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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 everyone the result of the hard work they put into anything,” said towering figure of Bangla films of the yesteryears Rani Sarkar,...

Shakespeare is Ours

Shakespeare is Ours

On the third and closing day of the Hay Festival Dhaka...

“'Mockingjay” posts best debut of 2014

“'Mockingjay” posts best debut of 2014

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” soared to the largest opening...

Down the back-allies of remembrance

Down the back-allies of remembrance

Pindrop silence and an air of awe filled the Cosmic Tent,...

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...

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....

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What's On

  • 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 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...

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

IT'S TRUE!

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow had her singing debut in the 2000 film “Duets”, in which she performed a cover version of Smokey Robinson's “Cruisin'”. The song was released as a single, and went to number one in Australia, while Paltrow's rendition of the Kim Carnes classic “Bette Davis Eyes” reached number three. In...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Fine art and artists through the eyes of Fayza Haq

Fine art and artists through the eyes of Fayza Haq

Art critic Fayza Haq began writing for The Daily Sun (Pakistan) in 1970 while she was teaching at Karachi University. Continuing two professions simultaneously was a problem for her and subsequently her father asked her to choose between them. Fayza then decided to continue journalism and switched to The Morning News (Pakistan). Later,...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
''I'm also a diehard fan of Johnny Depp''… Sporshia

''I'm also a diehard fan of Johnny Depp''… Sporshia

Orchita Sporshia is a popular face on the small screen. Embarking on her career with Airtel's tele-film, Sporshia has carved a distinctive niche as an actress and model, and has a large fan following among the younger generation. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, she talked about her journey and dreams. Excerpts: How...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Chittagong Int'l Short and Documentary Film Fest ends

Chittagong Int'l Short and Documentary Film Fest ends

The two-day “1st Chittagong International Short and Documentary Film Festival” concluded at Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) auditorium recently. Chittagong Film Centre (CFC), a prominent organisation working for short film movement in the city, hosted the festival where film buffs enjoyed offbeat films from home and abroad. The festival featured a total of 23 fiction films,...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Release of “Ek Cup Cha” gets underway

Release of “Ek Cup Cha” gets underway

For the first time, celebrated film actor Ferdous is set to emerge as producer through his upcoming movie “Ek Cup Cha”. Although there are a number of guest artistes in the film made under the banner of Nuzhat Films, Ferdous, Moushumi and Indian actress Rituparna Sengupta will play the key roles. The guest actors include Alamgir, Amal Bose, Omar Sani, Nirob, Emon, Nipu Humayara Himu and singer Akhi Alamgir. After the success of the famous movie “Bhat De”, Alamgir and Akhi Alamgir, the father and daughter duo, will be working in the project. Also, the late renowned actor Humayan Faridee will be seen in a cameo in the film. A song by popular...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Madhuri Dixit to venture in film production

Madhuri Dixit to venture in film production

Madhuri Dixit is all set to get into film productions. Like the younger stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Priyanka Chopra, the senior actress too now plans to produce films. Madhuri said, “I am already involved in some digital production for my dance academy, so I have an idea about it. Once this is established, I will get into film production.” Last seen in the controversial film, “Gulaab Gang”, Madhuri is currently busy reading scripts and fine-tuning her online dance academy. Asked if the actress would return to films, Madhuri said “Scripts keep coming to me regularly, so I will act again; all I need now is the right script.” Source: Hindustan...

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Published Date: November 18, 2014
Big Bang Theory pays tribute to Carol Ann Susi

Big Bang Theory pays tribute to Carol Ann Susi

US sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” has paid tribute to cast member Carol Ann Susi, who died earlier this week from cancer. The actress provided the voice of Howard Wolowitz's unseen overbearing mother on the show. The episode ended with a message honouring Susi, saying: “Every time you spoke, we laughed. You're in our...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Mamar Haater Mowa on ETV

Mamar Haater Mowa on ETV

    Mega serial “Mamar Haater Mowa” will air on Ekushey Television tonight at 9:30pm. Written by Fazlul Haque Akash and directed by Shimul Sarkar, the serial is packed with humour, which the director thinks the audience will enjoy. ATM Shamsuzzaman, Kochi Khandakar, Marjuk Russel, Mukti, Ohona, Dr. Ezaz and others form the cast.

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

IT'S TRUE!

Sabina Yasmeen has an array of popular songs in her bag, like the Khan Ataur Rahman composition Eki shonar aloe jibon bhoriye dile, which was featured in the film Moner Moto Bou. Born in 1952, Sabina received her initial music lessons from PC Gomes. Beginning her playback career in the late 60s, Sabina...

Published Date: November 17, 2014
The wonder of the wordsmith

The wonder of the wordsmith

To pay tribute to celebrated litterateur Humayun Ahmed on his 66th birth anniversary, Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) arranged a special exhibition “Humayun Ahmed Exhibiiton-2014” at the Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Exhibition Hall of Bangladesh National Museum. The fortnight-long exhibition on the late writer opened on November 12 in presence of distinguished guests including Dr. Gowher...

Published Date: November 17, 2014
Engineer turned music composer

Engineer turned music composer

Though his father wanted him to be an engineer, the BUET graduate was more interested in music. A passionate music lover, Avipriyo Chakraborty, chased doggedly after his dream and after facing many obstacles he finally realised his dream with the release of his debut album. The Daily Star recently caught up with the...

Published Date: November 17, 2014
Paoli Dam in Dhaka

Paoli Dam in Dhaka

Popular Indian actress Paoli Dam is set to act in a Bangladeshi film for the first time. She had only worked in a Bangladesh-India joint venture film, “Moner Manush”. Paoli is currently in Dhaka, where she will stay for a week as part of her work in the film “Shotta”, directed by Hasibur Reza...

Published Date: November 17, 2014
Nabanna Utshab observed by AKjSG

Nabanna Utshab observed by AKjSG

Amra Kajan Shilpi Goshthi (AKjSG), one of the leading cultural organisations of Bogra, arranged a century-old traditional festival of the country, Nabanna at Wood-burn Government Public Library in Bogra town on Saturday evening. On the outset of the cultural programme, a short discussion was held in the venue, following which it was inaugurated. Dances performed...

Published Date: November 17, 2014
Blockbuster Cinemas brings Interstellar

Blockbuster Cinemas brings Interstellar

Interstellar Released on 7th November 2014 worldwide and Blockbuster Cinemas brought this Hollywood movie in Bangladesh. The premier of this movie take place on 14th November and from 15th November everyone can enjoy this movie at Blockbuster Cinemas in Jamuna Future park. The movie balances an intimate father-daughter relationship within the backdrop of an intergalactic journey to save mankind directed and co writtern by Christopher Nolan. Interstellar feature Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

Published Date: November 17, 2014
Folk festival in Mymensingh

A folk-culture festival (Lokosangskriti Utsab) was held at Phulbaria central Shaheed Minar premises in Phulbaria upazila on Saturday. The festival with the theme “Folk-culture is a bond of harmony” was organised by Parbon, a cultural organisation. The festival included Lathi Khela, Ekdil Gaan (a new version of Kichha Pala), Behula Nachari (based on Behula Lakhindar), Jari Gaan and Puthi Path. Ekdil Gaan and Behular Nachari, by a lone performer supported by dohar, entertained the audience the most. The festival has given the...

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Published Date: November 17, 2014
Wahlberg to play Six Billion Dollar Man

Wahlberg to play Six Billion Dollar Man

Mark Wahlberg is set to re-team with “Lone Survivor” director Peter Berg for a big-screen adaptation of classic TV show “The Six Million Dollar Man”. Wahlberg will follow in the footsteps of original star Lee Majors in playing Steve Austin, a test pilot who is kitted out with bionic limbs and various implants...