Arts Gaze / Of 'crème de café’ and ‘dal tadka’ at interstices of alterity

'It is the inbetween space that carries the burden of the meaning of culture, and by exploring this Third Space, we may elude the politics of polarity and emerge as the others of ourselves.' ― Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture

Arts Gaze / Dancing Connections

Since August 2009 Bangladesh has been part of the Asia Pacific Region of the World Dance Alliance which 'serves as a primary voice for dance and dancers throughout the world'.

Arts Gaze / Dancing the Diasporic Fantasy

Tobin Thomas does Bollywood in Toronto, trading in the virtual dreams created by this larger than life Indian film industry. Based in Mumbai, it is India's – and the world's - largest film business in terms of the number of films produced, and also the number of tickets sold each year.

ARTS GAZE / What's so funny about Comedy?

I left banking for comedy, because even my failures in comedy make me happier than my successes as a banker.

The Politics of Art: Chaumtoli Huq's Documentary 'Workers Voices'

“What do you think an artist is? An imbecile, who only has eyes if he's a painter, ears if he's a musician...

Arts Gaze / Ideology in Representation

While talking to Amit Patra, the scholar and independent filmmaker from Kolkata, invited to conduct a workshop on Documentary Film Production..

Arts Gaze / Frames of Identity

The death of the soul through the mechanism becomes doubtful at the moment the mechanism becomes ensouled.' (Thomas Mann, Rede über das Theater)

Between contemporaneity and tradition / The Scrolls and Song of Gazi Pir

In a country with scant patronization of the folk arts, eminent thespian Ramendu Majumdar's Expressions Ltd is to be congratulated

Requiem for a Dream: Bot Tola's 'Crutcher Kornel'

'What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.' Arthur Conan Doyle

Redefining the world through Music

At the first Rector's Forum of the just completed 'Inaugural Conference of Music Education Alliance Across the Silk Road (MEASR)' held in

An Eternity in One Night

Theatre group Teerondaj's choice of Badal Sircar as the playwright to be presented during their agitprop event at 'Beauty Boarding', on April 28, 2017, Friday, was appropriate for two reasons.


As a riposte to 'Brexit', award-winning British theatre director Marianne Elliott states, “I feel that art, somehow, has to be at the heart of what's happening now.

Revisiting Critical Thinking

At the beginning of yet another new year and then, yet again, coining of new resolutions, it will certainly be worth our while to resolve to critically evaluate where the world is heading.

Dancing away boundaries

The thought of three young Bangladeshi dancers in North America immediately conjures up images of distance, of 'otherness', of struggle.

Lest we forget: Atiśa

The above lyrics, from medieval Bengal, is an example of the earliest 'kirtan', or musical accolade, which began the practice of presenting philosophical notions through music, and is continued till date by our Bauls.

And, theatre strikes back!

After the Gulshan carnage, July 15, 2016 was the first day that Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) opened its doors for public performances, to packed audiences in all three of its auditoriums.

The Art & Politics of Documentation

For me, watching Naeem Mohaiemen's expository documentary,'Last Man in Dhaka Central', was essentially a trip down memory lane, reliving a time of hope.

Culture: The present site for struggle

We, the children of the language and cultural movement, of Bangladesh are heartbroken to witness, unfolding before our eyes, the phenomenon of an alien and mutant culture overtaking the very consciousness of our progeny, our nation. This is a consequence of a two-pronged assault.