Maisha Islam Monamee

Contributing writer for Arts & Entertainment and Star Youth.

How to stay physically fit for Taraweeh

With these tips, you can make the most of this holy month and keep yourself physically fit for Taraweeh.

4d ago

Everything you need to know about Sehri Tales 2023

Sehri Tales has established itself as a Ramadan tradition for writers in Bangladesh. The rules are simple: each night at midnight, for the entire month leading up to Eid-ul-Fitr, Ahmad shares a prompt, and participants have until 6 AM (sunrise) to write original poetry, flash fiction, or create unique art, and then share it online with the hashtag #sehritales2023.

6d ago

Feminist retellings: How books reimagine mythological women

These women display extensive strength, determination and valour, acting as the pillars of their families and masters of their own fate.

3w ago

Feminism and Bollywood: How the portrayal of women has evolved

Female characters in Bollywood have largely been portrayed from a male perspective due to the imbalance between the number of men and women involved in the creative process. Gender bias spanned over decades, and it took more than fifty years to bring equality in terms of gender representation on the big screen.

3w ago

Looking back at the Liberation War through poetry

On the third day of the event, two documentaries were showcased. The first featured the infamous Belonia Battle, and Pakistan’s first and only surrender to the freedom fighters. It emphasised how the battle is closely intertwined with Bangladesh’s military history and has a special significance in the turn of events that led to our independence. 

3w ago

'We dissented Pakistan as it ignored the rights of the people of our region'

Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation revisits the spirit of liberation in March.

3w ago

A weekend of conversation, art and feminism

The festival included four exhibitions, namely Made in Bangladesh by Prachyanat, Voices of Bangladesh by iCan Foundation, Moheshkhali Exhibition by University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and Hum Studio Interactive, and Auyoni: Beyond Sexuality by Ayreen Khan which were displayed at Gallery 1 of the BSA.

5 children’s books to find at Boi Mela this year

As a pioneer, the publishing house has ensured that the quality of their books is unparalleled; I was amazed by the colourful animations at this year’s Boi Mela.

Ekushey Boi Mela decor: A blend of old with the new

Be it the use of vibrant shades, taking inspiration from rickshaw art, or relying on the simplicity of monotone, the stalls this year feature a variety of artistic styles and innovative concepts.

5 books to read this year in observance of Ekushey February

The landmark event not only united the nation to speak up against oppression but paved a new direction for what ultimately led to our independence.

Five decades of Boi Mela: What has changed?

There have been many prominent changes, but it does not come without growing concerns over the quality of books presented at the Boi Mela.

Romance novels for those who aren’t in love

These books have made me fall for the idea of love, and believe in it.

BookTok – Making reading trendy

‘BookTok’, is a hashtag on TikTok, that connects avid readers across the world who interact with each other, discover new books and share their own ideas on what they read.

Boi Mela books for your Valentine

With Valentine’s day falling at the same time as Boi Mela, what could be a better gift than books?

Can Art make Peace: Stories from the Rohingya camps

The event kicked-off with the Embassy’s Cultural Attache, Sharlina Hussain-Morgan delivering the opening remarks.

When Bon Bibi comes to life

The scenography for the project was made by Paris-based multinational architecture, art, and design group Golem. It has been created with the support of Harper Collins India. The installation invites visitors to enter a forest of enormous pages where scenes from the book stand as tall as trees.

Dhaka Art Summit for young visitors

Animation, games and performances your children shouldn't miss on the last day of DAS 2023 today

Welcoming life with rain at 6th Dhaka Art Summit

Visiting the DAS on its fifth day, I had a wonderful experience of watching this performance live. While walking through the gallery, I was fascinated by the thunder noises and the soft sound of raindrops hitting the ground. It took me a while to find the pavilion, and by then there was a small group of visitors circling the performance.

These folk tales record a unique past between South Asia and Soviet Russia

The Slavic fairy tales and Soviet stories formed a significant part of the childhood memories of people who grew up in the subcontinent from the 1960s to the mid 1980s.

Revisiting indigenous folktales at Dhaka Art Summit

“We wanted to share the story in our native language, just the way we heard it from our elders", said Kanak Chanpa Chakma.

‘Learning from Puran Dhaka’

"Learning from Puran Dhaka: The Urbanity of Occupations along the Buriganga Riverfront", a living exhibition and open workshop, was inaugurated on Saturday at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.

For the love of notebooks

"We want to use this space as a medium to connect our readers with products that accompany their habit of reading."

Book adaptations to look forward to in 2023

The live-action rock series follows the rise of a rock band through the 1970s Los Angeles music scene as they embark on a quest for worldwide fame.

Revisiting German and Bengali folklore in ‘Myth Bridge’

Here, Rapunzel, Hercules, Bon Bibi, and King Solomon might be having a gala time over tea, or fighting their own battles.

Jawad Araf Khan’s pathway to success

Jawad Araf Khan, a business student at North South University (NSU), has recently been crowned as the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Global Platform Icons of Asia Awards 2022. He won this recognition beating 1500 other nominations from across 40 Asian countries.

5 YouTube channels to help liven up your holud dance routines

In full flow with the beat and the rhythm. 

Looking back at Hrithik’s best performances on his birthday

Be it due to his dancing prowess, or exceptionally well-crafted action sequences, Hrithik Roshan has been reigning over the Bollywood industry for quite the right reasons. To celebrate his birthday today, we look back at five of his most memorable performances on screen.

Dhaka Lit Fest 2023: There's something for every young reader

Babuibela’s third edition was launched on the first day of DLF. The Babuibela (Mayurpankhi, 2020) series, written and illustrated by artist Reesham Shahab Tirtho, are picture books showing new parents’ journeys with their little ones. The book launch was also accompanied by a discussion between illustrator Tirtho and musician, artist and author Shibu Kumer Shill.

Day 1 of Dhaka Lit Fest sees crowds, conversations

The first day saw a relaxed yet diverse range of topics covered in the sessions, from South Asian and world history to women’s rights, publishing, Bangla literature and film, and the legacy of BRAC founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.

Capturing the war stories of medical professionals

Muktijuddher Chikishsha Itihas captures the stories and struggles of medical professionals during the Liberation War.

Sixth non-fiction book fair underway at DU

This fair is organised annually with a goal of raising awareness about books related to business, economy and real-world phenomena. The organisers believe there has been a growing popularity of these books, and initiatives like this can go a long way in promoting readership.

ArchTwist: Inspiring architectural innovation

Archtwist is a platform for students and young professionals to share and compete on architectural ideas. It provides a space for aspiring architects to showcase their creativity and talent, in return offering opportunities for recognition and awards.

5 warm and cosy books to read this Christmas

One of my favourite Christmas activities is getting comfy under the blanket with a new book. It’s true that  you can read anything you want all year, but for me this day calls for some holiday-themed Christmas specials that are set to make your reading sessions extra cosy.

Celebrating Anil Kapoor with five ‘jhakaas’ performances

Over the years, Anil Kapoor has managed to amaze the audience with a variety of "jhakaas" roles throughout the course of a career that has lasted over 40 years.

A night of celebrations: Filmfare OTT Awards 2022

The third iteration of the Filmfare OTT Awards took place on December 21, celebrating and honouring the best in the realm of OTT.

Celebrating Govinda with five timeless comedies

Govinda, born as Govind Arun Ahuja, is one of the most adored performers in Indian cinema. Having more than 165 Hindi films to his name, the actor enjoyed an illustrious career, spanning over three decades. Over his time in Bollywood, Govinda became renowned for his infectious energy, impeccable comical timing and dance prowess. As the “Hero No. 1” actor celebrates his 59th birthday today, here are five of his best comedy films fans should re-watch.

WEC 2022: Bangladesh wins three silver and bronze medals

Bangladesh ended the event on a victorious note, winning a total of three silver and three bronze medals.

'The Crown' Season 5: Royal drama done right

The fifth season of the popular Netflix original, ''The Crown'' began streaming earlier in November.

Bangladeshi students shine at IJSO 2022

Team Bangladesh displayed a magnificent performance by bagging four bronze medals.

Abdullah Al Bashir traces the 'Evolution' of ship-breaking

The exhibition will remain open to visitors till December 14, between Monday to Saturday, starting from 3 pm and closing at 9 pm.

The art of expression: Rakibul Anwar's ‘Shonglogno’

"Shonglogno", a solo exhibition featuring the works of Rakibul Anwar was recently displayed at La Galerie, Alliance Francaise, Dhaka. The exhibition was inaugurated on November 18, in the presence of Her Excellency, Marie Masdupuy, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh; eminent artist Professor Dhali Al Mamoon, and artist-critic Mustafa Zaman.

Climate-smart ideas showcased at Ideabuzz 2022

The winning team is expected to pitch their idea at the World Bank Headquarters.

Bangladeshi team wins bronze at World Robot Olympiad 2022

Two Bangladeshi teams participated in this year's WRO.

A story of Tea: Yasmin Jahan Nupur dissects our British colonialist past

Yasmin Jahan Nupur’s installation and performance, “Let me get you a nice Cup of Tea”, is currently on display at Tate Modern.

‘50 Years of Friendship’: EMK Center celebrates Bangladesh-US relationship

In order to commemorate the 50 years of friendship between Bangladesh and the US, EMK Center recently organised a print exhibition—showcasing the artworks of Bangladeshi and American artists—appropriately named “50 Years of Friendship”.

Telling a tale through chairs: Abhijit Chowdhury dissects politics and power

Abhijit Chowdhury’s 15th solo art exhibition, “(Non) hierarchical Order of Forms”, opened at La Galerie, Alliance Francaise, Dhaka on November 4.

Shah Rukh Khan and his diverse cabinet of characters

Over 30 years, Shah Rukh Khan has ruled over the hearts of the audience. Today, the 'Badshah of Bollywood' turns 57.

August 7, 2022
August 7, 2022

Book news: ‘Banglar Rock Metal’ charts history of Bangla band music

The “Bangladeshi rock band encyclopaedia” is authored by music journalists Milu Aman and Haque Faruk, depicting the chronological history of 180 music bands in the country.

July 5, 2022
July 5, 2022

eBLAZE wins at Farmcraft 2022

EMK Center’s eBLAZE, is an American Space eSports club in Bangladesh.

July 5, 2022
July 5, 2022

The youth steps forward for flood relief

Recent floods have had catastrophic effects on the lives of many people across the country, causing a severe insufficiency of resources, along with the increase of waterborne diseases such as dengue.

July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022

Eight changemakers from Bangladesh honoured at 2022 Diana Awards

This year, eight young changemakers from Bangladesh received the award, following a virtual ceremony on July 1, 2022.

June 29, 2022
June 29, 2022

The youth steps forward for flood relief

Recent floods have had catastrophic effects on the lives of many people across the country, causing a severe insufficiency of resources, along with the increase of waterborne diseases such as dengue. In response to this situation, several youth-based organisations started working to provide relief and support to the communities battling this crisis. We talked to the teams of some of the organisations to getter idea of the current landscape.

June 25, 2022
June 25, 2022

Sabyasachi Hazra’s unique perspective on Bangla typography

The exhibition ends today (June 25) at 9 pm BST.

June 22, 2022
June 22, 2022

eBLAZE shines at Farmcraft 2022

EMK Center’s eBLAZE, is an American Space eSports club in Bangladesh. It is affiliated with the North America Scholastic E-sports Federation (NASEF) and intends to create an atmosphere where the youth can channel their love for video games. Their goal is to create a safe space where gamers will be able to develop their skills, engage in different kinds of games, maintain their mental wellbeing, and gain expertise in blended learning. This year, three teams from eBLAZE won the NASEF Farmcraft International Tournament 2022. Around 68 countries with over 1000 teams participated in the tournament, over a range of categories and the winners were selected in three categories: Junior division, Senior division, and All Ages division.

June 22, 2022
June 22, 2022

Meet the Harvard Krokodiloes

Last week, a group of 12 young students serenaded North South University with their otherworldly acapella chops, introducing an auditorium full of students to their unique style.

June 21, 2022
June 21, 2022

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2: When humour meets horror

In recent years, Bollywood has seen a splurge of remakes and sequels of movies, most of which have garnered mixed reviews from audiences. While some were able to hit the right spot, others felt repetitive and boring compared to the original. ...

June 18, 2022
June 18, 2022

Baatighar completes 17 years of readership

“We witnessed great footfall in the afternoon and are glad that people came to the celebrations even amidst this gloomy weather,” shared Zafar Ahmed Rashed, CEO and Chief Editor, about the first day of the event.