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Music in the air...

Music in the air...

It seems like ages ago. “Do bring your flute along when you come next time,” I requested Abdul Bari Siddiqui. Bari, in spite of his busy schedule, kept his word. The melodious Raga Brindaboni Sarang he played in between, unsurprisingly soon drew an audience into my office. “The flute has six apertures cut out smoothly in a bamboo. The instrument is difficult to master. One has to be adept in placing the fingers to produce the perfect notes. Which is why, even in India one would hardly find more than 20 flutists and about not more than four professional players,” said Bari. “The two varieties of flute are 'Mohon bashi' and the 'Ar bashi', which range from seven inches to five feet. The flute was used previously as an accompanying instrument in folk songs. Pandit Panna Lal Ghosh used the flute in Hindustani classical music....

Anita Ahuja

Anita Ahuja

Plastic bags and industrial waste can be transformed into beautiful works...

Summer breeze of familiar melodies

Summer breeze of familiar melodies

To celebrate the advent of the Bangla New Year 1421, Star...

Five films to watch at Cannes

Five films to watch at Cannes

With the 67th Cannes Film Festival less than a month away,...

AC/DC are not retiring

AC/DC are not retiring

Rock band AC/DC have said they will not retire, following news that guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break “due to ill health”. It had been rumoured the Australian band would split after a career spanning more than 40 years. However, a statement on AC/DC's website confirmed: “The band will continue...

Pahela Boishakh in Vietnam

Pahela Boishakh in Vietnam

The Bangla New Year 1421 was celebrated for the first time in Saigon, Vietnam by Bengalees in Ho Chi Minh City and adjacent areas. All Bangalees residing in the city participated in the daylong celebrations at The Vista community Hall at district 2, Ho Chi Minh City. The programme commenced with a dance...

It's True!

It's True!

A calligram is a form of visual art where a poem, phrase, or word in which the typeface, calligraphy or handwriting, is arranged in a way that creates a visual image. The image created by the words expresses visually what the word, or words, say. In a poem, it manifests visually the theme...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Indigenous communities engage in water play

Indigenous communities engage in water play

Scorching heat is one of the unwelcome aspects of Boishakh. Yet, people pour in on the streets every year to usher in the festival. This is reflective of the Bangalees' true love for their cultural roots. But, in the hilly districts of Chittagong, Boisabi celebrations vary among indigenous communities. The water festival of the...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
For the love of Lalon's music

For the love of Lalon's music

Beauty drew attention of millions of music lovers with the melody of her voice at home and abroad. Hailed as “Lalon Konya” by her fans for her mystic voice, the former Close-up 1 champion released a solo album “Dui Chokhete Lalon Amar” on Pahela Boishakh. She spoke to The Daily Star about the...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Commemorative programme on Fazal Shahabuddin

Commemorative programme on Fazal Shahabuddin

A commemorative programme on the recently deceased poet Fazal Shahabuddin, will be held tomorrow at the Chayyanaut auditorium in Dhanmondi. The programme will feature a discussion, poetry recitation and musical soiree. At the event, eminent poet and writer Syed Shamsul Haque; senior journalist Towab Khan; Mahbub Jamil, former adviser to the caretaker government;...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
The Water, Ink and Paper of Salauddin Ahmed's sketches

The Water, Ink and Paper of Salauddin Ahmed's sketches

The act of drawing is a way of seeing.  They are sketched so that they may be brought to the unfolding of the world. There is such authority in the journey of an architect, that he can perhaps help others understand the way we have experienced the world around us. The compilations of...

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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

  • Photography Exhibition

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

  • Commemorative Programme

    Poet Fazal Shahabuddin
    Venue: Chhayanaut, Dhanmondi
    Date: April 19
    Time: 5pm

  • Art Exhibition

    Title: Serenading Suchitra
    Venue: Shilpangan Gallery, Dhanmondi
    Date: April 6-19
    Time: 12pm-8pm

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Published Date: April 18, 2014
The best of Indian Cinema

The best of Indian Cinema

The director of a movie based on the true story of an assassinated Muslim lawyer-cum-human rights activist earned the best director's award and a biopic on one of India's best-known athlete bagged the honour of best popular film, as the Indian National Film Awards for 2013 were announced here on Wednesday. Bengali film “Jaatishwar”...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Remembering Katherine Hepburn

Remembering Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn had sharp features and was an exceptionally gifted actress. She, however, always carried herself with modern élan, was assertively independent and spirited. She was perennially the modern woman. Of her four Oscar Awards, the first came early in 1934 for the movie "Morning Glory" when she was 27. The second one was...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
The retired doctor with a surrealist art treasure trove

The retired doctor with a surrealist art treasure trove

A retired general physician and councillor from Leeds, UK, has amassed what is thought to be the largest collection of British surrealist art. It normally adorns his home but is now going on public display. Every wall of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin's house is crammed with frames containing bright colours and contorted shapes. More pictures...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Summer breeze of familiar melodies

Summer breeze of familiar melodies

To celebrate the advent of the Bangla New Year 1421, Star Melodies is organising a musical programme, featuring popular artistes of the country performing folk and Bangla classics from a bygone era.  Kiran Chandra Roy, Chandana Majumder, Fahmida Nabi, Krishnokoli, Nasima Shaheen, Chanchal Chowdhury, Kona, Bizon Chandra Mistry and Close Up-1 stars Liza and Sabbir, among others, will perform at the event at the AS Mahmud Seminar Hall of The Daily Star Centre tomorrow (Saturday) at 6pm. Those interested in enjoying the event may contact the Administration Department of The Daily Star on 9144330...