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Artist Mohammad Eunus on combatting the coronavirus pandemic
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Artist Mohammad Eunus on combatting the coronavirus pandemic

Observing nature and life closely with his vision, renowned artist Mohammad Eunus has been portraying abstract paintings for over four decades. He has picked up a keen interest in pure abstraction. He employs colours, lines and textures to give his paintings a classical essence. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, the masterful artist, who is currently staying at his studio residence and raising awareness on the coronavirus pandemic through social media, shared what he has been up to. Apart from contributing to an initiative by Professor Nisar Hossain, the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Art (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU), Eunus is also reminding his fellow artists and students to be responsible. “Artists have always played a leading role during any catastrophe in the country throughout history. We must ensure our place of responsibility in this crisis, from our homes, alongside the affected nations,” says Mohammad Eunus. “The government of Bangladesh has already taken rigorous measures, such as shutting down offices, educational institutions and malls. Different organisations, institutions and individuals are also raising awareness on the issue. Under the circumstances, the FFA, DU, has taken some initiatives. They are providing PPE supplies to the physicians and staff members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. Even though most of us are at risk because of our old age, we are trying to stay strong and keep our morale up. We are all anxious, but I am proud to be a part of such initiatives,” he mentions. Eunus further encouraged the public to follow the guidelines given by the government. “I would like to request everyone to not go out of the house unless it is absolutely urgent. We need to practice social distancing, maintain cleanliness in and around the house, wash our hands frequently with soap and sanitisers and avoid going to mosques, temples or churches for a while,” concludes the artist.

Resilience of the ‘Sangskritikarmibrindya’ during coronavirus pandemic
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Resilience of the ‘Sangskritikarmibrindya’ during coronavirus pandemic

Throughout history, cultural activists have taken their own initiatives to step up during emergencies. In the fight against the current pandemic, a group of 65 cultural activists, including writers, doctors, and theatre performers, have come together to offer their services for the people in the country. Calling themselves ‘Sangskritikarmibrindya’, the nonpolitical group has been working since March 25.

Suchitra Sen’s 89th birth anniversary today
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Suchitra Sen’s 89th birth anniversary today

Today marks the 89th birth anniversary of the legendary Suchitra Sen. Originally hailing from Pabna, the Mahanayeeka has ruled over the Bengali film industry with her grace, poise and charm.

How are cinema theatres facing the coronavirus pandemic? Arts & Entertainment

How are cinema theatres facing the coronavirus pandemic?

Single-screen theatres in Bangladesh have faced massive losses and the number of films has reduced drastically in recent times. Yet, the festive season, which includes occasions like the Bengali New Year and Eid-Ul-Fitr among others, is exciting for the film industry. However, this year, the circumstances are completely unprecedented. Movie theatres around the country were closed down, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking back with Raisul Islam Asad  Arts & Entertainment

Looking back with Raisul Islam Asad

Six-time National Film Award winner Raisul Islam Asad won over the audiences with his performances in prominent films like Padma Nadir Majhi (1993), Anya Jibon (1995), Dukhai (1997) and Lalsalu (2001). The freedom fighter started his acting career with Dhaka Theatre and was first seen on the silver screen in Khan Ataur Rahman’s film, Abar Tora Manush Ho (1973). He looks back on his early days in a candid chat with The Daily Star.

Television industry faces massive losses amidst coronavirus pandemic Arts & Entertainment

Television industry faces massive losses amidst coronavirus pandemic

The global coronavirus crisis has brought all television productions to a sudden halt in Bangladesh. Owing to concerns over the pandemic, the shootings of all television projects were officially shut down from March 22. As a result, a large number of workers, operating in front of and behind the camera have already lost, or are at risk of losing their jobs, either temporarily, or in the worst case, permanently. The owners of shooting houses are going through a difficult time, while millions of other jobs that are linked to the economic activity generated by the television sector, are also affected.

BTV to air reruns of Humayun Ahmed’s ‘ Kothao Keu Nei’ and ‘Bohubrihi’  from April 6 Arts & Entertainment

BTV to air reruns of Humayun Ahmed’s ‘ Kothao Keu Nei’ and ‘Bohubrihi’ from April 6

Back in the 90s, people protested and brought out processions on the streets, against the execution of the Baker Bhai, a fictional character. Featuring Asaduzzaman Noor in the role of Baker Bhai, Kothao Keu Nei, written and directed by Humayun Ahmed, shed light on the adventures of an endearing gangster. It remains one of the most beloved television shows in the country to this day.

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