21st February

‘Ekush’ taught us not to bow down: PM

Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina today said that Bangladesh is moving forward with the ideals taught by the great Language Movement of 1952

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY / Of language and sexism: We are what we speak

Amanda Montell states that gender is directly linked to power in many cultures, as is language. It’s just that we are unable to identify the difference. People use language to express gender. Gender also impacts a person’s speech and how that speech is perceived.

The Many Languages We Speak

The linguistic heritage of our country is varied, rich and diverse.

Celebrating the spirit of International Mother Language Day

Honouring the heroic struggles and sacrifices of our martyrs for our mother tongue Bangla, a fourteen-day theatre festival to mark the International Mother Language Day began in Sylhet on Monday.

The political algorithm of 21st February

Understanding the political setting of the Language Movement and 21st February requires an examination of how religion played very different roles before and after the 1947 Partition in East Bengal.

Debasing the memory of Amar Ekushey

Growing up in a coastal town, I have seen people from all walks of life—students, artists, politicians, workers, peasants, and everyday families—participate in social rituals of Amar Ekushey.

US Embassy video honours language martyrs

The US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Bernicat, and staff of the embassy mark the International Mother Language Day by solemnly honouring the language martyrs and convey their best wishes to the Bangladeshi people in a special video message.

Nation pays homage to Language martyrs

Throngs of people walking barefoot, singing songs of patriotism are paying homage to the Language Movement martyrs, who sacrificed their lived for mother tongue Bangla marking a day of supreme sacrifice.

Education in Mother Language: 40% population denied globally

Though children should be taught in a language they speak or understand, as much as 40 percent of the global population does not have access to that kind of education.

February 21, 2015
February 21, 2015

The appeal of alpana is universal... Monirul Islam

Alpana is a popular folk art form. The word alpana is derived from the Sanskrit “alimpana”, which means 'to plaster' or 'to coat with'. The colour of alpana has an intimate relation with Amar Ekushey. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, eminent artist Monirul Islam spoke about alpana and its long-standing connection with paintings worldwide.

February 21, 2015
February 21, 2015

The music that gave it grandeur

Sometime around the '60s, then president of Pakistan, Ayub Khan, was to visit the Dhaka radio station at Shahbagh. Massive preparations were underway to put up an impressive show. As the youngest group at the station, we were preparing for a live performance and were training under eminent composers Abdul Ahad, Samar Das and Abdul Latif.

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