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Cultural troupes celebrate Pahela Baishakh

Surer Dhara artistes perform at Bangbandhu International Conference Centre premises on Saturday.

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Different government and cultural organisations welcomed Bangla New Year 1425, and bid adieu to Bangla year 1424 organising different programmes in Dhaka and across the country.
Following the age-old traditions, urban organisations in their Pahela Baishakh and Chitra Sankranti celebrations programmes included traditional music and performances along with recitations, contemporary songs, dance and others.
Viewers attiring colourful sairs and Punjabis joined the celebrations.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, Chhayanaut, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Shurer Dhara organised various programmes at different venues in the capital.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised special programmes at its open field in the afternoon and National Theatre Hall in the evening celebrating Pahela Baishakh on Saturday.
The programmes featured lathi khela (tricks with sticks), music, dance and acrobatic show. Besides, BSA also held programmes, in association with different organizations, at Mirpur, Uttara and old Dhaka in the morning.
Manikganj-based artistes began the programme at BSA open field presenting traditional lathi khela (tricks with sticks).
A Chapai Nawabganj -based troupe presented a gambhira satirising aggression of foreign culture and BSA repertory acrobatic team performed acrobatics to the delight of the audience.
Artistes of Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad began the programme at National Theatre Hall in the evening singing Rajanikanta Sen’s Tumi nirmalo koro.
Recitation artiste Jayanta Chattopadhyay recited Rabindranath Tagore’s poem Baishakh, which glorifies the first month of Bangla New Year. Rabindra Sangeet singer Anima Roy rendered a Tagore song Oi baishakh asey, while Nazrul Sangeet singer Priyanka Gope rendered a Nazrul song Meghbihin kharo baishakh.
Besides, Rafiqul Alam, Kangalini Sufia and Saidur Rahman Boyati also performed at the programme.
Artistes of different dance troupes presented colourful dance recitals synchronised with songs glorifying Baishakh like Eso hey Baishakh, Baishakhi jhar elo, Boshekhete rong makhabi ke ke ay and Bajere dhol baje.
Music school Shurer Dhara welcomed Bangla New Year 1425 through a programme held on Bangbandhu International Conference Centre premises on Saturday.
Titled ‘Hajar Kanthe Barsho Baran’, the programme commenced at the crack of dawn with a sarod recital.
One thousand artistes, led by renowned Tagore singer and director of Shurer Dhara Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, performed at the programme.
Bangla Academy welcomed Bangla New Year 1425 through a programme featuring discussion and cultural show held at its Rabindra Chattar.
Director general of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan, essayist and researcher Abul Momen were present at the programme as discussants. Language movement veteran Ahmad Rafique presided over the programme.
Following the discussion, students of Government Music College, led by professor Kristi Hefaz, rendered songs.
Besides, Bangla Academy has organised a ten-day event titled‘Book Aarong’featuring books published by the academy and Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation in association with Bangla Academy has organised a ten-day Baishakhi fair, which was inaugurated by industries minister Amir Hossain Amu.
The fair, held on the academy premises, features traditional sweets, books, craft items and others.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote organised a cultural programme at Dhanmondi’s Rabindra Sarobar welcoming Baishakh in the evening.
The cultural programme began with instrumental recitals on flute, dotara, mandira, dhol and others.
Artistes in chorus, led by Rabindra Sangeet singer Mahadev Gosh, presented popular Tagore song Banglar mati banglar jol.
Banhishikha artistes like Srabboni Guha, Samir Baul, Roy and others rendered songs and Rezina Wali Lina recited poem.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy bid adieu to Bangla Year 1424 organising Chaitra Sangkranti programmes at it open field and Experimental Theatre Hall on Friday
The programme at the open field featured traditional lathi khela (tricks with sticks) by Kishoreganj-based troupe, folk-songs, and palagaan.
Chapai Nawabganj-based troupe Roskosh staged gambhira, while Kustia-based troupe Padmar Nachon presented palagaan.
The programme at Experimental Theatre Hall began with a sarod recital by Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan.
Different artistes, dance troupes and theatre troupes presented songs, dance recitals and plays. Prominent dancers like Warda Rehab, Anik Bosh, Deepa Khandokar and others presented solo dance recitals. The programme was organised jointly by BSA and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
Besides, district administrations and cultural organisations in different districts like Barisal, Pabna and elsewhere celebrated Pahela Baishakh organising Mangal Shobhajatra, cultural shows, crafts fair and others.

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Surer Dhara artistes perform at Bangbandhu International Conference Centre premises on Saturday.

Cultural Correspondent

Different government and cultural organisations welcomed Bangla New Year 1425, and bid adieu to Bangla year 1424 organising different programmes in Dhaka and across the country.
Following the age-old traditions, urban organisations in their Pahela Baishakh and Chitra Sankranti celebrations programmes included traditional music and performances along with recitations, contemporary songs, dance and others.
Viewers attiring colourful sairs and Punjabis joined the celebrations.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, Chhayanaut, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Shurer Dhara organised various programmes at different venues in the capital.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised special programmes at its open field in the afternoon and National Theatre Hall in the evening celebrating Pahela Baishakh on Saturday.
The programmes featured lathi khela (tricks with sticks), music, dance and acrobatic show. Besides, BSA also held programmes, in association with different organizations, at Mirpur, Uttara and old Dhaka in the morning.
Manikganj-based artistes began the programme at BSA open field presenting traditional lathi khela (tricks with sticks).
A Chapai Nawabganj -based troupe presented a gambhira satirising aggression of foreign culture and BSA repertory acrobatic team performed acrobatics to the delight of the audience.
Artistes of Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad began the programme at National Theatre Hall in the evening singing Rajanikanta Sen’s Tumi nirmalo koro.
Recitation artiste Jayanta Chattopadhyay recited Rabindranath Tagore’s poem Baishakh, which glorifies the first month of Bangla New Year. Rabindra Sangeet singer Anima Roy rendered a Tagore song Oi baishakh asey, while Nazrul Sangeet singer Priyanka Gope rendered a Nazrul song Meghbihin kharo baishakh.
Besides, Rafiqul Alam, Kangalini Sufia and Saidur Rahman Boyati also performed at the programme.
Artistes of different dance troupes presented colourful dance recitals synchronised with songs glorifying Baishakh like Eso hey Baishakh, Baishakhi jhar elo, Boshekhete rong makhabi ke ke ay and Bajere dhol baje.
Music school Shurer Dhara welcomed Bangla New Year 1425 through a programme held on Bangbandhu International Conference Centre premises on Saturday.
Titled ‘Hajar Kanthe Barsho Baran’, the programme commenced at the crack of dawn with a sarod recital.
One thousand artistes, led by renowned Tagore singer and director of Shurer Dhara Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, performed at the programme.
Bangla Academy welcomed Bangla New Year 1425 through a programme featuring discussion and cultural show held at its Rabindra Chattar.
Director general of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan, essayist and researcher Abul Momen were present at the programme as discussants. Language movement veteran Ahmad Rafique presided over the programme.
Following the discussion, students of Government Music College, led by professor Kristi Hefaz, rendered songs.
Besides, Bangla Academy has organised a ten-day event titled‘Book Aarong’featuring books published by the academy and Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation in association with Bangla Academy has organised a ten-day Baishakhi fair, which was inaugurated by industries minister Amir Hossain Amu.
The fair, held on the academy premises, features traditional sweets, books, craft items and others.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote organised a cultural programme at Dhanmondi’s Rabindra Sarobar welcoming Baishakh in the evening.
The cultural programme began with instrumental recitals on flute, dotara, mandira, dhol and others.
Artistes in chorus, led by Rabindra Sangeet singer Mahadev Gosh, presented popular Tagore song Banglar mati banglar jol.
Banhishikha artistes like Srabboni Guha, Samir Baul, Roy and others rendered songs and Rezina Wali Lina recited poem.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy bid adieu to Bangla Year 1424 organising Chaitra Sangkranti programmes at it open field and Experimental Theatre Hall on Friday
The programme at the open field featured traditional lathi khela (tricks with sticks) by Kishoreganj-based troupe, folk-songs, and palagaan.
Chapai Nawabganj-based troupe Roskosh staged gambhira, while Kustia-based troupe Padmar Nachon presented palagaan.
The programme at Experimental Theatre Hall began with a sarod recital by Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan.
Different artistes, dance troupes and theatre troupes presented songs, dance recitals and plays. Prominent dancers like Warda Rehab, Anik Bosh, Deepa Khandokar and others presented solo dance recitals. The programme was organised jointly by BSA and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
Besides, district administrations and cultural organisations in different districts like Barisal, Pabna and elsewhere celebrated Pahela Baishakh organising Mangal Shobhajatra, cultural shows, crafts fair and others.


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Czech-American film director Milos Forman dies

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Czech-American film director Milos Forman, acclaimed director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Amadeus’ died Friday in his Connecticut home.
Forman was born in the Czech Republic in 1932 and studied direction at the Prague Film Academy. Before moving to the United States in 1968, Forman gained fame after two of his Czech films, ‘A blonde in Love’ and ‘The Firemen’s Ball’ were nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.
He was part of what became known as the “Czechoslovak new wave,” before Warsaw Pact forces invaded to crush the Prague Spring in 1968.
In 1968 Forman moved to the United States. A few years after he directed his most renowned film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which won five Oscars in 1976 for Best Picture, Best Actor in Leading Role, Best Actress in Leading Role, Screenplay and Director.
The film narrates the story of a prisoner in psychiatric ward, played by Jack Nicholson, who seeks to escape after being the victim of torture.
He became the second director to win the Oscar for five of the Academy’s top categories.
In 1984 he won eight Oscars with his film ‘Amadeus’, which tells the story of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the perspective of rival composer Antonio Salieri.
His last film ‘Goya’s Ghost’ took on the Spanish Inquisition and was released in 2006. Forman’s wife Martina told the Czech news agency CTK he died calmly, surrounded by loved ones after a short illness.

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Czech-American film director Milos Forman, acclaimed director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Amadeus’ died Friday in his Connecticut home.
Forman was born in the Czech Republic in 1932 and studied direction at the Prague Film Academy. Before moving to the United States in 1968, Forman gained fame after two of his Czech films, ‘A blonde in Love’ and ‘The Firemen’s Ball’ were nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.
He was part of what became known as the “Czechoslovak new wave,” before Warsaw Pact forces invaded to crush the Prague Spring in 1968.
In 1968 Forman moved to the United States. A few years after he directed his most renowned film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which won five Oscars in 1976 for Best Picture, Best Actor in Leading Role, Best Actress in Leading Role, Screenplay and Director.
The film narrates the story of a prisoner in psychiatric ward, played by Jack Nicholson, who seeks to escape after being the victim of torture.
He became the second director to win the Oscar for five of the Academy’s top categories.
In 1984 he won eight Oscars with his film ‘Amadeus’, which tells the story of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the perspective of rival composer Antonio Salieri.
His last film ‘Goya’s Ghost’ took on the Spanish Inquisition and was released in 2006. Forman’s wife Martina told the Czech news agency CTK he died calmly, surrounded by loved ones after a short illness.


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Havana celebrates nearing 500 years with cultural spectacle

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Public spaces in the Cuban capital will be filled with the sound of music performed by local groups every weekend for the remainder of the month. The weekly events are part of a movement to inspire creativity, identity, positivity and musical discipline in young Cubans.
Cuba’s capital city Havana celebrates nearing its 500th anniversary from Saturday with a month of celebrations, concerts and performances, the Cuban Music Institute said Friday.
The Orchestra Aragon and Conjuncture Arsenio Rodriguez will kick off the event on Saturday at 9 p.m. local time with a classic cha-cha.
According to the Cine Yara site, Cuban music lovers are in for a night of jazz on April 21 with special guest vocalist Zule Guerra accompanied by saxophonist Michel Herrera. One week later, local residents will perform dance shows and salsa the night away.
The event is made possible by the Institute of Music, the Cultural Ministry, the Provincial Directorate of Culture for the Capital, the Historical Society, and the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power.
The cultural event honors the founding of the ancient city of San Cristobal de La Habana in 1515, though the area was not completely settled until 1519.

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Public spaces in the Cuban capital will be filled with the sound of music performed by local groups every weekend for the remainder of the month. The weekly events are part of a movement to inspire creativity, identity, positivity and musical discipline in young Cubans.
Cuba’s capital city Havana celebrates nearing its 500th anniversary from Saturday with a month of celebrations, concerts and performances, the Cuban Music Institute said Friday.
The Orchestra Aragon and Conjuncture Arsenio Rodriguez will kick off the event on Saturday at 9 p.m. local time with a classic cha-cha.
According to the Cine Yara site, Cuban music lovers are in for a night of jazz on April 21 with special guest vocalist Zule Guerra accompanied by saxophonist Michel Herrera. One week later, local residents will perform dance shows and salsa the night away.
The event is made possible by the Institute of Music, the Cultural Ministry, the Provincial Directorate of Culture for the Capital, the Historical Society, and the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power.
The cultural event honors the founding of the ancient city of San Cristobal de La Habana in 1515, though the area was not completely settled until 1519.


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Gangster brags on facebook after shooting Punjabi singer

Initial reports suggested that Punjabi  singer  Parmish Verma was shot by the assailants after he sent his bodyguard home

Gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan uploaded these two images on his Facebook post in which he claimed responsibility for the shooting.

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Punjabi singer Parmish Verma was shot by unidentified assailants on Friday night near his home in Mohali. Police officials said they had rushed to the ‘Gaal Ni Kadni’ singer’s home after they received a phone call from the singer asking for help, NDTV reports.
In a statement, a top Mohali police official said that the assailants had arrived in a white Toyota Fortuner SUV.
The police official said that they were reviewing CCTV footage obtained from the spot as part of the investigation into the incident.
Mr Verma was returning home accompanied by a friend and a bodyguard from an event at Chandigarh’s Elante mall. There are conflicting reports about the precise sequence of events of the shooting. Initial reports suggested that the singer was shot by the assailants after he had sent his bodyguard home.
News agency IANS later reported that a white Hyundai Creta car had followed the singer’s Toyota SUV from Chandigarh. The car then stopped in front of Mr Verma’s vehicle near Sector 74 in Mohali, which is when the assailants shot at the singer.
Mr Verma was shot on the leg, while his friend was injured from the shooting as well.The singer and his friend were both rushed to Fortis Hospital in Mohali soon after. Hospital authorities said that the singer and his friend are now both out of danger.The incident took place at around 12.30 am, according to the police official.
“Some unidentified persons fired shots at Parmish last night at Sector 91 in Mohali when he was returning home,” Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Chahal told news agency PTI.
At around 4 am a few hours after the shooting, Dilpreet Singh Dhahan, a local gangster, took to social media to claim responsibility for the shooting.
In a Facebook post, the gangster said that Mr Verma had “tried his best to escape, but eventually suffered.” The gangster said in the post that he had “warned” the singer, saying that their “face to face” meeting had cost him.
In the post, the gangster also said that the singer had a choice of whether he wanted to “listen to others.”
He said that Mr Verma was “lucky to be alive”.
Dhahan shared two images in the Facebook status, with one image showing the gangster posing with a pistol and the other of thesinger, marked with a red cross, a sign that the gangster had ‘eliminated’ his target.
The post was shared on Facebook more than 3,000 times and received over 8,000 likes.
The gangster’s motive to claim responsibility for the shooting was unclear. It was also not clear why Mr Verma was attacked either.
Apart from Dilpreet Singh Dhahan, members of the Sampat Nehra gang have also claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news agency IANS.
After the gangster’s Facebook status emerged, police officials said they would investigate the incident from this angle as well.
A First Information Report or FIR has been registered against unknown individuals.
News agency IANS also said that Mr Verma will likely be provided with police protection after the shooting.
The singer’s popular ‘Gaal Ni Kadni’ song has over 118 million views on YouTube.

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Initial reports suggested that Punjabi  singer  Parmish Verma was shot by the assailants after he sent his bodyguard home

Gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan uploaded these two images on his Facebook post in which he claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Cultural  Desk

Punjabi singer Parmish Verma was shot by unidentified assailants on Friday night near his home in Mohali. Police officials said they had rushed to the ‘Gaal Ni Kadni’ singer’s home after they received a phone call from the singer asking for help, NDTV reports.
In a statement, a top Mohali police official said that the assailants had arrived in a white Toyota Fortuner SUV.
The police official said that they were reviewing CCTV footage obtained from the spot as part of the investigation into the incident.
Mr Verma was returning home accompanied by a friend and a bodyguard from an event at Chandigarh’s Elante mall. There are conflicting reports about the precise sequence of events of the shooting. Initial reports suggested that the singer was shot by the assailants after he had sent his bodyguard home.
News agency IANS later reported that a white Hyundai Creta car had followed the singer’s Toyota SUV from Chandigarh. The car then stopped in front of Mr Verma’s vehicle near Sector 74 in Mohali, which is when the assailants shot at the singer.
Mr Verma was shot on the leg, while his friend was injured from the shooting as well.The singer and his friend were both rushed to Fortis Hospital in Mohali soon after. Hospital authorities said that the singer and his friend are now both out of danger.The incident took place at around 12.30 am, according to the police official.
“Some unidentified persons fired shots at Parmish last night at Sector 91 in Mohali when he was returning home,” Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Chahal told news agency PTI.
At around 4 am a few hours after the shooting, Dilpreet Singh Dhahan, a local gangster, took to social media to claim responsibility for the shooting.
In a Facebook post, the gangster said that Mr Verma had “tried his best to escape, but eventually suffered.” The gangster said in the post that he had “warned” the singer, saying that their “face to face” meeting had cost him.
In the post, the gangster also said that the singer had a choice of whether he wanted to “listen to others.”
He said that Mr Verma was “lucky to be alive”.
Dhahan shared two images in the Facebook status, with one image showing the gangster posing with a pistol and the other of thesinger, marked with a red cross, a sign that the gangster had ‘eliminated’ his target.
The post was shared on Facebook more than 3,000 times and received over 8,000 likes.
The gangster’s motive to claim responsibility for the shooting was unclear. It was also not clear why Mr Verma was attacked either.
Apart from Dilpreet Singh Dhahan, members of the Sampat Nehra gang have also claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news agency IANS.
After the gangster’s Facebook status emerged, police officials said they would investigate the incident from this angle as well.
A First Information Report or FIR has been registered against unknown individuals.
News agency IANS also said that Mr Verma will likely be provided with police protection after the shooting.
The singer’s popular ‘Gaal Ni Kadni’ song has over 118 million views on YouTube.


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