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New horizons of Bangladeshi classical music

New horizons of Bangladeshi classical music

With eminent classical music vocalist Pandit Ulhash Kashalkar as principal, Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay is now running full swing.  The opening of the school, spells the realisation of a long cherished ambition of Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation-- to open a new horizon of Bangladeshi classical music where Bangladeshi artistes will receive meticulous...

Russian cultural troupe captivates Chittagong audience

Russian cultural troupe captivates Chittagong audience

The audience at Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC), were mesmerised by an...

Musical tribute to the resilience of women

Musical tribute to the resilience of women

For years, wide-eyed children have listened to the enchanting tales of...

Farooki's 'No Land's Man' wins award at Film Bazaar in Goa

Farooki's 'No Land's Man' wins award at Film Bazaar in Goa

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki won India's National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Award...

James McAvoy wins Scottish Bafta film actor award

James McAvoy wins Scottish Bafta film actor award

Hollywood star James McAvoy beat stiff competition from Peter Mullan and Jack O'Connell to win the coveted Actor Film award at Scotland's annual Bafta ceremony. McAvoy won the award for his portrayal of a corrupt policeman in “Filth”, while Sophie Kennedy Clark won the Actress Film trophy for her performance in “Philomena”. Other winners included...

“I'm not a star yet” -- Alia Bhatt

“I'm not a star yet” -- Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt has delivered back-to-back hits, so it doesn't come as a surprise that industry members are calling her a star. Even her father Mahesh Bhatt and sister Pooja Bhatt hold the same opinion. But Alia says she has a long way to go before she can be labeled as star. “Honestly, I think...

Kathak legend Sitara Devi passes away

Kathak legend Sitara Devi passes away

Kathak prodigy Vishal Krishna who is set to perform on the concluding day of the third Bengal Classical Music Festival has lost her grandmother eminent Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi. Sitara Devi died on Tuesday at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital after a prolonged illness, her son-in-law Rajesh Mishra  told the media. She was 94. Recipient of...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

  Legendary classical artiste Bade Ghulam Ali Khan began learning sarangi and vocal from his paternal uncle Kale Khan and his father Ali Baksh Khan at the age seven. When he was 21, he moved to Benaras where he accompanied a courtesan named Hirabai on the Sarangi and started to perform in public. Khan...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
''The festival sets our actual objective in motion''... Luva Nahid Choudhury

''The festival sets our actual objective in motion''... Luva Nahid Choudhury

From the organising perspective, if the Bengal Classical Music Festival is a complex, intricate and multi-level system, Luva Nahid Chowdhury is the control room of it. The Director General of Bengal Foundation has been instrumental in making the last two years' events a success, and with the festival returning this year bigger than...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Radio Shadhin rallies to eliminate violence against women

Radio Shadhin rallies to eliminate violence against women

November 25 is observed worldwide every year as the 'International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women'. Radio Shadhin 92.4fm has taken on an innovative programme, encompassing outdoor activations, radio programmes and an online awareness campaign on social media, says a press release. The theme of this campaign is “You Can Mend This Wall,...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Arifin Shuvo: A career on the roll

Arifin Shuvo: A career on the roll

Arifin Shuvo has made it big on the silver screen with films like “Agnee”, “Purnodoirgho Prem Kahini” and “Tarkata”. And his career is on the roll with the release of the widely appreciated “Kistimat”. The Daily Star recently talked to the celebrated actor about his tryst with celluloid. Excerpts: What has been up with “Kistimat”? Shuvo:...

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  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Artist: Proshanta Karmakar Buddha
    Venue: Café Mango Gallery,
    H-3/A, Rd- 72, Gulshan
    Date: Nov 14-Jan14
    Time: 10am-10pm

  • Korean Film Festival

    Organiser: The Korean
    Embassy Dhaka
    Venue: Bangladesh National Museum
    Date: Nov 28-29
    Time: 3pm-8pm

  • Group Art Exhibition

    Artworks by 40 Eminent Artists
    Venue: Bishwo Shahitto Kendro Art Gallery, Dhaka
    Date: Nov 14-28
    Time: 3pm-8:30pm

  • Bengal Classical

    Organiser: Bengal Foundation
    Venue: Army Stadium, Dhaka
    Date: Nov 27-Dec 1
    Time: 5pm -5am

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Alluvial Soul
    Artist: Kalidas Karmakar
    Venue: Bengal Gallery, Dhanmondi
    Date: Nov 20-Dec 16
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Solo Painting Exhibition

    Title: Life is Here
    Artist: Kanak Chanpa Chakma
    Venue: Bengal Art Lounge, 60, Gulshan Avenue, Circle 1
    Date: Nov15-Dec 6
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • Photography Exhibition

    Celebrating Life Chapter II
    Organiser: BMSS
    Venue: Drik Gallery
    Date: Nov 26-27

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Published Date: November 25, 2014
Rekha shoots in Nishat garden for ''Fitoor''

Rekha shoots in Nishat garden for ''Fitoor''

Rekha arrived in India's Srinagar on Thursday and was immediately introduced to two AK47-wielding commandos who were to become her constant companion till she left the city two days later. The actress, who plays a character modelled on Charles Dicken's Miss Havisham in 'Fitoor”, the Indianised version of “Great Expectations”, arrived at the city's picturesque Nishat Bagh on Friday morning. Dressed in an ornate red wedding 'joda' with a cream sequinned dupatta covering her burgundy wig, a diamond stud sparkled on her nose and her eyes twinkling from behind designer glasses, the glamorous Rekha garnered plenty of curiosity. Tourists were stopped from entering the garden on the chilly, foggy...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Jessica Chastain teases possible Marvel role

Jessica Chastain teases possible Marvel role

Jessica Chastain has revealed that a meeting has taken place with Marvel over an undisclosed role, although the star has confirmed it is not Captain Marvel. “We've talked about aligning our forces in the future,” Chastain told MTV of her relationship with the studio. “And here's the thing with me… If you're going to be in a superhero movie, you only get one chance. You're that character forever. So why do a superhero movie and play the boring civilian?” She possibly hinted at Maya Hansen -- the “Iron Man 3” character she had been attached to, before eventually dropping out on account of scheduling difficulties.  “I don't want to say too...

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Published Date: November 25, 2014
''Blind Massage'' sweeps Golden Horse

''Blind Massage'' sweeps Golden Horse

Chinese-French film “Blind Massage” has picked up six awards at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse awards. The film, which features blind amateur actors as massage therapists, won best feature film, best cinematography and best sound effects. Zhang Lei won best new performer, while the film also picked up the honours for best adapted screenplay...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

The swarmandal (also known as Sur-mandal) is an Indian harp/zither that is today most commonly used as an accompanying instrument for vocal Hindustani Classical music. The name combines swara (notes) and mandal (group), representing its ability to produce a large number of notes. Swarmandals measure from twenty-four to thirty inches in length and...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Korean film festival on Nov 28-29

Korean film festival on Nov 28-29

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Dhaka will hold a two-day Korean Film Festival on November 28 and 29 at Bangladesh National Museum. Two movies will be screened at the festival everyday, which is open to all. On Friday, the festival will open with “Officer of the Year” followed by “Always”; and on Saturday, “Mama” and “Secretly Greatly” will be screened. SM Haroon-Or-Rashid, Managing Director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) will attend the festival as chief guest. The Korean Embassy hopes that this film festival will provide a good opportunity for those who are interested in Korean culture and language.

Published Date: November 24, 2014
LIFE, CELEBRATED

LIFE, CELEBRATED

“I don't know how to express my feelings, of getting such an honour. I'm ecstatic; at this late stage of my life, I don't know if I will ever get a chance to go on such a stage, and meet people like you again. I just hope and pray that the Almighty gives...

HAY FESTIVAL 2014

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Shakespeare is Ours

Shakespeare is Ours

On the third and closing day of the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014, a session celebrating the 450 years of Shakespeare, shed light on the universality of Shakespeare's works. How Elizabethan Shakespeare is transposed into a modern Bangladesh and how his plays became a part of Bangladesh's own theatre transcending the boundary of time...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
“'Mockingjay” posts best debut of 2014

“'Mockingjay” posts best debut of 2014

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” soared to the largest opening day of the year at the US box office, with $55 million on Friday. The third installment in the Lionsgate franchise is on its way to north of $130 million this weekend, which would be the best debut of 2014. But Despite the...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Down the back-allies of remembrance

Down the back-allies of remembrance

Pindrop silence and an air of awe filled the Cosmic Tent, as four great storytellers took the stage on the third and final day of Hay Festival 2014. Accompanied on stage by acclaimed writers Syed Manzoorul Islam, A Qayyum Khan and Kaiser Huq, the launching of Shahzaman Mozumder's new memorandum on 1971, “The...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Bharatanatyam, one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles all over the world -- is a classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of South India. This dance form denotes various 19th- and 20th-century reconstructions of Sadir, the art of temple dancers called Devadasis. Bharatanatyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Lord Shiva is considered the God of this dance form. The name Bharatanatyam is of relatively recent origin; the original names were Sadir, Chinnamelan, and most commonly, Dasi Attam. The word combunes is 'Bhavam' (expression), 'ragam'(music), 'thalam' (rhythm) and 'natyam' (dance).

Published Date: November 23, 2014
The impossibility of knowing

The impossibility of knowing

Born in rural Bangladesh, raised in the UK and educated from Oxford, Cambridge and Yale Universities, investment banker turned human rights lawyer turned writer, Zia Haider Rahman had his priorities straight when he said, “I can't write for everyone.” Speaking about the huge body of references that are highlighted in his first novel, “In...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
China fall of a giant on the horizon?

The last day of this year's Hay Festival highlighted a promising session on the rise of China and the increasing challenges it faces in a globalised world. “China - old and new” featured two experts on the South Asian military and industrial giant – Jung Chang, celebrated author of “Wild Swans” and a storyteller who draws on her tumultuous personal experiences with her homeland; and Michael Puett, academic and scholar with a focus on China. Farooq Sobhan, who served as the...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
Writing the Region

On the second day of the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014, literary minds from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan explored cross border connections in regional literature. Indian writer Namita Gokhale, Bangladeshi academic and translator Professor Fakrul Alam, and Pakistani short story writer and critic Aamer Hussein engaged in a lively session on “Writing the Region: Is there a South Asian Identity?” Mahrukh Mahiuddin, an adjunct faculty at the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, moderated the session. The session...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
The art of translation

The art of translation

“[Bangladesh] A country that was formed on the notion of language,” said Arunava Singha, one of the most prolific translators in Asia, with over thirty published translated works, when talking about the importance of translation in Bangladesh. Singha admitted that this was a little bit of an “outsider's view” but Kaisar Haq, renowned...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
In Fits of Laughter

In Fits of Laughter

When a man declares, “My mission in life is to make people laugh”, you can be sure you're in for an evening of hysterics. Naveed Mahbub launched his new book “Humorously Yours” on Friday at Hay Fest. The panel of guest speakers consisted of Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, vice-chancellor of University of Asia Pacific and...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
To be is to Buzz

To be is to Buzz

Firefighter, biker bar employee, recipient-of-sword-from-a-king, editor and writer, Isaac Fitzgerald has had a colourful life. When Buzzfeed, one of the best sources of 'interesting' content on the web – launched its 'Books' section only last year, they got Fitzgerald, co-owner of The Rumpus and founder of Pen & Ink – to helm it. The lively, bearded man took to the main stage of Hay on Day 2 in a more stand-up-comedian gusto than literary-festival-session for “Top 10 Buzzes of the Year”, and in a fast-paced hour, spoke how the World Wide Web has been buzzing on the literary front. “Writing is a form of conversation,” Fitzgerald gave away probably one...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
Essence over language

Essence over language

“I don't look into the mirror and ask myself 'Am I Bangladeshi or British?'” said Zia Haider while discussing multiple identities of South Asian writers in the session “Past Lives”, moderated by Indian writer Salil Tripathi. Despite his humorous and lighter take on the matter, the conflict and contradictions of identity is a...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
The splendour of Mughal India

The splendour of Mughal India

Set against the backdrop of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny in India, which subsequently led to the fall of the Mughal dynasty, “The Last Mughal” is, on one hand, an iconic historical document and, on the other, a reflection of William Dalrymple's long-lasting love affair with the city of Delhi. This love for Delhi...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
The lipstick and the pomegranate

The lipstick and the pomegranate

“If you read a man's narrative, you just know it's not written by a woman,” said literary critic Muneeza Shamsie in “The Women as a Writer” on the second day of Hay. The session, moderated by Tahmima Anam, also included Indian novelists Manju Kapur and Nilanjana Roy. The general opinion on the panel today...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
Lab coats and ink blots

Lab coats and ink blots

Science and its perception to its audience is not exactly a discussion you would expect to be a highlight of a literary festival like Hay. Not only was it a part of the festival, it also drew an unexpectedly large crowd. The “Science Matters” session was moderated by Hossain Zillur Rahman with panelists Muhammad...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
Overheard at Hay

Overheard at Hay

"It feels good to be here, the number of people is increasing, which is always a good thing. As for the sessions, I liked the Electric Shadows with Aamer Hossain. I'm looking forward to the bilingual session today." - Ikhtisad Ahmed, writer "I can't believe that in a setting like Dhaka, an event like the...

Published Date: November 21, 2014
THE SUN RISES ON HAY

THE SUN RISES ON HAY

A perfect day, the sun shining and the air restive for the festivities ahead, the buzz of budding ideas and eager minds, the open air, writers and poets for company – a beautiful start to the Hay Festival. In the three-day (November 20-22) festival, 150 Bangladeshi authors and performers and over 60 international...

THE SUN RISES ON HAY

Published Date: November 21, 2014
The (False) Seduction of Cities

The (False) Seduction of Cities

The irony of going to attend a Hay Festival session on globalisation, capital, and the brutality of an ubran landscape shaped by neo-liberal ideas of capitalism was not lost on me. With the recent case of three outsiders brutally assaulted on dubious grounds not far from the Hay Festival location of Bangla Academy,...

THE SUN RISES ON HAY

Published Date: November 21, 2014
Lessons from the Slush Pile

Lessons from the Slush Pile

As the first day of the Hay Festival progressed, sessions and talks were being hosted in every corner, enlightening crowds of every generation. One particular session was very insightful for modern day aspiring writers. Chaired by Olivia Smith, the session was titled “Lessons from the Slush Pile”. In publishing, the slush pile is...

THE SUN RISES ON HAY

Published Date: November 21, 2014
Poetry of connections, and disconnections

Poetry of connections, and disconnections

Mimi Khalavati stumbled across her flair for poetry during a scriptwriting workshop. “Upon pursuing it further, I was overwhelmed by my ignorance,” she said. At "Powerful Voices" at the lawn of the Bangla Academy on the opening day of Hay, she explained that poetry is a sophisticated and difficult art. One needs to...

THE SUN RISES ON HAY

Published Date: November 21, 2014
The power of poetry transcends borders

The power of poetry transcends borders

As the afternoon glow set in on the lawns of Bangla Academy, named 'Bottola' for the Hay Festival, Urdu Urdu poet Fatema Hassan and French-Indian poet and dance curator Karthika Nair recited their poems on the opening day of the Hay festival. Prior to performing her own poetry, Karthika Nair read excerpts from renowned...

THE SUN RISES ON HAY
Discovering Bangladesh

Published Date: November 21, 2014
THE WAYS OF LIFE

THE WAYS OF LIFE

On a balmy November afternoon on the opening day of the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014, the audience at KKTea Stage caught a glimpse of Bangladesh from within. “Ways of Life” the first book in a series of books titled “Bangladesh: Seen From Within” was launched through a session called “Discovering Bangladesh”. Shahidul Alam, a...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Bangladesh in tune with internationalism

Bangladesh in tune with internationalism

Eminent literary critic, editor and translator, Dr. Fakrul Alam talks about the significance of Hay Festival in Bangladesh, the importance of translation and the practice of English literature in the country to The Daily Star's Shahriar Feroze. Shahriar Feroze (SF): Is a platform like Hay important for Bangladeshi authors and readers? Fakrul Alam (FA): The...

HAY FESTIVAL 2014

Published Date: November 20, 2014
It's that time of the year

It's that time of the year

Hay Festival is back in town for its fourth year in a row, featuring yet another line-up of some of the greatest minds the world of literature has to offer. Be a part of the magic as the festival unfolds on the historic grounds of Bangla Academy today. Join celebrated writers William Dalrymple...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
MEGHMALLAR: Where silence speaks louder than words

MEGHMALLAR: Where silence speaks louder than words

Full-length feature film “Meghmallar” premiered on Tuesday evening at Star Cineplex in the capital. The film, written and directed by Zahidur Rahim Anjan, is the maiden production of Bengal Entertainment Limited and received a National Filmmaking Grant last year. Set during the monsoon of 1971, “Maghmallar” -- based on Akhtaruzzaman Elias' short story “Raincoat”--...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Comprehending the art of Kathak dance

Comprehending the art of Kathak dance

Bengal Foundation organised the second episode of its monthly series of programmes titled “Understanding Classical Dance”, curated and presented by celebrated artiste, choreographer and educator, Sharmila Banerjee. The session, at the Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct on November 18, featured audiovisual content, demonstrations and Kathak dance performances. Kazi Rakibul Haque Ripon, a student of Pandit...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Star Melodies' tribute to FEROZA BEGUM

Star Melodies' tribute to FEROZA BEGUM

  Star Melodies will hold a special musical programme on the legendary singer Feroza Begum on November 23. Eminent singers Fahmida Nabi, Nasima Shaheen, Sharmin Shathi Islam, Anupoma Mukti and Sushmita Anis will perform popular Nazrul and Adhunik songs immortalised by the singer. The event will begin at 6 pm at the AS Mahmud Seminar Hall of The Daily Star Centre.   Those interested in the event may collect cards from the Administration Department of The Daily Star between 11 am-5 pm depending on availability. Seats are limited. 

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Celebrating Life Gala on November 22

Celebrating Life Gala on November 22

Celebrating Life is a countrywide event held every year since 2008, providing photographers, filmmakers and lyricists with a platform for creative expression. This year's competition followed the theme “Living In Harmony”, the grand prizes of which will be handed in a gorgeous gala event on Saturday, November 22 at 6pm at the Osmani...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Moving differently with ''Next Level''

Moving differently with ''Next Level''

In recent years, cultural diplomacy is taking centrestage when it comes to the building of transnational relationships. The US State department has taken this to heart and several projects, taking American dance and music to the world, have been initiated. One of them is “Next Level”, which aims to spread the hip-hop genre...

Bengal Classical Music Festival Bangladesh 2014

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Gundecha Brothers Presenting Dhrupad to a global stage

Gundecha Brothers Presenting Dhrupad to a global stage

Ahead of the Bengal Classical Music Festival Bangladesh 2014 -- set to begin on November 27-- Star Arts & Entertainment introduces readers to the artistes who will be performing at the biggest Classical Music Festival in the world. In the third installment are two world renowned performers of Dhrupad vocal. Padmashree Gundecha Brothers --Pandit...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Beauty's dream comes true

Beauty's dream comes true

Close-up 1 winner Beauty has won countless hearts with her powerful music, and has realised many of her own dreams as well. But there was one long-cherished dream of hers that she turned into reality recently. “Amake Ki Rakhben Guru Chorone” was a song that brought Beauty to the notice of many during the musical reality TV show, and she has held the song close to heart ever since, often performing it in live programmes. She had long wanted to sing the song for a film, and although she sang other film soundtracks before, this was the first Lalon song she took into the recording studio for the film “Mohua...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
''Jibondhuli'' set for Int'l Fest in Delhi

''Jibondhuli'' set for Int'l Fest in Delhi

Director Tanvir Mokammel's latest feature film “Jibondhuli”, based on Bangladesh's Liberation War, has been invited to the 3rd Delhi International Film Festival to be held  from 20th-27th December, 2014. The Festival Committee, chaired by renowned South Indian filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, has also invited film-maker Tanvir to attend the festival. Thirty films from 12 countries...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Kim Kardashian to join Indian ''Bigg Boss''

Kim Kardashian to join Indian ''Bigg Boss''

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is set to make an appearance on the Indian version of “Big Brother”, a spokesperson for the channel airing the show says. Kardashian will join the remaining 12 participants on the programme, known as “Bigg Boss”, in Mumbai on Saturday. Kardashian is a household name in the UK and the US, best known for reality shows. Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and late reality TV star Jade Goody have also appeared on “Bigg Boss” before. The 34-year-old Kardashian, who is visiting India for the first time, will appear on the show as a “guest to interact with the contestants”, a statement by the Colors channel said. The...

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Published Date: November 19, 2014
''Dumb and Dumber To'' reigns at US box office

''Dumb and Dumber To'' reigns at US box office

“Dumb and Dumber To”, the intentionally-misspelled sequel to Jim Carrey's 1994 comedy, has topped the US box office chart on its first weekend in cinemas. The farce, which sees Carrey's Lloyd Christmas reunited with Jeff Daniels' Harry Dunne, made an estimated $38.1m between Friday and Sunday. The film edged out Disney animation “Big Hero...