2d ago| In Focus

Chronicling the other Bengal

Writers are drawn to the bleakest of places, Arundhati Roy once said, the way vultures are drawn to kills. I didn’t know the full import of the statement until I began to work on my book,

1w ago| In Focus

Probashi: Histories of the Bangladesh diaspora

The term diaspora originates from the ancient Greek dia speiro meaning a scattering of seeds.

2w ago| In Focus

Buddhist theatre in South Asia and beyond

Considerable research conducted by renowned Orientalists such as Moriz Winternitz,

Where do the ‘disappeared’ disappear to?

While their families search every alleyway, survivors say that they lived right around the corner in the capital city. 

‘Bulbuli’: Nazrul’s music for future listeners?

We were at the dinner table. My wife asked if I had seen Bulbuli, the Coke Studio Bangla song. Till then I hadn’t. The upload was only a few days old.

Death and Displacement in Syed Waliullah’s Partition Stories

Perhaps the starkest image of the Partition, which created the two independent states of India and Pakistan in 1947, is that of the train massacres.

November 28, 2022
November 28, 2022

Chronicling the other Bengal

Writers are drawn to the bleakest of places, Arundhati Roy once said, the way vultures are drawn to kills. I didn’t know the full import of the statement until I began to work on my book,

November 21, 2022
November 21, 2022

Probashi: Histories of the Bangladesh diaspora

The term diaspora originates from the ancient Greek dia speiro meaning a scattering of seeds.

November 14, 2022
November 14, 2022

Buddhist theatre in South Asia and beyond

Considerable research conducted by renowned Orientalists such as Moriz Winternitz,

November 7, 2022
November 7, 2022

Syed Waliullah in Paris

It is well-known that Bangla literature took a new turn in the 1940s. Following the revolutionary work of Kazi Nazrul Islam, we got four powerful poets among Bangalee Muslims: Farrukh Ahmad,

October 31, 2022
October 31, 2022

Marc Riboud’s Bangladesh 1971: Mourning and Morning

Marc Riboud (1923-2016), one of the first generation of Magnum photographers, was born in Lyon, France.

October 24, 2022
October 24, 2022

Ethical encounters: A look into women, war, and cinema in Bangladesh

A modern remake of Ajoy Kar’s 1961 film Saptapodi, Shameem Akhtar’s film Rina Brown (2017) unfolds intimate geographies of love and loss among individuals from India, and West and East Pakistan.

October 17, 2022
October 17, 2022

Love Me Do: Sixty years ago, the Beatles began to play

Sixty years ago, John, Paul, George, and Ringo released their first single, Love Me Do, on October 5, 1962. It was a Parlophone 7-inch 45rpm with the seal 45-R 4949.

October 3, 2022
October 3, 2022

Gandhi’s sojourn in Noakhali

There are many ways a nation’s history can be understood, for it has many points, opinions, and arguments depending on the sources one can reach.

September 26, 2022
September 26, 2022

Student politics in private universities: To be or not to be …

On September 2, the student front of a political party announced its intention to form committees in 16 private universities.  It was greeted with apprehension and alarm. 

September 19, 2022
September 19, 2022

The glorious history of Goalanda

There is more fiction than historical truth about the origin of the name ‘Goalanda’. According to a legend,