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21st February

Plays staged at JKKNIU

Plays staged at JKKNIU

Students of Natyakala Department of Jatiyo Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) in Trishal staged two plays at Gahi Samyaer Gaan Mancha of the university, marking Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day Friday evening. The play “Jaundice and Bibido Balloon”, written by Selim-Al-Din was directed by Al Zabir, a teacher of Natyakala Department...

Cultural news from across the country

Cultural news from across the country

Marking the 89th birth anniversary of legendary artist SM Sultan, a eight-day long Sultan Mela began on the premises of Government Victoria College at Sultan Mancha in Narail town yesterday. SM Sultan Foundation and Narail district administration have jointly organised the fair with support from Grameenphone and the cultural affairs ministry. Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister for...

CISD pays tribute to Language Martyrs

CISD pays tribute to Language Martyrs

On February 21, International Mother Language Day, Cardiff International School Dhaka (CISD) arranged a cultural programme and art competition at its auditorium in Dhanmondi, says a press release. To start with, students of Cardiff along with their parents paid tributes to the Language Martyrs by placing floral wreaths at Shaheed Minar followed by songs...

Hero catches attention

Hero catches attention

Dancer-choreographer Aminul Islam Hero has a close relationship with India. A disciple of Leela Samson, one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, India beckons him time and again. Recently, Hero was in New Delhi to give a performance at the Bangladesh High Commission on Ekushey February. An evening of dance and poetry was the fare for the evening. Hero, accompanied by three dancers from his Srishti Cultural Center -- Sabrina Nisa, Tamimul Haque and Kaspia Punni –put some fine steps together in contemporary, fusion and folk dance. While the dancers captured the agony of the martyrs of the Language Movement, they also presented the ultimate revolt against oppression and the...

How can we forget?

How can we forget?

It can be safely said that Bangla is the most precious language in the world; for no other language and the rights of the people to speak it has been achieved through bloodshed. What remained the pride of Bangladesh is today celebrated across the World -- February 21 is now International Mother Language...

  

Slum children paid homage to Language martyrs

Slum children paid homage to Language martyrs

Slum kids may be deprived of many opportunities, but nature has given them the ability to feel and enjoy everything. Some of those kids put their talent on display at a culture programme at the Municipal area of Srimangal Upazila in Moulvibazar district yesterday. They also paid homage to martyrs of the historic Language Movement...

Spirit of Ekushey

Spirit of Ekushey

Years ago, prominent cultural figures hailing from Barisal, were invited over for the centennial celebrations of Brojo Mohon College, popularly known as BM College. The ship was to set sail in the evening and we hurried to the Sadarghat terminal. Everyone seemed in a jovial mood. Veteran singer and composer Abdul Latif; noted singer...

The song that epitomises Ekushey

The song that epitomises Ekushey

Literature, music and arts are a crucial part of any event that matters to the masses; they help people connect to the incident and be driven by the spirit. The Language Movement, often credited as the first scintilla that gave Bangladeshis the strength to fight for their rights and for their liberation, has had songs, poems, novels and artwork of various media portraying it, but one of those pieces stands out as an icon. “Amar Bhai'er Rokte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulitey Pari” is a tune that every child learns in their very early days, and carries it around in a special place in their hearts. Every year on...

Homage to Int'l Mother Language Day

Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi to hold dance programme

Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi to hold dance programme

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day (February 21), Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi, India has organised a cultural event at the auditorium of the mission in Delhi on February 21. The event will feature a dance recital by a Bangladeshi dance troupe “Srishti Cultural Centre”. Troupe leader Anisul Islam Hero, accompanied by...

GROUND REALITIES

The other tales of February

IN a country where hordes of people choose not to remember history or deliberately push it away in their narrow partisan interest, where the young have carefully been kept away from coming in communion with their past, we must do what needs to be done. And that is to go back in time to recall some of the men and events shaping the political legacy of Bangladesh. This being the month of Ekushey, it is only natural that we will...

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