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IN LOVING MEMORY

IN LOVING MEMORY

A little over two months have slipped by since legendary Nazrul Sangeet singer Feroza Begum left us for her eternal journey. The Daily Star organised a special musical programme in memory of Feroza Begum on Sunday at the AS Mahmud Hall of The Daily Star Centre. The programme, organised jointly with Eastern Bank Ltd. and Simantic Creative Concern, was a part of Star Melodies' regular thematic programme on Bangla Songs. The programme began with a welcome...

Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra: Masters of the Khyal

Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra: Masters of the Khyal

Two brothers, both accountants in a small shop in India, once...

'A Raga is like a lifetime of tapashya' -- Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

'A Raga is like a lifetime of tapashya' -- Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, one of the most influential artistes of...

16th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh begins December 1

16th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh begins December 1

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will arrange the largest fine art festival...

A connect with readers

A connect with readers

“A novel has the power to connect with people's minds and hearts. This is called interiority. Literature can do what the film or television media are unable to do,” said Bangladeshi British novelist Zia Haider Rahman. He was addressing a programme titled “In the light of what readers think: An encounter with Zia Haider...

Exquisite artworks on display at BSK Art Gallery

Exquisite artworks on display at BSK Art Gallery

For the second consecutive time, Bishwo Shahitto Kendra (BSK) has organised a group art exhibition featuring exquisite works by 40 noted Bangladeshi artists at its art gallery. Artist Mir Mostofa Ali spoke at the exhibition inaugural event presided over by the founding chairman of BSK Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed on November 14. Artworks by...

RAPID FIRE

Sumaiya Shimu

Sumaiya Shimu

Sumaiya Shimu is a popular name in the Bangladesh TV scene, regularly appearing in TV dramas, serials and tele-films. The wide-smiling actor recently answered a bunch of off-beat questions from The Daily Star. Do you receive anonymous calls? Shimu: Anonymous or not; I normally receive all calls. What do you usually do after returning home from...

Rancho was based on me: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Rancho was based on me: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Producer of 3 Idiots, Vidhu Vinod Chopra said that the character Rancho (played by Aamir Khan) in the massively successful film, was inspired from his own life. Rancho was an eternally optimistic genius in the film.”The character of Rancho in the movie is based on me. It is inspired from my life,” Chopra...

Radharaman Music Festival begins today

The 4th Radharaman Sangeet Utsab will begin today at the premises of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). In association with Radharaman Sangskriti Charcha Kendra, BSA has arranged the programme to be held on November 28 and 29. The festival marks the 99th death anniversary of legendary musician and lyricist Radharaman. During his lifetime, Radharaman wrote and composed over 2,000 songs in the baul tradition and was known in particular for his geets and dhamal songs - compositions to traditional dance forms. The...

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS

Published Date: November 27, 2014
The maestros' palette

The maestros' palette

At times when the sun is shining and it is raining nearby, you often witness a rainbow appearing on the horizon. The light from the sun, broken up by water droplets in the atmosphere, creates the seven colours. This is akin to the seven sudhh notes of music (in addition to five komol...

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  • Solo Art Exhibition

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

  • 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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The world's biggest classical music festival returns

Published Date: November 27, 2014
''Waves of this festival are reaching worldwide'' -- Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty

''Waves of this festival are reaching worldwide'' -- Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty

Of all the maestros to have graced the stage in the last two years of the Bengal Classical Music Festival, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, a living legend of Indian Classical Music, has a special connection to this land. Born in Bangladesh, he still considers this country very much his own, and his popularity among...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Performing tonight at BCMF '14

Performing tonight at BCMF '14

The performances of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014 – Bangladesh will open at 6:30pm today, with some 40 eminent Bangladeshi artistes rendering Bangla songs in chorus. The featured artistes of the night will perform solos next, in the following order:  

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Getting to the festival

Bengal Foundation has arranged for a number of buses to transport music-lovers to the Bengal Classical Music Festival from various parts of Dhaka, and return services as well. The buses will be carrying passengers to the Army Stadium on six routes:  Abdullahpur-Uttara-Khilkhet-Bishho Road-Sheora (starting time 5pm); Golapbag-Maniknagar-Mugda-Basabo-Khilgaon Flyover-Malibag-Badda-Notun Bazar-Bashundhara-Bishho Road (4pm); Shahbag-Banglamotor-Farmgate-Banani-Mohakhali-Banani (4pm); Jigatola-Shankar-Dhanmondi 27-Manik Miya-Mohakhali (4pm); Mirpur 12-Pallabi-Mirpur 11-Mirpur 10-Kazipara-Shewrapara-Taltola-Agargaon Mohakhali (4pm); Pallabi-Mirpur 11-Mirpur 10-Mirpur 02-Mirpur 01-Bangla College-Technical-Shyamoli-Asad Gate-College Gate-Manik Miya-Farmgate (4:30pm). All buses will return through the same...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
All systems go for the Festival of the Year

All systems go for the Festival of the Year

Blues Communications, the event management organisation of Bengal Classical Music Fest 2014, has completed the final touches in the run up to the biggest classical music festival of the world. A team of energetic, efficient and enthusiastic individuals have been working hard to present an impeccable event to a whopping number of music...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
New horizons of Bangladeshi classical music

New horizons of Bangladeshi classical music

With eminent classical music vocalist Pandit Ulhash Kashalkar as principal, Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay is now running full swing.  The opening of the school, spells the realisation of a long cherished ambition of Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation-- to open a new horizon of Bangladeshi classical music where Bangladeshi artistes will receive meticulous...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Russian cultural troupe captivates Chittagong audience

Russian cultural troupe captivates Chittagong audience

The audience at Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC), were mesmerised by an extraordinary performance by the artistes of Russian Orenburg State Academic Folk Choir. The artistes performed music, dance and played different musical instruments that cast a spell on the capacity auditorium. Although the lyric of the songs was not clear to many, it did not...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Musical tribute to the resilience of women

Musical tribute to the resilience of women

For years, wide-eyed children have listened to the enchanting tales of the Arabian Nights, also known as One Thousand and One Nights. Not everyone knows about its narrator, Persian queen Scheherazade, who cured her murderous husband King Shahrayar of his proclivity to behead a new wife every dawn. Her clever stratagem was to...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Farooki's 'No Land's Man' wins award at Film Bazaar in Goa

Farooki's 'No Land's Man' wins award at Film Bazaar in Goa

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki won India's National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Award for his project "No Land's Man". The cash award of Rs. 10 lakh was presented to him on the closing day of the Film Bazaar in Goa. NFDC award, earlier known as the Incredible India Award, is handed to the best project of...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
James McAvoy wins Scottish Bafta film actor award

James McAvoy wins Scottish Bafta film actor award

Hollywood star James McAvoy beat stiff competition from Peter Mullan and Jack O'Connell to win the coveted Actor Film award at Scotland's annual Bafta ceremony. McAvoy won the award for his portrayal of a corrupt policeman in “Filth”, while Sophie Kennedy Clark won the Actress Film trophy for her performance in “Philomena”. Other winners included David Tennant, who took the Actor Television category for his role in “The Escape Artist”. Another big winner on the night was Shirley Henderson, who collected the Actress Television award for her role as a grieving mother in “Southcliffe”. The winners of the British Academy Scotland Awards 2014 were unveiled at a red carpet ceremony at Glasgow's...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
“I'm not a star yet” -- Alia Bhatt

“I'm not a star yet” -- Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt has delivered back-to-back hits, so it doesn't come as a surprise that industry members are calling her a star. Even her father Mahesh Bhatt and sister Pooja Bhatt hold the same opinion. But Alia says she has a long way to go before she can be labeled as star. “Honestly, I think...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Kathak legend Sitara Devi passes away

Kathak legend Sitara Devi passes away

Kathak prodigy Vishal Krishna who is set to perform on the concluding day of the third Bengal Classical Music Festival has lost her grandmother eminent Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi. Sitara Devi died on Tuesday at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital after a prolonged illness, her son-in-law Rajesh Mishra  told the media. She was 94. Recipient of prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shri and Kalidas Samman, Sitara Devi was known as Dhannolakshmi in the family of Brahmin “kathakar” Sukhdev Maharaj in Calcutta (Kolkata) in 1920. The family moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) when she was 11. Early on she impressed Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore with a marathon three-hour solo recital. Over...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

  Legendary classical artiste Bade Ghulam Ali Khan began learning sarangi and vocal from his paternal uncle Kale Khan and his father Ali Baksh Khan at the age seven. When he was 21, he moved to Benaras where he accompanied a courtesan named Hirabai on the Sarangi and started to perform in public. Khan was also a disciple of both Ustad Akhtar Hussain Khan and Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. After the partition of India in 1947, Khan went to his home in Pakistan, but returned to India later to reside permanently. He was against the partition, stating: “If in every home one child was taught Hindustani classical music this country...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
''The festival sets our actual objective in motion''... Luva Nahid Choudhury

''The festival sets our actual objective in motion''... Luva Nahid Choudhury

From the organising perspective, if the Bengal Classical Music Festival is a complex, intricate and multi-level system, Luva Nahid Chowdhury is the control room of it. The Director General of Bengal Foundation has been instrumental in making the last two years' events a success, and with the festival returning this year bigger than...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Radio Shadhin rallies to eliminate violence against women

Radio Shadhin rallies to eliminate violence against women

November 25 is observed worldwide every year as the 'International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women'. Radio Shadhin 92.4fm has taken on an innovative programme, encompassing outdoor activations, radio programmes and an online awareness campaign on social media, says a press release. The theme of this campaign is “You Can Mend This Wall,...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Arifin Shuvo: A career on the roll

Arifin Shuvo: A career on the roll

Arifin Shuvo has made it big on the silver screen with films like “Agnee”, “Purnodoirgho Prem Kahini” and “Tarkata”. And his career is on the roll with the release of the widely appreciated “Kistimat”. The Daily Star recently talked to the celebrated actor about his tryst with celluloid. Excerpts: What has been up with “Kistimat”? Shuvo: I'm very happy with the great feedback the film has received both within and outside the country. “Kistimat” is a major milestone in my career as it has given me further exposure to acting techniques. Besides, I had to overstretch myself physically for the movie. Your film “Agnee” was another blockbuster... Shuvo: I give the entire credit to...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Rekha shoots in Nishat garden for ''Fitoor''

Rekha shoots in Nishat garden for ''Fitoor''

Rekha arrived in India's Srinagar on Thursday and was immediately introduced to two AK47-wielding commandos who were to become her constant companion till she left the city two days later. The actress, who plays a character modelled on Charles Dicken's Miss Havisham in 'Fitoor”, the Indianised version of “Great Expectations”, arrived at the city's picturesque Nishat Bagh on Friday morning. Dressed in an ornate red wedding 'joda' with a cream sequinned dupatta covering her burgundy wig, a diamond stud sparkled on her nose and her eyes twinkling from behind designer glasses, the glamorous Rekha garnered plenty of curiosity. Tourists were stopped from entering the garden on the chilly, foggy...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Jessica Chastain teases possible Marvel role

Jessica Chastain teases possible Marvel role

Jessica Chastain has revealed that a meeting has taken place with Marvel over an undisclosed role, although the star has confirmed it is not Captain Marvel. “We've talked about aligning our forces in the future,” Chastain told MTV of her relationship with the studio. “And here's the thing with me… If you're going to be in a superhero movie, you only get one chance. You're that character forever. So why do a superhero movie and play the boring civilian?” She possibly hinted at Maya Hansen -- the “Iron Man 3” character she had been attached to, before eventually dropping out on account of scheduling difficulties.  “I don't want to say too...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: November 25, 2014
''Blind Massage'' sweeps Golden Horse

''Blind Massage'' sweeps Golden Horse

Chinese-French film “Blind Massage” has picked up six awards at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse awards. The film, which features blind amateur actors as massage therapists, won best feature film, best cinematography and best sound effects. Zhang Lei won best new performer, while the film also picked up the honours for best adapted screenplay...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

The swarmandal (also known as Sur-mandal) is an Indian harp/zither that is today most commonly used as an accompanying instrument for vocal Hindustani Classical music. The name combines swara (notes) and mandal (group), representing its ability to produce a large number of notes. Swarmandals measure from twenty-four to thirty inches in length and...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Korean film festival on Nov 28-29

Korean film festival on Nov 28-29

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Dhaka will hold a two-day Korean Film Festival on November 28 and 29 at Bangladesh National Museum. Two movies will be screened at the festival everyday, which is open to all. On Friday, the festival will open with “Officer of the Year” followed by “Always”; and on Saturday, “Mama” and “Secretly Greatly” will be screened. SM Haroon-Or-Rashid, Managing Director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) will attend the festival as chief guest. The Korean Embassy hopes that this film festival will provide a good opportunity for those who are interested in Korean culture and language.

Published Date: November 24, 2014
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...

HAY FESTIVAL 2014

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Shakespeare is Ours

Shakespeare is Ours

On the third and closing day of the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014, a session celebrating the 450 years of Shakespeare, shed light on the universality of Shakespeare's works. How Elizabethan Shakespeare is transposed into a modern Bangladesh and how his plays became a part of Bangladesh's own theatre transcending the boundary of time...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
“'Mockingjay” posts best debut of 2014

“'Mockingjay” posts best debut of 2014

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” soared to the largest opening day of the year at the US box office, with $55 million on Friday. The third installment in the Lionsgate franchise is on its way to north of $130 million this weekend, which would be the best debut of 2014. But Despite the...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Down the back-allies of remembrance

Down the back-allies of remembrance

Pindrop silence and an air of awe filled the Cosmic Tent, as four great storytellers took the stage on the third and final day of Hay Festival 2014. Accompanied on stage by acclaimed writers Syed Manzoorul Islam, A Qayyum Khan and Kaiser Huq, the launching of Shahzaman Mozumder's new memorandum on 1971, “The...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
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 grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Lord Shiva is considered the God of this dance form. The name Bharatanatyam is of relatively recent origin; the original names were Sadir, Chinnamelan, and most commonly, Dasi Attam. The word combunes is 'Bhavam' (expression), 'ragam'(music), 'thalam' (rhythm) and 'natyam' (dance).

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. The lively, bearded man took to the main stage of Hay on Day 2 in a more stand-up-comedian gusto than literary-festival-session for “Top 10 Buzzes of the Year”, and in a fast-paced hour, spoke how the World Wide Web has been buzzing on the literary front. “Writing is a form of conversation,” Fitzgerald gave away probably one...

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...