• Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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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 number of artists and photographers. Alongside the artworks, merchandises carrying slogans for Gaza are also up for sale as part of the...

Dhaka on Europeans' canvas

Dhaka on Europeans' canvas

In 1808, Charles D'Oyly, Collector of Dhaka, wrote to Warren Hastings,...

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...

Theatre for social awareness

Theatre for social awareness

Lokhhmikunda union parishad in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna organised a street...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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What's On

  • Fundraising Exhibition

    Appeal for Gaza
    Organiser: Drik
    Venue: Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi
    Date: August 18-20
    Time 10am-8pm

  • 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 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...

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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...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Art exhibition and contest in Sylhet

Art exhibition and contest in Sylhet

A five-day workshop and exhibition of young and senior artists at Sylhet Zila Shilpakala academy auditorium, closes tomorrow. A total of 76 works of 44 artists were put on display on the exhibition that drew a good number of visitors. Winners of the contest, held in 3 categories, were awarded certificate and crests at the...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Betty Boop set for film revival

Betty Boop set for film revival

Animated character Betty Boop is to be brought back to the big screen to appear in her first feature-length film. The film arm of Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment is partnering with Animal Logic Entertainment - the team behind the “Lego Movie” - to make the movie. The production has been described as a...

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

IT'S TRUE!

Several paintings by Pablo Picasso -- one of the most influential artists of the 20th century -- rank among the most expensive paintings in the world. “Garçon à la pipe” sold for US$104 million at Sotheby's on 4 May 2004, establishing a new price record. “Dora Maar au Chat” sold for US$95.2 million...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Celebrating Life 2014

Celebrating Life 2014

President Abdul Hamid has officially consented to be the Chief Guest at the Gala night of the Standard Chartered-The Daily Star Celebrating Life 2014 competition. Mahfuz Anam, Editor and Publisher, The Daily Star (2-R); Bitopi Das Chowdhury, Head of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank (R) and Rafi Hossain, Celebrating Life Director (L) --...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Through the eyes of a poet

Through the eyes of a poet

Rabindranath Tagore once described Jibanananda Das' poems as “Chitraroopomoy” (painting-like imagery). Eminent poet and ambidextrous litterateur Syed Shamsul Haq recently recited his poetry at the Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct amidst the evocative ambience of paintings by master painter SM Sultan of whom the poet cherishes many fond memories. This writer caught up with...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Photography exhibition on Bangabandhu at BAU

Photography exhibition on Bangabandhu at BAU

A four-day photography exhibition on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman began at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) Central Library on Tuesday. The exhibition, titled “Bangabandhu, the father of the nation”, marks the 39th death anniversary of the great leader and National Mourning Day, and concludes today. Over 200 photographs on Bangabandhu and the Liberation War are on...

TV Watch

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Chithi Dio Protidin on Maasranga

Chithi Dio Protidin on Maasranga

Single episode TV play “Chithi Dio Protidin” will air on Maasranga television tonight at two minutes past midnight. Ashraful Chanchal has written the play directed by Yousuf Hasan Akbar. The plot revolves around stationmaster Ali Akbar who has locked up his daughter Sima when she falls in love with a vagabond. One day, assistant...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Children's painting competition to mark August 15

Children's painting competition to mark August 15

A painting competition for school children was held in Tangail yesterday to mark the 39th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh. District Administrations and Zila Shishu Academy in Tangail jointly organised the event at Shishu Academy premises. Over 100 students from the third to tenth grade from different schools...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
My Scotland tour was mind-blowing -- Amin Khan

My Scotland tour was mind-blowing -- Amin Khan

Popular film hero Amin Khan has appeared in over 200 films over a long career span. While active on the celluloid circuit, he is also busy with roles in TV plays. Though his shooting schedule is packed, the actor manages to squeeze in a little leisure time. Khan spoke to The Daily Star about how he likes to sit back and relax. How would you define a holiday? Amin Khan: For me, it is a day when there is no work stress or tension. Weekends for me are as much fun as school holidays. What is usually on your vacation agenda? Amin Khan: I spend the day with my family, and sometimes travel to...

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Published Date: August 15, 2014
Bieber pleads guilty to reckless driving

Bieber pleads guilty to reckless driving

Justin Bieber's agreed to take anger management classes after pleading guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest in Miami. The singer was held by police in Florida in January with singer Khalil Amir Sharieff after a street drag race. Prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of driving under the influence in exchange for the...

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

IT' S TRUE!

American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.  -- known better as Quincy Jones -- holds the record for most Grammy nominations -- 79, along with 27 wins, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He was the first African-American to be nominated twice within the same year (1968) for an...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Harmony in diversity

Harmony in diversity

In this small country there are many ethnic groups who have their own languages, cultural heritage and distinct lifestyles. But to our utter frustration, the majority of people are not aware of the diverse indigenous communities. A photography exhibition, titled “Bishwa Bhora Pran” (A world of living spirits), on display at Drik Gallery in...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Onsumble Theatre stages - Kanjush

Onsumble Theatre stages - Kanjush

Onsumble Theatre, a leading drama group of Mymensingh staged “Kanjush”, a translated comedy at District Shilpakala Academy auditorium Friday evening. The play was directed by Md Abul Monsur, president of Onsumble Theatre. The cast of the play were Romaiya Tabassum Shimana, Mahfuz Sristi, Asaduzzaman Rubel, Abul Monsur, Sumiya Tabassum Bannya, Sanjida Wahid Omi and Joy...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Armeen releases single “Graceland”

Armeen releases single “Graceland”

Armeen Musa, the talented Bangladeshi singer-musician who has just graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), is gearing up to release her new album “Simultaneously” in a couple of months. As part of that, she released the first single from that album, “Graceland”, recently in a live performance at the Berklee College. The song is also making rounds on the internet, on Youtube and Facebook, where Armeen's page has undertaken an interesting strategy. Her page offers to send every person who shares the video, a 'mystery song' sent to their...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Bangladeshi artistes lauded in Kolkata

Bangladeshi artistes lauded in Kolkata

As homage to Tagore on his 73rd death anniversary, an Indo-Bangladesh collaborative production was held at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, RTC, ICCR, Kolkata on August 8. Samiul Islam Poluck (Bangladesh) and Iman Chakraborty (Kolkata) recited and read out Tagore creations both in Bengali and in English while Mustapha Khalid Palash and Shwapnil Shojib (Bangladesh) with...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter makes modeling debut

Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter makes modeling debut

Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter Emma Ferrer has Old Hollywood blood coursing through her veins, and it certainly shows in a new magazine spread. The 20-year-old, who has remained out of the spotlight until now, stars in two versions of Harper's Bazaar's latest cover, striking a pose in a Lanvin gown with fitted black sleeves top and a loose-fitting skirt that call to mind her iconic grandmother's timeless style. In one shot, the brunette, whose father is Hepburn's oldest child Sean, 54, could easily be mistaken for the late Hollywood star, her hair pulled back in a chic chignon and her earrings highlighting her defined bone structure. In another photo, Emma channels her...