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A Musical High

A Musical High

Chhayanaut's two daylong (December 18-19) Classical Music Festival 2014 wrapped up on a high note. The nightlong concluding session of the festival featured many evocative moments. Bishwajit Roy Chowdhury on sarod enthralled the packed audience with a grave pathos-arousing Raga Darbari Kanada at the session. Chowdhury, (from Delhi, India), together with Biplab Bhattacharya...

Liberation War Film Festival underway

Liberation War Film Festival underway

Dhooli Communications, in association with Versatile Media, are holding a weeklong...

Mohajoner Nao to be staged at Tower Hamlets

Mohajoner Nao to be staged at Tower Hamlets

Subachan Nattya Sangsad's much-acclaimed production “Mohajoner Nao” has travelled to the...

Incubus to release two EPs in 2015

Incubus to release two EPs in 2015

When Incubus appeared at night-one of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Xmas this...

Bipasha 's “Alone” trailer grabs attention

Bipasha 's “Alone” trailer grabs attention

The trailer of Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover's much-awaited horror film “Alone” was unveiled late Tuesday night and has got an overwhelming response from the audience. With over 4.4 million views on YouTube, it has set a new benchmark by becoming the No.1 video in less than 48 hours. This is a feat...

BotTala to stage “Trial of Mallam Ilya” today

BotTala to stage “Trial of Mallam Ilya” today

Theatre troupe BotTala is set to stage their latest production “Trial of Mallam Ilya”, at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today. The play, written by African playwright Mohammad Ben Abdallah, is translated into Bengali by Soumya Sarker, while Mohammad Ali Haider is the director. The play revolves around Mallam Ilya, the fallen...

“Mockingjay” soaring over Dhaka

“Mockingjay” soaring over Dhaka

Star Cineplex, the country's first multiplex cinema, has released one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”, weeks after its worldwide release. The third film of the “Hunger Games” franchise, released on November 19, has secured the second biggest opening of the year (behind “Transformers: Age of Extinction”),...

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School of Rock set for Broadway

School of Rock set for Broadway

The musical version of the hit 2003 Jack Black film “School of Rock” is to open on Broadway next year. The show will be written by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Producers say it will closely follow the film's plot, about a wannabe rock star -- who poses...

It's True!

It's True!

Leopold Mozart, a concertmaster of the court orchestra in 18th century Austria, came home from church and found his young son, Wolfgang, busily writing at his desk. He was at first stern with the boy for using his ink and paper, but upon examination, was amazed to discover that the five-year old had...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Charukala wears festive look

Charukala wears festive look

Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) of University of Dhaka has worn a festive look marking Birth Centenary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin (December 29, 1914 – May 28, 1976), the pioneer of fine art and art education in Bangladesh. In celebration of the occasion, a three-week (December 11-31) Annual Art Exhibition has got many new...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Music in its purest form

Music in its purest form

A two-day classical music festival was set off at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban through the rendition of National Anthem on Thursday evening. Eminent music guru Azad Rahman inaugurated the eighth Shuddha Sangeet Utshab. Khairul Anam Shakil, general Secretary of the organisation delivered welcome address. The festival, comprising three sessions, comes to...

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  • Photography Exhibition

    Title: On Boarders
    Organiser: Bengal Foundation and Goethe Institute Dhaka
    Venue: Daily Star-Bengal Art Precinct
    Date: Dec 10- January 04
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • Classical Music Recital

    Artiste: Pt. Santanu Bandhopadhyay
    Venue: AS Mahmud Seminar Room, The Daily Star Centre
    Date: Dec 21
    Time: 6:30pm

  • 16th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh

    Venue: National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
    Date: December 1-31
    Time: 11am to 8pm except Fridays (3-8pm)

  • Solo Art Exhibition

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

  • Solo Painting and Drawing Exhibition

    Title: Shifting Sands
    Artist: Nasima Khan
    Venue: Bengal Art Lounge
    Date: Dec 13-27
    Time: 12pm-8pm

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Published Date: December 20, 2014
Pt. Santanu Bandyopadhyay to perform at The Daily Star Centre

Pt. Santanu Bandyopadhyay to perform at The Daily Star Centre

Noted Indian vocalist Pandit Santanu Bandyopadhyay will perform Indian classical music at AS Mahmud Seminar Hall of The Daily Star tomorrow (December 21) at 6:30pm. The artiste may perform khayal based on ragas -- Behag and Jog at the event.   Pandit Santanu Bandyopadhyay is the sixth generation artiste of the legendary Vishnupur Gharana....

Published Date: December 20, 2014
“Charm of Korea VI” in Dhaka and Chittagong

“Charm of Korea VI” in Dhaka and Chittagong

As part of the cultural exchange programmes between Korea and the Bangladesh, “Charm of Korea VI” is being performed by the musical team consisting of nine musicians, on December 17, 18 and 20. This is the sixth event of the music series since last year to celebrate the long-standing friendship between Korea and...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Concert for Kombol

Concert for Kombol

Even before the afternoon set in, the Concert for Kombol – a unique initiative to collect blankets as tickets to a concert – saw a huge crowd assembling at the Kalabagan Krira Chakra field. Dreek was one of the earlier bands on the lineup, with the pile of blankets and warm clothes continuing to...

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

IT'S TRUE!

On June 7, 2003, when she was 19 years old, US actress Olivia Wilde married Tao Ruspoli, an Italian filmmaker and musician, on a school bus with only a pair of witnesses. She later said the marriage occurred in an abandoned school bus because it was the only place where they could be...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Komola Collective stages ''Birangona: Women of War''

Komola Collective stages ''Birangona: Women of War''

The Liberation War of Bangladesh is marked with the valour of our heroes, whereas the stories of war heroines are on their way to oblivion in our history. And sadly enough, the tales of hundreds of thousands of women, whose life became nightmarish during the war, go untold. Komola Collective, a London-based theatre...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Tanvir Mokammel's film screening in Chittagong

Tanvir Mokammel's film screening in Chittagong

To mark Victory Day, Bangladesh Film Institute and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has jointly arranged a seven-day film festival in Chittagong, says a press release. The festival that began on December 18 at the district Shilpakala Academy features 13 films and documentaries by internationally-acclaimed director Tanvir Mokammel. Along with the award-winning films of the...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Cultural activists rally for Sunderbans

Cultural activists rally for Sunderbans

Cultural activists took to the streets on Wednesday, armed with their weapons of choice-- music and performance arts --to protest the destructive policies and practices of the government regarding the Sundarbans. They also demanded an immediate ban on the transportation of furnace oil through the mangrove forest, during a rally organised by musical...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Return of the Photography extravaganza

Return of the Photography extravaganza

The eighth edition of Chobi Mela, the biggest photography festival of Asia, is all set to begin on January 23, 2015. Organised by Drik Picture Library Limited and Pathshala South Asian Media Academy, the biennial festival brings photographers, experts and connoisseurs from all over the globe for a two-week extravaganza of exhibitions, artist...

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Published Date: December 19, 2014
NOWSHIN: ''I fear bad propaganda''

NOWSHIN: ''I fear bad propaganda''

Nowshin   has  earned  repute as an actress-anchor on the small screen and has used her undeniable talent to enter the celluloid world as well. The actress is quite relaxed about being fired with questions, most of which she has never answered before. What do you usually do when you are in a  bad mood? Nowshin: Spend time with my child What is your greatest fear? Nowshin: Bad propaganda or when a dear one  gets angry with me. Any thing you would do differently if you could go back to your childhood? Nowshin: I would  undo the  mistakes I made. What  would you be if not an actress? Nowshin: A perfect housewife Who is it you most want to...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Kat Graham could play X-Men's Storm

Kat Graham could play X-Men's Storm

With the upcoming “X-Men: Age of Apocalypse” film set to introduce younger versions of some of the original X-Men characters, speculation on the casting of Storm has been up in the air. The latest rumour is that X-Men's Storm will be played by “The Vampire Diaries” star Kat Graham. Even with Halle Berry's immense popularity as storm, Graham could be a good signing. Not only is she gorgeous and can easily pull off looking like a younger version of Berry, but also her role as Bonnie Bennett on the CW series is the perfect preparation for playing a strong, super-powered female. In the Marvel Universe, mutant Storm (real name Orora Munroe)...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
''Dhaka's kacchi biryani was awesome''…Indrani Halder

''Dhaka's kacchi biryani was awesome''…Indrani Halder

Indrani Haldar is an accomplished Indian film and television actress with multiple awards on her shelves. On a visit to Dhaka recently, Indrani talked to The Daily Star about her soft corner for the city and her busy career: When did you last visit Dhaka? Indrani:  About 18 years ago to do a film of thespian Ujjal. Did you enjoy going around the city ? Indrani:  A lot. I've noticed remarkable changes in Dhaka, including the terrible traffic snarl ups. More than ever, I am overwhelmed by the hospitality of the people --I have been flooded with gifts and invitations. What brings you to Dhaka this time? Indrani:  I came here at the invitation of...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Photography exhibition marking Victory Day

A three-day photography exhibition organised by Alokchitra Shilpi Sangsad (Ashis) to mark Victory Day at Boishakhi Mancha of Shaheeb Quarter Park area in the town concluded on Wednesday. A total of 220 photographs on the War of Liberation were displayed at the exhibition.  The images were largely  taken by internationally reputed photographer late Naib Uddin Ahmed. Visitors in  hundreds thronged the venue to enjoy the exhibition. Earlier, Deputy Commissioner of Mymensingh Mustakim Billah Faruqui inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest. Former-vice chancellor of...

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Published Date: December 19, 2014
Smith, Swift and Sheeran to perform at Brits

Smith, Swift and Sheeran to perform at Brits

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have all been booked to appear at next year's Brit Awards ceremony. They are the first names to be announced for the event in February at the O2 Arena in London. Swift last played at the Brits in 2013, performing her hit “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Ed...

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

IT'S TRUE!

A morsing (also mukharshanku, mourching, morching or morchang), also called the Jaw Harp in English, is a wind percussion instrument, mainly used in Rajasthan, in the Carnatic music of South India and in Sindh (Pakistan). It consists of a metal ring in the shape of a horseshoe with two parallel forks which form...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Concert for Freedom at Suhrawardy Udyan

Concert for Freedom at Suhrawardy Udyan

Sector Commanders' Forum chalked out a three day (December 14-16) elaborate programme to mark the 44th Victory Day. The event was set off at Ganojagoron Mancha, Shahbagh on Martyred Intellectual Day (December 14) through screening of documentaries on Liberation War. Live patriotic songs performances and poetry recitations were followed every day. Ganojagoron Mancha...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
A window of contemporary art

A window of contemporary art

Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh is the biggest and possibly the most prestigious art events in Asia that Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has been arranging since 1981. Besides exploring the artistic ideas and creativity of the present day, the biennale emboldens an animating Asia Pacific identity in the realm of world art. The 16th edition...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
For the warmth of music

For the warmth of music

With the cold wave sending chills down the spines of even residents of Dhaka in the safety of their homes, one can only imagine the excruciating cold that those in the Northern districts of Bangladesh, and even the homeless in the cities – have to endure. Project Kombol, an initiative that works to reach warm clothes and blankets to people in remote parts of Bangladesh, have initiated an innovative project this year: a charity concert featuring some of the biggest bands of the country, where the entry ticket is a blanket. The lineup of the concert, to be held at the Kalabagan Krira Chakra field tomorrow, has an excellent mix...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
''Every new day was a gift in 1971'' … Pijush Bandopadhyay

''Every new day was a gift in 1971'' … Pijush Bandopadhyay

It has been 43 years since Bangladesh achieved independence. Over the years, the country has made numerous advancements, especially in cultural sector. Pijush Bandyopadhyay, a Freedom Fighter and the former Managing Director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC), shared his views on what we have achieved and what we should have achieved. How would...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Chhayanaut's Shuddha Sangeet Utshab begins today

Chhayanaut's Shuddha Sangeet Utshab begins today

Chhayanaut's two-day Shuddha Sangeet Utshab, featuring vocal and instrumental music, begins today at its main auditorium in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Starting at this evening, the annual festival comprising three sessions will end on December 20. The eighth edition of the festival will be formally inaugurated by noted music exponent and guru Azad Rahman as chief guest.    In this connection, a press conference was held yesterday at Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban. The programme will begin at 6pm on December 18 with the lighting of candles as a symbol of diffusing knowledge, followed by a welcome address by organisers along with speeches by the chief guest and a choral performance by the artistes of...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Ranbir to play Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's film

Ranbir to play Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's film

After working with Sanjay Dutt in 'Munnabhai' series, director Rajkumar Hirani is keen to make a biopic on him that will depict the actor “with all his flaws”. Ranbir Kapoor is slated to play Sanjay in the movie, which the director is writing with Abhijat Joshi. Sanjay Dutt is currently serving a jail term...

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Published Date: December 18, 2014
Hobbit finale dwarfs UK box office rivals

Hobbit finale dwarfs UK box office rivals

The third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit series, “The Battle of the Five Armies”, has topped the UK box office in its opening weekend. The film made £9.7 million, marginally outperforming the previous two chapters in the saga. “An Unexpected Journey” took £9.5 million on its debut in 2012, while last year's...

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

IT'S TRUE!

US folk-country singer-songwriter Joan Baez remained a socially and politically aware persona through most of her career. In 1971 at the iconic “Concert For Bangladesh” at the Madison Square Garden, she wrote and performed “The Story of Bangladesh”, based on the Pakistan Army crackdown on unarmed sleeping Bengali students at Dhaka University on March 25, 1971. Baez also played a significant role in the 1985 “Live Aid” concert for African famine relief in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has toured on behalf of many other causes, including Amnesty International's 1986 “A Conspiracy of Hope” tour and a guest spot on their subsequent “Human Rights Now!” tour.

Published Date: December 17, 2014
SPIRIT OF VICTORY ALL AROUND

SPIRIT OF VICTORY ALL AROUND

December is the month of victory, the spirit that transcends social barriers as people of across strata of society hoist national flags everywhere. Cars and vehicles ply on roads hoisting national flags, jubilant youths adorn their cheek with Red and Green, and people are dressed in attires and accessories themed on Victory Day....

Published Date: December 17, 2014
A buzzing Victory Day at DU campus

A buzzing Victory Day at DU campus

On a cold December day in 1971, a new Sun marked the birth of an independent nation after nine months of a bloody war that began in March. When that day comes every year, the entire nation dives in celebration with the joy of freedom and remembers the contribution of hundreds of thousands...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Letters from Freedom fighters move Chittagong audience

Letters from Freedom fighters move Chittagong audience

The auditorium of Theatre institute Chittagong (TIC) filled up with emotions, as letters of Freedom Fighters were being read out by famous recitation artistes of Chittagong on Sunday evening, on the occasion of Martyred intellectual day. The programme was organised by Drishty Chittagong, in association with Rotary club of Chittagong port city. At the...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Asian Group-Channel i Bijoy Mela held

Asian Group-Channel i Bijoy Mela held

Eminent cultural personalities, poets, artistes, educationists and Freedom Fighters, members of Naval Commando and others inaugurated a daylong Bijoy Mela 2014 at Channel i premises yesterday, through releasing pigeons in the sky. Young artists painted on Liberation War while child artists took part in an art competition from where 10 received awards. Colourful...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Poramati: A tale from 1971

Poramati: A tale from 1971

Padatik Natya Sangsad Bangladesh premiered their 31st production “Poramati” at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on December 14 evening. Written by Babul Biswas, the play — a narrative from a torture camp of Pakistani Military during the Liberation War — has been directed by Dr. Irin Pervin Lopa. Selim SH Chowdhury,...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
''Joyjatra is the image of the Liberation War in my mind'' … Tauquir Ahmed

''Joyjatra is the image of the Liberation War in my mind'' … Tauquir Ahmed

Tauquir Ahmed is a successful actor and director for both television and cinema. Under his direction, the film “Joyjatra”, based on the Liberation War, earned him immense fame. As the nation celebrates the 43rd Victory Day, the talented artiste spoke to The Daily Star, about his expectation and disappointments about the day. After 43 years of the country's liberation war, what do you consider our as biggest achievements? Tauquir Ahmed: Independence itself is the greatest achievement for us. The significant progress in the arts, culture and literature are the outcome of the country's freedom. And what are your major disappointments? Tauquir Ahmed: Society could have been more organised. Valuable time has been lost...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
From land of poetry to theatre of war…

From land of poetry to theatre of war…

December 4, 1971, Dhaka University campus; it was midnight. The familiar stillness was suddenly shattered with piercing sirens from all around. The sky lit up like a huge ball of fire. The anti-aircraft missiles hissed skywards, like hundreds of angry serpents looking for prey. The war which had so far been on the...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
To those whom we owe our flag …

To those whom we owe our flag …

The Liberation War of Bangladesh was fought by people from all walks of life, and artists and cultural activists were often at the heart of it. While some of them provided moral and medical support at refugee camps and hospitals, others went on to the heart of the battle, and it was every single piece of those countless contributions over nine months of blood, sweat and tears that culminated in the Independence of Bangladesh. On the 43rd anniversary of Bangladesh's emergence on the map, Star Arts & Entertainment looks back at the valiant contributions of some of the most respected artistes and creative minds of our country. Mustafa Monowar, artist-puppeteer The...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
Victory Festival off the ground

Victory Festival off the ground

Sammilito Sangskritik Jote opened their six-day Bijoy Utshab at the Central Shaheed Minar on Saturday with a cultural programme, voicing demands for trial and ban of organisations guilty of war crimes. The cultural programmes continue from December 14-16 at the Central Shaheed Minar, Dhanmondi Rabindra Sorobor, TSC, Soparjito Shadhinota Chattar, Suhrawardy Udyan and...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
Qayyum, a man for all seasons

Qayyum, a man for all seasons

A memorial programme on Qayuum Chowdhury was held at the Bengal Gallery on December 11, an event organised by Luva Naheed Chowdhury, director general, Bengal Foundation. A 10-minute film was screened that featured SM Sultan, Monirul Islam, Safiuddin and personalities like Subir Chowdhury. Bouquets of white lilies stood on a table and the...

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Published Date: December 15, 2014
TV channels mark Victory Day

TV channels mark Victory Day

Attojo on SATV SATV will air special drama “Attojo” at 8:30 pm on Victory Day. Written and directed by Masud Hasan, the drama is a tale of the Liberation War. Luthfar Rahman George, Shahadat Hossain, Eshita Chaki and others are in the cast. Deadline 1971 on Boishakhi TV TV play “Deadline 71” will air on Boishakhi...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
Painting competition on Victory Day in Bogra

Painting competition on Victory Day in Bogra

Leading cultural and literary organisation of Bogra town Moumachhi Khelaghor Ashor organised a painting competition for students at its premises at Seujgari in Bogra town on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of students from kindergarten to tenth grade of renowned schools of the town took part in the competition in four categories, marking the historic Victory...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
19th Berger Young Painters' Art Competition held

19th Berger Young Painters' Art Competition held

The inauguration and award ceremony of the 19th Berger Young Painters' Art Competition were held on December 13 at gallery Chitrak amid great enthusiasm. At the beginning of the ceremony one-minute's silence was observed to pay respects to recently deceased artist Qayyum Chowdhury. A total of 418 paintings were submitted from which, six works...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
Chapainawabganj Udichi holds district conference

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Chapaianwabganj unit held its 6th district conference at Shaheed Satu Hall in Chapaianwabganj town on Friday. With the theme “Jago Shotter Shuvro Aloye, Jago Hey Milito Pran”, the conference was inaugurated by Abdul Odud, lawmaker of Chapainawabganj-3 constituency. Sangeeta Imam, organising secretary of central committee of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, attended the event as special guest. Later, a rally marched different streets of the town. Speakers at a discussion on the occasion stressed the need to uphold...

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Published Date: December 15, 2014
Nicole Scherzinger debuts on “Cats”

Nicole Scherzinger debuts on “Cats”

Singer Nicole Scherzinger has made her West End debut as Grizabella in “Cats” - watched by the theatre star who created the role more than 30 years ago. Elaine Paige, who was in the original “Cats” cast in 1981, was in the audience for the musical's return at the London Palladium. Former Pussycat Dolls singer Scherzinger received loud cheers when she performed “Memory” - the show's most famous song. “Without a blemish on her face, she struggles to convince as a has-been,” wrote the Telegraph's Dominic Cavendish, in his four-star review. “In the second half reprise though, she finds something deep inside and truly makes your hairs stand on end.”Other reviewers...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Minimal music is a style of music associated with the work of American composers La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. It originated in the New York Downtown scene of the 1960s and was initially viewed as a form of experimental music. Prominent features of the style include consonant harmony,...

Published Date: December 14, 2014
Celebrating a dreamer

Celebrating a dreamer

“Tareque loved festivals. Even as a child studying in a madrasa, he would be drawn to the village fairs. We, at the Tareque Masud Memorial Trust decided to celebrate the life, works and dreams of Tareque to mark his birthday, and this festival is just that,” said Catherine Masud, as a formidable crowd...

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