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BSA holds cultural show for disabled children

Disabled children pose for a photo after painting at a cultural show organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on its premises.

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Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is holding special cultural shows for disabled children every Friday at National Art Gallery’s auditorium as an ancillary event of the ongoing month-long 18th Asian Art Biennale.
The cultural shows, held from 3:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday, features puppet show, music, dance, acrobatic show, mime show and more.
Besides, the disabled children can also create paintings at the children’s corner on Fridays.
BSA has set up the children’s corner to get children interested in art. Children visiting the binnacle can create drawings at the corner.
‘The previous three editions of the biennale have attracted a large of children and this time is no different. Major art events can get children interested in art. Children visiting the biennale can create drawings at the children’s corner every day. Besides, we have been organising special cultural shows and drawing sessions for disabled children at the biennale every Friday to make the biennale more vibrant’, said director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky.
The 18th Asian Art Biennale, which began on September 1, will end on September 30.

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Disabled children pose for a photo after painting at a cultural show organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on its premises.

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Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is holding special cultural shows for disabled children every Friday at National Art Gallery’s auditorium as an ancillary event of the ongoing month-long 18th Asian Art Biennale.
The cultural shows, held from 3:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday, features puppet show, music, dance, acrobatic show, mime show and more.
Besides, the disabled children can also create paintings at the children’s corner on Fridays.
BSA has set up the children’s corner to get children interested in art. Children visiting the binnacle can create drawings at the corner.
‘The previous three editions of the biennale have attracted a large of children and this time is no different. Major art events can get children interested in art. Children visiting the biennale can create drawings at the children’s corner every day. Besides, we have been organising special cultural shows and drawing sessions for disabled children at the biennale every Friday to make the biennale more vibrant’, said director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky.
The 18th Asian Art Biennale, which began on September 1, will end on September 30.


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Bengal Boi launches Comic Cache

Visitors look at displayed comic books at Bengal Boi in Lalmatia on Saturday. Courtesy: Bengal Boi.

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Good news for comic book fans. Bengal Boi has launched a comic corner named Comic Cache on Saturday.
Comic fans can get their hands on rare comic books and more displayed at Comic Cache, which was launched at Chilekohta, located at the rooftop of Bengal Boi in Lalmatia.
Bengal Boi is displaying an extensive collection of original comic books and superhero memorabilia collected by late writer and collector Ahmed Kamal Bhuiyan at its comic corner.
Ahmed Kamal Bhuiyan passed away last year after suffering from cancer.
Director general of Bengal Foundation Luva Nahid Chowdhury, cartoonist and editor of monthly satirical magazine Unmad Ahsan Habib, director general of Bengal Institute Kazi Khaleed Ashraf and Ahmed’s sister Ayesha Kamal, among others, were present at the launching ceremony.
Luva Nahid Chowdhury thanked Ahmed’s family for sharing his huge collection of comics at Bengal Boi.
Ahsan Habib said, ‘Ahmed’s collection is very unique. He inspired the young generation to collect and read comics’.
The collection includes a wide number of rare comics published by DC and Marvel, including original runs of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Comic lovers will be able to read the books by becoming members of Comic Cache, informed an official of Bengal Communications.
‘Anyone will be able to become a member of Comic Cache. All the necessary information about rules of membership will be provided on the official facebook page of Bengal Boi soon’, said the official.
Comic lovers can visit Comic Cache from 10:00am-09:00pm daily.

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Visitors look at displayed comic books at Bengal Boi in Lalmatia on Saturday. Courtesy: Bengal Boi.

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Good news for comic book fans. Bengal Boi has launched a comic corner named Comic Cache on Saturday.
Comic fans can get their hands on rare comic books and more displayed at Comic Cache, which was launched at Chilekohta, located at the rooftop of Bengal Boi in Lalmatia.
Bengal Boi is displaying an extensive collection of original comic books and superhero memorabilia collected by late writer and collector Ahmed Kamal Bhuiyan at its comic corner.
Ahmed Kamal Bhuiyan passed away last year after suffering from cancer.
Director general of Bengal Foundation Luva Nahid Chowdhury, cartoonist and editor of monthly satirical magazine Unmad Ahsan Habib, director general of Bengal Institute Kazi Khaleed Ashraf and Ahmed’s sister Ayesha Kamal, among others, were present at the launching ceremony.
Luva Nahid Chowdhury thanked Ahmed’s family for sharing his huge collection of comics at Bengal Boi.
Ahsan Habib said, ‘Ahmed’s collection is very unique. He inspired the young generation to collect and read comics’.
The collection includes a wide number of rare comics published by DC and Marvel, including original runs of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Comic lovers will be able to read the books by becoming members of Comic Cache, informed an official of Bengal Communications.
‘Anyone will be able to become a member of Comic Cache. All the necessary information about rules of membership will be provided on the official facebook page of Bengal Boi soon’, said the official.
Comic lovers can visit Comic Cache from 10:00am-09:00pm daily.


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Two-day classical music fest held in Dhaka

Musicians perform at a classical music programme held at Chhayanaut on Monday.

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A two-day classical music festival featuring vocal and instrumental recitals by local up and coming artistes ended on Tuesday at Chhayanaut Auditorium.
Classical musicians, who have been taking training under local and Indian maestros at Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya, enthralled the audience presenting instrumental and vocal recitals of different ragas at the two-day festival, which was organised by Bengal Foundation.
The foundation organised the festival, titled ‘Sunaad’, to provide a platform for emerging young classical artistes.
Thirty-five students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya, established in 2014, presented khayal, dhrupad and recitals on instruments like sarod, tabla, sitar, esraj and others.
On the concluding day, seven sitarists Prasenjit Mandal, Jyoti Banerjee, Jahangir Alam Sraban, Mohammad Kawsar, Sohini Majumder, Samin Yasir Iftee and Subrata Biswas began the programme with a group sitar recital.
Singer Kanij Husna Ahmmadi entertained the audience presenting a khayal, while Abhijit Kundu and Tniku Shil presented drupad.
Eight esraj students of the music school, along with esraj player Debashish Halder, ended the two-day festival with a group recital on esraj.
Earlier on Monday, Bengal Foundation chairman Abul Khair inaugurated the two-day festival and congratulated the students who have been taking training at Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya.
‘We are happy that the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya has been working for creating a new generation of local classical musicians who would represent Bangladesh in the global music scene in future’, said Abul Khair.  
Four sarod students-Ishrat Phuljahri Khan, Ilham Phuljhari Khan, Saddam Hossain and Arefin Rony- began the festival with rendition of devotional evening raga bhoopali.
Following which, Mirajul Jannat Sonia presented a khayal on early night raga shree, while Supantha Majumder presented an enticing talba recital.
Invited artiste Alok Sen ended the first day’s programme presenting late night raga bageshri.

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Musicians perform at a classical music programme held at Chhayanaut on Monday.

Cultural Correspondent

A two-day classical music festival featuring vocal and instrumental recitals by local up and coming artistes ended on Tuesday at Chhayanaut Auditorium.
Classical musicians, who have been taking training under local and Indian maestros at Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya, enthralled the audience presenting instrumental and vocal recitals of different ragas at the two-day festival, which was organised by Bengal Foundation.
The foundation organised the festival, titled ‘Sunaad’, to provide a platform for emerging young classical artistes.
Thirty-five students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya, established in 2014, presented khayal, dhrupad and recitals on instruments like sarod, tabla, sitar, esraj and others.
On the concluding day, seven sitarists Prasenjit Mandal, Jyoti Banerjee, Jahangir Alam Sraban, Mohammad Kawsar, Sohini Majumder, Samin Yasir Iftee and Subrata Biswas began the programme with a group sitar recital.
Singer Kanij Husna Ahmmadi entertained the audience presenting a khayal, while Abhijit Kundu and Tniku Shil presented drupad.
Eight esraj students of the music school, along with esraj player Debashish Halder, ended the two-day festival with a group recital on esraj.
Earlier on Monday, Bengal Foundation chairman Abul Khair inaugurated the two-day festival and congratulated the students who have been taking training at Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya.
‘We are happy that the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya has been working for creating a new generation of local classical musicians who would represent Bangladesh in the global music scene in future’, said Abul Khair.  
Four sarod students-Ishrat Phuljahri Khan, Ilham Phuljhari Khan, Saddam Hossain and Arefin Rony- began the festival with rendition of devotional evening raga bhoopali.
Following which, Mirajul Jannat Sonia presented a khayal on early night raga shree, while Supantha Majumder presented an enticing talba recital.
Invited artiste Alok Sen ended the first day’s programme presenting late night raga bageshri.


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Bangladeshi dance talent Tahnun Ahmedy at the Tanztheater Bremen

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Bangladeshi talented contemporary dancer and choreographer Tahnun Ahmedy currently resides as guest member at the dance company of the Tanztheater Bremen, Germany.
For three weeks, starting from last week, Tahnun Ahmedy joins all training sessions and rehearsals. His time in Bremen comes at the beginning of the new theater and dance season under Bremen Theater’s lead choreographer Samir Akika. Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, since 2016 convening the “Young Choreographers’ Platform” in Bangladesh, has provided the support for Tahnun’s experience.
After the first week of his stay, during the theatre’s “Open Door” event on Saturday, 8 September 2018, Tahnun Ahmedy brought his new choreography SAMRAKSHANA to the stage, being at the same time the dancer of this solo performance. It was held with great audience attendance and approval at the “Probebühne Tanz” of Theater am Goetheplatz.
After the performance, Tahnun Ahemdy expressed “For me as a young choreographer and dancer, the stay in Bremen offers many new possibilities. It was very exciting to perform in front of a German audience in a theatre with a long dance theatre tradition. And although many things are different compared to Bangladesh, I do not feel that they are at all”.
During his remaining weeks in Germany, Tahnun will continue to train with the Tanztheater Bremen’s dance company, and also assist his mentor Tom Bünger, dancer and choreographer of the TanzKollektivBremen and repeatedly teacher and mentor at the “Young Choreographers’ Platform” in Bangladesh, with mentoring at the yearly competition “Youth Dance Meeting” (Tanztreffen der Jugend) in Berlin.
About Tahnun Ahmedy: Thanun Ahmedy is a Kathak/Contamporary dancer who tries to find a new contemporary dance language which can express the life of a Bangladeshi person of today. He is working on solo and group choreographies and is also teaching.
About the Young Choreographers’ Platform Bangladesh: In 2016, the first Young Choreographers’ Platform was convened, and young talented dancers and choreographers had a chance to design, train and rehearse their first own choreographies. Under the mentorship of German dancer and choreographer Tomas Bünger, TanzKollektivBremen, these were brought to the national stage at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Ever since, the Goethe-Institut has continued its engagement in supporting the young scene of contemporary dance in Bangladesh.

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Bangladeshi talented contemporary dancer and choreographer Tahnun Ahmedy currently resides as guest member at the dance company of the Tanztheater Bremen, Germany.
For three weeks, starting from last week, Tahnun Ahmedy joins all training sessions and rehearsals. His time in Bremen comes at the beginning of the new theater and dance season under Bremen Theater’s lead choreographer Samir Akika. Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, since 2016 convening the “Young Choreographers’ Platform” in Bangladesh, has provided the support for Tahnun’s experience.
After the first week of his stay, during the theatre’s “Open Door” event on Saturday, 8 September 2018, Tahnun Ahmedy brought his new choreography SAMRAKSHANA to the stage, being at the same time the dancer of this solo performance. It was held with great audience attendance and approval at the “Probebühne Tanz” of Theater am Goetheplatz.
After the performance, Tahnun Ahemdy expressed “For me as a young choreographer and dancer, the stay in Bremen offers many new possibilities. It was very exciting to perform in front of a German audience in a theatre with a long dance theatre tradition. And although many things are different compared to Bangladesh, I do not feel that they are at all”.
During his remaining weeks in Germany, Tahnun will continue to train with the Tanztheater Bremen’s dance company, and also assist his mentor Tom Bünger, dancer and choreographer of the TanzKollektivBremen and repeatedly teacher and mentor at the “Young Choreographers’ Platform” in Bangladesh, with mentoring at the yearly competition “Youth Dance Meeting” (Tanztreffen der Jugend) in Berlin.
About Tahnun Ahmedy: Thanun Ahmedy is a Kathak/Contamporary dancer who tries to find a new contemporary dance language which can express the life of a Bangladeshi person of today. He is working on solo and group choreographies and is also teaching.
About the Young Choreographers’ Platform Bangladesh: In 2016, the first Young Choreographers’ Platform was convened, and young talented dancers and choreographers had a chance to design, train and rehearse their first own choreographies. Under the mentorship of German dancer and choreographer Tomas Bünger, TanzKollektivBremen, these were brought to the national stage at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Ever since, the Goethe-Institut has continued its engagement in supporting the young scene of contemporary dance in Bangladesh.


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Peruvian film ‘Wiñaypacha’ in Aymara Recommended to Oscars

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‘Wiñaypacha’ the first Peruvian movie filmed entirely in the Aymara language, has been chosen to represent Peru at the U.S. Academy Awards (Oscars) and the Goyas (the Spanish academy awards).
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has revealed that ‘Wiñaypacha’ (Eternity), a film directed by Oscar Catacora, is short-listed for entry into competitive categories of the U.S. and Spanish cinematographic academies, known as the Oscars and Goya, respectively.
The Peruvian applications for award categories are sent to the academies by the Ministry of Culture. In the upcoming months, both academies will decide which films are nominated. ‘Wiñaypacha’ was selected by a committee formed by 16 representatives of the cinematographic associations in Peru.
Wiñaypacha tells the story of an old couple living in the Peruvian Andes saddled with the sorrow of being abandoned by their son. Wiñaypacha was entirely shot in Aymara, a language native of Peru. The shooting lasted five weeks and it took place in the town of Allincapac, located in the province of Carabaya, Puno region (Southeast Peru) at over 5000 meters above sea level.
The director Óscar Catacora commented that the film is based on the time of his childhood when he lived with his grandparents high up in Puno, and how he saw the longing of his grandparents for the absence of their children. That is why, to give the realism of his experience to the film, Catacora had as actors an elderly couple from this area of Peru, which represented a challenge for the director. “We knew that the actor directing work was going to be difficult because the Aymara can not lie and, for them, acting is like lying. For that reason, the term ‘to play’ was proposed to the actors in order to carry out the scenes”, said Óscar Catacora.
The film first premiered at the 21st Lima Film Festival on Aug 4, 2017, then internationally at the 32nd International Film Festival of Mar del Plata in Argentina, last year.
‘Wiñaypacha’ won the Best Opera Prima (best film) and the Mayahuel (best photography) prizes at the 33rd International Film Festival of Guadalajara in Mexico. The film also received an honorable mention at the Festival de Cine de las Alturas in Argentina.
During the premiere of the film, Oscar Catacora told local media that “the movie is completely filmed in the Aymara language; it’s a purely indigenist (advocating for indigenous people) film.” Catacora explained that the objective of his work is to promote the Andean culture through cinematography and to raise awareness to the problem of social exclusion suffered by the Indigenous peoples, especially in the Andes.
The Peruvian feature film was produced with state funding, through the Project Competitions and Cinematographic Works of the Ministry of Culture of Peru.

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‘Wiñaypacha’ the first Peruvian movie filmed entirely in the Aymara language, has been chosen to represent Peru at the U.S. Academy Awards (Oscars) and the Goyas (the Spanish academy awards).
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has revealed that ‘Wiñaypacha’ (Eternity), a film directed by Oscar Catacora, is short-listed for entry into competitive categories of the U.S. and Spanish cinematographic academies, known as the Oscars and Goya, respectively.
The Peruvian applications for award categories are sent to the academies by the Ministry of Culture. In the upcoming months, both academies will decide which films are nominated. ‘Wiñaypacha’ was selected by a committee formed by 16 representatives of the cinematographic associations in Peru.
Wiñaypacha tells the story of an old couple living in the Peruvian Andes saddled with the sorrow of being abandoned by their son. Wiñaypacha was entirely shot in Aymara, a language native of Peru. The shooting lasted five weeks and it took place in the town of Allincapac, located in the province of Carabaya, Puno region (Southeast Peru) at over 5000 meters above sea level.
The director Óscar Catacora commented that the film is based on the time of his childhood when he lived with his grandparents high up in Puno, and how he saw the longing of his grandparents for the absence of their children. That is why, to give the realism of his experience to the film, Catacora had as actors an elderly couple from this area of Peru, which represented a challenge for the director. “We knew that the actor directing work was going to be difficult because the Aymara can not lie and, for them, acting is like lying. For that reason, the term ‘to play’ was proposed to the actors in order to carry out the scenes”, said Óscar Catacora.
The film first premiered at the 21st Lima Film Festival on Aug 4, 2017, then internationally at the 32nd International Film Festival of Mar del Plata in Argentina, last year.
‘Wiñaypacha’ won the Best Opera Prima (best film) and the Mayahuel (best photography) prizes at the 33rd International Film Festival of Guadalajara in Mexico. The film also received an honorable mention at the Festival de Cine de las Alturas in Argentina.
During the premiere of the film, Oscar Catacora told local media that “the movie is completely filmed in the Aymara language; it’s a purely indigenist (advocating for indigenous people) film.” Catacora explained that the objective of his work is to promote the Andean culture through cinematography and to raise awareness to the problem of social exclusion suffered by the Indigenous peoples, especially in the Andes.
The Peruvian feature film was produced with state funding, through the Project Competitions and Cinematographic Works of the Ministry of Culture of Peru.


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Desh Opera stages pala on Amalendu Biswas

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Popular jatra troupe Desh Opera staged a biographical pala on Amalendu Biswas, widely regarded as the Jatra Samrat, at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
Written, directed and acted by Milon Kanti Dey, the pala titled ‘Ami Amalendu Biswas’ featured the legendary artiste Amalendu’s determination for establishing the traditional jatra pala as a popular art genre for the contemporary audience.
Bangladesh Jatra Shilpa Unnayan Parishad president Milon Kanti Dey was a direct disciple of Amalendu and still continues the legacy of his mentor.
The experimental pala performed solo by Milon Kanti does not follow the typical structure of the traditional pala, in which several actors play diverse roles. It appeared more like monodrama where an actor presents the pala in solo performance. Milon, however, followed the typical high-pitched long-vibrato style of acting in jatra pala in case of narration and dialogue delivery.
Milon’s presentation depicted Amalendu’s early life in Chittagong, his switching from theatre to jatra and emergence as the torchbearer at the time when the traditional art form was facing the threat of disappearance, his efforts of enriching the aesthetic values of the traditional pala for the contemporary audience, the maestro’s frustrations for not reaching his target and his last urges for the welfare of the art form and the artistes.
It is to be mentioned that Amalendu Biswas (1925 – 1987) got the Sequence of Merit Award conferred on him by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1980. He was awarded Ekushey Padak posthumously in 1989.
Desh Opera staged the pala at its 25th anniversary celebrations programme. International Theatre Institute’s honourary president Ramendu Majumdar, Jagannath University vice chancellor Mizanur Rahman and others were present at the event.
The troupe also conferred Desh Opera Rajat Jayanti Padak 2018 on Amalendu Biswas’ wife and also a renowned jatra actress Jyotsna Biswas and jatra patron Chitta Ranjan Das.

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Popular jatra troupe Desh Opera staged a biographical pala on Amalendu Biswas, widely regarded as the Jatra Samrat, at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
Written, directed and acted by Milon Kanti Dey, the pala titled ‘Ami Amalendu Biswas’ featured the legendary artiste Amalendu’s determination for establishing the traditional jatra pala as a popular art genre for the contemporary audience.
Bangladesh Jatra Shilpa Unnayan Parishad president Milon Kanti Dey was a direct disciple of Amalendu and still continues the legacy of his mentor.
The experimental pala performed solo by Milon Kanti does not follow the typical structure of the traditional pala, in which several actors play diverse roles. It appeared more like monodrama where an actor presents the pala in solo performance. Milon, however, followed the typical high-pitched long-vibrato style of acting in jatra pala in case of narration and dialogue delivery.
Milon’s presentation depicted Amalendu’s early life in Chittagong, his switching from theatre to jatra and emergence as the torchbearer at the time when the traditional art form was facing the threat of disappearance, his efforts of enriching the aesthetic values of the traditional pala for the contemporary audience, the maestro’s frustrations for not reaching his target and his last urges for the welfare of the art form and the artistes.
It is to be mentioned that Amalendu Biswas (1925 – 1987) got the Sequence of Merit Award conferred on him by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1980. He was awarded Ekushey Padak posthumously in 1989.
Desh Opera staged the pala at its 25th anniversary celebrations programme. International Theatre Institute’s honourary president Ramendu Majumdar, Jagannath University vice chancellor Mizanur Rahman and others were present at the event.
The troupe also conferred Desh Opera Rajat Jayanti Padak 2018 on Amalendu Biswas’ wife and also a renowned jatra actress Jyotsna Biswas and jatra patron Chitta Ranjan Das.


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