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  • Stories From My Past

    Way back in 1980, I had enrolled in Jahangirnagar University. The JAKSU election was going on then, where I had the opportunity to meet Humayun Faridi.

  • Hummin' Along with Life

    Barely fifteen, I used to listen to Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple a lot. At the same time, I often used to go to, what we called back then, the 'Pop Concerts'. The then famous bands like Abnormal Three and Ugly Phases, and of course Uccharon of guru Azam Khan, used to perform there.

  • Magic Maestro Jewel Aich

    Jewel Aich

    A freedom fighter, a magic maestro and a flute virtuoso – Jewel Aich is the only of his kind who has introduced the name of the land he had fought for to countless of countries across the world.

  • Through the Eyes of Kamal Bayezid

    Secretary of Bangladesh Group Theater Federation, Kamal Bayezid has been one of the eminent figures, along with whom, the theater industry of Bangladesh has seen its golden days. He joined Dhaka Theater in 1977, and has contributed significantly to the growth of the colossal art of theater ever since.

  • Afroza Banu - To Live Is To Love

    A very dear face of the Bangladeshi showbiz industry, she has contributed to the growth of theater, TV and cinema with a heartfelt and unfeigned approach. Winner of numerous prestigious accolades, Afroza Banu shields her inborn touchstone of benevolence and plans to remain in the hearts of her admirers as an epitome of espousing true art and pure compassion.

  • Shamim Ara Nipa

    Her dance resembles elegance and serenity. A proud disciple of maestros like G A Mannan and Nikunja Bihari Pal, she is a figure that carries the legacy of Bangladeshi heritage and culture across the world.

  • Through the Eyes of Asif Iqbal

    Coming from a highly educated and culturally rich background, Asif Iqbal already knew how to balance the two. To him music came from the heart but his job was important too, to lead a better life. Tough times surely came and then there were times when he felt like leaving behind the corporate life to focus only on music. His music company 'Gaanchill' has given us many hits like 'Jhoom', 'Local Bus', 'Beyainshab' and many more.

  • K S Firoz: Our Own King Lear

    Khondoker Shahid Uddin Firoz, better known as K S Firoz is a dear face of the Bangladesh showbiz industry. The veteran actor has made significant contributions to the growth of the entertainment industry with his iconic performances. The artiste's acting prowess has been acknowledged with many awards and accolades,

  • Through the Eyes of S M Ejajul Islam

    Like every other person I had a dream – I wanted to become an actor. To turn my dream into reality I stepped on the stage for the first time when I was in class three. It was a small drama performance at my school. Three years later, I made a larger move and played the central character in a drama named Kolir Jin in Kurigram

  • “It is Not Art, If Not from the Heart” - Ferdausi Majumdar

    Having been brought up in an extremely conservative family, I had never thought that one day I would become an actor. My mother was a soft hearted person, always liberal and open-minded. And my father, Khan Bahadur Abdul Halim Chowdhury, was her exact opposite.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF SAMINA CHOWDHURY

    As a leading exponent of modern music in Bangladesh, Samina Chowdhury has carved her place in the music industry with her magical voice. She is the daughter of the prominent singer Mahmudun Nabi, the younger sister of the eminent singer Fahmida Nabi and also the elder sister of the popular musician Pancham. She lent her honeyed voice in many popular songs such as 'Jonmo Theke Jolchi

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF DOLLY ZAHUR

    As a National Award-winning Bangladeshi actor and television personality, Dolly Zahur is a household name. She started acting at a very early age and performed in numerous television dramas and films. She studied at the University of Dhaka and during that time, she was enrolled at Natyachakra and Chhayanaut. She gained a lot of popularity for the character Nilu in the drama serial 'Eishob Din Ratri' by Humayun Ahmed; a performance that was considered a breakthrough for her career in television. Her other remarkable works include 'Aguner Poroshmoni', 'Shongkhonil Karagar', 'Shopner Thikana', 'Nirontor', 'Ghani', 'Daruchini Dwip' and many more. She has been admired by all for her tireless contributions in the cultural arena of Bangladesh.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF RIZIA RAHMAN

    Known as the author of 'Bong Theke Bangla', Rizia Rahman is an eminent novelist who has carved a place for herself in Bengali literature. Born in 1939, she has authored many memorable books, the most notable ones being 'Bong Theke Bangla (1978)', 'Rokter Okshor (1978)', 'Ghar-Bhanga-Ghar (1974)', 'Uttar Purush (1977)', 'Surja Sabuj Rakta (1980)', 'Ekal Cirokal (1984)', the autobiography 'Nodi Nirobodhi (2011)' and many more.

  • Through The Eyes Of Ramendu Majumdar

    He is the Editor of the quarterly publication 'Theatre' being published since 1972 and owns a theatre school. He is a Senate and Syndicate Member of National University and is a Senate Member of Dhaka University. Ramendu Majumdar is the Chairman and Managing Director of an advertising firm, Expressions Ltd. He founded Expressions in 1993 after working for the firm Bitopi Leo Burnett for 21 years. He will be cherished forever for his countless contributions in the cultural arena of Bangladesh.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF SELINA HOSAIN

    My first inspiration is the empyrean beauty of nature. I must say that I got the chance to absorb the colossal beauty of art in the lap of nature and that inspired me a lot. The dazzling waterfall, the chirping of birds and the pleasant sound of dried leaves; they all have their own rhythm and a unique melodious flow. Since childhood, I used to climb on trees, pick up water lilies and so much more! I was also very fond

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF SHYKH SERAJ

    He received many prestigious awards, including the two highest civilian honours, Swadhinata Puroshkar (2018) and Ekushey Padak (1995), respectively. Other prestigious accolades are UNESCO Bangladesh Journalism Award (2009), Bangabandhu Gold Medal (2005), Gold Medal in National Fish Fortnight Award (2005), Gold Medal in Development of Economy (2005), Dr Ibrahim Memorial Gold Medal, UN's FAO A.H.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF MONIRUL ISLAM

    A huge number of his exhibitions, workshops and art camps run the whole gamut of artistic styles. Since 1986, he has been an honorable International Jury Member. He received many prestigious national and international awards including the International “Bennial of Graphics”, Ibiza, Spain (1972); “Palm of Gold”, Beaux-Arts; “International Art Guild”, Monte Carlo, Monaco (1975); “International Print and Drawing

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF SABERI ALAM

    I am blessed with an indisputably favorable and warm cultural bloodline. Of course, my father is my first inspiration who bestrewed the seeds of humanity in me. He was an extremely motivational man. Additionally, my mother was a prominent singer of our country. Therefore, I grew up where everything was framed under the colossal grace of arts. My mother is also my inspiration.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF FAHMIDA NABI

    Being a leading exponent of modern music and a television personality, Fahmida Nabi is a melody in herself. She is the worthy daughter of the prominent singer Mahmudun Nabi and the elder sister of the eminent singer Samina Chowdhury and the popular musician Pancham. She was one of the honorable judges of the reality show CloseUp1 on NTV (Bangladesh). She runs a voice modulation institution named

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF RAISUL ISLAM ASAD

    I never dreamt of being an actor. Interestingly, I started my acting career in 1972. During the great Liberation War of Bangladesh, I was very close to some great personalities who were inclined in the cultural arena. Basically, they introduced me to the wonderful sight of arts and culture. After the great Liberation War, they inspired me to start acting. That was the beginning of my eternal journey toward this

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF KIRAN CHANDRA ROY

    The person who has bestrewed the seeds of music in me is my beloved late grandfather Prem Charan Roy. He was truly my first inspiration. And of course, my parents are the great inspirations of my life. My uncle Provat Kumar Roy has always been very motivational in flourishing my potential in music. Moreover, I consider myself a very lucky person because I had some great instructors in school, college and

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF DAHLIA AHMED

    My student life initiated at Bharateshwari Homes in Tangail. I spent ten years of disciplined school life there; it was like my second home. I took special interest in poetry recitation beyond our regular curriculum. Participating in competitions came naturally for me; for recitation, textbook poems were our only resource. After completing 12 years of school and college, I enrolled myself as a graduate student

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF DILARA ZAMAN

    My life's biggest inspiration is the pioneer of women's education, Begum Rokeya. Additionally, the prominent philanthropist Haji Muhammad Mohsin and the legendary polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar are

  • Saju Ahmed

    A leading exponent of “Kathak” dance in Bangladesh, a dance director and a successful teacher; Saju Ahmed is someone who is yet

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF LABU RAHMAN

    My earliest inspiration was the stunning guitarist Fazle Rob, who had been playing in the band called The Windy Side of Care. He is the reason why I have chosen fender guitar as my lifetime companion.

  • THROUGH THE EYES KANAK CHAPA

    Music has a divine magnetism with me. I am blessed with such a harmonious family where everything was framed under the heavenly grace of arts and culture.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF PIJUSH BANDYOPADHYAY

    Undoubtedly, my first inspiration is my family. My parents were very motivational in flourishing my talents. Since childhood, the beauty of the nature and the people around me inspired me a lot.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF AZAD ABUL KALAM

    My first inspiration is my family. Thankfully, I hail from a fairly sound cultural atmosphere. My parents were very motivational in flourishing my interests in acting and writing. Also, my brothers and sisters were very inspirational.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF FARIDA PARVEEN

    Since childhood, I could feel a divine magnetism with music. Therefore, music is my first inspiration. I grew up in a warm cultural atmosphere. My parents were very inspirational in flourishing my talent in music.

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF MUSTAFA ZAMAN ABBASI

    My inspiration is the empyrean beauty of nature. I must say that I got the chance to smell the melody of nature in the lap of my beloved father, Abbasuddin Ahmed.

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