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Songs of Soul

Songs of Soul

The first International Sufi Music Festival 2015 concluded on January 29 at capital's Bijoy Sarani. Organised by Blues Communications, the three-day event featured an array of Sufi and traditional folk music by 12 troupes of seven countries of the world. On the concluding day, Danish troupe Serenas set off the event, offering diverse devotional genres of music. They not only performed European interpretation of Sufi music but also presented a sub-continental melody “Damadam Mast Kalandar”, originally...

Jurassic World reveals its terrifying new Dinosaur

Jurassic World reveals its terrifying new Dinosaur

Apparently the events of the first three “Jurassic Park” movies weren't...

CPJA organises International Photography Exhibition in India

CPJA organises International Photography Exhibition in India

The excellent photos snapped by the photojournalists of Chittagong enthralled photography...

''Singh Is Bling' perfect mix of comedy, action, romance''… Akshay

''Singh Is Bling' perfect mix of comedy, action, romance''… Akshay

Bollywood's action titan Akshay Kumar is excited to begin shooting for...

TV WATCH

''Hridoye Mati O Manush'' today

''Hridoye Mati O Manush'' today

On tonight's episode of the popular Channel i programme on agriculture, “Hridoye Mati O Manush”, expatriate farmer Rahim's story will be told. The Cox's Bazar resident went abroad to change his luck, but returned to the tug of his soil. Planned, directed and hosted by Shykh Seraj, the episode goes on-air at 9:50pm...

TV WATCH

''Anondogram'' on SA TV

''Anondogram'' on SA TV

SA TV's comedy drama serial “Anondogram” goes on air tonight (and tomorrow) at 8:40pm. Written by Zakir Hossain Ujjal and directed by Shamim Zaman, it casts Fazlur Rahman Babu, Mosharraf Karim, AKM Hasan and others. The story of the serial surrounds three friends of Anandagram village, Suman, Rajan and Mohan. All three of them...

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Jim Parsons returns to Broadway

Jim Parsons returns to Broadway

Jim Parsons will play God in the comedy “An Act of God”, as the Emmy winner returns to Broadway after appearing in the 2012 revival of “Harvey”. “An Act of God” is based on the book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God”, penned by David Javerbaum. The production promises to provide God's answers...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

In 1998, Ukrainian-born US actress and voice artiste Mila Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom “That '70s Show”. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
All eyes on Ekushey Book Fair

All eyes on Ekushey Book Fair

The month-long Amar Ekuhsey Book Fair will begin on the first day of February. Ahead of the largest book fair in the country, publishers, organisers and authors are busy with last minute preparations for the literary extravaganza. As last year, this year's fair will take place simultaneously at the historical Bangla Academy premises...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
A folksy night at the Sufi Fest Dhaka

A folksy night at the Sufi Fest Dhaka

The Army Museum ground was reverberating with music and beaming with lights as the performances of second night began at the Sufi Fest 2015. It was Bangladeshi band Shikor, comprising Rob Fakir, Shafi Mondal and Beby Dewan, who opened the show with an instrumental of Lalon's “Milon Hobey Koto Diney”. Then Rob Fakir rendered...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Dance-drama festival continues

Dance-drama festival continues

Directed by Enamul Haque, Gowhar Jamil and Abul Kashem, artistes of Nrityashilpi Sangstha, Khulna; Jago Art Centre and Jhankar performed in three dance dramas – “Rongila Nayer Majhi”, “Samanno Khoti” and “Gunai Bibi” on the second day (January 28) of the first National Dance Drama Festival. Jointly organised by Bangladesh Nrityashilpi Sangstha and...

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What's On

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: Light, Dark Space
    Artist: Md. Tokon
    Venue: Bengal Art Lounge
    Date: Jan 31-Feb 21
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Solo Photography Exhibition

    Title: The Colours of Life
    Artist: Ihtisham Kabir
    Venue: home n décor, Cha-90 bti Premier Plaza, Pragatai Sharani
    Date: January 31; Time: 5pm

  • 1st National Dance-Drama Festival

    Organiser: BDAA
    Venue: Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Jan 27-31
    Time: 6:00pm

  • 8th International Children's Film Festival

    Organiser: Bangladesh Children's Film Society
    Venue: Central Public Library, BNM, BSA
    Date: January 24-30,
    Time: 10-8pm

  • Chobi Mela VIII

    Organiser: Pathshala and Drik
    Venue: Different locations in Dhaka
    Date: Jan 23-Feb 5
    Time: 10-8pm

  • Art Exhibition

    Chronology
    Artist: Kazi Rakib
    Venue: Galleri Kaya
    Date: Jan 17-30
    Time: 11am-7:30pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: Tarshito: Embroider the World
    Artist: Nicola Strippoli Tarshito
    Venue: Bengal Gallery, Dhanmondi
    Date: Jan 16-30
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Solo Painting Exhibition

    Artist: Jamal Ahmed
    Venue: Athena Gallery of Fine Arts, AJ Heights, Cha 72/1/D, Progoti Shorani, Uttar Badda
    Date: Jan 9-31
    Time: 10am-8pm (Closed on Mondays)

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Published Date: January 30, 2015
Taylor Swift trademarks “1989” phrases

Taylor Swift trademarks “1989” phrases

If you want to “Party Like It's 1989” to “This Sick Beat”, you better ask Taylor Swift's permission first. The pop star has trademarked those phrases – along with “'Cause We Never Go Out of Style,” “Could Show You Incredible Things” and “Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?” – with the US...

Rapid Fire

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Moushumi Hamid

Moushumi Hamid

Former Lux Superstar Moushumi Hamid is a household name on the small screen. While acting in TV plays, she has ventured into cinema as well. The talented actress faced some quick questions from The Daily Star. How do you feel when you're not facing the camera for some days? Moushumi: I feel bored. What comes next to love? Moushumi: Pain and sorrow. Are you scared of supernatural forces? Moushumi: That was when I was more into fairytales… If you could get Aladdin's magic lamp, what would you do? Moushumi: I would end traffic jam and clean the city up. What would you do if you found your wallet was missing, when the bill arrived to you at a fancy...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Actors are like missionaries … Azad Abul Kalam

Actors are like missionaries … Azad Abul Kalam

Azad Abul Kalam, is not merely a popular actor but also a writer and director. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, he talked about if the next generation should make a full time career of stage acting:         In Azad's words: “Struggle had become the norm and in Bangladesh it is rather...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
''Charm of the Silk Road''

''Charm of the Silk Road''

Marking 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and China and celebration of the Chinese New Year, Bangladesh-China Friendship Center in association with Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will hold three shows of a cultural programme titled “Dunhuang Melody: Charm of the Silk Road by Gansu...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
The music of Roy gains momentum

The music of Roy gains momentum

“Roy”, featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez, had drawn attention thanks to its interesting cast right from the beginning. The trailer of the T-Series film was well-received. Now, the music too is adding to the anticipation around the Vikramjit Singh-directed thriller. After being launched digitally on January 11, the songs have gone...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
''Filmmaking is my passion and music my addiction'' … Saiful Islam Jarnal

''Filmmaking is my passion and music my addiction'' … Saiful Islam Jarnal

Saiful Islam Jarnal wears many hats: he is the designated percussionist of the urban folk band Joler Gaan, a distinguished theatre activist, musician and film-maker, model and actor. The versatile artiste spoke to The Daily Star about his busy career, musical skills and his innings as an actor. Excerpts: How do you juggle filmmaking...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Ghostbusters female line-up confirmed

Ghostbusters female line-up confirmed

“Bridesmaids” co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are set to reunite in the all-female “Ghostbusters” sequel, director Paul Feig has confirmed. Saturday Night Live comediennes Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will join them in the film, Feig announced on Twitter. He went on to confirm it would be released on July 22, 2016. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson played the ghost-hunting quartet in the 1984 original. Directed by Ivan Reitman, the film made almost $300m at the global box office. A sequel, “Ghostbusters II”, followed five years later. Source: BBC

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Riaz and Nova in “Pushpo…Tomar Opekkhay”

Riaz and Nova in “Pushpo…Tomar Opekkhay”

Riaz and Nova Firoz will make their first appearance as an on-screen couple in single episode drama “Pushpo…Tomar Opekkhay”. The play, written and directed by Raihan Khan, features them as a romantic duo who will face ordeals in their relationship. The play will air on Valentine's Day on a private TV channel.

Published Date: January 30, 2015
TV Watch

TV Watch

BTV's popular variety show “Ittyadi” showcases the country's culture, history and heritage. As the longest-running TV series in Bangladesh, the programme has always looked for new, innovative ways to entertain people, while also upholding their social responsibilities. This episode of the show was shot at Khagrachari. The programme planned, written and directed by...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

American animated sitcom “The Simpsons” is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series since its debut on December 17, 1989. “The Simpsons” is widely considered to be one of the greatest television series of all time: Time magazine's December 31, 1999, issue named...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
MUSIC TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

MUSIC TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

“Mystic and 'Sufi' thoughts are interpreted and practiced in different ways at different parts of the world, and that is what makes this a celebration of cultural plurality,” Amitava Bhattacharya, the founder of the Sufi Sutra festival of Sufi and traditional music, caught the essence of the festival in a nutshell, on the...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Nat'l Dance Drama Fest in full swing

Nat'l Dance Drama Fest in full swing

Bangladesh Nrityashilpi Sangstha (BNS) in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has organised a five-day (January 27-31) National Dance Drama Festival at National Theatre Hall of BSA. The festival, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, was inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, as chief guest. Dr. Ranjit Kumar Biswas, ndc, secretary...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Cartoonist R.K. Laxman passes on

Cartoonist R.K. Laxman passes on

The creator of the famous “common man” cartoons has had his last laugh. Even as the  nation celebrated its 66th Republic Day  grandiosely ,complete with US President Barack Obama as  chief guest ,  iconic illustrator and humourist R.K. Laxman slipped away quietly  in Pune at the age of 93 after multi-organ failure. He leaves...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
''Data Horischandra'' Pala staged at JKKNIU

''Data Horischandra'' Pala staged at JKKNIU

The artistes of Theatre and Performance Studies Department Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) staged a pala “Data Horischandra” based on the epic “Ramayan”. Directed by Syed Mamun Reza and written by Kritttibas, the pala was staged at Gahi Sammyar Gaan Mancha of JKKNIU Sunday evening, marking Saraswati Puja on the campus. The students...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Acting is my first concern…Ayushman

Acting is my first concern…Ayushman

Ayushmann Khurrana who made a successful foray into Bollywood with “Vicky Donor” in 2012, said, “The industry can put you down anytime.”  “I'll be lying if I say I don't want commercial success or that I only want critical acclaim. I hope my next does well. But, for me, the most important thing is...

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Published Date: January 29, 2015
First 'Fantastic Four' trailer released

First 'Fantastic Four' trailer released

The first teaser trailer for Fox's new “Fantastic Four” film has been released, giving audiences their first glimpse into Josh Trank's reimagining of the classic Marvel Entertainment series — and for those who've been waiting for something that takes the sci-fi underpinnings of the comic book and pushes them to the forefront, it's...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

French artist Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Made in Bangladesh with Blood, Sweat, Tears and Hunger

Made in Bangladesh with Blood, Sweat, Tears and Hunger

Despite lack of natural resources, tremendous pressure of overpopulation and persistent political violence, Bangladesh has maintained a 6+ percent GDP growth rate over the last 5 years. How has that happened? With endless blood, sweat, tears and HUNGER. We're hungry: for three meals a day, for economic freedom, for recognition of our hard...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Bangla Khayal Festival at Channel i

Bangla Khayal Festival at Channel i

Channel i will host the first night-long Bangla Khayal Festival at its premises on January 31. At a press conference yesterday, organisers informed that over a hundred artistes, will perform Bangla Khayal at the event, led by eminent music exponent Azad Rahman and including reputed names like Ustad Yasin Khan, Ferdous Ara, Karim...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Faces, Unforgotten

Faces, Unforgotten

Twice over World Press Photo Award winner Philip Blenkinsop is one of the most notable photographers of his generation, and is currently in town for Chobi Mela VIII. On January 26, Blenkinsop presented slideshows of his work and videos at the Goethe-Institut--one of the many attractions lined up for Chobi Mela. He began by...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
BIRDMAN weekend continues at SAG Awards

BIRDMAN weekend continues at SAG Awards

Less than 24 hours after “Birdman” upset “Boyhood” to win the top prize at Saturday's 26th PGA Awards, Alejandro G Inarritu's quirky dramedy topped Richard Linklater's unprecedented 12-year project to win the top prize at Sunday's 21st annual SAG Awards as well. And, in a development just as surprising, Eddie Redmayne from “The...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Kalidas Karmakar to receive Sultan award

Kalidas Karmakar to receive Sultan award

A weeklong Sultan Mela began in Narail on January 22 marking the 90th birth anniversary of celebrated artists SM Sultan. The festival, which closes today at the Government Victoria College premises in Narail, was inaugurated by Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser, Gowher Rizvi. The fair featured different rural sports, game show, painting competition, exhibition,...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Beatles legend John Lennon was raised by his aunt as his father left him when he was only five years old. His mother handed John over to her sister. His aunt was intolerant of John's aspirations as a rock musician, and told John that he would never make a living out of the...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Curtains rise on Sufi Fest today

Curtains rise on Sufi Fest today

The first edition of the Sufi Fest Dhaka 2015 will see its curtains rise today, at the Army Museum grounds in the capital's Bijoy Sarani. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate the three-day festival that brings together 15 artistes and musical groups from eight countries. Bangladeshi artistes will open the festival on each...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Chobi Mela gathers momentum

Chobi Mela gathers momentum

Chobi Mela VIII, ongoing simultaneously at 11 venues in Dhaka, gathered a huge crowd on the fourth day. The day began with Shamoon Zamir's lectures on Edward Curtis at the Goethe-Institut, followed by Siobhan Riordan's lectures on Surveillance. Later in the afternoon, artist and guests made a Gallery Visit on rickshaw from Dhanmondi to...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Bachchan sings Indian national anthem at Jorasanko

Bachchan sings Indian national anthem at Jorasanko

Amitabh Bachchan has sung a few songs in films, but singing India's national anthem penned by Rabindranath Tagore without accompanying music and that too in the poet's ancestral home Jorasanko in Kolkata was a moment of pride for him. The picturisation of the national anthem sung by Bachchan for his forthcoming film “Shamitabh” was...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Dance-drama fest opens today

Dance-drama fest opens today

On the opening day of the first national dance-drama festival organised by Bangladesh Dance Artistes' Association, “Hajar Tarer Bina” and “Mahua” are set to be staged today at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. “'Hajar Tarer Bina' is based on Kazi Nazrul Islam's fight and struggle during his imprisonment,” said its director Farzana Chowdhury. It reflects how the rebel poet's muse kept his fighting spirit alive and glowing in the darkness of prison. “Mahua”, the other piece, is the directorial vision of Maksudul Alam Milton. The storyline features Mahua, a girl kidnapped and raised by the 'bedey' (snake-charmers) community. The story is taken from a popular folklore that has the zest of love...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Kylie to headline Hyde Park festival

Kylie to headline Hyde Park festival

Pop star Kylie Minogue will headline the third and final night of the British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park in June. She will be joined by Grace Jones and Nile Rodgers, bringing a disco theme to the event on June 21. The festival also features Taylor Swift and The Who as headliners on the Friday and Saturday night respectively. Kylie previously played in Hyde Park at the BBC's Proms in the Park in 2012, backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Fellow club queen Grace Jones added: “I'll bring the Jekyll to Hyde Park.” Source: BBC

CHOBI MELA VIII

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Larry Towell's stories outside the frame

Larry Towell's stories outside the frame

With every new day, Chobi Mela VIII is unfolding new horizons to the people with penchant for photography and visual art. On the second day of the fest, celebrated Magnum photographer Larry Towell was the centre of attraction at an Artist Talk session at the Goethe Institut Dhaka. At the session, Larry presented selections...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Saba turns executive producer for ''Dour''

Saba turns executive producer for ''Dour''

Actress Sohana Saba has appeared in movies such as “Khelaghar”, “Chandrakatha”, “Priyotommeshu”, “Brihonnola” and “Aina”, after making her film debut with “Aina”. She is now all set to act in her 6th film “Dour”, directed by Murad Parvez. Shooting for the film is scheduled to begin in March this year. Besides playing the...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
8th ICFF opens in Dhaka

8th ICFF opens in Dhaka

The 8th International Children's Film Festival (ICFF) 2015 was inaugurated on January 24 amid much enthusiasm, and a promise to frame the future. Children's Film Society Bangladesh is organising the festival. The fest, simultaneously running in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, was inaugurated by Finance Minster AMA Muhith who was also the chief guest. Cultural...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Birdman wins best film at Producers' Guild Award

Birdman wins best film at Producers' Guild Award

“Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Fox Searchlight's dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper”, “Boyhood”,...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Kirwani Orchestra enthralls audience

Kirwani Orchestra enthralls audience

The diverse performances with different musical instruments by Kirwani Orchestra and Bangladeshi musician Sazed Ul Alam mesmerised music aficionados of the port city on Thursday evening. Kirwani Orchestra, a well-known Jazz band from Sweden, presented their performances at the fusion classical music evening at Aniruddha Mukto Mancha of District Shilpakala Academy, where music enthusiasts...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Madhu Mela in Jessore

Madhu Mela in Jessore

Marking the 191th birth anniversary of poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta, a seven-day fair, titled “Madhu Mela”, began at Sagardari village in Jessore on January 23. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival in presence of other distinguished guests. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Deputy Commissioner of Jessore, Dr. Humayun Kabir.   A large crowd is gathering every day on the bank of Kapotakkho River for the fair. Stalls have been set up at the fair ground apart from jatra, circus, nagordola, and other forms of rural entertainment for the visitors. The fair also features discussion and lecture on the poet's life and works.   Though the fair usually...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Soha Ali Khan ties the knot

Soha Ali Khan ties the knot

Soha Ali Khan, who tied the knot with Kunal Khemu on January 25 will start shooting for Ghayal 2 in February. Soha has no time for honeymoon, said the actress. "Our families decided the wedding date. I am never one to dream about the day since I was a young girl. I'm quite...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Relativity buys “The Bronze” at Sundance

Relativity buys “The Bronze” at Sundance

Media company Relativity has nabbed the bawdy comedy “The Bronze” for $3 million. The film features a foul-mouthed former Olympic gymnast, played by “The Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch, that's very much in the tradition of “Big Santa”. There had been some back and forth about the number of screens the picture will...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

In 2001, Bob Marley was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a feature-length documentary about his life, “Rebel Music”, won various awards at the Grammys. Internationally, Marley's message also continues to reverberate amongst various indigenous communities. The Australian Aborigines continue to burn a sacred flame to honour his memory in Sydney's...

Published Date: January 25, 2015
Chobi Mela VIII begins in Dhaka

Chobi Mela VIII begins in Dhaka

The eight edition of Chobi Mela, Asia's largest photography festival, began in Dhaka on Friday. President Abdul Hamid inaugurated the two-week event, themed this year on “Intimacy” on January 23. The opening ceremony was held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in presence of distinguished guests. Asaduzzaman Noor, Cultural Affairs...

Published Date: January 25, 2015
Off the Beaten Track

Off the Beaten Track

The vast cross section of participants at last month's 15-day art camp steered by Rezaun Nabi, made for an exhilarating and enjoyable experience. Seeing the paintings lifted one's spirits and took us to a world of dreams and colours.    Sohana Shaareen's entrée for the exhibit were the forest trees with towering mountains in the...