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A tale of two sisters

A tale of two sisters

Star siblings Laila Hasan and Daisy Ahmed are an upbeat duo. Laila a well known dancer and actor, is married to veteran actor Hasan Imam, while Daisy Ahmed, wife of noted actor Bulbul Ahmed, is a singer and actress. Laila and Daisy shared little known tidbits about their great bonding:   Where did you spend your childhood? Laila Hasan: We are seven siblings. Though we grew up in Dhaka, we stayed in various places before we settled down here, because of our father's profession. What is the relationship like...

Dance has flowered as a profession in Bangladesh

Dance has flowered as a profession in Bangladesh

Shammy Akter is an emerging dancer who has taken to Bharatanatyam,...

''I am trying to break out of my 'Boy Next Door' image''… Tawsif

''I am trying to break out of my 'Boy Next Door' image''… Tawsif

Tawsif Mahbub was going to engineering classes by day and playing...

Ishana's game plan

Ishana's game plan

Former Lux Superstar Ishana's career is skyrocketing. An acclaimed actress and...

Sabila Nur debuts as singer

Sabila Nur debuts as singer

The song “Jajabor Pakhna” from the recent tele-film featured in the tenth telefilm of Airtel, “Monkey BiZness”, has become a big hit. An acoustic version of the song has been made where the lead actress of the tele-film, SabilaNur, has given voice. This version has also become a success among fans. The composition...

Play on Altaf Mahmud's life on ATN Bangla

Play on Altaf Mahmud's life on ATN Bangla

Single episode TV play “Ghumer Deshey Ghum Bhangatey” will air tonight at 11pm on ATN Bangla. Written by Anisul Hoque and directed by Ashrafi Mithu, the play is based on the life of Martyr Altaf Mahmud, who composed the legendary song “Amar Bhai-er Rokte Rangano Ekushey February”.   The play casts Shimul Yousuff, Hillol,...

Madonna falls off Brits stage

Madonna falls off Brits stage

The Brit Awards, the annual flagship UK music awards show, brought out stars and industry folks alike in the British capital Wednesday night. The British version of the Grammys was held at London's O2 Arena where Madonna, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Royal Blood and Take That were among...

Sherlyn Chopra to play a double role

Sherlyn Chopra to play a double role

Sherlyn Chopra has been signed on to play a double role in Satellite Pictures' next venture. The film is slated to go on floors as soon as the actress wraps up the shooting of her bilingual film. The movie, which is yet untitled, will be produced by Subhash Choudhary and Shaila. One might remember...

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Kevin Spacey to get special Olivier award

Kevin Spacey to get special Olivier award

US actor and director Kevin Spacey will be honoured with a special prize at this year's Olivier Awards. The Oscar-winner is being honoured for his outstanding contribution to the Old Vic, where he became artistic director in 2004. He is widely credited with reviving the theatre's fortunes, and steps down later this year. The...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Marilyn Monroe, one of the most discussed film stars of all time, was poorly paid throughout her career. Though she couldn't overcome her financial distress, Monroe went on to become of the most popular Hollywood heroines. In 1962, she was fired by Twentieth-Century Fox from the production of “Something's Got to Give” because...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Maksud's Mumbai Adventures

Maksud's Mumbai Adventures

In his recently-concluded weeklong exhibition at Mumbai's busy Jehangir Art Gallery, Maksudul Ahsan showcased about 46 paintings -- mostly in acrylic and oil. Some of the large scale paintings hark back to the Partition of 1947 and its aftermath.  “In my view, the undivided subcontinent was truly secular. The Partition of 1947 led...

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What's On

  • Theatre

    Bangla'r Mati Bangla'r Jol
    Troupe: Palakar
    Venue: National Theatre Hall, BSA
    Date: Mar 3
    Time: 7pm

  • Birth Centenary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin

    Venue: Chhayanaut Auditorium, Dhanmondi
    Date: February 28
    Time: 7pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: Bangladesh & Me
    Artist: Isabel Zaman
    Venue: Drik Gallery
    Date: Feb 22-26
    Time: 12-8pm

     

  • Anne Frank Exhibition

    Organiser: Liberation War Museum
    Venue: National Museum
    Date: Feb 23-27
    Time: 3pm-8pm

  • Film Festival

    Organiser: Shilpakala Academy
    Venue: Int'l Digital Cultural Archive, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Feb 17-28
    Time: 6pm

  • Amor Ekushey Book Fair 2015

    Venue: Bangla Academy Premises, Dhaka
    Date: February 1-28
    Time: 3-8pm & 11am-8pm (Fridays)

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Published Date: February 26, 2015
Mukunda Das

Mukunda Das

Mukunda Das (February 22, 1878 – May 18, 1934) was a Bengali poet, ballad singer, composer, playwright and patriot, who contributed to the spread of the Swadeshi movement in rural Bengal. He was born as Yajneshwar De to Gurudayal De and Shyamasundari Devi. When he was seven, the family migrated to Barisal from Bikrampur (currently Munshiganj) where they settled permanently. His father used to sing devotional songs, and worked as an orderly in the Barisal court. Yajneshwar was gifted with a melodious voice, and began composing and singing from an early age. In 1897, after dropping out from school, Yajneshwar joined the group of kirtan singer Bireshwar Dutta, and formed his...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Coke Studio returns with season four

Coke Studio returns with season four

The fourth season of MTV Coke Studio (India) is all set to grow larger in scale and creativity and promises to connect the audience to their roots. The 2015 edition will be a year-long show of soulful music, curated and composed by some of the best in Indian music industry: Vishal-Shekhar, Amit Trivedi, Pritam,...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
''I thought I was replacing Judi Dench'' … Monica Bellucci

''I thought I was replacing Judi Dench'' … Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci, who has been cast alongside Daniel Craig in the latest Bond movie “Spectre”, initially believed she was auditioning to replace Judi Dench. The 50-year-old Italian actress, who describes herself as a “Bond Woman”, said she had been summoned to meet director Sam Mendes to discuss a role in the upcoming film. Bellucci, in an interview, disclosed she had asked Mendes whether she was being invited to play the role of M. “I just blurted out: I'm not a girl, I'm a woman. What am I going to do in James Bond?” she said to Mendes. “Mendes said, 'For the first time in history, Bond is going to have a story with...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Siddique's directorial debut

Siddique's directorial debut

Actor Siddique is making his debut as director with “Gofur er Biye”, a mega-serial for the small screen. Shooting for the series is on full throttle at Pubail. Besides directing, Siddique will also act in the star-studded serial. “The audience is familiar with my acting skills but they will now see me in a new light. I was really interested in being behind the screen, so I am now trying my hand at direction,” he told The Daily Star.

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Published Date: February 26, 2015
Mosharraf Karim and Nawshaba in 'Oshomapto Premer Golpo'

Mosharraf Karim and Nawshaba in 'Oshomapto Premer Golpo'

Mosharraf Karim and Nawshaba will be seen as an onscreen couple in telefilm “Oshomapto Premer Golpo”. Scripted and directed by Asad Rahman, the telefilm airs tonight at 07:20 pm on Maasranga Television. The telefilm also has Tarik Swapon, Roben Reza Jui, Shamima Naznin, Shafik Mukta, Al Amin Shobuj and Fahad Babu in the cast....

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Published Date: February 26, 2015
''Rascal'' to air on Banglavision

''Rascal'' to air on Banglavision

New drama serial “Rascal” will start airing on Banglavision from Thursday to Saturday at 8:15pm, starting tonight. Written by Pantho Shahriar and directed by Sagor Jahan, the serial depicts the bittersweet incidents that occur in the lives of a middle class family. The serial casts Tauquir Ahmed, Mosharraf Karim, Tisha, Tania Ahmed, Fazlur Rahman...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Book fair concludes at Gafargoan

Book fair concludes at Gafargoan

A five-day book fair at Gafargoan Upazila Parishad premises of Mymensingh concluded today. Twenty-six stalls were set up at the fair, organised by Gafargoan Press Club. Madina Publications, Quantum Foundation, Mukto Payra Khelaghar Ashor and Railway Book Stall supported the fair. Fahmi Golandaj Babel, MP, inaugurated the event as chief guest chaired by Press Club president...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Jennifer Aniston has royal blood flowing through her veins. Through her mother, Aniston is a direct descendant of the royal House of Stuart of Scotland. In high school, she was known as the class clown because of her quick-wits. Jennifer won the hearts of television viewers as Rachel in “Friends”, which ran for 10 seasons. Later, went on to be a major movie star and businesswomen.  Like her character in “Friends”, Jennifer, in reality, had to work as a waitress before making it as an actor.

Published Date: February 25, 2015
Ferdousi Majumdar in ''Tahader Joubonkal''

Ferdousi Majumdar in ''Tahader Joubonkal''

Veteran actress Ferdousi Majumdar will be seen as lead actress in Abdullah Al Mamun's unfinished serial “Tahader Joubonkal” that he penned before his death. Abdullah Al Mamun, in his illustrious career as an actor, director and playwright, wrote and directed several stage and TV plays. Ferdousi Majumdar had earlier acted in many drama serials directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. Sazzad Hossain Bablu, a long-time associate of the late playwright, will helm the serial. Part of shooting of the first few episodes has already been finished at different locations in Pubail. About her new TV serial, Ferdousi Majumdar said, “I am working in it because it is written by Mamun bhai. I have worked...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
''I want the world to know about our food'' … Nahid Osman

''I want the world to know about our food'' … Nahid Osman

Combine travel with food and this is what Nahid Osman, a celebrity chef on Maasranga TV, has introduced to Bangladesh, through “Radhunir Ranna Ghor -- Ghore Bahire”. Her journey with hosting cookery shows started with Tara (a Kolkata-based TV channel) then she moved to Rtv, and finally to Maasranga, where she hosts her...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
Int'l Mother Language Day observed in Kathmandu

Int'l Mother Language Day observed in Kathmandu

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu observed Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day on February 21 with solemnity and pageantry. A day-long programme to commemorate the day began with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at the Chancery by the Ambassador in the morning, says a press release. In the evening,...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
Trailer of “Mukhosh Manush” hits a high

Trailer of “Mukhosh Manush” hits a high

Much hyped short film “Mukhosh Manush—The Fake” is now being remade as a feature film. The first trailer of the film has already crossed three million views on video sharing site YouTube, an unprecedented number for Bangladeshi films, according to a press release. The plot revolves around cyber crime and is a tale of...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
Lady Gaga's Oscars gown took 25 people and 1600 hours to embroider

Lady Gaga's Oscars gown took 25 people and 1600 hours to embroider

Pop sensation Lady Gaga's white gown at The Oscars took 1600 hours to make. The Applause hitmaker stood out on the red carpet at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in her white crystal-embellished gown, which she'd accessorised with red gloves. Lady Gaga took to her Instagram account on Sunday evening to share with her fans how long the stunning dress took to make. She wrote alongside a photograph of her on the red carpet, "I will never forget tonight. Thank you, Azzedine Alaia for this stunning piece. It took 1600 hours of embroidery and 25 people in Paris.” "What an honor. The gloves were hand dyed Crimson, baby orchid blooms...

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Published Date: February 25, 2015
Kajol to make a Bollywood comeback in 2016

Kajol to make a Bollywood comeback in 2016

Kajol, an all time popular Bollywood actress is set to return to Bollywood. After her much publicized comeback film with Ram Madhvani did not work out, the actress has now confirmed her comeback. Recently the actress said that her next film, yet-untitled, will be releasing in 2016. The said film is being made under...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Taylor Swift can play guitar, banjo, piano, ukulele and electric guitar. She is also a talented painter. A computer repairman taught her how to play three chords on the guitar when Swift was only 12. This later inspired her to writer her first song "Lucky You”. In 2009 Swift made country music history...

Published Date: February 24, 2015
''Birdman'' soars above all at Oscars

''Birdman'' soars above all at Oscars

Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark comedy “Birdman” flew high at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles yesterday at the 87th Academy Awards, taking home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. It clearly outshone Richard Lintlaer's coming-of-age film “Boyhood”, which took just one prize out of six nominations –Patricia Arquette...

Published Date: February 24, 2015
“Bish-kata” premiered

“Bish-kata” premiered

The premiere of “Bish-kata”, a documentary by Farzana Boby, was held at Chhayanaut auditorium in the capital on February 22. The documentary sheds lights on the bestial tortures that scores of women of our country went through during the Liberation War. Not only that, the film, subtitled “The Poison Thorn”, vividly articulates the...

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Shraddha turns attention to sequels

Shraddha turns attention to sequels

Actress Shraddha Kapoor seems to have turned into a reigning queen of sequels in Bollywood, with films like “ABCD 2” and “Rock On 2” in her schedules. But the actress says there is no particular pattern she follows while choosing films, but just looks for good scripts. “I did not realise this pattern, but I feel extremely fortunate to be working with such talented people and being a part of such good scripts,” Shraddha said in a statement. After failure in “Teen Patti” and “Luv Ka the End', the actress rose to fame with romantic film “Aashiqui 2” in 2013, sequel of the 1990 blockbuster “Aashiqui”. Shraddha has been paired with Varun...

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Published Date: February 24, 2015
Sisimpur celebrates 9th anniversary

Sisimpur celebrates 9th anniversary

“Sisimpur”, the Bangladeshi version of Children's popular television series “Sesame Street” celebrated its ninth anniversary on February 23 through a programme held at Bengal Multimedia Studio in the capital. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, State Minister for Women and Children's Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki and US Ambassador to Dhaka Marcia Bernicat attended the programme,...

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Published Date: February 24, 2015
Salman Shah week on ATN Bangla

Salman Shah week on ATN Bangla

    ATN Bangla is airing seven films of Salman Shah -- from February 22-28. Throughout the Salman Shah Week, audience will get to see seven of his hits – “Ananda Oshru”, “Satyer Mrittu Nei”, “Sneho”, “Swapner Prithibi”, “Bikkhov”, “Swapner Thikana” and “Prem Piyashi”. Salman Shah, perhaps the most popular hero of Bangladeshi film, had delivered 27 blockbuster hits before he breathed his last on September 6, 1996 at the age of 25.

Published Date: February 24, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Michael Jackson, the king of pop, is in the Guinness Book of Records for giving more to charity than any other person. The term “King of Pop” was originally given to him by Elizabeth Taylor. Jackson was also crowned “King Sani” by an African tribe in 1993. Michael made a cameo appearance in...

Published Date: February 23, 2015
''The curiosity of tomorrow keeps me going'' …Habib Wahid

''The curiosity of tomorrow keeps me going'' …Habib Wahid

Starting from stage performances to song recordings and compositions in studios, singers traverse many steps. Moreover, they have personal lives too. In a recent conversation, popular singer-composer Habib Wahid spoke to The Daily Star about his passion, inspiration, dreams and more. Excerpts: What is a live performer's worst nightmare? Habib: While performing on stage, a singer might face awkward situations like a hiccup, sneeze or a sore throat. Sometimes the microphone could become displaced or there might be a disruption in the audio connection; but these are natural and you cannot blame anyone. A singer has to accept such glitches and continue performing. Dos and don'ts of being a singer? Habib: For a...

Published Date: February 23, 2015
Badhon in four serials

Badhon in four serials

Lux superstar Badhon is busy on the acting front. Although she was lying low, the model-actress is going full throttle ahead these days. Four of her TV serials are airing on various TV channels:  “Dolchhut Projapoti” on ntv, “Jiboner Golpo” on Asian TV, “Shap-ludu” on Boishakhi Television and “Ghomta” on Banglavision.   Badhon said that her performances had been widely appreciated, adding that she had begun work on a new serial, “Meghe Dhaka Tara”.

Published Date: February 23, 2015
The ardour of Ekushey

The ardour of Ekushey

The Amar Ekushey Book Fair bustled with an extra bit of buzz on Ekushey (21st) February, as people of all walks of life thronged the fair. Not all of them were there to buy books, though. Be it shopping for jewelry and toys, posing for portrait sketches or kids enjoying carnival rides, the...

Published Date: February 23, 2015
Handwriting competition in Mymensingh

Handwriting competition in Mymensingh

Marking February 21, International Mother Language Day, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) organised a 'Best Handwriting Competition' for children at its premises on Friday. Two hundred and thirty six children from different education institutions of the town took part in the competition in four groups. Of them, 12 won the competition. The judges of the...

Published Date: February 23, 2015
World Cup to affect Bollywood box office?

World Cup to affect Bollywood box office?

The year 2015 hasn't seen a mega blockbuster yet, and it seems that next month is not likely to bring a lot of business to Bollywood either. At the moment, March is supposed to have only one big release in Anushka Sharma's maiden production venture, “NH10”. While some blame the ICC Cricket World Cup...

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Published Date: February 23, 2015
New serial Dost Dushman on Maasranga TV

New serial Dost Dushman on Maasranga TV

New drama serial “Dost Dushman” will air on Maasranga Television every Monday and Tuesday at 9:20pm starting from tonight. Written and directed by Mostafa Kamal Raj, the plot surrounds six university students. The serials boasts a heavyweight cast including Allen Shubhro, Kazi Asif, Shabnam Faria, Tawsif Mahbub, Sonia Hossain, Tasnuva Tisha, Jenny, Faruk Ahmed,...

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Published Date: February 23, 2015
Kristen Stewart first US actress to win Cesar

Kristen Stewart first US actress to win Cesar

Kristen Stewart has become the first US actress to win a Cesar award, the French equivalent of the Oscars. She got a best supporting actress gong for her role in film drama “Clouds of Sils Maria”. The big winner of the night was “Timbuktu”, which won seven awards including best film and director. It depicts life in northern Mali under the control of Islamist militants, and is competing for best foreign film at Sunday's Oscars. Accepting the prize, Stewart shouted “I love you Juliette” in French to her co-star Juliette Binoche. She later paid tribute to French filmmakers. “The reasons why people make films here in France are very different from...

Published Date: February 23, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

  Ukrainian born actress Mila Kunis moved to USA when she was just seven years old, after her family won money from a lottery ticket. She couldn't speak English and struggled in her first year to settle down. Mila largely attributes her learning to speak English from the American TV show “The Price is Right”. She landed her big break at the age of 14 as Jackie on “That '70s Show”, playing alongside Ashton Kutcher, who she later dated. Mila is a self-proclaimed video-game nerd who loves to stay in most nights in favor of living the Hollywood life. She trained with a SWAT team to prepare for her role...

Published Date: February 22, 2015
“Theatre is the ultimate example of teamwork”

“Theatre is the ultimate example of teamwork”

Tropa Majumdar is a name known to all for her various identities; this star child, theatre activist also known as the head of creative and social communication department in a well-known advertising agency, shared her views as a theatre director with this correspondent. How do you plan a play? Tropa: The first step is choosing a topic and creating a script, or adapting one. Next is research regarding the topic, and compilation of information. After that, close reading process takes place repetitively to find out various subtexts of the play. To enhance the understanding of the character, character analysis is done by taking account of social, cultural, psychological and other contexts....

Published Date: February 22, 2015
Maratha Mandir shows DDLJ for the last time

Maratha Mandir shows DDLJ for the last time

It's The End, literally. Mumbai's Maratha Mandir cinema showed “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, Bollywood's definitive romance, for the very last time on February 19, 1009 weeks - almost 20 years - after it began playing on October 19, 1995. An audience of 210 watched the final show. A statement from DDLJ makers Yash Raj...

Published Date: February 22, 2015
Eksho Bosta Chal to be staged today

Eksho Bosta Chal to be staged today

“Eksho Bosta Chal”, a joint theatrical production of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka, will be staged at the National Theatre Hall of BSA this evening. An adaptation of a play by Yuzo Yamamoto, the play -- directed by Golam Sarwar, is based on a true story that occurred in...

Published Date: February 22, 2015
NPH drops 'a hint of magic' at Oscars

NPH drops 'a hint of magic' at Oscars

Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris has given a few clues about what to expect from Sunday's ceremony. “I don't know where or how I can give spoilers without the Taser coming out again,” he joked in an ABC News video. “We've come up with an idea that we think is unique to films but...

Published Date: February 22, 2015
Bruce Dickinson undergoes cancer treatment

Bruce Dickinson undergoes cancer treatment

Just before Christmas, Bruce Dickinson, vocalist of legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden, visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue, for which a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed earlier this week. Bruce's medical team expects him to make a complete recovery with the all-clear envisaged by late May, although it will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. The official Iron Maiden website asked fans for their “patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family's privacy until we update everyone...

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Published Date: February 22, 2015
First Aquaman photo revealed

First Aquaman photo revealed

“There is only one true King”, tweeted Zack Snyder, as he posted a photo of “Game of Thrones” alum Jason Momoa in costume as the character he'll first play in next year's “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. The film stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Other actors in the mix include Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are reprising their roles. After debuting in “Batman V. Superman”, Aquaman is expected to be in “Justice League Part One” before starring in his own solo adventure “Aquaman”(in...

Published Date: February 22, 2015
It's True!

It's True!

Jimmy Page once asked Terry Reid to be the singer for his New Yardbirds project. Reid, thinking his solo career was about to take off, declined and suggested Robert Plant, and the combination became Led Zeppelin. Reid was also approached by the folks in Deep Purple, who needed a new lead singer after...

Published Date: February 21, 2015
The music that gave it grandeur

The music that gave it grandeur

Sometime around the '60s, then president of Pakistan, Ayub Khan, was to visit the Dhaka radio station at Shahbagh. Massive preparations were underway to put up an impressive show. As the youngest group at the station, we were preparing for a live performance and were training under eminent composers Abdul Ahad, Samar Das...

Published Date: February 21, 2015
The appeal of alpana is universal... Monirul Islam

The appeal of alpana is universal... Monirul Islam

Alpana is a popular folk art form. The word alpana is derived from the Sanskrit “alimpana”, which means 'to plaster' or 'to coat with'. The colour of alpana has an intimate relation with Amar Ekushey. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, eminent artist Monirul Islam spoke about alpana and its long-standing connection with paintings worldwide. Excerpts: “The art of alpana is known by different names in various parts of India and its use varies from region to region. The most common type all around India is Rangoli, which uses colored sand to draw a design. The artwork is mainly done by women. It was firstly done in Bengal....

Published Date: February 21, 2015
Shilpakala Padak 2014 conferred

Shilpakala Padak 2014 conferred

To honour those working tirelessly for the preservation, awareness and development of our rich culture and heritage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) began honouring artistes and activists who have made significant contribution to the various fields of arts in the country in 2013. The second year of the awards saw seven eminent personalities being...