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'We want to promote Bangla on a global stage' …Sumi

'We want to promote Bangla on a global stage' …Sumi

Chirkutt's eclectic compositions defy genre or classification and they have eventually come to be described as an 'Epic Fusion' band. Chirkutt has released two hit albums “Chirkutt-nama” and “Jadur Shohor”, and have received a great deal of airplay, performed for television plays and film soundtracks. Their popularity has transcended the borders of Bangladesh...

Abir at the Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay

Abir at the Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay

Renowned Bangladeshi photographer Abir Abdullah's photographic series “The Deadly Cost of...

Super Chef final round begins

Super Chef final round begins

After selecting 24 of Bangladesh's best home-cooks, having visited Sylhet, Khulna,...

An evening of Lalon music

An evening of Lalon music

A leading cultural organisation of Bogra,Carca Sangskritik Academy, arranged a programme...

Sammilito Sangskritik Jote elects new central body

The general assembly of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote ended on Saturday at the Shawkat Osman auditorium of Central Public Library. Speakers at the programme, called the alliance a movement which speaks for Bangladesh in light of the glorious Liberation War.   A total of 459 councilors from 153 organisations, which are under the Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, were present at the assembly. Following the assembly, a new central committee of the Jote was formed. Former vice president of the movement, Golam Kuddus...

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Rare Monroe negative sold at auction

Rare Monroe negative sold at auction

A rare negative of legendary movie star Marilyn Monroe, taken during her first professional photo shoot when she was 20 years old, has been sold at auction. The photograph was taken when the unknown Norma Jeane Baker was a factory girl hoping to become a model. The picture -- taken at Zuma Beach in...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

    US rock guitarist-vocalist Lita Ford, who was recruited to the all-girl band The Runaways (also featuring Joan Jett) at age 16, had a small role in the 1992 horror/comedy film “Highway to Hell” playing a character called The Hitchhiker. Ford was also asked by VH-1 to join the cast of the seventh season...

Challenges for the Military Forces

Challenges for the Military Forces

DHAKA recently witnessed a gathering of senior officers from the armies around the Asia Pacific region discussing the possible challenges that the armies face in view of the changing threat scenario. Jointly organised by the Bangladesh Army and the US Army Pacific (USARPAC), the 38th Pacific Army Management Seminar (PAMS) held on 14-17...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Of Conflicts And Connections

Of Conflicts And Connections

Akram Khan, one of the best contemporary dancer-choreographers of his generation, left two houseful audiences on consecutive days at the National Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in awe with a magnetic 80-minute solo, in a way only he could. At its Dhaka premiere (and the subsequent staging) on September 19 and...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Akira Kurosawa Film Week in full swing

Akira Kurosawa Film Week in full swing

International Academy of Film and Media (IAFM) together with Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh has, for the first time, organised a weeklong “Akira Kurosawa Film Week, Dhaka 2014” at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum (BNM). This film week has been organised to introduce late Kurosawa to film lovers in Bangladesh through screening...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Call for films for Oscar participation

Call for films for Oscar participation

Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) has formed a nine-member “Oscar Bangladesh Committee” to select a Bangladeshi film to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Award, according to a press release. Film personality Habibur Rahman Khan is the chairman of the committee, while Robin Shams has been appointed...

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  • Stand Up Comedy

    Stand Up Comedy by US Comedian Charles Burks
    Organiser: Naveed's Comedy Club
    Venue: Baridhara DOHS Convention Centre
    Date: Sep 26-27; Time: 7:30pm

  • Group Exhibition

    Only Connect.Edition One
    Venue: Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct
    Date: Sep 14-23
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Group Art Exhibition

    Title: Shreyoshi by 11 women artists
    Venue: Gallery Twenty One, 11th Floor, 751 Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi
    Date: Sep 12-Oct 4
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: Montage
    Artist: Samarjit Roy Chowdhury
    Venue: Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi
    Date: Sep 6-22
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Akira Kurosawa Film Week, Dhaka

    Organisers: IAFM & Embassy of Japan
    Venue: Main Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum
    Date: September 19-24
    Time: 11am & 6pm (Sep 19-22) & 11am, 3pm & 6pm (Sep 23-24)

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Artist: Murtaja Baseer
    Venue: Galleri Kaya, H-20, Rd-16, Sec-4, Uttara
    Date: Sep 13-25
    Time: 11am-8pm

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Published Date: September 21, 2014
Hiroshima survivors' art to go on show

Hiroshima survivors' art to go on show

Artworks by survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb in Hiroshima are to go on show outside Japan for the first time. The powerful, and often disturbing, paintings will feature in an exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery next month. The pictures depict horrific scenes from August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Citi pays tribute to Syed Abdul Hadi

Citi pays tribute to Syed Abdul Hadi

Citibank NA Bangladesh organised its annual “Gaane Gaane Gunijon Songbordhona” programme on Friday at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka to celebrate the lifetime contributions of renowned artiste Syed Abdul Hadi. Eminent singer, Mustafa Zaman Abbasi spoke about the acclaimed artiste's celebrated musical career.  Rokia Afzal Rahman, president, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

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Published Date: September 21, 2014
Deadpool movie set to arrive in 2016

Deadpool movie set to arrive in 2016

After years of speculation, Fox has finally confirmed that a Deadpool movie is officially happening, with Ryan Reynolds to star in the title role. While Reynolds has yet to sign on the dotted line, it is assumed that this will be little more than a formality, with the film set to open in...

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

It's True!

Artist Rose Wylie has won one of the UK's most prestigious painting awards at the age of 80. The £25,000 John Moores Painting Prize is Wylie's latest accolade after being belatedly discovered by the art world. Her paintings have begun to receive recognition in the past five years. In 2013, Wylie, from Kent,...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
I DON'T REALLY WANT TO BE REMEMBERED… Akram Khan

I DON'T REALLY WANT TO BE REMEMBERED… Akram Khan

Akram Khan -- born in London (England) to Bangladeshi parents, was touring the world at the age of 13, with legendary theatre and film director Peter Brook's production of Mahabharata. Combining his Kathak training and contemporary styles, he became a name to be reckoned with in the world of performing arts. Akram has collaborated with artistes ranging from Pandit Birju Maharaj to Kylie Minogue, and has performed on a stage as big as the London Olympics opening ceremony. He is visiting Dhaka to perform his production DESH – a production about his connection with Bangladesh, and The Daily Star caught up with the prolific choreographer-performer for a one-to-one conversation. What...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
The art of painting small

The art of painting small

The art of painting small has found quite a few dedicated artists in Bangladesh who usually follow the tradition of miniature painting of the subcontinent. The early miniatures in south and western India, dating back to the 9th century, were done on palm leaf and paper, depicting religious deities. When the Persian miniatures...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Mymensingh Geetika festival from September 25

Mymensingh Geetika festival from September 25

Loko Natyadal (Banani), one of the major theatre troupes of the country, is organising a “Mymensingh Geetika Natyotshab” from September 25-30, with the theme “Shekor Khuji Praner Melay”. Marking the 150th staging of their play “Sonai Madhab”, the troupe is inviting five other troupes to perform their plays based on the Mymensingh Geetika. The...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Wasique wins Spelling Bee

Wasique wins Spelling Bee

Wasique Hasan, a ninth grade student of Marie Curie School has bagged the Champion's title of The Daily Star Spelling Bee. Channel i aired The Spelling Bee Grand Finale on Thursday. Out of six finalists, Wasique emerged as victor with a whopping score of 115. He wasn't leading the scoreboard in the first round, but became a frontrunner by cracking the Spell Hive perfectly, and scored highest in the last round, Spell Buzz.   Naiyareen Fareeza Mayeen, Sunbeams, came second with 85 points to become the 1st runner-up while Saif Rahman, Regent College, with 75 points was declared 2nd runners up for this season. Wasique Hasan is disciplined and far more...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Bannya performs at IGCC

Bannya performs at IGCC

Renowned Rabindra Sangeet artiste Rezwana Choudhury Bannya performed in a musical soiree at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) auditorium, Gulshan, Dhaka recently. The soiree featured presentation of 16 Tagore songs. Bonnya, with several Surer Dhara artistes, set off the soiree with a choral performance of the song “Aakash Bhora Surjyo Tara”. The seasoned singer...

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Published Date: September 20, 2014
Armstrong to voice Danger Mouse

Armstrong to voice Danger Mouse

“Pointless” host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse when the much-loved cartoon hero returns to TV next year. The comic actor, also known for his TV shows with Ben Miller, said voicing the character was “about as close to a dream job as you could wish for.” Armstrong takes over from Sir David Jason, who voiced the eye patch-sporting “DM” in the original series from 1981 to 1992. Kevin Eldon will voice trusty sidekick Penfold, Terry Scott's old character. The new series, which will initially run for 52 episodes, is due to be broadcast on the CBBC channel in 2015. Armstrong's Danger Mouse will have more gadgets at his disposal than the...

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

IT'S TRUE!

    Lady Gaga has always been a true anti-bullying advocate. In 2011, she founded the Born This Way Foundation, which aims to inspire young people and build better communities. Lady Gaga has also assisted in the It Gets Better project and MAC Viva Glam campaign with Cindy Lauper, which supports the MAC AIDS fund.

Of conflicts and connections

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Akram Khan spellbinds Dhaka with DESH

Akram Khan spellbinds Dhaka with DESH

Akram Khan, one of the best contemporary dancer-choreographers of his generation, left two houseful audiences on consecutive days at the National Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in awe with a magnetic 80-minute solo, in a way only he could. At its Dhaka premiere (and the subsequent staging) on September 19 and...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
COLOURS OF FRIENDSHIP

COLOURS OF FRIENDSHIP

A weeklong Indian Art extravaganza, titled “Colours of Friendship” complete with 70 artworks, closed on September 18 at Dhaka Art Centre. It includes major Indian artists -- Laxman Alley, Kazi Anirban (relative of Kazi Nazrul), Babu Xavier from Kerala, Dhiraj Chowdhry, Krishnendu Gupta from Kolkata and Prakash Karmaker. All of them are well-known...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
DESH staging rescheduled

DESH staging rescheduled

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the date of the first scheduled show of internationally celebrated choreographer-performer Akram Khan's DESH has been changed from September 18 (today) to September 20 (Saturday). The time and place will be the same. The performance of tomorrow (September 19) remains completely unchanged. The invitation card for September 18 can...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Gautam Ghosh goes on- screen for Chatuskone

Gautam Ghosh goes on- screen for Chatuskone

Acclaimed filmmaker Gautam Ghosh has once again gone in front of the camera, leaving his familiar position of behind it, in noted director Srijit Mukherjee's Bangla thriller film “Chatuskone”. This is the for the second time in his long cinematic career that Ghosh has appeared in a film as an actorm after making his...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
'It's high time anchoring is taken up as a profession' … Pariha

'It's high time anchoring is taken up as a profession' … Pariha

Pariha Lima is widely recognised as a TV anchor, emcee and model. The Daily Star recently spoke to Pariha on her zooming career: When did you enter the media world? Pariha: As a child, I dreamt of working in the field. Then in 2004 I took part in the 2004 Lux Channel i Superstar pageant...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
'Panchanari Akhyan' to be staged today

'Panchanari Akhyan' to be staged today

Dhaka Theatre will stage their 37th production, “Ponchonari Akhyan” today at 7pm at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Written by Harun Rashid, the play has been directed by Shahiduzzaman Selim. Rosy Siddique plays five different roles in the monodrama. Stories of five girls are woven into the plot of the play. Jolekha,...

ALBUM LAUNCH

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Priyanka Gope's Raga Delights unveiled

Priyanka Gope's Raga Delights unveiled

Talented classical music vocalist Priyanka Gope's latest audio album “Raga Delights” was recently launched at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi. Noted artiste Khairul Anam Shakil unveiled the album. The album, produced by Bengal Foundation, contains tracks of a kheyal with a tarana set on Raga Jog Kauns; a thumri on Raga Mishra Khamaj; a Kabir...

TV Watch

Published Date: September 19, 2014
'Kanamachhi Sangbad' on Maasranga

'Kanamachhi Sangbad' on Maasranga

Single-episode TV play “Kanamachhi Sangbad” airs tonight at 7:40pm on Maasranga television. Written and directed by Anjan Aich, the play revolves around a youth who worships ghosts. One day, he goes to a haunted house where he meets a young girl. Gradually a connection grows between them and the boy falls for the...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Short film on horses

Short film on horses

Barring the animals used by the police and armed forces, horses have generally been ill-treated in third world countries by their profit-hungry owners. The short film “Uchchoi Shrobar Uchchabhilash” (Great expectation of the horse) uses the horse to symbolise the cruelty of human beings, bound by lust, ambition and desire. The film is the brainchild...

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Published Date: September 19, 2014
Country music star George Hamilton dies

Country music star George Hamilton dies

US country music star George Hamilton IV has died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 77. The singer and guitarist, who began performing as a teenager in the 1950s, had suffered a major heart attack at the weekend. After an early foray into pop, Hamilton became a country stalwart, scoring 40 hits in the 1960s and 70s. He was inducted into Nashville's Grand Old Opry in 1960 and continued to work until shortly before he was taken ill. His most recent album, made in 2010, was a gospel-influenced collection featuring a host of guest artistes. At the start of his career in 1956, Hamilton had a top five hit in...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Creinse becomes distribution partner of Sony DADC

Creinse Limited has become the Exclusive Marketing and Distribution Partner of Home Entertainment Services by Sony DADC for the region of Bangladesh, according to a press release. Under the joint working platform, Creinse will market and distribute the licensed Home Video products of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Brothers (WHP), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and National Geographic in Bangladesh. As part of the tie up, Creinse will also market and distribute the licensed products of Sony Music, Warner...

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

IT'S TRUE!

    Matt Damon co-founded of the charity Water.org, which helps provide clean water to developing countries. He is moreover a supporter of ONE Campaign that helps fight AIDS and poverty in third-world countries. Matt Damon also associated with fellow Ocean's Eleven cast-mates and founded the advocacy organisation Not On Our Watch, which concentrates on supporting and bringing attention to human brutalities in third-world countries.

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Gautam Ghosh goes on-screen for 'Chatuskone'

Gautam Ghosh goes on-screen for 'Chatuskone'

Acclaimed filmmaker Gautam Ghosh has once again gone in front of the camera, leaving his familiar position of behind it, in noted director Srijit Mukherjee's Bangla thriller film “Chatuskone”. This is the for the second time in his long cinematic career that Ghosh has appeared in a film as an actorm after making his...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
'It’s high time anchoring is taken up as a profession' … Pariha

'It’s high time anchoring is taken up as a profession' … Pariha

Pariha Lima is widely recognised as a TV anchor, emcee and model. The Daily Star recently spoke to Pariha on her zooming career: When did you enter the media world? Pariha: As a child, I dreamt of working in the field. Then in 2004 I took part in the 2004 Lux Channel i Superstar pageant and was judged the second runner up in Dhaka. However, I did not work in the media till later on as I had to finish my studies. Finally after some years I emerged as a TV anchor. How did you become an anchor? Pariha: I came across an Rtv ad for an anchor. I applied for the...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Musical Homage to Feroza Begum

Musical Homage to Feroza Begum

Artistes of Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP) paid musical homage to Feroza Begum, the recently deceased legendary Nazrul Sangeet artiste and exponent, at a programme titled “Ami Chirotorey Dur-e Chole Jabo”, held at Indira Road, Dhaka on September 16. Noted artiste Dalia Nausheen set off the soiree with a musical tribute to the legend....

Published Date: September 18, 2014
A heritage of art at monobhumi

A heritage of art at monobhumi

A group art exhibition titled “Kalamkari” is on at monobhumi art space, 218, Elephant Road, Dhaka. Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) Syed Abul Barq Alvi inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest on August 29. Noted theatre personality Mamunur Rashid was special guest at the event. The participating artists -- Tarun Ghosh,...

TV WATCH

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Spelling Bee Grand Finale tonight

Spelling Bee Grand Finale tonight

  After five long months of competition, finally the day is here, when the Spelling Bee Champion of Season 3 will be crowned. After Md Adeeb Ul Haque of Cantonment English School and College, Chittagong (Season 1 Champion) and Sunjack Jesun of St Joseph Higher Secondary School, Dhaka (Season 2 Champion) who will be the champion this year? The viewers are eagerly waiting for tonight. Nurul Islam Nahid, Minister for Education will grace the event as Chief Guest. A cultural show by children will also be held while the 96 participants will walk the traditional Spelling Bee parade in their gowns before the competition starts. The Daily Star Spelling Bee Powered by...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Cultural programme on Nazrul in Sylhet

Cultural programme on Nazrul in Sylhet

Mrittikay Mohakal, a renowned cultural group of Sylhet, organised a programme titled “Nirob Keno Kobi” featuring Nazrul's poem, songs and play at the Zila Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday. Shorodindu Bhhattacharya, Assistant Professor of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology; poet and writer Zafar Obayed and Anup Kumar Deb, president of Sylhet Sammilito Natya Parishad...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Mrinal Dutta: Actor who stands tall

Mrinal Dutta: Actor who stands tall

Palakar Mrinal Dutta, an accomplished actor has worked in several government-funded films. His talent is recognised by both film lovers in the country and beyond. Over the years, Dutta has drawn up an impressive line-up of films: “Rupantor” (2007), “Atmadan” (2008)”, “Shobhoner Swadhinata” (2010), “Mrittika Maya” (2011) and “Jibondhuli” (2011). Dutta's debut film was “Rupantor”,...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Sony remaking “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

Sony remaking “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

Sony is set to plunder the '90s for its next horror remake, with the studio set to breathe new life into slasher caper “I Know What You Did Last Summer”. Written by Kevin Williamson, the original was part of the late-'90s boom in teen slasher movies, bringing in $125 million at the box office...

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Published Date: September 18, 2014
Katy Perry leads MTV EMA nominations

Katy Perry leads MTV EMA nominations

Katy Perry is leading the nominations for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs). The singer is up for seven including Best Female, Best Pop Act, Best Video and Best Live act. She will be going head to head in most categories with Ariana Grande, who has six nominations for the awards being held in Glasgow in November. 5 Seconds of Summer and Pharrell Williams have five each, one more than One Direction. Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Sam Smith and Kiesza have all received four nominations each. Also announced, Cheryl Cole won the wildcard vote to be in the running for Best UK & Ireland Act, the winner of which...

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

IT'S TRUE!

Deep Purple's timeless classic “Smoke on the Water” refers to a Frank Zappa show in Montreux, Switzerland in 1971, where someone lit a flare gun and supposedly “burned the place to the ground”. Deep Purple had set up a camp adjacent to the place to record an album, with a mobile recording studio...

IN CONVERSATION

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Theatre is still not a profession in Bangladesh-- Tabibul Islam Babu

Theatre is still not a profession in Bangladesh-- Tabibul Islam Babu

Tabibul Islam Babu is among those theatre activists who closely witnessed the evolution of Bangladeshi theatre and played active role in the movement. He has been involved with theatre since the 1960s when Bangladeshi theatre scene lacked an organised shape. However, the scenario began changing following the Liberation War, which eventually flourished our cultural movements. In a recent conversation, the thespian who turned 70 today shared his stories behind getting into theatre and more. How did you get into theatre? Tabibul: Though no one from my family had involvement with theatre, I used to feel a certain attraction for acting from childhood. 'Dress as you like' was a fascinating event that I...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Matisse exhibition is Tate's most successful art show

Matisse exhibition is Tate's most successful art show

An exhibition of Henri Matisse's cut-out art has become the most successful exhibition held to date at the Tate with more than 560,000 visitors. The Tate Modern show was the first in its history to attract more than half a million people. “Matisse: The Cut-Outs” drew attention to the final part of the French artist's...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Jewel's ceramic exhibition at Zainul Gallery

Jewel's ceramic exhibition at Zainul Gallery

Mohammad Robiul Hossain Jewel's first solo ceramic exhibition, titled “Keramos” concluded on September 15 at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Art (FFA), University of Dhaka. Dean of FFA, Professor Abul Barq Alvi inaugurated the exhibition on September 11. Apart from Alvi, chairman of the Department of Ceramics Dr. Azharul Islam Sheikh Chanchal and Assistant...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Theatre fest concludes in Habiganj

Theatre fest concludes in Habiganj

A five-day theatre festival titled 'Khowai-Ganga Natyotsab' concluded at Habiganj Zila Shilpakala Academy recently. “Matilal Padri” – based on Komol Kumar Mazumder's fiction and directed by Aniruddha Kumar Dhar – was staged at the festival on the concluding day. Artistes of Nrityapuri presented dances while Deputy Commissioner Md. Zainal Abedin, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote's Habiganj chapter...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Brihonnola hits screens on Friday

Brihonnola hits screens on Friday

“Brihonnola”, a film produced jointly by Filmhawker and ATN Bangla, will release across the country on September 19. The partially government-funded film's pre-lease premiere took place yesterday at Star Cineplex at Basundhara City. Cultural Affairs Minster Asaduzzaman Noor was present at the show, along with the film's director Murad Parvez, ATN Bangla Chairman...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Tagore-Nazrul celebrations in Mymensingh

Artistes of Udichi Shilpi Goshthi performed at a cultural show held to mark 'Tagore-Nazrul celebrations-2014' at Mymensingh Press Club auditorium recently. The Press Club had organised the latest edition of its annual programme. Swapon Sarker, Molina Devnath, Joyanti Biswas Jolly, Poly Talukder, Shuvra Joarder and Mondira Sannayal Pritha rendered some popular songs of the bards. The artistes were assisted by Jishutosh Talukder on tabla and Razib Banik on Mandira. A discussion followed. Prof. Dr. Mohit Ul Alam, vice-chancellor of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul...