• In Colour, in Music

    Braving the sweltering heat, city dwellers thronged Shahbagh, Dhaka University and Ramna Park areas on Pahela Baishakh to welcome the new Bangla year. Clad mostly in red and white, thousands of people started gathering at Ramna Batamul as the dawn broke for the Chhayanaut programme. Then it was the Mangal Shobhajatra in front of the Fine Arts Faculty near Shahbagh. There were programmes in the area celebrating the new year all day. There was something for every one.

  • MURDER SPARKS OUTRAGE

    The murder of Shohagi Jahan Tonu, 19, a second year student of history at Comilla Victoria College on March 20, triggered a nationwide protest. People especially the young have been enraged by what they say negligence in arresting anyone in connection with the murder of Tonu, whose body was found only a few hundred yards away from her cantonment home. Protesters have taken to the streets, blocked Shahbagh intersection, wore black badges, formed a human chain, and held a long march to Comilla demanding justice for the killing of the teenager.

  • Flower Fiesta

    It was a burst of colours and fragrance at the Krishibid Institution in the capital. Roses, marigolds, lilies, gerbera, daisies, tuberoses and gladiolus were all competing each other at the two-day Flower Fest 2016 held there, winning the hearts of the visitors with their unmatched natural beauty. Not a single shade of red, yellow, green, pink, orange was missing and the flowers came in a whole range of shapes, which soothed not only the eyes but tickled senses with sweet and earthly scent. Organised by Bangladesh Flower Society, the festival celebrated both local and foreign flowers, arranged in beautiful banquets. Even the venue was adorned with yellow-orange marigold strings, creating a fairy-tale ambience.

  • A Spiritual Journey

    Several thousand of Hindus perform pilgrimage on the Chandranath Hills, a 1,300-foot high retreat in Sitakunda Upazila of Chittagong, every year. During their journey to the top, the devotees not only enjoy the picturesque beauty of the nature but also connect themselves to the mysticism. They go there to visit Chandranath National Great Temple which has idols of Biru Paksha and Chandranath, Lord Rama along with Laksman-Sita-Byas Kunda etc. Legends say when Sita-Rama-Laksman of Ramayana were exiled, they stayed in the hills for days. A century-old puja and a fair was organised in the hills at the beginning of this month.

  • Muslin Magic Bring it back

    HAVE you ever seen the moon through the mist? Have you ever felt the wind on your skin? If you have experienced these sensations and wondered whether they could be retained, then you have come close to visiting he world of muslin, however fleeting it may have been.” This is how the legendary fabric was described by an organiser of Muslin Festival in the journal published on the occasion. Held at the National Museum, the month-long festival beginning on February 5 projected the story of muslin in different forms through different events. From the Indian subcontinent, especially from Dhaka, muslin worth 28 lakh rupees was shipped to different countries, particularly those in Europe, in 1789, an expert noted at a seminar during the festival. Through the festival, the government was urged to provide financial assistance to researchers and weavers of muslin to revive the lost glory of the fine cotton fabric.

  • Season Of Change

    They say the only constant in life is change and regeneration. And the time for that change and rebirth in nature is here and now. Trees are shedding their dead leaves, bringing forth fresh, colourful sprigs. Look around, and fruit trees bloom and flowers blossom. For why not -- this is the season of forgetting the past and embracing the new. Usually, this season gives us the first showers of the year, after the dry season. This year, Dhaka saw a hailstorm to the surprise of the city dwellers. Many made a day out of it, having fun in the rain and hail while others took cover.

  • Spring In The Air

    It's the day we say goodbye to the winter and say hello to the spring on the first day of the Bangla month Falgun (February 13). It's a day painted with bright colours and joyous tunes in the air. Red, yellow and orange seem to be the colour of choice for the women with flowers in their hair. Dhaka, especially the Dhaka University vicinity, took a festive look. Procession, rallies and cultural programmes on Basanta (spring) welcomed the king of the seasons and the sprouting of fresh leaves on trees. More to the celebration, the second day of Falgun (February 14) is the Valentine's Day.

  • Sweet Winter Mornings

    N rural Bangladesh, it's quite a common thing to see farmers chipping off trunks of date trees in winter evenings, driving a tube through the fresh cuts, and hanging a pitcher. Overnight, the pitcher fills up with a delicious gift of nature. The sweet juice harvested in the morning is a real treat. It is used for making molasses, a key ingredient in the traditional pithas you so love. But a glass or two of this fresh, raw date juice is something to look forward to in chilly winter mornings. The photos were taken from Khajura in Jessore late last month.

  • Keeping Folk Culture Alive

    Nakshi Kantha (embroidered quilt) and other handicrafts are on display during a month-long fair on the premises of Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation at Sonargaon in Narayanganj. Visitors are also kept enthralled by traditional songs performed by artistes from across the country. The annual festival is being held since 1975 to promote and save the folk culture.

  • Plantings in Tray

    Miniature trees and plants made by bonsai artists grab the spotlight at the Women's Voluntary Association auditorium a few months ago awing visitors. Bangladesh Bonsai Society, which began its journey in 1999, has been holding the yearly exhibition of the work of bonsai artists to promote the art in Bangladesh. From palm trees to banyan, the exhibition had them all. Bonsai is the Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. It originated from the Chinese practice of penjing.

  • Exciting For Some, Tedious For Others

    What looks like white-water rafting is actually the only means of travel to Tindu, Remakri, Baramadak and Chhotamadak in Thanchi of Bandarban. Tourists might find the trip on the Sangu river exciting with the beauty of Bandarban all around but regular travellers see it as troublesome. You have to get down at places as the boat runs aground and you often have to push the boat. And there is always the added danger of hitting a rock and the boat getting shattered. There is no boat service during the rainy season when the river becomes dangerously turbulent. A ride on this boat costs Tk 400 per person.

  • The Joy That The Baby Jesus Brings

    At churches in Dhaka and across the country Christmas carols, prayers, and special Masses marked the biggest festival of the Christian community. The birth of baby Jesus was celebrated on December 25 and there was something for every age group. Some devoted themselves to prayers, some in the choir, some were all about the Christmas dinner party while others more interested in what Father Christmas had in his bag or a ride on a choo-choo train.

  • Life in Winter Nights

    Winter arrives in Bangladesh predominantly with two conspicuous but completely different pictures. One section of people breathe a sigh of relief after long summer days and relish winter delicacies, while the other is in pain and sufferings. The underprivileged people hardly have enough warm clothes to protect themselves from the chilling cold. Things get even worse for the homeless, especially when the night falls. With no place to call home, they cover themselves with whatever they have and make footpaths and railway station platforms their bed. A little humanitarian help from the affluent could greatly reduce their sufferings.

  • High Time to Hit The Beach

    The advent of winter heralds the peak of holiday season in Cox's Bazar, perhaps the most popular holiday destination for the Bangladeshis. There seems to be something for everybody on the longest sea beach of the world. Some find it fun collecting seashells while others would rather go surfing, jet skiing, or on a ride on the quad bikes. Some want to have a dip in the water while others want a horse ride along the beach or just sit on one of those beach chairs for rent. The beach is crowded this time of the year since it caters to everyone from children, whose school exams just ended, to senior citizens.

  • Life in A Doomed City

    HOUSANDS of low-income people migrate to Dhaka from different corners of the country, looking for a better life. Unfortunately, most of them end up in slums and shanties in the capital which is already stretched to its limits and identified as the second worst livable city in the world. The photos show a slice of the everyday life of those living in shanties in Tejgaon and Jurain. Life here runs along the railway lines. Danger of accidents barely matters when reality is allready too cruel for them.

  • A Time of Plenty

    Bangladesh has a rich cultural heritage and Nabanna, the festival of new harvest is celebrated by the rural people across the country. This rich tradition was almost going into oblivion in the cities but now it has caught on again. Nabanna Utsab 1422 was organised a few days ago at the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka University, where children performed dances and sang welcoming the new harvest and a time of plenty. Traditional delicacies like several kinds of pitha and food items were also on display.

  • Butterfly Park

    There are a few zoos in Bangladesh and a handful of safari parks and every now and then we hear about something unusual, like a crocodile farm doing well. But a butterfly park is something unheard of in Bangladesh and one has been in existence since 2010 (officially opened in 2012) near Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport. Despite the noisy jets landing and taking off frequently, the park built on six acres of land has about 11 species of live butterflies and a museum of butterflies.

  • Colours Of Durga Puja

    Colours Of Durga Puja

  • The Village of Vegetables

    Barinagar, a village of Jessore, is famous for large-scale vegetable cultivation. The farmers of the village remain busy

  • Hide Market Takes a Hit

    EID-UL-AZHA is the occasion when tanners buy almost half the hides they need for the year. Seasonal traders going

  • The Benarasi Bliss

    The Benarasi Bliss

  • Bad Days For Handloom

    Bad Days For Handloom

  • Silent Recycling

    The garbage you throw away contains a lot of plastic; plastic that is dirty, of different colours, and transparency. Yet, through a series of

  • is it mourning for Bangabandhu or vulgar self promotion?

    It's one of the biggest losses the nation has ever suffered. Within only four years of independence, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,

  • THIS RAINY SEASON

    As the Bangla month of Shraban ends, so does what is officially the rainy season of Bangladesh. This year there was plenty of rain. The

  • Perilous Streets Of Ctg

    Perilous Streets Of Ctg

  • Forget Weather, it's Eid

    People celebrate Eid in a calm capital as many left the city to spend the holidays with their families in other districts. The weather did not help the city dwellers.

  • Clearing The Shelves

    Clearing The Shelves

  • Fair For Greener Country

    Fair For Greener Country

  • Changes In Orchards

    Changes In Orchards

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