• Monday, February 02, 2015

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Framing life in colours

Framing life in colours

Ihtisham Kabir's solo photography exhibition “The Colours of Life” opened in the capital on January 31. Wanja Campos da Nóbrega, Ambassador of Brazil to Bangladesh was the chief guest at the inauguration, while Rokia Afzal Rahman, President, Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs was the special guest. Beautiful images of various categories, starting from natural objects to moment-based lifestyle shots, are at the heart of this exhibit. In other words, it is an exhibition on Bangladesh by...

Bangla Khayal Utshab held at Channel i

Bangla Khayal Utshab held at Channel i

Ustad Yasin Khan received the lifetime achievement award at the first...

''We will work together in solving the problems of our industry'' – Shakib Khan

''We will work together in solving the problems of our industry'' – Shakib Khan

Shakib Khan, the undisputed top hero of Dhallywood, became the Chairman...

Bharatnatyam and folk dance at IGCC

Bharatnatyam and folk dance at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), Dhaka organised an event of Bharatnatyam...

“Queen”, “Haider”, “PK” rule at Filmfare

“Queen”, “Haider”, “PK” rule at Filmfare

Bollywood comedy drama “Queen” swept the 60th Filmfare Awards on Saturday night, winning the honours in six categories, including for the best director for Vikas Bahl and Kangana Ranaut the best actress, while Shahid Kapoor secured the best actor honour for his role in modern-day adaptation of Shakespearean drama “Haider”. The runner-up was Vishal...

Md. Tokon's solo exhibit opens

Md. Tokon's solo exhibit opens

“Light, Dark, Space”, a solo exhibition of paintings by New York-based artist Md Tokon, opened on January 31 at the Bengal Art Lounge. Md Tokon's paintings are pure abstractions, and his style makes great emphasis of color. The painter proceeds by layers: each new coat of color he adds to the canvas brings...

''Samrat-er Chhobi'' to air on BTV

''Samrat-er Chhobi'' to air on BTV

Talented poet and playwright Raju Alim has made a new TV play based on writer and Language Movement veteran Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury's short story “Somrat-er Chhobi”. The special TV play, will go on air on BTV on February 7 at 9pm. The story of the play zooms in on an aristocratic family of a mufassil....

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Jay-Z bids to buy music streaming service

Jay-Z bids to buy music streaming service

Jay-Z could be taking on Spotify, Deezer and others with a music streaming service of his own. The rapper's company, Project Panther, has bid to take over Sweden-based Aspiro for a reported $56m. The firm owns WiMP - which rivals Spotify in some countries - and Tidal (which streams music in HD). The move...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US rock band 3 Doors Down started The Better Life Foundation (TBLF) in 2003, with a goal in mind to give as many children as possible a better life. Since its inception TBLF has supported numerous charities nationwide. In addition to a concert from 3 Doors Down and friends, there is also an...

Reflections

Published Date: February 1, 2015
'Potua' and freedom's colours

'Potua' and freedom's colours

As the mercury steadily dropped, the chill in the air felt starkly different from the fiery situation prevailing everywhere across the country. This was early February, the year 1971. The mass upsurge of 1969 followed by the non-cooperation movement in 1971 against the Pakistani regime had pushed the country to a point of...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Nat'l Classical Music Conference held in Chittagong

Nat'l Classical Music Conference held in Chittagong

A two-day classical music conference concluded in the port city on Friday night. Sadarang Uchchanga Sangeet Parishad organsied the 18th National Classical Music Conference 2015 at the Muslim Hall auditorium, where diverse classical music performances enthralled music aficionados. Chittagong University Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury inaugurated the conference as chief guest. Classical music has a...

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What's On

  • Amor Ekushey Book Fair 2015

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

  • National Poetry Festival 2015

    Venue: Hakim Chattar, University of Dhaka
    Date: February 1-2
    Time: 10am-10pm

  • Bangladesh-Malaysia Poets Summit 2015

    Organiser: Kathak, Bangladesh
    Venue: National Gallery Auditorium, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: February 3
    Time: 5:30pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Title: Light, Dark Space
    Artist: Md. Tokon
    Venue: Bengal Art Lounge
    Date: Jan 31-Feb 21
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Chobi Mela VIII

    Organiser: Pathshala and Drik
    Venue: Different locations in Dhaka
    Date: Jan 23-Feb 5
    Time: 10-8pm

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Published Date: February 1, 2015
Curtains on Int'l Children's Film Festival

Curtains on Int'l Children's Film Festival

The eighth International Children's Film Festival (ICFF) closed on January 30 at the main auditorium of the National Museum. Chairman of the festival's advisory council Mustafa Monowar, Children's Film Society Bangladesh chairman Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, its general secretary Munira Morshed Munni and festival director Rayeed Morshed were present. Abrar's “Swotosfurto” won the first...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Kochi's 'Bhroon O Utsab' at DAC

Kochi's 'Bhroon O Utsab' at DAC

A solo exhibition by Mazaharul Islam Kochi began at Dhaka Art Centre in the capital on January 30. The exhibit, “Bhroon O Utsab”, was inaugurated by former Chief Whip Vice-principal Abdus Shahid, while Dr. Shoeb Zibran attended the inauguration ceremony as chief guest. The exhibit features 39 oil and water paintings. This is the...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
News Bytes

News Bytes

Disney has unveiled its first Latina princess, Princess Elena of Avalor, the star of a new animated television series for Disney Junior. Princess Elena will make her debut in a 2016 episode of “Sofia the First” before getting her own spin-off series. In a blog post, Disney described the 16-year-old as the “bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor”. The kingdom will be inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. Disney made history in 2009 with its first black princess, Tiana, in “The Princess and the Frog”. While the show will centre the “confident and compassionate teenager” Elena, it is being targeted at children...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
It's True!

It's True!

The main office of Bangla Academy is located at the Burdwan House, once part of the University of Dhaka. It was the official residence of the Prime Minister of the then East Pakistan, Nurul Amin, in 1952, when the Language Movement was at its peak. The very building that had seen the hatching...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Aamir Khan in a new avatar in Dangal

Aamir Khan in a new avatar in Dangal

After playing an alien in Rajkumar Hirani's “PK”, Aamir Khan is all geared up for his next project, “Dangal” wherein he will be playing the father of two girls. The actor, who plays a wrestler in the film, will sport a close shaved head and a graying beard. “Dangal” is a biopic on the...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Songs of Soul

Songs of Soul

The first International Sufi Music Festival 2015 concluded on January 29 at capital's Bijoy Sarani. Organised by Blues Communications, the three-day event featured an array of Sufi and traditional folk music by 12 troupes of seven countries of the world. On the concluding day, Danish troupe Serenas set off the event, offering diverse devotional...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Jurassic World reveals its terrifying new Dinosaur

Jurassic World reveals its terrifying new Dinosaur

Apparently the events of the first three “Jurassic Park” movies weren't enough warnings, because the folks manning Isla Island in “Jurassic World” have created an even more fearsome, genetically enhanced dinosaur. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's characters had only earlier spoken of it with the utmost fear in the trailer, but now the official site has unveiled the first look at the beast. According to details gleaned from JurassicWorld.com, this teaser photo is of the new dinosaur known as the Indominus Rex. As if this wasn't terrifying enough, his teeth are constantly re-growing themselves, as a shark's would. As noted by the site, the Indominus' full form may look...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
CPJA organises International Photography Exhibition in India

CPJA organises International Photography Exhibition in India

The excellent photos snapped by the photojournalists of Chittagong enthralled photography enthusiasts in Tripura of India, during a three-day International Photography Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Agartala City Centre last week. A total of 18 photojournalist members of Chittagong Photo Journalists' Association (CPJA) went to Agartala, the capital of Tripura (India), on invitation...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
''Singh Is Bling' perfect mix of comedy, action, romance''… Akshay

''Singh Is Bling' perfect mix of comedy, action, romance''… Akshay

Bollywood's action titan Akshay Kumar is excited to begin shooting for “Singh Is Bling”, and says it will be a wholesome entertainer. The 'Khiladi' of Bollywood, whose espionage action thriller “Baby” released Jan 23, will soon begin shooting for the new film, in time for it to hit theatres on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. “Pre-prod. on in full swing 4 #SinghIsBling. It's d perfect amalgamation of action, comedy & romance. Can't wait 2 begin shoot. Oct 2 here we come,” the actor tweeted Thursday. Prabhudheva directorial “Singh Is Bling” also stars Kareena Kapoor and Kriti Sanon. Meanwhile, Akshay will next be seen in the action drama “Main Gabbar” alongside Shruti Haasan....

TV WATCH

Published Date: January 31, 2015
''Hridoye Mati O Manush'' today

''Hridoye Mati O Manush'' today

On tonight's episode of the popular Channel i programme on agriculture, “Hridoye Mati O Manush”, expatriate farmer Rahim's story will be told. The Cox's Bazar resident went abroad to change his luck, but returned to the tug of his soil. Planned, directed and hosted by Shykh Seraj, the episode goes on-air at 9:50pm...

TV WATCH

Published Date: January 31, 2015
''Anondogram'' on SA TV

''Anondogram'' on SA TV

SA TV's comedy drama serial “Anondogram” goes on air tonight (and tomorrow) at 8:40pm. Written by Zakir Hossain Ujjal and directed by Shamim Zaman, it casts Fazlur Rahman Babu, Mosharraf Karim, AKM Hasan and others. The story of the serial surrounds three friends of Anandagram village, Suman, Rajan and Mohan. All three of them...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Jim Parsons returns to Broadway

Jim Parsons returns to Broadway

Jim Parsons will play God in the comedy “An Act of God”, as the Emmy winner returns to Broadway after appearing in the 2012 revival of “Harvey”. “An Act of God” is based on the book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God”, penned by David Javerbaum. The production promises to provide God's answers to the mysteries of the Bible and of existence. Two more actors, who'll play angels, remain to be cast, and the design team has yet to be set. Produced by Jeffrey Finn and executive-produced by 101 Prods., “Act of God” begins previews May 5 ahead of a May 28 opening at Studio 54. Source: Variety

Published Date: January 31, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

In 1998, Ukrainian-born US actress and voice artiste Mila Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom “That '70s Show”. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
All eyes on Ekushey Book Fair

All eyes on Ekushey Book Fair

The month-long Amar Ekuhsey Book Fair will begin on the first day of February. Ahead of the largest book fair in the country, publishers, organisers and authors are busy with last minute preparations for the literary extravaganza. As last year, this year's fair will take place simultaneously at the historical Bangla Academy premises...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
A folksy night at the Sufi Fest Dhaka

A folksy night at the Sufi Fest Dhaka

The Army Museum ground was reverberating with music and beaming with lights as the performances of second night began at the Sufi Fest 2015. It was Bangladeshi band Shikor, comprising Rob Fakir, Shafi Mondal and Beby Dewan, who opened the show with an instrumental of Lalon's “Milon Hobey Koto Diney”. Then Rob Fakir rendered...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Dance-drama festival continues

Dance-drama festival continues

Directed by Enamul Haque, Gowhar Jamil and Abul Kashem, artistes of Nrityashilpi Sangstha, Khulna; Jago Art Centre and Jhankar performed in three dance dramas – “Rongila Nayer Majhi”, “Samanno Khoti” and “Gunai Bibi” on the second day (January 28) of the first National Dance Drama Festival. Jointly organised by Bangladesh Nrityashilpi Sangstha and...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Taylor Swift trademarks “1989” phrases

Taylor Swift trademarks “1989” phrases

If you want to “Party Like It's 1989” to “This Sick Beat”, you better ask Taylor Swift's permission first. The pop star has trademarked those phrases – along with “'Cause We Never Go Out of Style,” “Could Show You Incredible Things” and “Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?” – with the US...

Rapid Fire

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Moushumi Hamid

Moushumi Hamid

Former Lux Superstar Moushumi Hamid is a household name on the small screen. While acting in TV plays, she has ventured into cinema as well. The talented actress faced some quick questions from The Daily Star. How do you feel when you're not facing the camera for some days? Moushumi: I feel bored. What comes next to love? Moushumi: Pain and sorrow. Are you scared of supernatural forces? Moushumi: That was when I was more into fairytales… If you could get Aladdin's magic lamp, what would you do? Moushumi: I would end traffic jam and clean the city up. What would you do if you found your wallet was missing, when the bill arrived to you at a fancy...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Actors are like missionaries … Azad Abul Kalam

Actors are like missionaries … Azad Abul Kalam

Azad Abul Kalam, is not merely a popular actor but also a writer and director. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, he talked about if the next generation should make a full time career of stage acting:         In Azad's words: “Struggle had become the norm and in Bangladesh it is rather...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
''Charm of the Silk Road''

''Charm of the Silk Road''

Marking 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and China and celebration of the Chinese New Year, Bangladesh-China Friendship Center in association with Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will hold three shows of a cultural programme titled “Dunhuang Melody: Charm of the Silk Road by Gansu...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
The music of Roy gains momentum

The music of Roy gains momentum

“Roy”, featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez, had drawn attention thanks to its interesting cast right from the beginning. The trailer of the T-Series film was well-received. Now, the music too is adding to the anticipation around the Vikramjit Singh-directed thriller. After being launched digitally on January 11, the songs have gone...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
''Filmmaking is my passion and music my addiction'' … Saiful Islam Jarnal

''Filmmaking is my passion and music my addiction'' … Saiful Islam Jarnal

Saiful Islam Jarnal wears many hats: he is the designated percussionist of the urban folk band Joler Gaan, a distinguished theatre activist, musician and film-maker, model and actor. The versatile artiste spoke to The Daily Star about his busy career, musical skills and his innings as an actor. Excerpts: How do you juggle filmmaking...

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Published Date: January 30, 2015
Ghostbusters female line-up confirmed

Ghostbusters female line-up confirmed

“Bridesmaids” co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are set to reunite in the all-female “Ghostbusters” sequel, director Paul Feig has confirmed. Saturday Night Live comediennes Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will join them in the film, Feig announced on Twitter. He went on to confirm it would be released on July 22, 2016. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson played the ghost-hunting quartet in the 1984 original. Directed by Ivan Reitman, the film made almost $300m at the global box office. A sequel, “Ghostbusters II”, followed five years later. Source: BBC

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Riaz and Nova in “Pushpo…Tomar Opekkhay”

Riaz and Nova in “Pushpo…Tomar Opekkhay”

Riaz and Nova Firoz will make their first appearance as an on-screen couple in single episode drama “Pushpo…Tomar Opekkhay”. The play, written and directed by Raihan Khan, features them as a romantic duo who will face ordeals in their relationship. The play will air on Valentine's Day on a private TV channel.

Published Date: January 30, 2015
TV Watch

TV Watch

BTV's popular variety show “Ittyadi” showcases the country's culture, history and heritage. As the longest-running TV series in Bangladesh, the programme has always looked for new, innovative ways to entertain people, while also upholding their social responsibilities. This episode of the show was shot at Khagrachari. The programme planned, written and directed by...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

American animated sitcom “The Simpsons” is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series since its debut on December 17, 1989. “The Simpsons” is widely considered to be one of the greatest television series of all time: Time magazine's December 31, 1999, issue named...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
MUSIC TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

MUSIC TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

“Mystic and 'Sufi' thoughts are interpreted and practiced in different ways at different parts of the world, and that is what makes this a celebration of cultural plurality,” Amitava Bhattacharya, the founder of the Sufi Sutra festival of Sufi and traditional music, caught the essence of the festival in a nutshell, on the...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Nat'l Dance Drama Fest in full swing

Nat'l Dance Drama Fest in full swing

Bangladesh Nrityashilpi Sangstha (BNS) in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has organised a five-day (January 27-31) National Dance Drama Festival at National Theatre Hall of BSA. The festival, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, was inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, as chief guest. Dr. Ranjit Kumar Biswas, ndc, secretary...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Cartoonist R.K. Laxman passes on

Cartoonist R.K. Laxman passes on

The creator of the famous “common man” cartoons has had his last laugh. Even as the  nation celebrated its 66th Republic Day  grandiosely ,complete with US President Barack Obama as  chief guest ,  iconic illustrator and humourist R.K. Laxman slipped away quietly  in Pune at the age of 93 after multi-organ failure. He leaves...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
''Data Horischandra'' Pala staged at JKKNIU

''Data Horischandra'' Pala staged at JKKNIU

The artistes of Theatre and Performance Studies Department Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) staged a pala “Data Horischandra” based on the epic “Ramayan”. Directed by Syed Mamun Reza and written by Kritttibas, the pala was staged at Gahi Sammyar Gaan Mancha of JKKNIU Sunday evening, marking Saraswati Puja on the campus. The students...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Acting is my first concern…Ayushman

Acting is my first concern…Ayushman

Ayushmann Khurrana who made a successful foray into Bollywood with “Vicky Donor” in 2012, said, “The industry can put you down anytime.”  “I'll be lying if I say I don't want commercial success or that I only want critical acclaim. I hope my next does well. But, for me, the most important thing is...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: January 29, 2015
First 'Fantastic Four' trailer released

First 'Fantastic Four' trailer released

The first teaser trailer for Fox's new “Fantastic Four” film has been released, giving audiences their first glimpse into Josh Trank's reimagining of the classic Marvel Entertainment series — and for those who've been waiting for something that takes the sci-fi underpinnings of the comic book and pushes them to the forefront, it's...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

French artist Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Made in Bangladesh with Blood, Sweat, Tears and Hunger

Made in Bangladesh with Blood, Sweat, Tears and Hunger

Despite lack of natural resources, tremendous pressure of overpopulation and persistent political violence, Bangladesh has maintained a 6+ percent GDP growth rate over the last 5 years. How has that happened? With endless blood, sweat, tears and HUNGER. We're hungry: for three meals a day, for economic freedom, for recognition of our hard...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Bangla Khayal Festival at Channel i

Bangla Khayal Festival at Channel i

Channel i will host the first night-long Bangla Khayal Festival at its premises on January 31. At a press conference yesterday, organisers informed that over a hundred artistes, will perform Bangla Khayal at the event, led by eminent music exponent Azad Rahman and including reputed names like Ustad Yasin Khan, Ferdous Ara, Karim...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Faces, Unforgotten

Faces, Unforgotten

Twice over World Press Photo Award winner Philip Blenkinsop is one of the most notable photographers of his generation, and is currently in town for Chobi Mela VIII. On January 26, Blenkinsop presented slideshows of his work and videos at the Goethe-Institut--one of the many attractions lined up for Chobi Mela. He began by...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
BIRDMAN weekend continues at SAG Awards

BIRDMAN weekend continues at SAG Awards

Less than 24 hours after “Birdman” upset “Boyhood” to win the top prize at Saturday's 26th PGA Awards, Alejandro G Inarritu's quirky dramedy topped Richard Linklater's unprecedented 12-year project to win the top prize at Sunday's 21st annual SAG Awards as well. And, in a development just as surprising, Eddie Redmayne from “The...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Kalidas Karmakar to receive Sultan award

Kalidas Karmakar to receive Sultan award

A weeklong Sultan Mela began in Narail on January 22 marking the 90th birth anniversary of celebrated artists SM Sultan. The festival, which closes today at the Government Victoria College premises in Narail, was inaugurated by Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser, Gowher Rizvi. The fair featured different rural sports, game show, painting competition, exhibition,...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Beatles legend John Lennon was raised by his aunt as his father left him when he was only five years old. His mother handed John over to her sister. His aunt was intolerant of John's aspirations as a rock musician, and told John that he would never make a living out of the...