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21st February

The music that gave it grandeur

The music that gave it grandeur

Sometime around the '60s, then president of Pakistan, Ayub Khan, was to visit the Dhaka radio station at Shahbagh. Massive preparations were underway to put up an impressive show. As the youngest group at the station, we were preparing for a live performance and were training under eminent composers Abdul Ahad, Samar Das...

The appeal of alpana is universal... Monirul Islam

The appeal of alpana is universal... Monirul Islam

Alpana is a popular folk art form. The word alpana is derived from the Sanskrit “alimpana”, which means 'to plaster' or 'to coat with'. The colour of alpana has an intimate relation with Amar Ekushey. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, eminent artist Monirul Islam spoke about alpana and its long-standing connection with paintings worldwide. Excerpts: “The art of alpana is known by different names in various parts of India and its use varies from region to region. The most common type all around India is Rangoli, which uses colored sand to draw a design. The artwork is mainly done by women. It was firstly done in Bengal....

Editorial

Ekushey, the eternal beacon

LAYING down lives to establish an innate and sacrosanct right to a people's mother tongue is a rarity in history. We are successors to this exemplary badge of honour. Such a passionate saga of sacrifice was to soon transcend into worldwide embrace through the Unesco's declaration of Amar Ekushey as the International Mother Language Day. In the essence though, the Language Martyrs' Day heralded a whole series of events ranging from establishing Bangla as a state language, upholding all the...

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...

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