• Friday, August 22, 2014

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A TALE OF DECEPTION AND DISILLUSIONMENT

A TALE OF DECEPTION AND DISILLUSIONMENT

Theatre premiered their latest production “Kuhokjal” to a houseful audience recently at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. This was the 45th play of the troupe. Written by Masum Reza and directed by Tropa Majumdar, the play unmasks the innate inhumanity of humans through a story involving betrayal, murder and deception. As the plot develops, Ghuron Sardar -- the central character of the play — starts witnessing the beastly facets of human nature unfold...

We just want to touch people's hearts with our work -- Kankan Das

We just want to touch people's hearts with our work -- Kankan Das

Kankan Das is one of the most prominent names in Chittagong's...

Music lets me say things I otherwise can't --Puly

Music lets me say things I otherwise can't --Puly

Nazifa Tabassum Puly's introduction to music happened when she was only...

Sajal's Big Screen emergence

Sajal's Big Screen emergence

Sajal, a popular face on the small screen, has made headway...

Star Melodies' musical tribute to Nazrul on August 24

Star Melodies' musical tribute to Nazrul on August 24

To celebrate National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam ahead of his 38th death anniversary, Star Melodies is organising a special musical evening on August 24. The programme will feature a selection of the first recorded songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam by noted artistes of his time – including Nazrul himself, performed by reputed Nazrul...

Mou's upcoming Eid play

Mou's upcoming Eid play

Popular TV model and actress Sadia Islam Mou recently appeared in a one-hour play “Guum”, directed by Mahmud Dider, marking upcoming Eid-ul-Adha. Shatabdi Wadud is cast opposite her. The duo acted for the first time as on-screen couple in the drama, based on a sensational story. “Working with Mou has been a remarkable experience”,...

Pipra Bidya hits screens in October

Pipra Bidya hits screens in October

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's lastest film “Pipra Bidya” is set to hit the silver screens on October 24 across the country. Farooki and his team members are now busy with their release campaign. Lead actor of the film, Nur Imran Mithu will be introduced through a finny video which will release this month online...

Batikrom's tribute to Mohidul Islam

Batikrom's tribute to Mohidul Islam

Batikrom Natya Goshthi is set to observe the 12th death anniversary of noted playwright, actor and director Syed Mohidul Islam. Marking the day, the troupe will hold a discussion and stage their play “Firey Dekha” at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today evening. The play has been directed by Mohidul...

ALL-TIME GREATS

Published Date: August 21, 2014
ZAHIR RAIHAN: CAPTURING NATIONAL STRUGGLES ON CELLULOID

ZAHIR RAIHAN: CAPTURING NATIONAL STRUGGLES ON CELLULOID

Mohammad Zahirullah (better known as Zahir Raihan) -- born on August 19, 1935 in a village in Feni -- lived only to be 37, but left his mark in the heart of every patriotic Bangladeshi with his works. After moving back from Kolkata following the partition of 1947, Zahir Raihan obtained a post-graduate...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Star Melodies' musical tribute to Nazrul on August 24

Star Melodies' musical tribute to Nazrul on August 24

To celebrate National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam ahead of his 38th death anniversary, Star Melodies is organising a special musical evening on August 24. The programme will feature a selection of the first recorded songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam by noted artistes of his time – including Nazrul himself, performed by reputed Nazrul...

Album Review

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Khujey Berai: Songs of Tagore plays under spotlight

Khujey Berai: Songs of Tagore plays under spotlight

The greatest playwright must be a poet. William Shakespeare and Rabindranath Tagore are scintillating examples of this adage. Tagore, a timeless lyricist and composer, best inserted his musical prowess into his plays speaking of the poetry of life. Moreover, Tagore plays portray the overflow of lyrics and dances. Accomplished Tagore artiste and teacher Tanjina...

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What's On

  • Classical Music Soiree

    Title: Dhrupad Shoili
    Venue: Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi
    Date: August 23
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Musical by Uttarayan

    Title: Celluloid-e Rabindranath
    Venue: Main Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum
    Date: August 23
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Solo Painting Exhibition

    Title: “Ode to Beauty” by Shama Shaiom
    Venue: Galerie Zoom, Alliance Française De Dhaka
    Date: Aug 22- Sep 4
    Time: 3-9pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: Threads of Testimony by Dilara Begum Jolly
    Venue: Bengal Art Lounge, 60, Gulshan Avenue, Circle-1
    Date: Aug 16- Sep 4
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Album Launch

    Album: Koto Chameli Britha Jaye by Dia
    Venue: Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum
    Date: August 22
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Solo Painting Exhibition

    Title: “Momentary History” by Niamul Bari
    Venue: Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
    Date: August 12-30
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Solo Watercolour Exhibition

    Title: “Jol Chobi” by Shahanoor Mamun
    Venue: La Galerie, Alliance Française De Dhaka
    Date: August 8-26; Time: 12-8pm

  • Photography Exhibition

    Life and works of Tajuddin Ahmed
    Venue: Gallery 21, Dhanmondi
    Date: July 19-September 8
    Time: 12pm-8pm

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Published Date: August 21, 2014
IN LOVING MEMORY

IN LOVING MEMORY

Salman Shah took Dhallywood by storm with his very first film “Qayamat Theke Qayamat”, and never had to look back. Before his untimely demise on September 6, 1996, he acted in 26 films, and is said to be the most popular film star since the '90s. To mark his 18th death anniversary, Dhuli Communications is organising the weeklong “Salman Shah Memorial Festival 2014” at the Balaka Cineworld in the capital from September 6. A total of seven of his films will be screened, while members of the film fraternity will also reminisce on Salman. A souvenir will be launched as part of the festival, while a documentary will  be screened on...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Defining factors in Chandni's career

Defining factors in Chandni's career

National award-winning actress-dancer Chandni says she has had several defining factors of success in her career. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, she looked back at how they shaped her career. First factor: Dance “I've been involved in dancing from a very early age. I took dance lessons at Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA). I have given dance performances at a number of stage shows both at home and abroad. Later, when I started acting, I was able to emote better due to my dance training. So, the first turning point in my career is dance.” Second factor: Films “Although I appeared for a few movies, 'Dukhai' – for which...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Spelling Bee semifinals begin today

Spelling Bee semifinals begin today

The Daily Star Spelling Bee semifinals start tonight in Channel i. Of the 96 participants who began the battle for the Spelling Bee trophy, the best 16 are left, and only 6 will go to the finals; like in the quarterfinals, every episode will see four participants competing, and only one emerging as...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Cumberbatch, Elba to voice Shere Khan

Cumberbatch, Elba to voice Shere Khan

Benedict Cumberbatch is to voice Shere Khan the tiger in one of the two Jungle Book films entering production. The “Sherlock” star is the first voice actor to be cast in the Warner Bros movie, the directorial debut by Andy Serkis of Gollum and King Kong fame. Titled “Jungle Book: Origins”, the film will...

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

IT'S TRUE!

US rock guitarist-singer Joan Jett, a sports fan, has remained actively involved in the sports world. Her song “Bad Reputation” was used by UFC's Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey as her walkout song at the pay-per-view event “UFC 157”. Her cover of “Love is All Around” was used by the NCAA to promote the Women's Final Four, as well as the song “Unfinished Business”. Jett supplied theme songs for the ESPN X-Games premiere and has contributed music to all their games since. The melody for her song “I Hate Myself For Loving You” is used as the theme music for NBC Sunday Night Football with re-worked lyrics and retitled...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
APPEAL FOR GAZA

APPEAL FOR GAZA

To raise awareness among people about the Israeli attacks on Gaza, and raise funds to help the victims of the violence in Palestine, Drik has arranged a three-day programme at Drik Gallery in the capital. The programme, titled “Appeal for Gaza” include an exhibition and sale of paintings and photographs donated by a...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Dhaka on Europeans' canvas

Dhaka on Europeans' canvas

In 1808, Charles D'Oyly, Collector of Dhaka, wrote to Warren Hastings, “I shall offer you as companions, a few of the ruins of the city of Dacca which are exquisite for their magnificent elegance …” About a hundred years of British rule by the East India Company saw many European painters finding their way...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Star Melodies' musical tribute to Nazrul on August 24

Star Melodies' musical tribute to Nazrul on August 24

To celebrate National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam ahead of his 38th death anniversary, Star Melodies is organising a special musical evening on August 24. The programme will feature a selection of the first recorded songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam by noted artistes of his time – including Nazrul himself, performed by reputed Nazrul...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Theatre for social awareness

Theatre for social awareness

Lokhhmikunda union parishad in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna organised a street theatre festival, to promote awareness on the burning social issues of our time. The festival, funded by USAID, was held at the union parishad premises on Saturday morning and focused on child trafficking, early marriage, drug abuse, payment of taxes, importance of...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Sharmin Shathi to perform today at Arts Precinct

Sharmin Shathi to perform today at Arts Precinct

Sharmin Shathi Islam will perform in a solo Nazrul Sangeet soiree at the Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct on August 20 at 6 pm. The artiste will perform songs composed by Kazi Nazrul Islam and other Bengali modern poets. Bengal Foundation has organised the programme. An exponent of Nazrul Sangeet in Bangladesh, Sharmin Shathi Islam...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Cash's childhood home opens to public

Cash's childhood home opens to public

Country music legend Johnny Cash's childhood home has been opened to the public as part of a drive to revitalise the Arkansas town (USA) where he grew up. The Cash family moved to the house in Dyess in 1935, when Johnny was three, as part of a government drive to help families after the Great Depression. The five-room wooden home has been refurbished and features the family's piano as well as other period items. The most meaningful item, his sister Joanne Cash said, was the piano. “We used to gather around that piano at night and sing gospel for an hour. That was our entertainment.” The Cashes were among 500 families...

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

IT'S TRUE!

US actor-producer Ashton Kutcher enrolled at the University of Iowa where his planned major was biochemical engineering, motivated by the desire to find a cure for his brother's heart ailment. During his time at UI, he was approached by a model scout at a bar and was recruited to enter the “Fresh Faces of Iowa” modeling competition. After placing first, he dropped out of college and won a trip to New York City to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention. After participating in an IMTA competition where he lost to Josh Duhamel in 1998, Kutcher signed with Next modeling agency in New York, appeared in ads for...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Dhaka on Europeans’ canvas

Dhaka on Europeans’ canvas

In 1808, Charles D’Oyly, Collector of Dhaka, wrote to Warren Hastings, “I shall offer you as companions, a few of the ruins of the city of Dacca which are exquisite for their magnificent elegance …” About a hundred years of British rule by the East India Company saw many European painters finding their way...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Star Melodies' musical tribute to Nazrul on August 24

Star Melodies' musical tribute to Nazrul on August 24

To celebrate National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam ahead of his 38th death anniversary, Star Melodies is organising a special musical evening on August 24. The programme will feature a selection of the first recorded songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam by noted artistes of his time – including Nazrul himself, performed by reputed Nazrul...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Paeans to the Playwright

Paeans to the Playwright

Marking the 65th birth anniversary of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen, different theatre troupes and organisations arranged a large array of programmes at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Selim Al Deen Foundation, in association with Dhaka Theatre arranged a two-day programme to mark the playwright's birthday. As part of their programme, a seminar “Bangladesher Jatiyo Natya...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Art exhibit - Bangabandhu and Bangladesh - at RU

Art exhibit - Bangabandhu and Bangladesh - at RU

With a vision of spreading the ideology of Bangabandhu among the new generation, a three-day art exhibition titled “Bangabandhu and Bangladesh” began at Fine arts department of Rajshahi University (RU) on Monday. RU vice chancellor Prof Muhammad Mizanuddin inaugurated the exhibition at 10:30am at the fine arts gallery on the campus. Some 84 artworks on...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Niamul Bari on Artists' Talk at Bengal Gallery

Niamul Bari on Artists' Talk at Bengal Gallery

Expatriate artist Niamul Bari's solo exhibition “Momentary Histories” is currently on at the Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi. Marking the exhibit, the artist will speak today at the Gallery, sharing his experiences as an artist and his transition from a ceramic artist to a sculptor to a painter. Niamul Bari, born in Chittagong in 1966, completed his BFA in ceramics and MFA in sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, and received a higher diploma in sculpture from the Rabindra Bharati University in India. He has been residing in USA since 1988, and has had his works exhibited in USA, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan and India. He began focusing on...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Linkin Park generate Fandemonium at Yahoo Live concert

Linkin Park generate Fandemonium at Yahoo Live concert

Linkin Park released their debut album in October 2000, and since then they've established themselves as the top new act of this millennium, with more than 24 million albums sold. And the crowd reaction at their New Jersey stop on their Carnivores Tour, streamed Friday night on Yahoo Live from Camden's Susquehanna Bank...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Traditional boat race in Sylhet

Traditional boat race in Sylhet

Despite inclement weather, thousands of people from all walks of life thronged the Surma riverbanks in Sylhet city's Kalighat-circuit house and Chadnighat yesterday afternoon, to witness a traditional boat race.   A total of 12 groups from different upazilas of the district participated in the contest, with nicely decorated racing boats. Spectators standing on...

TV WATCH

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Raisul Islam Asad on “Din Protidin”

Raisul Islam Asad on “Din Protidin”

Veteran actor Raisul Islam Asad will be present at today's episode of “Din Protidin” which airs on Bangalavision at 8:30am. The actor will share memories from his career and talk about various issues on the current cultural scenario of the country. Khairul Babui has produced the programme.

Published Date: August 19, 2014
TMNT

TMNT

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has topped the North American box office for a second consecutive week. The live action revival of the 1980s cartoon reptiles took $28.4m according to early estimates. Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” was at two with $24.7m, bringing its three-week US haul to $222m. Action comedy “Let's Be Cops” opened...

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

IT'S TRUE!

Reggae legend Bob Marley's message continues to reverberate amongst various indigenous communities. For instance, the Australian Aborigines continue to burn a sacred flame to honour his memory in Sydney's Victoria Park, while members of the Amerindian Hopi and Havasupai tribe revere his work. There are also many tributes to Bob Marley throughout India,...

Published Date: August 18, 2014
Udichi celebrates

Udichi celebrates

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshti paid homage to Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Sukanta Bhattacharya at a programme on Saturday afternoon. Dhaka Mohanagar Unit of Udichi arranged the programme at the National Music and Dance Centre auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The event began with the choral rendition of songs written by the three...

Published Date: August 18, 2014
I love the title Ek Jiboner Shahid --Shahid

I love the title Ek Jiboner Shahid --Shahid

One of the lead vocals of band Durbin, Shahid shot into the spotlight through a hit song rendered with Shubhomita, the renowned singer from Kolkata. Later, he did an album “Ek Jibone 2” along with her. His solo album “Nilambori”, nominated for popular Meril-Prothom Alo awards, also entertained music lovers. The Daily Star recently interviewed the popular composer-musician. Since when have you been involved in music? Shahid: I was so fond of music early on that I would take my bicycle and head off miles to listen to songs. As I could play the drum, bamboo flute and violin adeptly, I always rushed to ashor (musical soiree). After the completion of my...

TV WATCH

Published Date: August 18, 2014
Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef enters second week

Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef enters second week

The Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef enters its second week, with the Super Chef team visiting Khulna, after a successful visit to Sylhet. The sleepy northern division promises to throw up a lot of surprises for the judges and the participants, as stakes are high -- with the Super Chef crown and Taka 5...

Published Date: August 18, 2014
Come to the Point- on SATV

Come to the Point- on SATV

Drama serial “Come to the Point” will air on SATV at 8pm tonight. The entertaining play, written and directed by Manik Manobik, boasts a power-packed cast including Chanchal Chowdhury, Chitralekha Guha, Saju Khadem, Pran Roy, Nawshaba, Priya Aman and Ruksana Heera. The plot revolves around Jalal Khan's family – his wife and five...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: August 18, 2014
“Fury” to close London Film Festival

“Fury” to close London Film Festival

World War II drama “Fury”, starring Brad Pitt, is to close the 2014 London Film Festival, organisers have announced. He will attend the October 19 premiere with director David Ayer, who said it was “a true pleasure to be returning to England, where we shot the film.” Set in 1945, “Fury” tells of an...

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

IT'S TRUE!

Actress Alyson Hannigan, who first came to notice for playing Willow Rosenberg, Buffy Summers' best friend, on the hit television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, babysat for actor Bob Saget's kids when she was a teenager. Decades later, the two would work together in “How I Met Your Mother”, where Hannigan plays Lily...

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Shamsur Rahman: His rains, his storms, his poetry

Shamsur Rahman: His rains, his storms, his poetry

What struck you at the outset about Shamsur Rahman was his humility. But, then, all poets are supposed to be humble. Not all of them are anyway. But in Shamsur Rahman humility, the principle that greatness was a point where men let go of their ego and of their pretensions, worked rather well....

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Poetry recitation session and poets' gathering

Poetry recitation session and poets' gathering

A poetry recitation session by a group of poets enthralled a packed audience at a restaurant of town's Kachari Ferry Ghat on the bank of Brahmaputra River Thursday evening. Around 10 poets recited poems written by poets of different vintage. The session, titled “Rudra Megher Pongktimala” made the rainy evening enjoyable. Prof. Dr. Mohit-Ul-Alam, vice-chancellor...

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Programmes on to mark Selim Al Deen's birthday

Programmes on to mark Selim Al Deen's birthday

Selim Al Deen Foundation, in association with Dhaka Theatre has arranged a two-day programme to celebrate the 65th birth anniversary of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen. As part of the programme, a seminar will take place today at 3:30pm at the Seminar Room of National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Later in the...

“Simple pleasures of life” opens at Drik Gallery

Published Date: August 17, 2014
EBL employees' photo exhibition

EBL employees' photo exhibition

A three-day exhibition featuring 39 photographs by Eastern Bank employees is on at Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi. Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank inaugurated the photo exhibition as chief guest on Thursday. Dr. Chowdhury Hasan Mahmud, Managing Director GME Group, Fujifilm Bangladesh attended the opening as special guest while Ali Reza Iftekhar,...

Published Date: August 17, 2014
600th episode of Oloshpur

600th episode of Oloshpur

Rtv's popular drama serial “Oloshpur” has reached the milestone of 600 episodes. Written by Muhammad Mamun-ur-Rashid, the drama serial is directed by Al Hazen. The story encircles the fictitious land of Oloshpur inhabited by a group of lazy people engaged in unproductive activities. There are only two working persons in the land. Anisur Rahman...

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Unseen Warhol films to be made public

Unseen Warhol films to be made public

New York's Museum of Modern Art is to digitise hundreds of unseen Andy Warhol films and screen them for the public. The project covers 500 films Warhol created between 1963 and 1972, and will take several years to complete. It will see almost 1,000 rolls of 16mm film converted to the high-definition 2K format...

News Bytes

Published Date: August 17, 2014
MJ music video premiered on Twitter

MJ music video premiered on Twitter

Epic Records has premiered a video for a new Michael Jackson single on Twitter - a coup for the social network, which is more commonly used to provide links to others' material. To promote the event, Twitter created a map showing the late singer's top-tweeted songs in different countries. The release comes in the...

Published Date: August 17, 2014
It's True!

It's True!

The James Bond film series, based on the fictional character of MI6 agent James Bond, '007', who originally appeared in a series of books by Ian Fleming, is one of the longest continually-running film series in history, having been in on-going production from 1962 to the present (with a six-year hiatus between 1989...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
The vociferous voice of music

The vociferous voice of music

Madol, a musical band, enthralled a packed audience at National Library Auditorium, Agargaon in the capital on August 14. Marking International Indigenous Day 2014, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum (BAF) organised the weeklong programmes that came to an end through an igniting performance. Madol members set off the event with the number “Jago Jago Sorbohara”. Later,...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Lakshyapar's ode to monsoon

Lakshyapar's ode to monsoon

The monsoon session of Lakshyapar was held on August 8 evening at Narayanganj High School and College auditorium. The classical music soiree featured four artistes -- Sharmila Majumdar, Barsha Majumdar Papri, Priyanka Das Tithi and Supriya Das, all from Sylhet and disciples of the same guru - Pandit Ramkanai Das. The artistes performed...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Travelling Film South Asia in Delhi

Travelling Film South Asia in Delhi

Whoever said documentaries had to be soporific and only an exclusive club of documentary filmmakers became excited about the genre? The enthusiastic crowd that turned up at the recent four-day Travelling Film South Asia 2014 -- A festival of South Asian documentaries, proved otherwise. For four days, Delhi audiences had a taste of finely nuanced non-fiction films from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. Bangladesh went unrepresented as the acclaimed; “Shunte Ki Pao!” had to pull out from the festival at the last moment. The films made strong social and political statements -- be it through the lens of human rights, migration or gender. So there was “My Punjabi...