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Stern actions against fusion of folk songs demanded

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Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurates month-long crafts fair at Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation at Sonargaon, Narayanganj on Sunday.

Today folk songs are being violated in the name of fusion music. In future legal actions will be taken against anyone producing fusion-based folk songs, said speakers at a discussion held at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
Lokogan Sangskritik Sangathan in association with Mumtaz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy organised the programme marking the 1st death anniversary of legendary folk singer Kuti Mansur.
Comptroller and auditor general of Bangladesh Masud Ahmed, DG of Bangladesh Betar and president of Lokogan Sangskritik Sangathan Narayan Chandra Shil, people’s song singer Fakir Alamgir, president of Mumtaz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy and daughter of ustad Mumtaz Ali Khan Rupu Khan and Kuti Mansur’s son Zahid Mansur, among others, were present at the programme.
‘Different artistes and companies are trying to make a quick buck by doing fusion-based folk songs. Such practice is harming the traditional folk songs by creating confusion among the listeners of the genre who are mistaking the fusion-based folk songs for the real thing,’ said Rupu Khan, adding that in future anyone creating fusion-based folk songs will face legal actions.
‘Now-a-days we do not see much representation of traditional folk songs in folk music festivals. Most of the recent folk music festivals mainly featured fusion-based folk songs. Traditional folk artistes or songs were not featured much in the festivals,’ said Fakir Alamgir.
Narayan Chandra Shil said these days many lyricists promote their low quality songs under the names of legendary bards. ‘Such songs damage the reputation of a bard and creates confusion among folk music lovers,’ said Shil.
Following the discussion a cultural show was held, where Zahid Mansur along with many other folk singers entertained the audience presenting folk songs.

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Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurates month-long crafts fair at Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation at Sonargaon, Narayanganj on Sunday.

Today folk songs are being violated in the name of fusion music. In future legal actions will be taken against anyone producing fusion-based folk songs, said speakers at a discussion held at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
Lokogan Sangskritik Sangathan in association with Mumtaz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy organised the programme marking the 1st death anniversary of legendary folk singer Kuti Mansur.
Comptroller and auditor general of Bangladesh Masud Ahmed, DG of Bangladesh Betar and president of Lokogan Sangskritik Sangathan Narayan Chandra Shil, people’s song singer Fakir Alamgir, president of Mumtaz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy and daughter of ustad Mumtaz Ali Khan Rupu Khan and Kuti Mansur’s son Zahid Mansur, among others, were present at the programme.
‘Different artistes and companies are trying to make a quick buck by doing fusion-based folk songs. Such practice is harming the traditional folk songs by creating confusion among the listeners of the genre who are mistaking the fusion-based folk songs for the real thing,’ said Rupu Khan, adding that in future anyone creating fusion-based folk songs will face legal actions.
‘Now-a-days we do not see much representation of traditional folk songs in folk music festivals. Most of the recent folk music festivals mainly featured fusion-based folk songs. Traditional folk artistes or songs were not featured much in the festivals,’ said Fakir Alamgir.
Narayan Chandra Shil said these days many lyricists promote their low quality songs under the names of legendary bards. ‘Such songs damage the reputation of a bard and creates confusion among folk music lovers,’ said Shil.
Following the discussion a cultural show was held, where Zahid Mansur along with many other folk singers entertained the audience presenting folk songs.


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Selim Al Deen remembered

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Swapnadol artistes staged Hargaj at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.

Selim Al Deen’s plays need to be staged with much more practice, said Afsar Ahmed, professor of drama and dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University, at a solo lecture held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
The solo lecture was held on the opening day of a two-day festival titled ‘‘Natyacharya Selim Al Deen Commemoration Festival-2018’ organised by theatre troupe Swapnadol marking Al Deen’s 10th death anniversary.
Professor Afsar discussed about emergence of Selim Al Deen as a dramatist and plays penned by the late eminent playwright. Afsar raised some problems we are facing today to perform Deen’s plays such as lack of practice, shortage of skilled actors to depict the characters in Al Deen’s plays and others. He also talked about how to overcome the problems.
‘Al Deen’s plays nurture and portray rural art and culture, so it is very difficult to stage his plays or play one of Al Deen’s characters without having knowledge of our traditions and culture,’ said Afsar Ahmed.
Thespian Dr Rashid Harun, Lucky Enam, Jhuna Chowdhury, Rizwan Razon and Apurba Kumar Kundu, among others, were also present at the programme.
Zahid Repon, founder and chief secretary of Swapnadol, said, ‘It was wonderful to hear from someone like Afsar Ahmed who was a colleague of Selim Al Deen.’
Following the solo lecture Swapnadol staged Swapnadal staged a show of monodrama Helen Keller at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
On Sunday, Swapnadol placed floral wreaths on the grave of Al Deen on Jahangirnagar University campus at 9.30 am and staged a show of Hargaj at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 7:00pm.
Besides, Dhaka Theatre and Bangladesh Gram Theatre also organised a three festival marking Al Deen’s 10th death anniversary.

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Swapnadol artistes staged Hargaj at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.

Selim Al Deen’s plays need to be staged with much more practice, said Afsar Ahmed, professor of drama and dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University, at a solo lecture held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
The solo lecture was held on the opening day of a two-day festival titled ‘‘Natyacharya Selim Al Deen Commemoration Festival-2018’ organised by theatre troupe Swapnadol marking Al Deen’s 10th death anniversary.
Professor Afsar discussed about emergence of Selim Al Deen as a dramatist and plays penned by the late eminent playwright. Afsar raised some problems we are facing today to perform Deen’s plays such as lack of practice, shortage of skilled actors to depict the characters in Al Deen’s plays and others. He also talked about how to overcome the problems.
‘Al Deen’s plays nurture and portray rural art and culture, so it is very difficult to stage his plays or play one of Al Deen’s characters without having knowledge of our traditions and culture,’ said Afsar Ahmed.
Thespian Dr Rashid Harun, Lucky Enam, Jhuna Chowdhury, Rizwan Razon and Apurba Kumar Kundu, among others, were also present at the programme.
Zahid Repon, founder and chief secretary of Swapnadol, said, ‘It was wonderful to hear from someone like Afsar Ahmed who was a colleague of Selim Al Deen.’
Following the solo lecture Swapnadol staged Swapnadal staged a show of monodrama Helen Keller at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
On Sunday, Swapnadol placed floral wreaths on the grave of Al Deen on Jahangirnagar University campus at 9.30 am and staged a show of Hargaj at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 7:00pm.
Besides, Dhaka Theatre and Bangladesh Gram Theatre also organised a three festival marking Al Deen’s 10th death anniversary.


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16TH DHAKA INT’L FILM FEST
Drama series destroying taste of viewers

Ershad Kamol

Celebrated Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and actress Aparna Sen has expressed her concern that drama series aired every day on the satellite TV channels are having a disastrous effect on the taste of the viewers.
‘These drama series,’ Aparna says, ‘deals with some common issues like quarrel between a woman and her mother-in-law or some living room stories targeting to exploit emotion of the housewives’.
‘Frequent airing of drama series with such themes is destroying the taste of the viewers, which as well has an adverse impact on film industry,’ Aparna Sen told New Age in an interview.
‘These days’, she said, ‘the urban and rural viewers are radically different in their tastes. The urban viewers loath watching films with rural settings.’
Still, some producers are trying to present quality films with diverse themes, she said.
‘Some big production houses have emerged in West Bengal-based film industry, producing big-budget films with diverse themes. Such films are helping overcome the slump trade of the Bangla film caused by the ever-increasing popularity of Hindi films,’ Aparna observed.
Aparna Sen is visiting Dhaka to participate in the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival as a delegate of the Fourth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema, organised as an ancillary event of the ongoing film festival.
Her English film Sonata, based on Mahesh Eklunchwar’s play with the same title, featuring three single working women in Mumbai and starring Shabana Azmi, Lilete Dubey and Aparna Sen in lead roles, is participating in the Woman Filmmakers’ Section. The film will be screened at 5:30pm today at Public Library Auditorium, Dhaka.
The film explores the theme of loneliness and bonding that flourish despite their differences among the three contemporary women characters who had aligned themselves with the women’s movement but 30 years later abandoned it to opt for marriage and kids.
Aparna, who directed and acted in several films with women issues, said she would not claim herself as a feminist but a humanist.
‘Feminism is an important aspect of my concept of humanism. I never belonged to those feminists who desired to create a conflicting situation with the males. I dream of a society where both males and females live together with mutual respect. It will take time but I’m optimistic,’ Aparna Sen said.
She also said she would make a film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel Ghare Baire. ‘Though Satyajit Ray made a film based on the novel, I would remake it with the cotemporary setting,’ Aparna said.
A leading actress of the late 1960s and 1970s, Aparna Sen is the winner of three National Film Awards and nine international film festival awards for her direction in films. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1987.

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Ershad Kamol

Celebrated Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and actress Aparna Sen has expressed her concern that drama series aired every day on the satellite TV channels are having a disastrous effect on the taste of the viewers.
‘These drama series,’ Aparna says, ‘deals with some common issues like quarrel between a woman and her mother-in-law or some living room stories targeting to exploit emotion of the housewives’.
‘Frequent airing of drama series with such themes is destroying the taste of the viewers, which as well has an adverse impact on film industry,’ Aparna Sen told New Age in an interview.
‘These days’, she said, ‘the urban and rural viewers are radically different in their tastes. The urban viewers loath watching films with rural settings.’
Still, some producers are trying to present quality films with diverse themes, she said.
‘Some big production houses have emerged in West Bengal-based film industry, producing big-budget films with diverse themes. Such films are helping overcome the slump trade of the Bangla film caused by the ever-increasing popularity of Hindi films,’ Aparna observed.
Aparna Sen is visiting Dhaka to participate in the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival as a delegate of the Fourth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema, organised as an ancillary event of the ongoing film festival.
Her English film Sonata, based on Mahesh Eklunchwar’s play with the same title, featuring three single working women in Mumbai and starring Shabana Azmi, Lilete Dubey and Aparna Sen in lead roles, is participating in the Woman Filmmakers’ Section. The film will be screened at 5:30pm today at Public Library Auditorium, Dhaka.
The film explores the theme of loneliness and bonding that flourish despite their differences among the three contemporary women characters who had aligned themselves with the women’s movement but 30 years later abandoned it to opt for marriage and kids.
Aparna, who directed and acted in several films with women issues, said she would not claim herself as a feminist but a humanist.
‘Feminism is an important aspect of my concept of humanism. I never belonged to those feminists who desired to create a conflicting situation with the males. I dream of a society where both males and females live together with mutual respect. It will take time but I’m optimistic,’ Aparna Sen said.
She also said she would make a film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel Ghare Baire. ‘Though Satyajit Ray made a film based on the novel, I would remake it with the cotemporary setting,’ Aparna said.
A leading actress of the late 1960s and 1970s, Aparna Sen is the winner of three National Film Awards and nine international film festival awards for her direction in films. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1987.


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Pongal festivitival held in Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu’s traditional Jallikattu or bull taming sport got off to a great start on Sunday as part of Pongal celebrations in Madurai district. After mass protests last year against banning the sport, Jallikattu was held following the passing of an ordinance amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
The Madurai district administration had made elaborate security arrangements at Avaniapuram where 625 bulls and an equal number of bull tamers participated in the event. Both were subjected to fitness tests.
The rules of the sport say that a bull tamer will be awarded a prize if he hangs on to the hump of the animal for a certain period of time.
The prizes include consumer durables, cash and more.
Around 60 bull tamers were injured in the sport and were provided medical assistance at the venue.
On Tuesday, Jallikattu  was  held at Alanganallur in Madurai district where Chief Minister K. Palaniswami to witnessed  the event and also distribute prizes for the winners.
The Pongal festivities take place over four days, the first day being Bhogi, which was Saturday, when people burn their old clothes, mats and other items. Homes are painted afresh.
The second day is the main Pongal festival celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month Thai.
The third day is the Mattu Pongal when bulls and cows are bathed and their horns painted and worshipped as they play an important role in farms.
Women feed the birds with coloured rice and pray for the welfare of their brothers.
In some parts of the state, Jallikattu—a bull-taming sport—is held.
The fourth day is the Kannum Pongal—the day to go out and meet relatives and friends, and go sightseeing.

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Cultural Correspondent

Tamil Nadu’s traditional Jallikattu or bull taming sport got off to a great start on Sunday as part of Pongal celebrations in Madurai district. After mass protests last year against banning the sport, Jallikattu was held following the passing of an ordinance amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
The Madurai district administration had made elaborate security arrangements at Avaniapuram where 625 bulls and an equal number of bull tamers participated in the event. Both were subjected to fitness tests.
The rules of the sport say that a bull tamer will be awarded a prize if he hangs on to the hump of the animal for a certain period of time.
The prizes include consumer durables, cash and more.
Around 60 bull tamers were injured in the sport and were provided medical assistance at the venue.
On Tuesday, Jallikattu  was  held at Alanganallur in Madurai district where Chief Minister K. Palaniswami to witnessed  the event and also distribute prizes for the winners.
The Pongal festivities take place over four days, the first day being Bhogi, which was Saturday, when people burn their old clothes, mats and other items. Homes are painted afresh.
The second day is the main Pongal festival celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month Thai.
The third day is the Mattu Pongal when bulls and cows are bathed and their horns painted and worshipped as they play an important role in farms.
Women feed the birds with coloured rice and pray for the welfare of their brothers.
In some parts of the state, Jallikattu—a bull-taming sport—is held.
The fourth day is the Kannum Pongal—the day to go out and meet relatives and friends, and go sightseeing.


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Apu appears while Shakib busy shooting in Bangkok

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Dhallywood diva Apu Biswas appeared alone at the arbitration on divorce notice held at the office of executive officer of Dhaka North City Corporation’s Zone 3 in Mohakhali on Monday.
Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan, who served the divorce notice on November 28, was, however, not present at the hearing as he was reportedly busy for shooting of a film in Thai capital Bangkok.
At the ex parte arbitration, Apu Biswas expressed her desire to continue marriage life with Shakib and her only son Abraham Khan Joy, said CEO of the zone Hemayet Hossain.
Citing the actress, Hemayet further said that Apu had converted to Islam just to marry Shakib and she had no complaint against the actor. CEO of the zone set February 12 for further hearing. ‘We will give them three hearing dates for reconciliation. Otherwise, the divorce will be enforced,’ Hemayet said.
Apu, however, could not be contacted for her remark. Shakib could not also be reached as he was busy shooting of Uttam Akash’s film Chittagainga Pola Noakhailla Maiya.
Shakib Khan had sent the divorce notice on November 28 addressing to Apu Biswas’ permanent address in Bogra, present address in Niketan and to Dhaka North City Corporation’s mayor.
In the letter Shakib stated that Apu did not follow the ‘Islamic customs’ neither even followed the ‘duties of an ideal house wife’.
While disclosing her secret marriage of nine years with Shakib, Apu in a TV interview in last April said that she had converted from Hinduism to Islam just before their marriage on April 18, 2008 and took the Islamic name Apu Islam Khan.

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Dhallywood diva Apu Biswas appeared alone at the arbitration on divorce notice held at the office of executive officer of Dhaka North City Corporation’s Zone 3 in Mohakhali on Monday.
Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan, who served the divorce notice on November 28, was, however, not present at the hearing as he was reportedly busy for shooting of a film in Thai capital Bangkok.
At the ex parte arbitration, Apu Biswas expressed her desire to continue marriage life with Shakib and her only son Abraham Khan Joy, said CEO of the zone Hemayet Hossain.
Citing the actress, Hemayet further said that Apu had converted to Islam just to marry Shakib and she had no complaint against the actor. CEO of the zone set February 12 for further hearing. ‘We will give them three hearing dates for reconciliation. Otherwise, the divorce will be enforced,’ Hemayet said.
Apu, however, could not be contacted for her remark. Shakib could not also be reached as he was busy shooting of Uttam Akash’s film Chittagainga Pola Noakhailla Maiya.
Shakib Khan had sent the divorce notice on November 28 addressing to Apu Biswas’ permanent address in Bogra, present address in Niketan and to Dhaka North City Corporation’s mayor.
In the letter Shakib stated that Apu did not follow the ‘Islamic customs’ neither even followed the ‘duties of an ideal house wife’.
While disclosing her secret marriage of nine years with Shakib, Apu in a TV interview in last April said that she had converted from Hinduism to Islam just before their marriage on April 18, 2008 and took the Islamic name Apu Islam Khan.


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Singer Shammi Akhtar passes away

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National award winning singer Shammi Akhtar passed away at the age of 62 on Tuesday.
Akhtar was suffering from breast cancer for the last six years.
She is survived by her husband singer Akramul Islam, a son and a daughter.
‘Shammi was suffering from cancer for the last six years. This afternoon (Tuesday) we were taking her to BIRDEM hospital as her condition deteriorated. But she breathed her last on her way to the hospital at around 4:00pm,’ said Akramul Islam.
Her namaz-e-janaza was held after zohr prayers on Wednesday  at Aminbagh mosque at Chamelibagh followed by burial at Shahjahanpur graveyard in the
capital.
Shammi, mostly known for her playback numbers, forayed into music at an early age when her training began under the tutelage of Ustad Gaurbabu in Barisal.
Before becoming a playback singer, Shammi sang Nazrul and folk song on radio.
Her career as a playback singer began with Azizur Rahman’s 1978 film ‘Oshikkhito’. Two of her songs- ami jemon achhi temon robo and dhaka shohor aisha amar- earned her instant recognition.
Since then, Akhtar has sung over 300 playback numbers including many fan favourites like mone boro asha chhilo, bidesh giya bondhu, chithi dio pratidin, bhalobashlei sobar sathe ghar bandha jay na, amar moner bedona and ami tomar bodhu.
Shammi won the National Film Award (playback female) for her rendition of bhalobashlei sobar sathe ghar bandha jay na in Jakir Hossain Raju’s 2010 film ‘Bhalobaslei Ghar Bandha Jay Na’. She had also received the Channel i lifetime achievement award among others.

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National award winning singer Shammi Akhtar passed away at the age of 62 on Tuesday.
Akhtar was suffering from breast cancer for the last six years.
She is survived by her husband singer Akramul Islam, a son and a daughter.
‘Shammi was suffering from cancer for the last six years. This afternoon (Tuesday) we were taking her to BIRDEM hospital as her condition deteriorated. But she breathed her last on her way to the hospital at around 4:00pm,’ said Akramul Islam.
Her namaz-e-janaza was held after zohr prayers on Wednesday  at Aminbagh mosque at Chamelibagh followed by burial at Shahjahanpur graveyard in the
capital.
Shammi, mostly known for her playback numbers, forayed into music at an early age when her training began under the tutelage of Ustad Gaurbabu in Barisal.
Before becoming a playback singer, Shammi sang Nazrul and folk song on radio.
Her career as a playback singer began with Azizur Rahman’s 1978 film ‘Oshikkhito’. Two of her songs- ami jemon achhi temon robo and dhaka shohor aisha amar- earned her instant recognition.
Since then, Akhtar has sung over 300 playback numbers including many fan favourites like mone boro asha chhilo, bidesh giya bondhu, chithi dio pratidin, bhalobashlei sobar sathe ghar bandha jay na, amar moner bedona and ami tomar bodhu.
Shammi won the National Film Award (playback female) for her rendition of bhalobashlei sobar sathe ghar bandha jay na in Jakir Hossain Raju’s 2010 film ‘Bhalobaslei Ghar Bandha Jay Na’. She had also received the Channel i lifetime achievement award among others.


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