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A riveting display of visual poetry

A riveting display of visual poetry

Promising Bangladeshi dance artiste Amit Chowdhury performed a vibrant Bharatnatyam piece while we entered into the Chhayanaut auditorium on Wednesday evening. Celebrated dance troupe Shadhona presented the 34th episode of their regular event “Nupur Beje Jaye”, at Chhayanaut. Amit, in his second performance, offered an evocative display of his visual poetry. He superbly...

The transformation of Aamir Khan

The transformation of Aamir Khan

Tears welled up in Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan's eyes as he...

Nazrul Institute's homage to the Bard

Nazrul Institute's homage to the Bard

Nazrul Institute organised a programme marking the Rebel Poet's 38th death...

In conversation with the Spelling Bee anchors

In conversation with the Spelling Bee anchors

Rumana Malik Munmun, popular TV personality, has been with the Spelling...

I prefer being the proverbial turtle, not the rabbit -- Nawshaba

I prefer being the proverbial turtle, not the rabbit -- Nawshaba

Nawshaba, a popular TV actress, recently starred in the acclaimed movie “Udhao”. She is now busy shooting for other films, while making appearances on stage as well. The Daily Star spoke to the talented actress on a host of subjects: What do you consider the turning point in your career? Nawshaba: The hugely popular drama...

'Breaking Bad' sendoff outshines 'True Detective' at Emmys

'Breaking Bad' sendoff outshines 'True Detective' at Emmys

It was not an evening for newcomers. After months of excessive buzz for young series such as HBO's “True Detective” and Netflix's “Orange Is the New Black”, both went largely ignored during the 2014 Emmys. The night belonged to outgoing incumbent “Breaking Bad”. The late AMC series took all but one key category in...

Anjan Dutt's Bangladeshi screen venture

Anjan Dutt's Bangladeshi screen venture

Although Anjan Dutt is known best for his simple, soulful music, he has also tried his hand at acting and filmmaking. The veteran artiste is currently in Bangladesh, location scouting for his newest directorial project, set to be in Bangladesh. Nirab and Mim will form the central cast of “Mon Baksho”, for which...

Bonna Mirza at Amader Rannaghor

Bonna Mirza at Amader Rannaghor

Actress Bonna Mirza will be present in an episode of popular cooking show “Amader Rannaghor” which airs today on Banglavision at 11:05am. Bonna, an ardent lover of cooking, will share her special recipe with the audience. Aruna Biswas has hosted the programme, directed by Tariqul Islam Sajol.

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Venice Film Festival opens with - Birdman

Venice Film Festival opens with - Birdman

The Venice Film Festival has kicked off in Italy with “Birdman”, a comedy drama about an actor trying to escape the shadow of a famous superhero role. Former Batman actor Michael Keaton joined the rest of the film's stars on the Lido at the world premiere that launched this year's 12-day event. “Birdman” is...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

In 1977, American director George Lucas had released Star Wars, a wildly successful science fiction film influenced by Akira Kurosawa's “The Hidden Fortress”, among other works. Lucas, who considered him a role model, was shocked to discover that the Japanese filmmaker was unable to secure financing for any new work. Lucas leveraged his...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
MAKING UNIQUE CONNECTIONS

MAKING UNIQUE CONNECTIONS

With the help of installations and pictures assimilated to depict the lives of the underprivileged, visiting South American artist Matijn Crowe recreated the lives of the common people of Dhaka. The installation work also included work of local artists with whom he had collaborated. Three months of work culminated in the exhibition from...

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  • Ganga-Jamuna Theatre & Cultural Fest

    Venue: National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Sep 1-8; Time: 6pm

  • Fundraising Exhibition

    Appeal for Gaza
    Organiser: Drik
    Venue: Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi
    Date: August 18-31
    Time 10am-8pm

  • Tribute To Altaf Mahmud

    Organiser: Shaheed Altaf Mahmud Foundation
    Venue: Liberation War Museum, Segunbagicha
    Date: August 30
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Discussion with Classical Music & Dance

    Title: Megh Mallar-e Surobornali by Sadarang
    Venue: Music & Dance Centre Auditorium, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: August 29, Time: 6:50pm

  • Nazrul Death Anniversary Programme

    Organiser: Chhayanaut
    Venue: Main Auditorium, Chhayanaut, Dhanmondi
    Date: August 29
    Time: 7pm

  • Solo Painting Exhibition

    Title: “Momentary History” by Niamul Bari
    Venue: Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
    Date: August 12-30
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Photography Exhibition

    Life and works of Tajuddin Ahmed
    Venue: Gallery 21, Dhanmondi
    Date: July 19-September 8
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • Solo Painting Exhibition

    Title: “Ode to Beauty” by Shama Shaiom
    Venue: Galerie Zoom, Alliance Française De Dhaka
    Date: Aug 22- Sep 4
    Time: 3-9pm

  • Photo Exhibition

    Images of Caring Men
    Venue: Dhaka Art Center
    Date: August 23-28
    Time: 3pm-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

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Published Date: August 28, 2014
SM Sultan Utshab in Narail

SM Sultan Utshab in Narail

SM Sultan Uthsab-2014, a three-day festival on the legendary artist, began yesterday in Narail. SM Sultan Shishu Charu O Karukola Foundation, in association with Banglalink has arranged the festival. The festival includes songs, dances, drama and discussion. Telecom operator Banglalink has been supporting the festival for the seventh consecutive year. MP Sheikh Hafizur Rahman, was...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Beyoncé reigns as queen of MTV Video Music awards

Beyoncé reigns as queen of MTV Video Music awards

Beyoncé brought the house down at the MTV Video Music awards on August 24 with an epic, nearly 20-minute climactic performance. After a two-hour show featuring performances from artistes including Taylor Swift, Usher, Maroon 5 and Nicky Minaj, Beyoncé was joined onstage by her beaming husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy. The...

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Published Date: August 28, 2014
Khairul Anam Shakil on 'Tomaye Gaan Shonabo'

Khairul Anam Shakil on 'Tomaye Gaan Shonabo'

Maasranga TV's weekly live musical programme “Tomaye Gaan Shonabo” will feature noted Nazrul Sangeet singer Khairul Anam Shakil in tonight's episode at 11pm. The artiste will perform songs of his choice and also take requests from the audience. He will also share his thoughts on music and his musical journey. Kaushik Shankar Das will...

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Published Date: August 28, 2014
Scorsese set for Shutter Island spin-off

Scorsese set for Shutter Island spin-off

Director Martin Scorsese is planning to make a TV spin-off of his film “Shutter Island”. The series, provisionally called “Ashecliffe”, will be a prequel to the film, telling the story of the history of the isolated psychiatric hospital. Scorsese is likely to direct a pilot for HBO, although cast and filming details have yet...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

While working on the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, actress Kaley Cuoco privately dated co-star Johnny Galecki for roughly two years until December 2009, while their characters on the show – struggling actress Penny and practical physicist Leonard -- were also dating. Cuoco later told CBS Watch that they have remained...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
A myriad of moods and melodies

A myriad of moods and melodies

“Although many people might not take it well, I want to say this because I've felt it for a long time.” Thus began Kamal Lohani -- one of the most revered cultural personalities of the country-- as he took the microphone at “Nazrul er Gaan er Prothom Record er Shilpi ra” (Artistes of...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Sherlock in triple Emmy awards win

Sherlock in triple Emmy awards win

BBC One drama Sherlock has won a hat-trick of awards at the US Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won best actor and best supporting actor in a miniseries, although neither was present to collect their awards. Stephen Moffat also won best writing in a miniseries for the final episode of...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Tanvir Mokammel's fight for Dhaleshwari

Tanvir Mokammel's fight for Dhaleshwari

Director Tanvir Mokammel's love affair with rivers is nothing new. He has made two feature films whose stories set against the backdrop of the country's liberation war unfold on the banks of river Chitra and Modhumati. He has also made a couple of documentaries on the river Karnaphuli and Jamuna, and about the...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has said. Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director. In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including “Brighton Rock”, World War Two thriller “The Great Escape” and later...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
I like assignments that offer a challenge

I like assignments that offer a challenge

Lux Superstar Ishana is busy shooting several drama serials. She has also appeared in a number of TVCs and made a hit of her Grameenphone commercial. The Daily Star recently interviewed the talented artiste. Tell us about your daily soap on Masranga TV? Ishana: Directed by Rahmatullah Tuhin, the hugely popular mega serial “Khanikaloy” where I play a character named Narmita has been on air for over two years. I'll really miss the entire unit after the completion of the series that is to end soon. What other plays have you worked in? Ishana: Directors Alvi Mahmud's series “Sunno Theke Suru”, Lutfur Nahar Moushumi's daily soap “Sathi Bhalobasa Kare Koy”, a drama serial...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Lalon festival in Manikganj

Lalon festival in Manikganj

Manikganj Achin Pakhi Lalon Sangathan (APLS) organised a Lalon festival at Manikganj Government High School play ground on Friday. Renowned Lalon singers -- Tuntun Baul, Abdur Rouf Fakir, Tokkel Fakir and Barek Pagol of Kushtia, Nazim Uddin of Manikganj, Rubel Pagol of Rajshahi, Selina Parvin and Ankhi Dewan of Rajbari rendered some 40 popular Lalon songs at the function, that concluded at midnight. Earlier, Md. Ramzan Ali, mayor of Manikganj municipality, formally inaugurated the function where Md. Nazim Uddin, director of Manikganj APLS, Shah Mozammel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain Tipu addressed the gathering. They said Lalon Shai enlightened people through his philosophy. Many people have been carrying out research of his life and works...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Neel Akasher Kalo Rong on Boishakhi Television

Neel Akasher Kalo Rong on Boishakhi Television

Drama serial “Neel Akasher Kalo Rong” airs every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm on Boishakhi Television. Written by Rupantor and directed by Masud Mohiuddin, the play involves two women corporates Madhobi and Sadika who run advertising agencies. Once close friends, over a passage of time they turn business rivals due to personal enmity. The...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Children portray Liberation War

Children portray Liberation War

A painting competition for children marking the 39th martyrdom of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was held at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) premises at Shaheb Quarter of the town recently. The art gallery authority organised the competition. The subjects of the competitions were – “Bangladesh and Muktijuddho”. Some 150 children of different educational...

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Published Date: August 26, 2014
Jen Lawrence could join “The Hateful Eight”

Jen Lawrence could join “The Hateful Eight”

Jennifer Lawrence could be in line to join the cast of Quentin Tarantino's “The Hateful Eight”, with entertainment website Collider reporting that the star is currently in talks for an undisclosed role. The primary female role in the film is Daisy Domergue AKA “The Prisoner”, as played by Amber Tamblyn during the live table-read, although it's possible that Tarantino has written in another part since then. The new film will follow the steadily growing tensions between a group of stagecoach passengers, after a freak snowstorm diverts them from their route, forcing them to hole up in an isolated saloon. With the group containing the aforementioned prisoner alongside a pair of rival...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US actress Gillian Anderson, best known for portraying agent Dana Scully in the TV series “X Files”, is an honorary spokesperson for the Neurofibromatosis Network. Her brother Aaron died from the disease and was diagnosed when Gillian was just a teenager. She also supports Children with Tumours, a UK group devoted to helping children with NF. She is also a member of the board of directors for Artists for a New South Africa and a campaigner for Action for Southern Africa. Anderson is an active member of PETA, and supports animal rights. She also supports tribal rights charity Survival International, leading to her performance in a London stage fundraiser...

Published Date: August 25, 2014
A boost to classical music

A boost to classical music

Bengal foundation organised an evening of classical music titled Dhrupadshaili at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi in the capital on August 23. The soiree featured performances of several classical genres – dhrupad, probondho gaan, kheyal, dhamar, thumri and dadra – by noted and promising artistes of Surdhuni Sangeet Bidyalaya, Jessore. Students of the music school --...

Published Date: August 25, 2014
Sardar Fazlul Karim remembered in Barisal

Sardar Fazlul Karim remembered in Barisal

Eminent educationist and philosopher Sardar Fazlul Karim was remembered at his native district Barisal on Saturday afternoon, with a call to preserve his memory and follow his philosophy. Wajirpur Samitee Barisal organised the programme at Ashwini Kumar Hall.  Dr. Md. Shamsul Haque, president of the organisation, presided over the session.   Sardar Fazlul Karim was...

Published Date: August 25, 2014
Uttarayan's Celluloid-e Rabindranath at National Museum

Uttarayan's Celluloid-e Rabindranath at National Museum

Uttarayan arranged a musical evening at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Saturday to mark the 4th anniversary of the music organisation. The programme, titled “Celluloid-e Rabindranath” featured Rabindra Sangeet which featured in films from the 1930s. Singers of Uttarayan rendered 25 songs of the bard. Alongside songs, the programme also featured...

Published Date: August 25, 2014
Rani set for some Mardaani

Rani set for some Mardaani

Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji, who plays for the first time the role of a police officer chasing the bad guys in the newly-released film “Mardaani”, thinks there should be no categorisation of films as male and female-centric. “I think this term woman-centric is a bit strange because we don't call normal films male-centric. I think we should stop calling a film as male or female centric, it should be a good or a bad film,” Rani said during promo of the film. More so, romantic films are by default woman centric as a love story is incomplete without a heroine, she thinks. “Love stories are women-centric as you cannot have a...

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Published Date: August 25, 2014
Barisal welcomes Super Chef

Barisal welcomes Super Chef

The third episode of the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef airs tonight at 9pm on ntv. This week, the Super Chef team makes its way to the river town of Barisal. The past audition rounds, in Sylhet and Khulna, managed to generate quite a buzz and thus a huge turnout was always expected for...

Published Date: August 25, 2014
Shakira's “Loca” broke copyright laws

Shakira's “Loca” broke copyright laws

A hit song performed by Colombian pop star Shakira was indirectly copied from another songwriter's work, a federal judge in New York has found. Judge Alvin Hellerstein said Shakira's Spanish-language version of “Loca” in 2010 had infringed on a song by Dominican singer Ramon Arias Vazquez. Her English language version of the song - which featured Dizzee Rascal - was “not offered into evidence” at the trial. The Spanish language version - collaboration with Dominican rapper Eduard Edwin Bello Pou, better known as “El Cata” - was widely released as a single around the world. It went on to sell more than five million copies and topped Billboard Magazine's Latin charts. “There...

Published Date: August 25, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

    Tom Cruise didn't stay for the remainder of the 2002 Academy Awards after opening the ceremony, because it was his turn to look after his and ex-wife Nicole Kidman's children. He reportedly left the Kodak Theatre through a backdoor after opening proceedings, and dashed home to watch the rest of the event on TV with his kids Conor and Isabella.

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Literature-based theatre festival begins at Shilpakala

Literature-based theatre festival begins at Shilpakala

A mega-scale theatre festival began yesterday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), as part of the Academy's initiative to form a repertory theatre troupe in 64 districts, and produce new plays by them this year based on any literary work. The festival will see eight plays staged each day – two each at National Theatre...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Art aesthetics on display at AFD

Art aesthetics on display at AFD

Shama Shaiom is an artist who has done a three-month course in Visual Art at Wimbledon, UK, after doing her post graduation from UODA. Shama's exhibition opened at Zoom Gallery, Alliance Francaise on Friday. She says that yesterday's agony is best forgotten and the key is to move on in life. The artist, she says, should focus on the beautiful and inspire others. Talking about the soul of the sea, she adds, “Sea-shells have pearls, they nurture them within -- the snails have rhythm, very silent and sustaining. City life has its glory, its toil.” She paints darkness after sunset, where the moon has its ebb and flow of emotions which...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Star Melodies' Musical Tribute To Nazrul Today

Star Melodies' Musical Tribute To Nazrul Today

To celebrate National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam ahead of his 38th death anniversary, Star Melodies is organising a special musical evening today. 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 artistes in our times. The event, to be held at the Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, will have performances by Sumon Chowdhury, Dalia Nausheen, Fatema Tuz Zohora, Khairul Anam Shakil, Nashid Kamal and Sujit Mustafa, while eminent cultural personality Kamal Lohani will speak at the event. Noted Nazrul exponent Sadya Afreen Mallick will compere the programme. The event is being held...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Dia's maiden album launched

Dia's maiden album launched

Promising artiste Dia's debut album “Koto Chameli Britha Jaye” was launched at Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on August 22. Gracing the occasion as chief guest, Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman along with Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, chairman and managing director of Laser Vision AKM Arifur Rahman and Mazharul Islam, singer Dia and...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Udichi conference in Thakurgaon

Udichi conference in Thakurgaon

The 2nd Pirganj Upazila unit conference of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi was held at Pirganj Pilot High School premises in Thakurgaon district on Friday. A vibrant cultural function and a discussion featured in the programme. Locally renowned artiste Mozibar Rahman inaugurated the event as guest.   A colourful procession was brought out from Pirganj Pilot High...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
EBL organises children's art competition

EBL organises children's art competition

Eastern Bank Ltd. (EBL) as a part of their people engagement programme organised an art completion titled “Chobir Deshe Ronger Deshe” for their employees' children at Charukola (Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University) on Friday. Nearly 100 children in two age groups participated in the competition on the subject “My City”. Children between six...

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Published Date: August 24, 2014
India blocks Gandhi murder film

India blocks Gandhi murder film

India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, after complaints it glorified her killers. Intelligence agencies had warned of potential violence if it is released. The film, “Kaum De Heere”(“Diamonds Of The Community”), had been scheduled for release on Friday. It tells the story of Indira Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards who shot her dead apparently to avenge her decision to send troops in a deadly raid on the Golden Temple. Sikhs say thousands were murdered when the army entered Sikhism's holiest shrine in Amritsar to flush out militants. Gandhi's assassination triggered an outburst of communal violence targeted at Sikhs and more than...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
It's True!

It's True!

The final chapter in Peter Jackson's first Middle-earth trilogy, the 2003 “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” adapted from JRR Tolkien's immortal novel series, took home Oscars in all 11 of its nominated categories, which were: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Make-Up.

Published Date: August 23, 2014
THE LITERARY GREAT REMEMBERED

THE LITERARY GREAT REMEMBERED

A two-day programme marking the 65th birth anniversary of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen at Zila Shilpakala Academy auditorium concluded on August 19. The Mymensingh segment of the celebrations was jointly organised by Swapnadol, a drama troupe from Dhaka and Mymensingh Zila Shilpakala Academy. The programme was undertaken to disseminate the philosophy of the great artiste...

Published Date: August 23, 2014
Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Fest set to begin in September

Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Fest set to begin in September

Ganga-Jamuna Theatre and Cultural Festival will begin from September 1. The eight-day festival aims at consolidating the harmony between Bangladesh and India through cultural exchange. The programme will feature theatrical performances by 14 troupes from Bangladesh and India. The festival will simultaneously take place at the National Theatre and the Experimental Theatre Hall....

Published Date: August 23, 2014
The legacy lives on...

The legacy lives on...

Music lovers of the Moulvibazar district flocked to see “Kal Mrigaya”, a dance-drama composed by Tagore. The theatre repertory of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Moulvibazar unit organised three shows of the play, one of Tagore's most-staged works, at Moulvibazar Government College auditorium on Tuesday. Based on the epic “Ramayana”; “Kal Mrigaya” depicts the tragic story...

Published Date: August 23, 2014
Monsoon melodies and romantic songs at Arts Precinct

Monsoon melodies and romantic songs at Arts Precinct

Bengal Foundation organised a solo musical soiree featuring a performance by noted singer Sharmin Sathi Islam at Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct on August 20. The artiste mostly presented Nazrul's monsoon melodies along with songs of yesteryears composed by Kamol Dasgupta, Himangshu Dutta, Nachiketa Ghosh, Hemanta Mukherjee, Salil Chowdhury, Khan Ataur Rahman and others....

Published Date: August 23, 2014
Konal's musical performance at IGCC

Konal's musical performance at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) is organising a musical evening by Somnur Monir Konal today at 6:30pm at its Gulshan premises. Born in Dhaka, Konal has been living at Kuwait from the age of six. She learned music from her mother, a Nazrul singer. Later, she studied Indian Classical Music at All India Music Academy, an institution affiliated to Rabindra Bharati University. In 2009, she participated in Channel- i Shera Kontho and emerged as champion in the talent hunt competition. Since then she has been performing regularly in concerts and musical programmes. Konal has been a part of many mixed albums, and in 2012 she released her first solo “Konal's Jaadu”....

Published Date: August 23, 2014
Aamir Khan bares all

Aamir Khan bares all

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan not only appears unfazed by the controversy generated by the controversial bare-all first poster of his in his upcoming Bollywood movie 'PK' which showed him in the buff but has defended it. But even before the row over the first poster, in which Aamir is seen holding only a transistor to cover his private parts, dies down, a second poster of the film shows him in traditional Rajasthani attire, along with a trumpet bearing the name 'Bhairosingh Band'. The "poster marketing" is a part of the promotional campaign which Aamir said is aimed at "confusing" the audience. "Normally, film promos are launched first but we have decided to...

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Published Date: August 23, 2014
Into the Storm- at Blockbuster Cinemas

Into the Storm- at Blockbuster Cinemas

    “Into The Storm” released yesterday at the Blockbuster Cinemas, bringing more thrill and chills for film buffs of Dhaka. Directed by Steven Quale and starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies and Matt Walsh, among others, the film released earlier this month in the USA. The film is set in the town of Silverton that is ravaged by an onslaught of tornadoes in the span of a single day. While most people are seeking shelter, there are storm-chasers who run into the storms, looking for a once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Published Date: August 23, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Mian Tansen was born as Ramtanu Pandey. He was a prominent Hindustani classical music composer, musician, vocalist and also an instrumentalist who popularised and improved the plucked rabab (of Central Asian origin). He was among the Navaratnas (nine jewels) at the court of the Mughal Emperor Jalal ud-din Akbar. Akbar gave him the title Mian, an honorific, meaning learned man. Several of his raga compositions have become the  mainstays of the Hindustani tradition, and these are often prefaced with Mian ki (“of the Mian”), like Mian ki Todi, Mian ki Malhar, Mian ki Mand, Mian ka Sarang; in addition he is the creator of major ragas like Darbari Kanada, Darbari...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
A TALE OF DECEPTION AND DISILLUSIONMENT

A TALE OF DECEPTION AND DISILLUSIONMENT

Theatre premiered their latest production “Kuhokjal” to a houseful audience recently at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. This was the 45th play of the troupe. Written by Masum Reza and directed by Tropa Majumdar, the play unmasks the innate inhumanity of humans through a story involving betrayal, murder and deception. As...