• Monday, April 21, 2014

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The songbird passes on

There was substance in Bashir Ahmed's artistry. For he was an artiste in the truest sense of the meaning, back in those days when both East Pakistan and West Pakistan looked to him for purposeful melodies in Bengali and Urdu. People of my generation were in primary school when we first heard him sing that famous song from the movie Talash: kuchh apni kahiye kuchh meri suniye / ye shaam ye tanhai yun chup to na rahiye. As we grew into teenage and then into youth and adulthood, that song never failed to lose its shine in our lives. In Bashir Ahmed's voice was a lilt that can only enrich passion. And passion was in his songs, always, even in the happy, lighter songs he sang. Recall the duet, tum bhi haseen dil bhi jawan / hae ye rangeen samah / uss pe suhani ye raat hai / O masha'Allah kya baat hai. Love is being played out on the peaks of emotion. The verve and energy Bashir Ahmed epitomized is a reality that stayed with him till the last days of his life, even as he prepared for the end. With Naheed Niazi he sang the...

Remembering a luminary

Bashir Ahmed acquired rare success and continued to sing until months before his demise. Over the decades, his listeners never tired...

AUW Photo Carnival concludes in Ctg

A two-day photo exhibition titled “Second AUW Photo Carnival” concluded at the auditorium of Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong...

Int'l Animation Film Festival begins in capital

With the theme “Kids will adorn a better world”, Children Communication of Bangladesh (CCB) is organising the second international animation cartoon...

Aranyak stages “Iblish” at Tangail CDC's centenary celebrations

Aranyak stages “Iblish” at Tangail CDC's centenary celebrations

Aranyak staged their popular play 'Iblish' at Bhasani Hall in Tangail town on Saturday evening. The popular theatre group staged the play on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of Coronation Dramatic Club (CDC) in Tangail. Renowned dramatist Mamunur Rashid directed and played a lead role in the play. The play, where several others popular...

Sheikh Jasim performs at IGCC

Sheikh Jasim performs at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) organised a solo ghazal evening by Bangladeshi Ghazal singer Sheikh Jasim Uddin Kabir at its Gulshan auditorium on April 19. The artiste performed 26 ghazals -- originally recorded by Jagjit Singh, Anup Jalota, Mehdi Hassan and Kazi Nazrul Islam. He set off the event with “Shola Hoon,” originally recorded...

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Rogue will appear in next X-Men film

Rogue will appear in next X-Men film

Rogue fans rejoice, as it has been confirmed that the energy-absorbing mutant has not been cut from “X-Men: Days of Future Past” after all. Anna Paquin was always going to be a minor player in the new film, but it had seemed that she would be missing altogether when Bryan Singer described her involvement...

It's True!

It's True!

Pop art pioneer Andy Warhol worked across a wide range of media — painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture, but not many people know that he was a highly prolific filmmaker. Between 1963 and 1968, he made more than 60 films, plus some 500 short black-and-white 'screen test' portraits of Factory visitors. “Batman Dracula”...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Honouring icons of Bangladeshi cinema

Honouring icons of Bangladeshi cinema

Marking the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh Chalachchitra Sangsad Andolon (BCSA), a yearlong golden jubilee festival wrapped up through honouring iconic film personalities of Bangladesh in a programme held on April 18 at National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). BCSA in association with BSA organised the yearlong programmes that featured film...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Saju's Grand Group Art Exhibition opens

Saju's Grand Group Art Exhibition opens

As part of the celebration of 40th anniversary of Saju Art Gallery, the month-long 33rd Grand Group Art Exhibition at Saju Art Gallery (Gulshan-2, Dhaka) opened yesterday, and will continue till May 18. The exhibition features 127 artworks featuring 87 artists — master, prominent and emerging alike. Highlights of the exhibit are some avant-garde...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Mintu Dey's lyrical watercolours

Mintu Dey's lyrical watercolours

Mintu Dey, a 35-year-old artist with a passion for watercolour, discovers music in emptiness. He finds a mystic charm in places like Bandarban and Khulna-- and boats linked up, with two people at work was just one of his works in three exhibition halls of the Dhaka Art Centre at Dhanmondi that concluded...

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What's On

  • Art Exhibition

    Title: Serenading Suchitra
    Venue: Shilpangan Gallery, H-7,
    R-13 (New),  Dhanmondi
    Date: April 6-25
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • Art Exhibition

    Artist: Iffat Ara Dewan
    Venue: Bengal Lounge, Gulshan
    Date: April 13-27
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • Photography Exhibition

    Title: Death Trap
    Photographer: Abr Abdullah
    Venue: Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Dhanmondi
    Date: April 10-24

  • Grand Group Exhibition

    Venue: Saju Art Gallery, DCC Market Gulshan
    Date: April 19-May 18
    Time: 1oam-8pm

  • Photography Exhibition

    Title: Exile in Calcutta
    Photographer: Thomas Meyer
    Venue: Drik Gallery
    Date: April 15-21

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Published Date: April 20, 2014
Shreya Guhathakurta performs at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) organised a Tagore evening by renowned Indian artiste Shreya Guhathakurta and emerging Bangladesh elocutionist Samiul Islam Poluck, on April 18 at its Gulshan premises. Titled “Roilo Tahar Bani, Roilo Bhora Surey”, it featured a juxtaposition of different parjayas of Tagore's writing, including Prem, Puja and Prakriti. The soiree opened with a Sanskrit recitation from the Upanishadh, followed by the song “Anondodhara Bohichhey Bhubone”. The duo then interweaved songs like “Je Raate Mo'r Duwar”, “Tumi Robe...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
A melodious gathering

The four-day folk festival ended in Jessore on Friday night, as the gathering of folk artistes dismantled, but not before leaving an impression on the hearts of the residents of the town. On the last day of the festival, Indian and Bangladeshi artistes attracted the audience with their melodies.   The last day's programme started with the National Anthem, following which a discussion was held. A cultural programme was up next. Indian artiste, and a follower of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Tushar De...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Prince re-signs with Warner Bros Records

Pop star Prince has a signed a major deal with Warner Bros Records, the label he famously fell out with nearly 20 years ago. The split was so acrimonious that Prince called himself a slave and changed his stage name to a symbol. Now Prince says the new deal will see a release of his classic album “Purple Rain”, in time for its 30th anniversary. He will also regain ownership of master recordings made during his previous deal with...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
It's True!

“Love in the Time of Cholera”, Gabriel Garcia Márquez' timeless classic, was adapted on film in 2007 by Mike Newell. It tells the story of a love triangle between Fermina Daza and her two suitors, Florentino Ariza and Doctor Juvenal Urbino which spans 50 years. Producer Scott Steindorff spent over three years courting Márquez for the rights to the book, telling him that he was Florentino and would not give up until he got the rights. It was the...