujibur Rahman were present as special guests at the opening ceremony.
“From now on we are planning to organize the festival every year, as part of the ongoing district-based cultural activities by our academy which is intended to expand the cultural practice across the country and feature talented local artists. It will also entertain the tourists and travellers in Cox’s Bazar”, Lucky said at the inauguration.
The Beach Cultural Festival - 2020 will feature songs and dance performances, acrobatics, performance arts, poetry recitals, cultural performances by ethnic groups and other exciting cultural segments by over 500 artists of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Bandarban and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Alongside the opening cultural performances, two 43 feet-long portrait paintings of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have also been unveiled at the venue to be exhibited for a week.
The two-day long festival will conclude on January 25.
Ten personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar (Bangla Academy Literary Award) 2019.
Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji announced the names at a press conference at the academy’s Poet Shamsur Rahman Auditorium on Thursday.
The award recipients are former Home Minister Rafiqul Islam (Literature on Liberation War), Makid Haider (Poetry), Wasi Ahmed (Literature), Swarochish Sarkar (Essay/Research), Khairul Alam Sabuj (Translation), Rahim Shah (Children’s Literature), Ratan Siddiqui (Drama), Nadira Majumder (Science Fiction), Faruk Moinuddin (Autobiography/Travelogue) and Simon Zakaria (Folklore).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the award among the recipients at the inaugural ceremony of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on February 2.
The winners will receive a cheque for Tk 2 lakh and crests each.
Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar is given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh in recognition of creative genius in advancement and overall contribution to the field of Bengali language and literature.
This year marks the diamond jubilee (60 years) of this prestigious award, which was launched in 1960.
A total of 307 litterateurs have so far received the award.
A three-day film festival will end in the district on Monday evening.
Thirty films, including eight full length films, 14 short films and eight animated films, have been screened at the festival.
Bagerhat Film Society organised the festival beginning Saturday. Md Mamnunur Rashid, the deputy commissioner, inaugurated the event.
“We’ve been organising the festival since 2002 after the founding of the organisation,” said Jakir Hossain, president of the society.