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SEEKING ONE'S INNER SELF

SEEKING ONE'S INNER SELF

Among the recognisable figures in “Searching Myself”, Monjur Rashid's first solo at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD) Gallery, is a seated girl with a “teep”, and a collared dress. The background is grey so that the figure stands out. A boy is seen with mixed up colours to represent mixed up and merged...

Two-day Lalon festival concludes in Pabna

Two-day Lalon festival concludes in Pabna

A two-day traditional Lalon Festival was held at the town hall...

Avengers: Age of Ultron scene shot in Chittagong?

Avengers: Age of Ultron scene shot in Chittagong?

When Nicholas Simon, a Hollywood producer (from Indochina Productions) came to...

Rinku on DS Café today

Rinku on DS Café today

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned...

Info fair and cultural festival concludes in Chapainawabgnaj

Info fair and cultural festival concludes in Chapainawabgnaj

A three-day information fair and cultural festival concluded in Chapainawabganj town recently, with much festivity. Hundreds of visitors thronged the fair and cultural festival every day. Sachetan Nagorik Committee, a unit of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organised the fair and cultural festival at Horimohon Government High School premises with the help of district administration...

Kobi Sammelan begins today

The sixth annual Kobi Sammelan (assemply of poets) of Kobisangsad Bangladesh is set to open today at Shawkat Osman auditorium of the Central Public Library. More than 500 poets from around the country and a number of poets from India will participate in the assembly. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu will attend the inauguration ceremony as chief guest, whille Dhaka University Vice Chancellor, Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique will be the special guest. Poet Rafiq Azad will inaugurate the programme. Cultural...

Bangladesh Boi Mela begins in Kolkata

Bangladesh Boi Mela, a weeklong book fair began in Kolkata yesterday. The inauguration ceremony of the book fair took place yesterday evening at Raindra Sadan premises. Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman inaugurated the festival, while West Bengal Higher Secondary Education Minister Partho Chattopadhyay was present as the chief guest. A total of 35 publication house from Bangladesh are taking part in the fair which runs everyday till October 30.

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Knightley to make Broadway debut

Knightley to make Broadway debut

British actress Keira Knightley is to make her Broadway debut next year in a stage version of a famous French novel. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star will play the title role in “Therese Raquin”, based on Emile Zola's 1867 classic. The play will cast her as a young woman trapped in a loveless...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

While in junior high school, US actress Renee Zellweger participated in several sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. She attended Katy High School, where she was a cheerleader, gymnast, speech team member, and drama club member. After high school, she went to the University of Texas at Austin to major in English...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
THE EXTRAVAGANZA RETURNS

THE EXTRAVAGANZA RETURNS

Five nights. Fifty-five hours. One hundred and sixty artistes. The biggest classical music festival in the world is back. Anticipation had been in the air for a few weeks now; connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike of classical music, many of them christened to the art forms as recently as the last two years, had been...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
'Success of an artiste cannot have a boundary'

'Success of an artiste cannot have a boundary'

A renowned actor and well-known recitation artiste, Jayanto Chattopadhyay has worked in television, radio and cinema simultaneously with great enthusiasm. The Daily Star recently had a chat with the reputed artiste about his works and dreams. You have worked in a wide range of media; how challenging has it been? Jayanto Chattopadhyay: There are different...

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  • Art Exhibition

    Title: Searching Myself
    Artist: Monjur Rashid
    Venue: Alliance Francaise de Dhaka
    Date: Oct 21-Nov 3
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Artist: Syed Hasan Mahmud
    Venue: Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 24-Nov 15
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Fazlul Haq Memorial Award 2014

    Organiser: Fazlul Haq Memorial Committee
    Venue: Ballroom, Westin Hotel, Dhaka
    Date: Oct 26, Time: 12pm

  • Theatre Festival

    Title: BotTala Rongomela
    Organiser: BotTala
    Venue: National Theatre Hall, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Oct 24-31
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Manipuri Dance Recital

    Title: Nupur Beje Jaye by Shadhona
    Venue: Chhayanaut Auditorium, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 28
    Time: 6:30pm

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Published Date: October 24, 2014
Farooki's caravan out in Dhaka

Farooki's caravan out in Dhaka

“Tisha is not in the film, but to support her husband, she has cancelled shooting and is joining us on our campaign,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki had the excitement of a teenager in his voice on the eve of release of his latest feature “Pipra Bidya”, that has already made ripples before its release. “The entire Pipra Bidya team, along with Tisha, will be out on the streets of Dhaka with our caravan (today, October 24) all day, visiting the cinema halls of Dhaka, watching the movie and interacting with fans, as well as awarding the winners of our promo contest,” Farooki informed. The fifth feature film of the director has...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Memories to cherish a lifetime

Memories to cherish a lifetime

With a view to linking young minds together in building two friendly nations -- Bangladesh and India-- the government of India, for the third consecutive time, invited a 100-member Bangladeshi Youth Delegation to India. The visit spanned from October 13 to 20. The programme involves interaction with local youth, visits to tourist important heritage...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
BBC Media Action launches “Dosh Unisher Mor”

BBC Media Action launches “Dosh Unisher Mor”

BBC Media Action, Bangladesh has launched a new 100-episode weekly radio magazine programme for adolescents titled, “Dosh Unisher Mor” (Crossroads at 10 to 19). Produced by BBC Media Action under the Generation Breakthrough project, Dosh Unisher Mor will be broadcasted on Radio Today (FM 89.6) every Friday at 9:45pm from today. Through entertainment the...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
The Judge: Centre on the courtroom

The Judge: Centre on the courtroom

“Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr plays successful if abrasive New York lawyer  Hank Palmer in new  film “The Judge”. Set off against Robert Duvall as his father, the upright and respected Judge Joseph Palmer, you can't go wrong. And indeed the actors do a great job of playing a father-son duo whose relationship...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
'Going Home' a special short film -- Alia Bhatt

'Going Home' a special short film -- Alia Bhatt

If the masses loved her in movies like “Highway” and “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”, Alia Bhatt has again won many a heart. Her latest short film “Going Home”, based on women's safety, has gone viral on social networking sites. The actress says the film is close to her. The video was put on YouTube on October 17 and was accompanied by a message from director Vikas Bahl: “I pledge to create a short film titled 'Going Home', in which we visualise a utopia for women, where, unlike today, mistrust and fear don't dictate actions and decisions.” The over five-minute long film shows Alia driving all by herself in the middle of...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Telefilm “Nil Akash Prem Bish” on ATN Bangla

Telefilm “Nil Akash Prem Bish” on ATN Bangla

Telefilm “Nil Akash Prem Bish” will air tonight at 11pm on ATN Bangla. Written by AKM Assaduzzaman and directed by Khan Mohammad Bodruddin, the telefilm is a story of love and betrayal. Nilima and Anupom have a five-year age difference. Yet a friendship develops between them which later turns into a love affair. They get...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Tele Samad hospitalized

Tele Samad hospitalized

Noted comedian and film actor Tele Samad is undergoing medical treatment at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of Square Hospital in the capital. The actor suddenly fell ill a few days ago and was admitted to the hospital. He is currently under the observation of Dr. Kamal Pasha. According to family sources, Tele Sanad...

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Published Date: October 24, 2014
Vivek Sood on Editor's Guest

Vivek Sood on Editor's Guest

Special talk show “Editor's Guest” will air on Maasranga Television tonight at 7:30pm.  Hosted by Chief Executive and Chief Editor of Maasranga, Syed Fahim Munaim, tonight's episode will have telecom operator Grameenphone's Chief Executive Officer, Vivek Sood as guest. He will speak on different issues related to the country's telecom industry, and information...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

  DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25.   Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Women to the Forefront

Women to the Forefront

Since I997, Gallery Twenty One's mission has been to promote Bangladeshi art, artists and culture both within and outside the country. The gallery has taken Bangladeshi artists to exhibit in the US, Germany Japan, curated the works of many contemporary Bangladeshi master painters and sculptors, while extending support to talented young artists who...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
SHAMSUR RAHMAN

SHAMSUR RAHMAN

If Shamsur Rahman was alive, he would be 85 today. Born on this day in 1929 in his grandfather's house in Dhaka, he went on to become one of the most key figures of modern Bangla literature – as a poet, columnist and journalist. After passing his matriculation in 1945, he took his I.A....

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Manipuri dance in focus

Manipuri dance in focus

Ahead of the third Bengal Classical Music Festival next month at Army Stadium in Dhaka, Bengal Foundation has been organising a monthly series of lecture and demonstration programme titled “Understanding Classical Dance” that will be presented by celebrated dancer-choreographer Sharmila Banerjee. The first of the series was held at Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
All aboard the Lennon bus

All aboard the Lennon bus

It's not uncommon for an elementary school chorus to sing a John Lennon song. It is quite the exception to the rule, however, to have Yoko Ono in the audience to hear it. “It was good [to hear them singing],” said Ono – the Japanese artist-singer-peace activist who is also Lennon's widow. “So good.” Ono...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Play about ethnic communities staged in Dinajpur

“Olagali”, a mesmerising play on the lifestyle and the culture of ethnic communities in Bangladesh, was staged in Dinajpur recently. The play, performed by members of ethnic communities, was staged at Dinajpur Shilpakala Academy Auditorium. The story, written and directed by Md. Tarekuzzaman Tarek, is based on the lifestyle of ethnic people living in Dinajpur and elsewhere in the country.

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 / 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

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Published Date: October 23, 2014
Turtles tops UK box office

Turtles tops UK box office

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has topped the UK and Ireland box office, ending the two week run of “Gone Girl” at number one. Despite being branded 'total turtle turkey' by The Guardian and 'dreadful' by The Telegraph, the Michael Bay-produced reboot starring Will Arnett and Megan Fox opened with £4.79m. Pre-Halloween horror “Annabelle” was in...

Published Date: October 23, 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: October 22, 2014
Call for end to raging debates

Call for end to raging debates

A five-day programme to mark the 124th death anniversary of Fakir Lalon Shai wrapped up at Chheuria Lalon Akhra in Kushtia last Monday. Thousands of bauls, devotees and Lalon enthusiasts of the region and different corners of the country observed the solemn occasion with a reiteration of their demand that the authorities take immediate...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
60th death anniversary of Jibanananda Das today

60th death anniversary of Jibanananda Das today

Jibanananda Das was born at Sarbananda Bhavan on February 17, 1899 in Barisal. His family came from Gaodia Village of Bikrampur region of Dhaka district. Jibanananda's father Satyananda Das was a teacher of Brajamohan School, essayist and a publisher. His mother Kusumkumari Das was also a poet. Jibanananda was the eldest son of his parents, and was called by the nickname Milu. His school life passed by relatively uneventfully. In 1915, he completed his Matriculation exams from Brajamohan School and completed Intermediate from Brajamohan Collegein 1917 with first class. Later he enrolled in Presidency College, Calcutta and graduated with a BA (Honours) in English Literature in 1919 and MA in 1921....

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Hard days for harmonium makers

Hard days for harmonium makers

Noted harmonium maker from Mymensingh, Abdul Quddus, 55, has been in the profession for around four decades. But Quddus hasn't remained unaffected by the slump in the market for musical instruments in Mymensingh. Once the town was famous for selling musical instruments in the region, and buyers from adjacent Jamalpur, Tangail, Sehrpur and Netrokona would come to Mymensingh to pick up quality musical instruments. But now, shops dealing in musical instruments have opened in adjacent districts, badly hitting business in Mymensingh. Md. Shafi Miah, 50, a co-worker of Quddus, has been in this profession since he was eight years old. He was a young boy when his father, a prominent harmonium...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Berklee to confer honourary doctorate on AR Rahman

Berklee to confer honourary doctorate on AR Rahman

Berklee College of Music, one of the most renowned colleges of music, is set to confer a honourary doctorate to AR Rahman, a stalwart of Indian music and a globally-renowned composer. Berklee Faculty and students from the Berklee Indian Ensemble will pay tribute to the living legend, who will join them on select pieces...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
LAILA SHARMEEN to showcase works at Carrousel du Louvre

LAILA SHARMEEN to showcase works at Carrousel du Louvre

Bangladeshi artist Laila Sharmeen will showcase her recent works in Paris, the art capital of the world. The two-day prestigious art fair, titled Art Shopping, opens at the Carrousel du Louvre on October 25, 2014. Laila last displayed her works at this global forum in 2013. Leading art galleries from around the world will be representing about 450 artists at the art fair, an annual rendezvous of artists at this epicenter of world art. Laila has been selected for this mega show by Museum of the Americas and represented by Argentine gallery LOFT ESPACIO ALFA. She will exhibit two of her latest works in mixed media on paper. Laila has 11 solos...

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Published Date: October 22, 2014
Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Raphael Ravenscroft, the musician behind one of the most recognisable saxophone solos - on Gerry Rafferty's hit Baker Street - has died. Raphael Ravenscroft who found fame almost overnight following the release of the 1978 track, died following a suspected heart attack early on Sunday. He appeared on one disco album by Maxine Nightingale, Right Back Where We Started From, in 1976, as an arranger but later emerged as one of pop-rock's most prominent saxophonists. Ravenscroft worked with music icons such as Pink Floyd, Abba and Marvin Gaye, and more recently worked as a session musician for pop artists Daft Punk and Duffy. Source: BBC

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Published Date: October 22, 2014
Drama serial Dhonni Meye on Channel 9

Drama serial Dhonni Meye on Channel 9

Drama serial “Dhonni Meye” will air tonight at 8:45pm on Channel 9. Written and directed by Matiya Banu Shuku, the story surrounds a government employee Anwar and his three daughters Bipasha, Manisha and Tanisha with vastly different temperaments. Their father cannot afford to fulfill their needs so they decide to live independently. Meanwhile, their...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
'I think of myself as an actor as well, when I perform' – Kiran Chandra Roy

'I think of myself as an actor as well, when I perform' – Kiran Chandra Roy

Kiran Chandra Roy has such a vocal prowess that easily touches the hearts of folk music lovers. He plays a fantastic game with rhythm while performing on stage. Sometimes, with ektara in his one hand and a khol attached to his waist, the artiste in gerua (ochre) attired, mesmerises the audience dancing to...

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Published Date: October 21, 2014
'Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai': A drama-thriller crossover

'Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai': A drama-thriller crossover

“Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai” was a single-episode TV play that aired on Channel 9 on the third day of Eid, and since has been released online on Youtube. Written and directed by young director Taneem Rahman Angshu, it features a predominantly young cast, including Tawsif Mahbub, Mishu Sabbir, Azmeri S Asha, Sabnam Faria,...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
ATULPRASAD SEN

ATULPRASAD SEN

Atulprasad Sen was a noted Bengali composer, lyricist and singer, but is largely remembered as a musician and composer. His songs centred on  patriotism, devotion and love. The sufferings he experienced in his life found their way into his lyrics; and this has made his songs full of pathos. Sen was born on October...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Remembering a creative mentor

Remembering a creative mentor

Two films, “4th Dimension” by Nurul Alam Atique and “Phulkumar” by Ashique Mostofa were screened on Saturday at the Film Auditorium of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra as a tribute to the memories of multifaceted journalist and producer Golam Faruque. Jolchobi Pandulipi Karkhana, a group of then-young filmmakers made these touching movies in 2001, produced...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Drama serial Bijli on Rtv

Drama serial Bijli on Rtv

Drama serial “Bijli” will air tonight at 8:20pm on Rtv. Written and directed by Sumon Anwar, the serial encircles daredevil Bijli. The daughter of notorious criminal Kala Gunda, Bijli dominates the railway slums and its vicinity along with her gang. Bijli falls in love with an ordinary man and their love affair leads...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Sheikh Russel's birth anniversary observed

Sheikh Russel's birth anniversary observed

The 50th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was celebrated in Chapainawabganj town on Saturday amidst much festivity. Chapainawabganj district administration and Shishu Academy jointly organised the programme at Shaheed Satu Hall. Over 100 students of different schools took part in painting and handwriting competitions in different categories. A discussion...

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Published Date: October 21, 2014
Pitt's Fury closes London Film Festival

Pitt's Fury closes London Film Festival

Brad Pitt said he hoped his new film “Fury” recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two as it closed this year's BFI London Film Festival. “War is hell,” said Pitt, who plays a Sherman tank commander on a mission behind enemy lines in 1945. The London showing was the European premiere of...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US actor-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theatre group at the age of four and played the Scarecrow in a production of “The Wizard of Oz”. Subsequently, he was approached by an agent and began appearing on television and in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes. At age six, he starred in several made-for-television films. In 1991, he played both David Collins and Daniel Collins in the “Dark Shadows” television series, and during 1992–93, he played in sitcom “The Powers That Be”, as a clever young boy named Pierce Van Horne. In 1994, he appeared in the Disney film “Angels in the Outfield”...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Faces, known and unknown

Faces, known and unknown

Artist Farzana Ahmed Urmi's works combine expressionism with reality. Her ongoing exhibition, titled “Known Unknown”, runs at the Dhaka Art Centre (DAC) from October 16-23. Farzana, who did her MFA in printmaking, chooses her media with spontaneity. She uses techniques and materials like oil, water-colour, ink, acrylic, oil, drawing, collage, knife and her fingers. We see how her physical being and psyche are involved in her paintings. Her work is a mixture of abstraction and figuration. She loves flat dark monochromes, using line, colour and form to express her moods. Her portraits appear abstract due to their tension. Her work is ambiguous, while the figures have strong colours, and the psychic...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Two-day children's fair ends

Two-day children's fair ends

Bangladesh Shishu Academy Barisal branch, with support from the district administration, organised a two-day Shishu Ananda Mela O Shishu Sangskritik Utsab 2014, at Ashwini Kumar Hall of the city -- calling for the creation of healthy recreational facilities for children, the future citizens of the country. The fair and cultural festival ended on...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
'If we don't watch world cinema, we will keep making stupid films' -- Vidhu Vinod Chopra

'If we don't watch world cinema, we will keep making stupid films' -- Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Indian filmmakers need to watch world cinema to grow or else the industry will keep making stupid movies, noted Indian filmmaker-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra said on Friday. “I come from a small village in Kashmir and I have seen only Hindi movies. Unless we see world cinema how will we grow? If we don't...

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Published Date: October 20, 2014
Super Chef 2014: Nearing the end

Super Chef 2014: Nearing the end

After four more eliminations, this week, eight participants stand in front of the judges, all vying for the same top spot. Judges Shaheda Yesmin, Shawkat Osman and Afroza Banu have, throughout the show, had their work cut out for them and this week is going to be no different. In tonight's episode of the...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
RINKU on DS Café

RINKU on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Tanvir Mokammel's film screening at BSA

Tanvir Mokammel's film screening at BSA

A three-day screening of Tanvir Mokammel's films ends today at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.  “Chitra Nodir Parey” and “Laalsalu” have seen two screenings each in the last two days, while “Lalon” will be screened at 5pm and 7pm today at the same venue.