• Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Women to the Forefront

Women to the Forefront

Since I997, Gallery Twenty One's mission has been to promote Bangladeshi art, artists and culture both within and outside the country. The gallery has taken Bangladeshi artists to exhibit in the US, Germany Japan, curated the works of many contemporary Bangladeshi master painters and sculptors, while extending support to talented young artists who have emerged success stories. Gallery Twenty One recently set out to revive the country's heritage, traditional performing arts and music. The gallery's latest exhibition, “Shreyoshi” was inaugurated recently by Minister of Cultural Affairs, Asadudazzaman Noor and Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury, chairman, Bangladesh Eye Hospital. The...

SHAMSUR RAHMAN

SHAMSUR RAHMAN

If Shamsur Rahman was alive, he would be 85 today. Born...

Manipuri dance in focus

Manipuri dance in focus

Ahead of the third Bengal Classical Music Festival next month at...

All aboard the Lennon bus

All aboard the Lennon bus

It's not uncommon for an elementary school chorus to sing a...

Play about ethnic communities staged in Dinajpur

“Olagali”, a mesmerising play on the lifestyle and the culture of ethnic communities in Bangladesh, was staged in Dinajpur recently. The play, performed by members of ethnic communities, was staged at Dinajpur Shilpakala Academy Auditorium. The story, written and directed by Md. Tarekuzzaman Tarek, is based on the lifestyle of ethnic people living in Dinajpur and elsewhere in the country.

Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the...

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Turtles tops UK box office

Turtles tops UK box office

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has topped the UK and Ireland box office, ending the two week run of “Gone Girl” at number one. Despite being branded 'total turtle turkey' by The Guardian and 'dreadful' by The Telegraph, the Michael Bay-produced reboot starring Will Arnett and Megan Fox opened with £4.79m. Pre-Halloween horror “Annabelle” was in...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. -- known better as Quincy Jones -- holds the record for most Grammy nominations -- 79, along with 27 wins, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He was the first African-American to be nominated twice within the same year (1968) for an...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Call for end to raging debates

Call for end to raging debates

A five-day programme to mark the 124th death anniversary of Fakir Lalon Shai wrapped up at Chheuria Lalon Akhra in Kushtia last Monday. Thousands of bauls, devotees and Lalon enthusiasts of the region and different corners of the country observed the solemn occasion with a reiteration of their demand that the authorities take immediate...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
60th death anniversary of Jibanananda Das today

60th death anniversary of Jibanananda Das today

Jibanananda Das was born at Sarbananda Bhavan on February 17, 1899 in Barisal. His family came from Gaodia Village of Bikrampur region of Dhaka district. Jibanananda's father Satyananda Das was a teacher of Brajamohan School, essayist and a publisher. His mother Kusumkumari Das was also a poet. Jibanananda was the eldest son of...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Hard days for harmonium makers

Hard days for harmonium makers

Noted harmonium maker from Mymensingh, Abdul Quddus, 55, has been in the profession for around four decades. But Quddus hasn't remained unaffected by the slump in the market for musical instruments in Mymensingh. Once the town was famous for selling musical instruments in the region, and buyers from adjacent Jamalpur, Tangail, Sehrpur and...

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What's On

  • Cultural Programme

    Organiser: Jaltaranga
    Venue: Chhayanaut Auditorium, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 24
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Artist: Syed Hasan Mahmud
    Venue: Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 24-Nov 15
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Fazlul Haq Memorial Award 2014

    Organiser: Fazlul Haq Memorial Committee
    Venue: Ballroom, Westin Hotel, Dhaka
    Date: Oct 26, Time: 12pm

  • Art Exhibition

    Title: Searching Myself
    Artist: Monjur Rashid
    Venue: Alliance Francaise de Dhaka
    Date: Oct 21-Nov 3
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Shorot Utsab

    Organiser: Moner Khorak
    Venue: Aftab Nagar
    Date: October 24
    Time: 3pm-9:30pm

  • Theatre

    Play: Rarang
    Troupe: Aranyak
    Venue: Experimental Theatre Hall, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Oct 21
    Time: 7pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: Known Unknown
    Artist: Farzana Ahmed Urmi
    Venue: Dhaka Art Center
    Date: Oct 16-23
    Time: 3pm-8pm

  • Photography Exhibition

    Theme: Inspiration
    Organiser: Drik
    Venue: Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 16-22
    Time: 3pm-8pm

  • Theatre Festival

    Title: BotTala Rongomela
    Organiser: BotTala
    Venue: National Theatre Hall, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Oct 24-31
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: The Macabre World
    Artist: Subrata Das
    Venue: EMK Center, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 12-23
    Time: 9:30am-8pm

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Published Date: October 22, 2014
Berklee to confer honourary doctorate on AR Rahman

Berklee to confer honourary doctorate on AR Rahman

Berklee College of Music, one of the most renowned colleges of music, is set to confer a honourary doctorate to AR Rahman, a stalwart of Indian music and a globally-renowned composer. Berklee Faculty and students from the Berklee Indian Ensemble will pay tribute to the living legend, who will join them on select pieces...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
LAILA SHARMEEN to showcase works at Carrousel du Louvre

LAILA SHARMEEN to showcase works at Carrousel du Louvre

Bangladeshi artist Laila Sharmeen will showcase her recent works in Paris, the art capital of the world. The two-day prestigious art fair, titled Art Shopping, opens at the Carrousel du Louvre on October 25, 2014. Laila last displayed her works at this global forum in 2013. Leading art galleries from around the world will be representing about 450 artists at the art fair, an annual rendezvous of artists at this epicenter of world art. Laila has been selected for this mega show by Museum of the Americas and represented by Argentine gallery LOFT ESPACIO ALFA. She will exhibit two of her latest works in mixed media on paper. Laila has 11 solos...

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Published Date: October 22, 2014
Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Raphael Ravenscroft, the musician behind one of the most recognisable saxophone solos - on Gerry Rafferty's hit Baker Street - has died. Raphael Ravenscroft who found fame almost overnight following the release of the 1978 track, died following a suspected heart attack early on Sunday. He appeared on one disco album by Maxine Nightingale, Right Back Where We Started From, in 1976, as an arranger but later emerged as one of pop-rock's most prominent saxophonists. Ravenscroft worked with music icons such as Pink Floyd, Abba and Marvin Gaye, and more recently worked as a session musician for pop artists Daft Punk and Duffy. Source: BBC

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Published Date: October 22, 2014
Drama serial Dhonni Meye on Channel 9

Drama serial Dhonni Meye on Channel 9

Drama serial “Dhonni Meye” will air tonight at 8:45pm on Channel 9. Written and directed by Matiya Banu Shuku, the story surrounds a government employee Anwar and his three daughters Bipasha, Manisha and Tanisha with vastly different temperaments. Their father cannot afford to fulfill their needs so they decide to live independently. Meanwhile, their...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
'I think of myself as an actor as well, when I perform' – Kiran Chandra Roy

'I think of myself as an actor as well, when I perform' – Kiran Chandra Roy

Kiran Chandra Roy has such a vocal prowess that easily touches the hearts of folk music lovers. He plays a fantastic game with rhythm while performing on stage. Sometimes, with ektara in his one hand and a khol attached to his waist, the artiste in gerua (ochre) attired, mesmerises the audience dancing to...

TV REVIEW

Published Date: October 21, 2014
'Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai': A drama-thriller crossover

'Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai': A drama-thriller crossover

“Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai” was a single-episode TV play that aired on Channel 9 on the third day of Eid, and since has been released online on Youtube. Written and directed by young director Taneem Rahman Angshu, it features a predominantly young cast, including Tawsif Mahbub, Mishu Sabbir, Azmeri S Asha, Sabnam Faria,...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
ATULPRASAD SEN

ATULPRASAD SEN

Atulprasad Sen was a noted Bengali composer, lyricist and singer, but is largely remembered as a musician and composer. His songs centred on  patriotism, devotion and love. The sufferings he experienced in his life found their way into his lyrics; and this has made his songs full of pathos. Sen was born on October...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Remembering a creative mentor

Remembering a creative mentor

Two films, “4th Dimension” by Nurul Alam Atique and “Phulkumar” by Ashique Mostofa were screened on Saturday at the Film Auditorium of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra as a tribute to the memories of multifaceted journalist and producer Golam Faruque. Jolchobi Pandulipi Karkhana, a group of then-young filmmakers made these touching movies in 2001, produced...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Drama serial Bijli on Rtv

Drama serial Bijli on Rtv

Drama serial “Bijli” will air tonight at 8:20pm on Rtv. Written and directed by Sumon Anwar, the serial encircles daredevil Bijli. The daughter of notorious criminal Kala Gunda, Bijli dominates the railway slums and its vicinity along with her gang. Bijli falls in love with an ordinary man and their love affair leads...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Sheikh Russel's birth anniversary observed

Sheikh Russel's birth anniversary observed

The 50th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was celebrated in Chapainawabganj town on Saturday amidst much festivity. Chapainawabganj district administration and Shishu Academy jointly organised the programme at Shaheed Satu Hall. Over 100 students of different schools took part in painting and handwriting competitions in different categories. A discussion...

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Published Date: October 21, 2014
Pitt's Fury closes London Film Festival

Pitt's Fury closes London Film Festival

Brad Pitt said he hoped his new film “Fury” recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two as it closed this year's BFI London Film Festival. “War is hell,” said Pitt, who plays a Sherman tank commander on a mission behind enemy lines in 1945. The London showing was the European premiere of...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US actor-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theatre group at the age of four and played the Scarecrow in a production of “The Wizard of Oz”. Subsequently, he was approached by an agent and began appearing on television and in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes. At age six, he starred in several made-for-television films. In 1991, he played both David Collins and Daniel Collins in the “Dark Shadows” television series, and during 1992–93, he played in sitcom “The Powers That Be”, as a clever young boy named Pierce Van Horne. In 1994, he appeared in the Disney film “Angels in the Outfield”...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Faces, known and unknown

Faces, known and unknown

Artist Farzana Ahmed Urmi's works combine expressionism with reality. Her ongoing exhibition, titled “Known Unknown”, runs at the Dhaka Art Centre (DAC) from October 16-23. Farzana, who did her MFA in printmaking, chooses her media with spontaneity. She uses techniques and materials like oil, water-colour, ink, acrylic, oil, drawing, collage, knife and her fingers. We see how her physical being and psyche are involved in her paintings. Her work is a mixture of abstraction and figuration. She loves flat dark monochromes, using line, colour and form to express her moods. Her portraits appear abstract due to their tension. Her work is ambiguous, while the figures have strong colours, and the psychic...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Two-day children's fair ends

Two-day children's fair ends

Bangladesh Shishu Academy Barisal branch, with support from the district administration, organised a two-day Shishu Ananda Mela O Shishu Sangskritik Utsab 2014, at Ashwini Kumar Hall of the city -- calling for the creation of healthy recreational facilities for children, the future citizens of the country. The fair and cultural festival ended on...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
'If we don't watch world cinema, we will keep making stupid films' -- Vidhu Vinod Chopra

'If we don't watch world cinema, we will keep making stupid films' -- Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Indian filmmakers need to watch world cinema to grow or else the industry will keep making stupid movies, noted Indian filmmaker-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra said on Friday. “I come from a small village in Kashmir and I have seen only Hindi movies. Unless we see world cinema how will we grow? If we don't...

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
Super Chef 2014: Nearing the end

Super Chef 2014: Nearing the end

After four more eliminations, this week, eight participants stand in front of the judges, all vying for the same top spot. Judges Shaheda Yesmin, Shawkat Osman and Afroza Banu have, throughout the show, had their work cut out for them and this week is going to be no different. In tonight's episode of the...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
RINKU on DS Café

RINKU on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Tanvir Mokammel's film screening at BSA

Tanvir Mokammel's film screening at BSA

A three-day screening of Tanvir Mokammel's films ends today at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.  “Chitra Nodir Parey” and “Laalsalu” have seen two screenings each in the last two days, while “Lalon” will be screened at 5pm and 7pm today at the same venue.

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
New Attenborough films announced

New Attenborough films announced

Sir David Attenborough is to go on the trail of birds of paradise, ostriches and dinosaurs in three new documentaries for BBC One and BBC Two. He will follow the excavation of what could be the largest known dinosaur skeleton in Waking Giants, described as a “pre-historic detective story”. Another film will see the...

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

IT'S TRUE!

US rock musician-singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi is a credited actor in the movies “Moonlight and Valentino”, “The Leading Man”, “Destination Anywhere”, “Homegrown”, “Little City”, “No Looking Back”, “Row Your Boat”, “Vampires Los Muertos”, “U-571”, “Cry Wolf”, “National Lampoon's Pucked”, and “New Year's Eve”. His TV series appearances include “Sex and the City”, “30...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
A mixed bag of photographic efforts

A mixed bag of photographic efforts

Photography has probably been the form of art that has seen the steepest rise in practice in the last few years in Bangladesh, and while volume of work generated has remained a massive pile compared to quality work, there are numerous good photographers who have not yet had great exposure. Open-call exhibitions are...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Bikkhon holds discussion on Bhasha Matin

Bikkhon holds discussion on Bhasha Matin

Bikkhon, a study circle of Mymensingh Sahitya Sangad, organised its 1597th session at its office at Kachari Ferry Ghat area on the banks of Brahmaputra river Friday morning. The programme was dedicated to Abdul Matin, popularly known as Bhasha Matin, a Language Movement veteran who passed away recently. A poetry recitation session was held marking...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Aditi Mohsin's latest album launched

Aditi Mohsin's latest album launched

Aditi Mohsin is a popular name among Rabindra Sangeet aficionados in the country, and the artiste has just released her latest album of Rabindra Sangeet, from the banner of Bengal Foundation. The album, titled “Momo Rupey Beshe”, was launched on Friday at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, with eminent artist Hashem...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
28th death anniversary of Manorama Basu Masima

28th death anniversary of Manorama Basu Masima

The 28th death anniversary of Manorama Basu Masima, legendary political, human and women's rights activist of the southern region, was observed on Thursday in Barisal with solemnity. A memorial discussion on the life and achievements of Masima was held at Matri Mandir Govt Primary School, founded by Masima, at Manorama Basu Road (Kawnia Branch Road) of the city. Manorama Basu Srmiti Trust organised the programme, presided over by Nikhil Sen. Among others, Jibonkrishna Dey, Rabeya Khatun Anowar Zahid, Tarun Chanda, Narayan Saha, Biswa Nath Dasmunshi, Nigar Sultana Hanufa were the speakers at the programme. The speakers and participants at the programme while paying tributes to Masima , emphasised the need to follow...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Tanjib releases second solo album

Tanjib releases second solo album

Young aspiring musician Tanjib Sarowar has released his second solo album “Meghoboron”, under the banner of Agniveena. The pop album has nine tracks, titled “Emono Himel Hawa”, “Jadukor”, “Dil Amar”, “Jano Meye”, “Prempobon”, “Oi Neel”, “Meghoborone”, “Tore Chhara” and “Murid-e-Shahjalal”, all written and composed by Tanjib, and features female vocals from Kona, Naumi...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Parbatya Lokoj Mela '14 in Bandarban

Parbatya Lokoj Mela '14 in Bandarban

To promote indigenous people's lifestyle, cultural diversity and tourism in the hill districts, a three-day indigenous folk fair named Parbatya Lokoj Mela 2014 begin in Bandarban on Saturday.  Jointly arranged by Bandarban Hill District Council (BHDC) and Channel i, the fair was inaugurated at Nilachal tourist spot by Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed...

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Published Date: October 19, 2014
Mega-serial “Off-Screen” begins today

Mega-serial “Off-Screen” begins today

A new mega-serial by Muhammad Mostafa Kamal Raj, titled “Off-Screen”, begins tonight on Desh TV. The serial will air Sundays through Thursdays at 9:45pm. Written by Daud Hossain Rony, it has Sujan Mahmud as executive producer. “Off-Screen” is about a group of simpletons who have immense interest in the showbiz. They keep looking for...

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Published Date: October 19, 2014
Bob the Builder gets a makeover

Bob the Builder gets a makeover

After 16 years, children's animation series “Bob The Builder” is having a makeover with a new look and voice. Actor Lee Ingleby takes over from Neil Morrissey, who played the handyman from its launch in 1998. Also joining the series when it airs next year will be Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, who'll play Bob's...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
It's True!

It's True!

Jennifer Love Hewitt, known widely as an actress-producer and TV director, had her debut music album "Love Songs" (1992) launched at the age of 12, funded by Japanese music and video game company Meldac. The album was released exclusively in Japan, where Hewitt became a pop star. She signed a deal with Atlantic...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Through the eyes of a thespian

Through the eyes of a thespian

Bivash Chakraborty is a veteran theatre personality based in Kolkata, India. Entering into theatre arena as a young actor, he has come a long way to establish himself as one of the most influential theatre directors of Kolkata. He has seen the evolution of Kolkata's theatre scene very closely and played an active role in the process. The Daily Star caught up with the thespian during his recent visit to Dhaka to attend Loko Natyadal Banani's theatre fest. Excerpts: How did you begin as a theatre activist? Bivash Chakraborty: When I completed my BA in 1957 from Presidency College, I wanted to learn theatre production. Then I entered Bohurupi for one-year training...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
'Spread Lalon's philosophy in society'

'Spread Lalon's philosophy in society'

Speakers urged for efforts to spread Lalon's philosophy in the society irrespective of boundaries, while speaking at the five-day programme marking the death anniversary of the great baul Lalon Shah, at Cheuria of Kushtia on Thursday night. “Lalon's non-violent philosophical doctrine can bring the present argumentative society to a peace,” they observed.     Professor Dr....

Published Date: October 18, 2014
'Wild is the hardest film I've ever done' – Reese Witherspoon

'Wild is the hardest film I've ever done' – Reese Witherspoon

Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon has said her new film “Wild” was the most challenging of her career to date. The Oscar-winning actress plays a young woman who goes on a 1,100-mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail after the break-up of her marriage. Based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Witherspoon's role involves scenes of...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Nashid Kamal to perform at IGCC

Nashid Kamal to perform at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) is organising an evening of Nazrul Sangeet by noted singer Dr. Nashid Kamal at 6:30pm tomorrow at IGCC, Gulshan-1.            Nashid Kamal, granddaughter of the legendary Abbasuddin Ahmed, trained under music legends like Ustad PC Gomes, Ustad Akther Shadmani, Ustad Quader Zameeree and Pandit Jasraj of India. She has...

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Published Date: October 18, 2014
Foo Fighters unleash new single

Foo Fighters unleash new single

Foo Fighters are officially back with new music, as the band unleashed the brand new single “Something From Nothing” to the delight of many on Thursday. The song starts off innocently enough, with a sombre opening reminiscent of 'Skin and Bones.' But the song definitely picks up more attitude as it progresses. “Something From Nothing”...

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

IT'S TRUE!

Aamir Khan is known in Bollywood (and beyond) for being selective in his works. He is said to work only on finalised scripts, and doesn't shoot for two movies in parallel.  Films he has let go that have received acclaim (at the box office and/or critically) include Josh (replaced by Shah Rukh Khan),...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
A postmodern discourse of humanistic attributes

A postmodern discourse of humanistic attributes

Center for Asian Theatre (CAT) premiered their 21st production “Macabre” on Tuesday, at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Written by Anika Mahin, the play centres on the idea of freedom, conveying the underlying message of human equality, irrespective of race, ethnicity and social status and that each of us deserves dignity...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
On the other end of the cameras

On the other end of the cameras

Several popular faces on the small screen have now taken to TV and film direction.  Some success stories: Among the current crop of actors, Salauddin Lavlu is the most successful TV director. As the package drama trend neared a close, his mega serial “Ranger Manush” emerged as the country's most popular play. Encouraged by...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
The best of urban photography

The best of urban photography

The results of this year's CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition had the theme “Cities at Work”, and photographers around the world were asked to record the essence and reality of the working life of a city. The winning image was taken by Marius Vieth and given the title “Mask of Society”....