• Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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'I think of myself as an actor as well, when I perform' – Kiran Chandra Roy

'I think of myself as an actor as well, when I perform' – Kiran Chandra Roy

Kiran Chandra Roy has such a vocal prowess that easily touches the hearts of folk music lovers. He plays a fantastic game with rhythm while performing on stage. Sometimes, with ektara in his one hand and a khol attached to his waist, the artiste in gerua (ochre) attired, mesmerises the audience dancing to his live performances. He believes that Bangladeshi folk music has a unique taste and style that he tries to capture through his rendition. Recently, Kiran Chandra Roy has talked to The Daily Star...

'Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai': A drama-thriller crossover

'Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai': A drama-thriller crossover

“Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai” was a single-episode TV play that aired...

ATULPRASAD SEN

ATULPRASAD SEN

Atulprasad Sen was a noted Bengali composer, lyricist and singer, but...

Remembering a creative mentor

Remembering a creative mentor

Two films, “4th Dimension” by Nurul Alam Atique and “Phulkumar” by...

Drama serial Bijli on Rtv

Drama serial Bijli on Rtv

Drama serial “Bijli” will air tonight at 8:20pm on Rtv. Written and directed by Sumon Anwar, the serial encircles daredevil Bijli. The daughter of notorious criminal Kala Gunda, Bijli dominates the railway slums and its vicinity along with her gang. Bijli falls in love with an ordinary man and their love affair leads...

Sheikh Russel's birth anniversary observed

Sheikh Russel's birth anniversary observed

The 50th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was celebrated in Chapainawabganj town on Saturday amidst much festivity. Chapainawabganj district administration and Shishu Academy jointly organised the programme at Shaheed Satu Hall. Over 100 students of different schools took part in painting and handwriting competitions in different categories. A discussion...

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Pitt's Fury closes London Film Festival

Pitt's Fury closes London Film Festival

Brad Pitt said he hoped his new film “Fury” recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two as it closed this year's BFI London Film Festival. “War is hell,” said Pitt, who plays a Sherman tank commander on a mission behind enemy lines in 1945. The London showing was the European premiere of...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US actor-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theatre group at the age of four and played the Scarecrow in a production of “The Wizard of Oz”. Subsequently, he was approached by an agent and began appearing on television and in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes. At...

Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Faces, known and unknown

Faces, known and unknown

Artist Farzana Ahmed Urmi's works combine expressionism with reality. Her ongoing exhibition, titled “Known Unknown”, runs at the Dhaka Art Centre (DAC) from October 16-23. Farzana, who did her MFA in printmaking, chooses her media with spontaneity. She uses techniques and materials like oil, water-colour, ink, acrylic, oil, drawing, collage, knife and her fingers....

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Two-day children's fair ends

Two-day children's fair ends

Bangladesh Shishu Academy Barisal branch, with support from the district administration, organised a two-day Shishu Ananda Mela O Shishu Sangskritik Utsab 2014, at Ashwini Kumar Hall of the city -- calling for the creation of healthy recreational facilities for children, the future citizens of the country. The fair and cultural festival ended on...

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What's On

  • Shorot Utsab

    Organiser: Moner Khorak
    Venue: Aftab Nagar
    Date: October 24
    Time: 3pm-9:30pm

  • Theatre

    Play: Rarang
    Troupe: Aranyak
    Venue: Experimental Theatre Hall, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Oct 21
    Time: 7pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: Known Unknown
    Artist: Farzana Ahmed Urmi
    Venue: Dhaka Art Center
    Date: Oct 16-23
    Time: 3pm-8pm

  • Photography Exhibition

    Theme: Inspiration
    Organiser: Drik
    Venue: Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 16-22
    Time: 3pm-8pm

  • Theatre Festival

    Title: BotTala Rongomela
    Organiser: BotTala
    Venue: National Theatre Hall, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Oct 24-31
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: The Macabre World
    Artist: Subrata Das
    Venue: EMK Center, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 12-23
    Time: 9:30am-8pm

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
'If we don't watch world cinema, we will keep making stupid films' -- Vidhu Vinod Chopra

'If we don't watch world cinema, we will keep making stupid films' -- Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Indian filmmakers need to watch world cinema to grow or else the industry will keep making stupid movies, noted Indian filmmaker-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra said on Friday. “I come from a small village in Kashmir and I have seen only Hindi movies. Unless we see world cinema how will we grow? If we don't...

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
Super Chef 2014: Nearing the end

Super Chef 2014: Nearing the end

After four more eliminations, this week, eight participants stand in front of the judges, all vying for the same top spot. Judges Shaheda Yesmin, Shawkat Osman and Afroza Banu have, throughout the show, had their work cut out for them and this week is going to be no different. In tonight's episode of the...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
RINKU on DS Café

RINKU on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Tanvir Mokammel's film screening at BSA

Tanvir Mokammel's film screening at BSA

A three-day screening of Tanvir Mokammel's films ends today at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.  “Chitra Nodir Parey” and “Laalsalu” have seen two screenings each in the last two days, while “Lalon” will be screened at 5pm and 7pm today at the same venue.

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
New Attenborough films announced

New Attenborough films announced

Sir David Attenborough is to go on the trail of birds of paradise, ostriches and dinosaurs in three new documentaries for BBC One and BBC Two. He will follow the excavation of what could be the largest known dinosaur skeleton in Waking Giants, described as a “pre-historic detective story”. Another film will see the...

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

IT'S TRUE!

US rock musician-singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi is a credited actor in the movies “Moonlight and Valentino”, “The Leading Man”, “Destination Anywhere”, “Homegrown”, “Little City”, “No Looking Back”, “Row Your Boat”, “Vampires Los Muertos”, “U-571”, “Cry Wolf”, “National Lampoon's Pucked”, and “New Year's Eve”. His TV series appearances include “Sex and the City”, “30...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
A mixed bag of photographic efforts

A mixed bag of photographic efforts

Photography has probably been the form of art that has seen the steepest rise in practice in the last few years in Bangladesh, and while volume of work generated has remained a massive pile compared to quality work, there are numerous good photographers who have not yet had great exposure. Open-call exhibitions are...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Bikkhon holds discussion on Bhasha Matin

Bikkhon holds discussion on Bhasha Matin

Bikkhon, a study circle of Mymensingh Sahitya Sangad, organised its 1597th session at its office at Kachari Ferry Ghat area on the banks of Brahmaputra river Friday morning. The programme was dedicated to Abdul Matin, popularly known as Bhasha Matin, a Language Movement veteran who passed away recently. A poetry recitation session was held marking...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Aditi Mohsin's latest album launched

Aditi Mohsin's latest album launched

Aditi Mohsin is a popular name among Rabindra Sangeet aficionados in the country, and the artiste has just released her latest album of Rabindra Sangeet, from the banner of Bengal Foundation. The album, titled “Momo Rupey Beshe”, was launched on Friday at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, with eminent artist Hashem...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
28th death anniversary of Manorama Basu Masima

28th death anniversary of Manorama Basu Masima

The 28th death anniversary of Manorama Basu Masima, legendary political, human and women's rights activist of the southern region, was observed on Thursday in Barisal with solemnity. A memorial discussion on the life and achievements of Masima was held at Matri Mandir Govt Primary School, founded by Masima, at Manorama Basu Road (Kawnia Branch Road) of the city. Manorama Basu Srmiti Trust organised the programme, presided over by Nikhil Sen. Among others, Jibonkrishna Dey, Rabeya Khatun Anowar Zahid, Tarun Chanda, Narayan Saha, Biswa Nath Dasmunshi, Nigar Sultana Hanufa were the speakers at the programme. The speakers and participants at the programme while paying tributes to Masima , emphasised the need to follow...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Tanjib releases second solo album

Tanjib releases second solo album

Young aspiring musician Tanjib Sarowar has released his second solo album “Meghoboron”, under the banner of Agniveena. The pop album has nine tracks, titled “Emono Himel Hawa”, “Jadukor”, “Dil Amar”, “Jano Meye”, “Prempobon”, “Oi Neel”, “Meghoborone”, “Tore Chhara” and “Murid-e-Shahjalal”, all written and composed by Tanjib, and features female vocals from Kona, Naumi...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Parbatya Lokoj Mela '14 in Bandarban

Parbatya Lokoj Mela '14 in Bandarban

To promote indigenous people's lifestyle, cultural diversity and tourism in the hill districts, a three-day indigenous folk fair named Parbatya Lokoj Mela 2014 begin in Bandarban on Saturday.  Jointly arranged by Bandarban Hill District Council (BHDC) and Channel i, the fair was inaugurated at Nilachal tourist spot by Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed...

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Published Date: October 19, 2014
Mega-serial “Off-Screen” begins today

Mega-serial “Off-Screen” begins today

A new mega-serial by Muhammad Mostafa Kamal Raj, titled “Off-Screen”, begins tonight on Desh TV. The serial will air Sundays through Thursdays at 9:45pm. Written by Daud Hossain Rony, it has Sujan Mahmud as executive producer. “Off-Screen” is about a group of simpletons who have immense interest in the showbiz. They keep looking for...

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Published Date: October 19, 2014
Bob the Builder gets a makeover

Bob the Builder gets a makeover

After 16 years, children's animation series “Bob The Builder” is having a makeover with a new look and voice. Actor Lee Ingleby takes over from Neil Morrissey, who played the handyman from its launch in 1998. Also joining the series when it airs next year will be Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, who'll play Bob's...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
It's True!

It's True!

Jennifer Love Hewitt, known widely as an actress-producer and TV director, had her debut music album "Love Songs" (1992) launched at the age of 12, funded by Japanese music and video game company Meldac. The album was released exclusively in Japan, where Hewitt became a pop star. She signed a deal with Atlantic...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Through the eyes of a thespian

Through the eyes of a thespian

Bivash Chakraborty is a veteran theatre personality based in Kolkata, India. Entering into theatre arena as a young actor, he has come a long way to establish himself as one of the most influential theatre directors of Kolkata. He has seen the evolution of Kolkata's theatre scene very closely and played an active role in the process. The Daily Star caught up with the thespian during his recent visit to Dhaka to attend Loko Natyadal Banani's theatre fest. Excerpts: How did you begin as a theatre activist? Bivash Chakraborty: When I completed my BA in 1957 from Presidency College, I wanted to learn theatre production. Then I entered Bohurupi for one-year training...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
'Spread Lalon's philosophy in society'

'Spread Lalon's philosophy in society'

Speakers urged for efforts to spread Lalon's philosophy in the society irrespective of boundaries, while speaking at the five-day programme marking the death anniversary of the great baul Lalon Shah, at Cheuria of Kushtia on Thursday night. “Lalon's non-violent philosophical doctrine can bring the present argumentative society to a peace,” they observed.     Professor Dr....

Published Date: October 18, 2014
'Wild is the hardest film I've ever done' – Reese Witherspoon

'Wild is the hardest film I've ever done' – Reese Witherspoon

Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon has said her new film “Wild” was the most challenging of her career to date. The Oscar-winning actress plays a young woman who goes on a 1,100-mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail after the break-up of her marriage. Based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Witherspoon's role involves scenes of...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Nashid Kamal to perform at IGCC

Nashid Kamal to perform at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) is organising an evening of Nazrul Sangeet by noted singer Dr. Nashid Kamal at 6:30pm tomorrow at IGCC, Gulshan-1.            Nashid Kamal, granddaughter of the legendary Abbasuddin Ahmed, trained under music legends like Ustad PC Gomes, Ustad Akther Shadmani, Ustad Quader Zameeree and Pandit Jasraj of India. She has...

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Published Date: October 18, 2014
Foo Fighters unleash new single

Foo Fighters unleash new single

Foo Fighters are officially back with new music, as the band unleashed the brand new single “Something From Nothing” to the delight of many on Thursday. The song starts off innocently enough, with a sombre opening reminiscent of 'Skin and Bones.' But the song definitely picks up more attitude as it progresses. “Something From Nothing”...

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

IT'S TRUE!

Aamir Khan is known in Bollywood (and beyond) for being selective in his works. He is said to work only on finalised scripts, and doesn't shoot for two movies in parallel.  Films he has let go that have received acclaim (at the box office and/or critically) include Josh (replaced by Shah Rukh Khan),...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
A postmodern discourse of humanistic attributes

A postmodern discourse of humanistic attributes

Center for Asian Theatre (CAT) premiered their 21st production “Macabre” on Tuesday, at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Written by Anika Mahin, the play centres on the idea of freedom, conveying the underlying message of human equality, irrespective of race, ethnicity and social status and that each of us deserves dignity...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
On the other end of the cameras

On the other end of the cameras

Several popular faces on the small screen have now taken to TV and film direction.  Some success stories: Among the current crop of actors, Salauddin Lavlu is the most successful TV director. As the package drama trend neared a close, his mega serial “Ranger Manush” emerged as the country's most popular play. Encouraged by...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
The best of urban photography

The best of urban photography

The results of this year's CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition had the theme “Cities at Work”, and photographers around the world were asked to record the essence and reality of the working life of a city. The winning image was taken by Marius Vieth and given the title “Mask of Society”....

Published Date: October 17, 2014
Celebrating schlock, ignoring the sensible!

Celebrating schlock, ignoring the sensible!

There is a lot of hype of late within the filmi para extolling the so-called new dawn of filmdom in the country. Noted celluloid aficionados plus talk show organisers bring in film stars asking them to elaborate on the revolution that is sweeping Dhaliwood. The stars, in their heavy make-up and the artificial...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
Art exhibition ‘Known Unknown' at DAC

Art exhibition ‘Known Unknown' at DAC

A curatorial solo art exhibition of Farzana Ahmed Urmi, titled “Known Unknown” opened on October 16 at the Dhaka Art Centre (DAC). The curators of the show, Wakilur Rahmn and Kehkasha Sabah said in the curatorial note: “Farzana Ahmed Urmi's paintings exhibit fascination with awkwardness and search for a distinct aesthetics from our academic visual arts. Her courage to use elective gestures lends her figures their eerie and powerful presence. Her portraitures are unnerving naked images of agony, anger, soreness, revenge or akin to expressive emotions, as she is embracing the known and unknown faces of this urban society. “Visually her works have an intense quality, as she is oscillating between figuration...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
'Nayak Raj er Char Joog' on Channel i

'Nayak Raj er Char Joog' on Channel i

A programme featuring the life and works of Nayak Raj Razzak will air tonight on Channel i at 8pm. The programme, titled “Nayak Raj er Char Joog”, sheds light on the achievements and contribution of the legendary actor to the country's cinema. The programme has been planned and directed by Abdur Rahman with...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
Niravaran Theatre festival at BSA

Niravaran Theatre festival at BSA

Manikganj's Singair-based theatre organisation Niravaran Theatre is celebrating their eight- year journey with a theatre festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The second phase of their festival “Jonmo Sanjher Saj-Kaj Utsab” will begin tomorrow at the Experimental Theatre Hall of BSA. Mohakal Natya Sampradaya will stage their choreography “Jaago” at the inaugural ceremony followed by...

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Published Date: October 17, 2014
Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

Television and film actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 2015. The star of TV comedy “How I Met Your Mother” announced the move by posting a cheeky video on Twitter. In it, he says “I'm in!” as he gets off the phone, before circling the words “Host the Oscars” on a bucket list. The 41-year-old, known to many for “Doogie Howser MD”, has hosted the Tony Awards and the Emmys but he said this realised a lifelong ambition “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

In 2005, US actress Sally Field was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her diagnosis led her to create the “Rally with Sally for Bone Health” campaign that encouraged early diagnosis of such conditions through technology such as bone-density scans. Field is also a dedicated advocate for women's rights. She has served on the board of directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international women's NGO, and has co-hosted the Global Leadership Awards six times.

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Five-day Lalon festival begins today

Five-day Lalon festival begins today

Traditional Baul musical instrument makers in Kushtia and adjacent districts of Meherpur, Chuadanga and Jhenidah have their hands full, meeting orders ahead of the five-day memorial festival marking the 124th death anniversary of Baul Lalon Shah. The festival begins today and will run till October 20. The Baul musical tradition incorporates a number of musical...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Programme in memory of Nazrul

Programme in memory of Nazrul

In memory of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam,  a colourful cultural programme and discussion were held on Monday evening. Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad's (JRSSP) Dinajpur unit organised the evening at Dinajpur Shilpakala Academy auditorium. The cultural programme featured songs, poetry recitation and a play based on a short story. Before the programme, a discussion was...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Photography exhibition ‘Inspiration’ begins today

As a part of Spanish Week 2014, the Embassy of Spain, in cooperation with Drik, is organising a weeklong photography exhibition at Drik Gallery. The organisers had called for photographs based on the theme “Inspiration” that drew over 4,000 submissions. A jury panel selected 57 photos, which will be exhibited at the gallery. Today's inauguration ceremony, to be held at 6pm, will see the declaration of the three best photographs. Awards will go to the winners and a photo-book will...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Mayar Khela on Rtv

Mayar Khela on Rtv

Drama serial “Mayar Khela” will air tonight at 9:50pm on Rtv. Written and directed by Rulin Rahman, the drama encircles conflicts, love and sorrow—the everyday tales in a family. Jitu Ahsan, Richi Solaiman, Intekhab Dinar, Diti, Shampa Reza, Tania Hossain, Nisham, Munia, Shams Sumon and others are in the cast.

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Tele-film Goomon Maasranga

Tele-film Goomon Maasranga

Tele-film “Goom” will air tonight at 7:50pm on Maasranga Television. Written and directed by Mahmud Dinar, the tele-film's central figure is Nawshad, an opera artiste. One day as Nawshad returns home from a performance wearing the costume of Tipu Sultan, he is accosted and abducted by a group of people who demand a...

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Published Date: October 16, 2014
Get Lucky named song of the year

Get Lucky named song of the year

The Daft Punk hit “Get Lucky” has been named song of the year at an awards event celebrating songwriters who get the most airplay on US radio and TV. Co-written by Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, it was honoured by licensing body Broadcast Music...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

In 1937, Alice Brady was unable to attend the Academy Awards ceremony to claim her prize for Best Supporting Actress for “In Old Chicago”. A mysterious, unidentified man took to the stage to apparently accept the award, but instead stole it. The statuette was never recovered and the Academy later issued Brady with...

Published Date: October 15, 2014
Master artists' works on display

Master artists' works on display

Art connoisseur K Masum Billah's personal art collection was exhibited recently at Dhanmondi's Gallery Chitrak. Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the exhibition while eminent artist Professor Qayyum Chowdhury presided over the ceremony. Some 60 artworks by stalwarts of Bangladeshi and South Asian art -- including Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan, Safiuddin Ahmed, Mohammad Kibria, SM...

Published Date: October 15, 2014
Traditional boat race on Brahmaputra River

Traditional boat race on Brahmaputra River

A traditional boat race on Brahmaputra river was entertaining for thousands of spectators gathered on the river bank at Shaheeb Quarter Park area on Monday afternoon. The event was organised by Mymensingh Municipality marking Eid-Ul-Azha and Durga Puja celebrations. The boat-race saw the participation of some 20 boats from different areas of Mymensingh, Jamalpur and...