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Shilpacharya's birth centenary celebrations

Shilpacharya's birth centenary celebrations

Hundreds of visitors and young painters crowded Charutola at Brahmaputra Park of the town as a 13-day elaborate celebration programme marking the birth centenary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin began on December 19. The celebrations are aptly in Shilpacharya's home town of Mymensingh and will conclude on December 31. Brammahshaily, an art movement of young...

A melodic game of gamak and meend

A melodic game of gamak and meend

The Daily Star organised a solo classical music soiree at its...

Dividing lines, marking boundaries

Dividing lines, marking boundaries

Photography exhibition “On Borders” was inaugurated on December 10 at The...

Bengal exhibits selected Nakshi Kantha collections from Zainul Abedin

Bengal exhibits selected Nakshi Kantha collections from Zainul Abedin

To mark the birth centenary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Bengal Foundation...

Katrina-Ranbir Kapoor go geek for “Jagga Jasoos”

Katrina-Ranbir Kapoor go geek for “Jagga Jasoos”

The first look of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif-starrer “Jagga Jasoos” was finally revealed by none other than the lead actor himself, when Ranbir posted the picture of his upcoming movie on instagram, in which the duo seems to don a geeky look. They lead couple is seen with certain props in the picture....

Orao, Santal people celebrate their culture

Orao, Santal people celebrate their culture

Students from the Orao community celebrated their culture through a three -day programme in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat, which concluded on Sunday.  Bangladesh Orao Student Association (BOSA) organised the show at Panchbibi Jerka Adivasi High School.  Nearly 300 students of Orao community from different schools, colleges and universities of 10 northern districts participated in the...

Momtaz gives a fascinating performance

Momtaz gives a fascinating performance

Celebrated folk singer Momtaz Begum, MP enthralled music lovers at a  solo cultural event titled “Popular Life Insurance Seemanta Oikataan”, held at BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) Headquarters in Dhaka on December 20. BGB in association with ATN Bangla arranged the event marking BGB Day. The singer's repertoire included “Akashta Jadi Hoito Amar Diary 'r...

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Kate Winslet eyed for female lead in ''Jobs''

Kate Winslet eyed for female lead in ''Jobs''

Kate Winslet is in negotiations for the female lead in Universal's “Jobs,” the biopic of the late Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender is set to play Jobs, while Seth Rogen is on board to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Danny Boyle will direct. Aaron Sorkin penned the script with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon...

Published Date: December 22, 2014
Message of communal harmony

Message of communal harmony

It is not the first time acclaimed director Morshedul Islam is making a feature film based on Humayun Ahmed's novel. He has done so earlier with “Durotto” (2004) and “Priyotomeshu” (2009). But what has primarily motivated the director to make his third film “Anil Bagchir Ek Din”, whose shooting was completed recently, based on...

Published Date: December 22, 2014
Korean artistes captivate Chittagong audience

Korean artistes captivate Chittagong audience

When Maro and Para, the singer couple of Marronnier -- a pop musical troupe from Korea -- concluded  their famous song “Cocktail Love”, they were received by an ovation. There was more in store at a fascinating cultural evening on Saturday at Shah Alam Bir Uttam Auditorium of Chittagong Medical College in the port...

Published Date: December 22, 2014
Homage to Juboraj

Homage to Juboraj

Bengal Foundation launched a duet recitation album, “Megh Balika” at its Café in Dhanmondi on December 20, as homage to celebrated theatre activist and elocutionist Khaled Khan Juboraj on his first death anniversary. Juboraj and Shyama Hye had recorded selected poems of Purnendu Potree, Joy Goswami, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Birendra Chattopadhyay and Nirmalendu...

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  • Kathak Dance Festival

    Organiser: Kathak Nritya Sampradaye
    Venue: Chhayanaut Auditorium, Dhanmondi
    Date: Dec 24-26
    Time: 6:05pm everyday

  • Musical Soiree

    Artistes: Sanjay Roy and Eric
    Organiser: Amra Surjomukhi
    Venue: The Daily Star Centre
    Date: Dec 22
    Time: 5pm

  • Photography Exhibition

    Title: On Boarders
    Organiser: Bengal Foundation and Goethe Institute Dhaka
    Venue: Daily Star-Bengal Art Precinct
    Date: Dec 10- January 04
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • 16th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh

    Venue: National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
    Date: December 1-31
    Time: 11am to 8pm except Fridays (3-8pm)

  • Solo Art Exhibition

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

  • Solo Painting and Drawing Exhibition

    Title: Shifting Sands
    Artist: Nasima Khan
    Venue: Bengal Art Lounge
    Date: Dec 13-27
    Time: 12pm-8pm

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Published Date: December 22, 2014
Malaika in new item song

Malaika in new item song

Malaika Arora Khan, the quintessential item girl of Bollywood, will be seen in her umpteenth item number in upcoming drama comedy “Dolly Ki Doli”, directed by her husband Arbaaz Khan. The song, “Fashion Khatam Mujh Pe” is composed by Sajid-Wajid, has been sung by Mamta Sharma and Wajid Khan. Remo D'Souza has choreographed the number, which also features Rajkuamr Rao.      Source: TOI

Published Date: December 22, 2014
Madonna releases six songs from new album

Madonna releases six songs from new album

One Madonna surprise follows another, as the Queen of Pop has dropped her forthcoming album, “Rebel Heart” -- with six new songs immediately available for purchase -- onto iTunes for pre-order well ahead of schedule. The arrival of the pre-order and its songs on December 19 follows a flood of leaks earlier in the week, where over 10 demo tracks from the album's sessions found their way to the Internet. “I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring,” Madonna said in a statement. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of...

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Published Date: December 22, 2014
Mirren looks for lost art in “Woman in Gold”

Mirren looks for lost art in “Woman in Gold”

Upcoming film “Woman in Gold” is based on the fascinating true story of a woman's journey to retrieve a Gustav Klimt painting that belonged to her family before it was seized by the Nazis during World War II. The Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed the first poster for the film, which stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Simon Curtis, the drama stars Mirren as the woman who teams up with a young lawyer (Reynolds) to battle for her family's possessions, which include the famous Klimt painting, “The Lady in Gold”. The film also stars Daniel Bruhl and Katie Holmes.The Weinstein Co. will release “Woman in Gold” in 2015. Source: THR

Published Date: December 22, 2014
Banglalink announces “Bangladesh Utshab 2014”

Banglalink announces “Bangladesh Utshab 2014”

Telecom operator Banglalink has announced a major cultural showcase, titled “Banglalink Bangladesh Utshab”, to be held on December 26 at the Ramna Park. The announcement came on December 18, according to a press release. The festival is will feature Tagore songs, poems and drama, Nazrul songs and poems and Baul songs of Lalon Shah...

Published Date: December 22, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

While still living in her native land Colombia, Sofía Vergara used to watch the Spanish-dubbed version of the US sitcom “Married with Children” featuring her co-star-to-be Ed O'Neill. After she landed the role as Ed's wife Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family” nearly two decades later, she was disappointed to learn that Ed 'spoke' no Spanish. Sofia's role as Gloria in the vastly popular comedy series has earned her four successive Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress.

Published Date: December 21, 2014
A Musical High

A Musical High

Chhayanaut's two daylong (December 18-19) Classical Music Festival 2014 wrapped up on a high note. The nightlong concluding session of the festival featured many evocative moments. Bishwajit Roy Chowdhury on sarod enthralled the packed audience with a grave pathos-arousing Raga Darbari Kanada at the session. Chowdhury, (from Delhi, India), together with Biplab Bhattacharya...

Published Date: December 21, 2014
Liberation War Film Festival underway

Liberation War Film Festival underway

Dhooli Communications, in association with Versatile Media, are holding a weeklong Liberation War Festival at the capital's Balaka Cineworld. State Minister for Information and Communications Technology, Zunayed Ahmed Polok inaugurated the festival on December 19. The festival features one film screened at 10:30am every day. The films to be screened at the festival from...

Published Date: December 21, 2014
Mohajoner Nao to be staged at Tower Hamlets

Mohajoner Nao to be staged at Tower Hamlets

Subachan Nattya Sangsad's much-acclaimed production “Mohajoner Nao” has travelled to the UK to take part in the extended Season of Bangla Drama in Tower Hamlets. Two shows of the play will be staged today and tomorrow at the Brady Arts Centre in Hanbury Street, Whitechapel, says a press release. The musical play is a...

Published Date: December 21, 2014
Incubus to release two EPs in 2015

Incubus to release two EPs in 2015

When Incubus appeared at night-one of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Xmas this past Saturday, it marked the band's first proper public show in a year. The reason for the band's absence from the live circuit is they've been heavily immersed in recording, which has gone well. “The recording has been fantastic, it's been amazing,” guitarist...

Published Date: December 21, 2014
Bipasha 's “Alone” trailer grabs attention

Bipasha 's “Alone” trailer grabs attention

The trailer of Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover's much-awaited horror film “Alone” was unveiled late Tuesday night and has got an overwhelming response from the audience. With over 4.4 million views on YouTube, it has set a new benchmark by becoming the No.1 video in less than 48 hours. This is a feat...

Published Date: December 21, 2014
BotTala to stage “Trial of Mallam Ilya” today

BotTala to stage “Trial of Mallam Ilya” today

Theatre troupe BotTala is set to stage their latest production “Trial of Mallam Ilya”, at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today. The play, written by African playwright Mohammad Ben Abdallah, is translated into Bengali by Soumya Sarker, while Mohammad Ali Haider is the director. The play revolves around Mallam Ilya, the fallen leader of a revolution who is also a narrator. “The Trial of Mallam Ilya” is written in the context of political instability in a post-colonial African country where one coup follows another, symptomatic of a deep socio-political malaise. With its gripping narrative, the play articulates the semiotics of revolution. The story of coups, conspiracies and political...

Published Date: December 21, 2014
“Mockingjay” soaring over Dhaka

“Mockingjay” soaring over Dhaka

Star Cineplex, the country's first multiplex cinema, has released one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”, weeks after its worldwide release. The third film of the “Hunger Games” franchise, released on November 19, has secured the second biggest opening of the year (behind “Transformers: Age of Extinction”), bolstering Jennifer Lawrence's year right at the very end, after she has had a tumultuous year off-screen. The science fiction war film, directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, is the first of two films based on the novel “Mockingjay”, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne...

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Published Date: December 21, 2014
School of Rock set for Broadway

School of Rock set for Broadway

The musical version of the hit 2003 Jack Black film “School of Rock” is to open on Broadway next year. The show will be written by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Producers say it will closely follow the film's plot, about a wannabe rock star -- who poses as a substitute teacher and forms a band with his fifth grade students to enter a music competition. Casting is set to begin in January, with the show due to open at the Winter Garden on December 6. Although Lord Lloyd Webber will write new music for the production, the show will still include some of the rock...

Published Date: December 21, 2014
It's True!

It's True!

Leopold Mozart, a concertmaster of the court orchestra in 18th century Austria, came home from church and found his young son, Wolfgang, busily writing at his desk. He was at first stern with the boy for using his ink and paper, but upon examination, was amazed to discover that the five-year old had...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Charukala wears festive look

Charukala wears festive look

Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) of University of Dhaka has worn a festive look marking Birth Centenary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin (December 29, 1914 – May 28, 1976), the pioneer of fine art and art education in Bangladesh. In celebration of the occasion, a three-week (December 11-31) Annual Art Exhibition has got many new...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Music in its purest form

Music in its purest form

A two-day classical music festival was set off at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban through the rendition of National Anthem on Thursday evening. Eminent music guru Azad Rahman inaugurated the eighth Shuddha Sangeet Utshab. Khairul Anam Shakil, general Secretary of the organisation delivered welcome address. The festival, comprising three sessions, comes to...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Pt. Santanu Bandyopadhyay to perform at The Daily Star Centre

Pt. Santanu Bandyopadhyay to perform at The Daily Star Centre

Noted Indian vocalist Pandit Santanu Bandyopadhyay will perform Indian classical music at AS Mahmud Seminar Hall of The Daily Star tomorrow (December 21) at 6:30pm. The artiste may perform khayal based on ragas -- Behag and Jog at the event.   Pandit Santanu Bandyopadhyay is the sixth generation artiste of the legendary Vishnupur Gharana....

Published Date: December 20, 2014
“Charm of Korea VI” in Dhaka and Chittagong

“Charm of Korea VI” in Dhaka and Chittagong

As part of the cultural exchange programmes between Korea and the Bangladesh, “Charm of Korea VI” is being performed by the musical team consisting of nine musicians, on December 17, 18 and 20. This is the sixth event of the music series since last year to celebrate the long-standing friendship between Korea and...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Concert for Kombol

Concert for Kombol

Even before the afternoon set in, the Concert for Kombol – a unique initiative to collect blankets as tickets to a concert – saw a huge crowd assembling at the Kalabagan Krira Chakra field. Dreek was one of the earlier bands on the lineup, with the pile of blankets and warm clothes continuing to...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

On June 7, 2003, when she was 19 years old, US actress Olivia Wilde married Tao Ruspoli, an Italian filmmaker and musician, on a school bus with only a pair of witnesses. She later said the marriage occurred in an abandoned school bus because it was the only place where they could be...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Komola Collective stages ''Birangona: Women of War''

Komola Collective stages ''Birangona: Women of War''

The Liberation War of Bangladesh is marked with the valour of our heroes, whereas the stories of war heroines are on their way to oblivion in our history. And sadly enough, the tales of hundreds of thousands of women, whose life became nightmarish during the war, go untold. Komola Collective, a London-based theatre...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Tanvir Mokammel's film screening in Chittagong

Tanvir Mokammel's film screening in Chittagong

To mark Victory Day, Bangladesh Film Institute and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has jointly arranged a seven-day film festival in Chittagong, says a press release. The festival that began on December 18 at the district Shilpakala Academy features 13 films and documentaries by internationally-acclaimed director Tanvir Mokammel. Along with the award-winning films of the...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Cultural activists rally for Sunderbans

Cultural activists rally for Sunderbans

Cultural activists took to the streets on Wednesday, armed with their weapons of choice-- music and performance arts --to protest the destructive policies and practices of the government regarding the Sundarbans. They also demanded an immediate ban on the transportation of furnace oil through the mangrove forest, during a rally organised by musical...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Return of the Photography extravaganza

Return of the Photography extravaganza

The eighth edition of Chobi Mela, the biggest photography festival of Asia, is all set to begin on January 23, 2015. Organised by Drik Picture Library Limited and Pathshala South Asian Media Academy, the biennial festival brings photographers, experts and connoisseurs from all over the globe for a two-week extravaganza of exhibitions, artist...

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Published Date: December 19, 2014
NOWSHIN: ''I fear bad propaganda''

NOWSHIN: ''I fear bad propaganda''

Nowshin   has  earned  repute as an actress-anchor on the small screen and has used her undeniable talent to enter the celluloid world as well. The actress is quite relaxed about being fired with questions, most of which she has never answered before. What do you usually do when you are in a  bad mood? Nowshin: Spend time with my child What is your greatest fear? Nowshin: Bad propaganda or when a dear one  gets angry with me. Any thing you would do differently if you could go back to your childhood? Nowshin: I would  undo the  mistakes I made. What  would you be if not an actress? Nowshin: A perfect housewife Who is it you most want to...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Kat Graham could play X-Men's Storm

Kat Graham could play X-Men's Storm

With the upcoming “X-Men: Age of Apocalypse” film set to introduce younger versions of some of the original X-Men characters, speculation on the casting of Storm has been up in the air. The latest rumour is that X-Men's Storm will be played by “The Vampire Diaries” star Kat Graham. Even with Halle Berry's immense popularity as storm, Graham could be a good signing. Not only is she gorgeous and can easily pull off looking like a younger version of Berry, but also her role as Bonnie Bennett on the CW series is the perfect preparation for playing a strong, super-powered female. In the Marvel Universe, mutant Storm (real name Orora Munroe)...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
''Dhaka's kacchi biryani was awesome''…Indrani Halder

''Dhaka's kacchi biryani was awesome''…Indrani Halder

Indrani Haldar is an accomplished Indian film and television actress with multiple awards on her shelves. On a visit to Dhaka recently, Indrani talked to The Daily Star about her soft corner for the city and her busy career: When did you last visit Dhaka? Indrani:  About 18 years ago to do a film of thespian Ujjal. Did you enjoy going around the city ? Indrani:  A lot. I've noticed remarkable changes in Dhaka, including the terrible traffic snarl ups. More than ever, I am overwhelmed by the hospitality of the people --I have been flooded with gifts and invitations. What brings you to Dhaka this time? Indrani:  I came here at the invitation of...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Photography exhibition marking Victory Day

A three-day photography exhibition organised by Alokchitra Shilpi Sangsad (Ashis) to mark Victory Day at Boishakhi Mancha of Shaheeb Quarter Park area in the town concluded on Wednesday. A total of 220 photographs on the War of Liberation were displayed at the exhibition.  The images were largely  taken by internationally reputed photographer late Naib Uddin Ahmed. Visitors in  hundreds thronged the venue to enjoy the exhibition. Earlier, Deputy Commissioner of Mymensingh Mustakim Billah Faruqui inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest. Former-vice chancellor of...

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Published Date: December 19, 2014
Smith, Swift and Sheeran to perform at Brits

Smith, Swift and Sheeran to perform at Brits

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have all been booked to appear at next year's Brit Awards ceremony. They are the first names to be announced for the event in February at the O2 Arena in London. Swift last played at the Brits in 2013, performing her hit “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Ed...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

A morsing (also mukharshanku, mourching, morching or morchang), also called the Jaw Harp in English, is a wind percussion instrument, mainly used in Rajasthan, in the Carnatic music of South India and in Sindh (Pakistan). It consists of a metal ring in the shape of a horseshoe with two parallel forks which form...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Concert for Freedom at Suhrawardy Udyan

Concert for Freedom at Suhrawardy Udyan

Sector Commanders' Forum chalked out a three day (December 14-16) elaborate programme to mark the 44th Victory Day. The event was set off at Ganojagoron Mancha, Shahbagh on Martyred Intellectual Day (December 14) through screening of documentaries on Liberation War. Live patriotic songs performances and poetry recitations were followed every day. Ganojagoron Mancha...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
A window of contemporary art

A window of contemporary art

Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh is the biggest and possibly the most prestigious art events in Asia that Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has been arranging since 1981. Besides exploring the artistic ideas and creativity of the present day, the biennale emboldens an animating Asia Pacific identity in the realm of world art. The 16th edition...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
For the warmth of music

For the warmth of music

With the cold wave sending chills down the spines of even residents of Dhaka in the safety of their homes, one can only imagine the excruciating cold that those in the Northern districts of Bangladesh, and even the homeless in the cities – have to endure. Project Kombol, an initiative that works to reach warm clothes and blankets to people in remote parts of Bangladesh, have initiated an innovative project this year: a charity concert featuring some of the biggest bands of the country, where the entry ticket is a blanket. The lineup of the concert, to be held at the Kalabagan Krira Chakra field tomorrow, has an excellent mix...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
''Every new day was a gift in 1971'' … Pijush Bandopadhyay

''Every new day was a gift in 1971'' … Pijush Bandopadhyay

It has been 43 years since Bangladesh achieved independence. Over the years, the country has made numerous advancements, especially in cultural sector. Pijush Bandyopadhyay, a Freedom Fighter and the former Managing Director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC), shared his views on what we have achieved and what we should have achieved. How would...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Chhayanaut's Shuddha Sangeet Utshab begins today

Chhayanaut's Shuddha Sangeet Utshab begins today

Chhayanaut's two-day Shuddha Sangeet Utshab, featuring vocal and instrumental music, begins today at its main auditorium in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Starting at this evening, the annual festival comprising three sessions will end on December 20. The eighth edition of the festival will be formally inaugurated by noted music exponent and guru Azad Rahman as chief guest.    In this connection, a press conference was held yesterday at Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban. The programme will begin at 6pm on December 18 with the lighting of candles as a symbol of diffusing knowledge, followed by a welcome address by organisers along with speeches by the chief guest and a choral performance by the artistes of...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Ranbir to play Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's film

Ranbir to play Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's film

After working with Sanjay Dutt in 'Munnabhai' series, director Rajkumar Hirani is keen to make a biopic on him that will depict the actor “with all his flaws”. Ranbir Kapoor is slated to play Sanjay in the movie, which the director is writing with Abhijat Joshi. Sanjay Dutt is currently serving a jail term...

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Published Date: December 18, 2014
Hobbit finale dwarfs UK box office rivals

Hobbit finale dwarfs UK box office rivals

The third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit series, “The Battle of the Five Armies”, has topped the UK box office in its opening weekend. The film made £9.7 million, marginally outperforming the previous two chapters in the saga. “An Unexpected Journey” took £9.5 million on its debut in 2012, while last year's...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US folk-country singer-songwriter Joan Baez remained a socially and politically aware persona through most of her career. In 1971 at the iconic “Concert For Bangladesh” at the Madison Square Garden, she wrote and performed “The Story of Bangladesh”, based on the Pakistan Army crackdown on unarmed sleeping Bengali students at Dhaka University on March 25, 1971. Baez also played a significant role in the 1985 “Live Aid” concert for African famine relief in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has toured on behalf of many other causes, including Amnesty International's 1986 “A Conspiracy of Hope” tour and a guest spot on their subsequent “Human Rights Now!” tour.

Published Date: December 17, 2014
SPIRIT OF VICTORY ALL AROUND

SPIRIT OF VICTORY ALL AROUND

December is the month of victory, the spirit that transcends social barriers as people of across strata of society hoist national flags everywhere. Cars and vehicles ply on roads hoisting national flags, jubilant youths adorn their cheek with Red and Green, and people are dressed in attires and accessories themed on Victory Day....

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