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3 more ethnic minority cultural institutes open in Sept

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Construction works of three more ethnic minority cultural institutes in Mymensingh, Dinajpur and Naogaon has been completed.
The implementing agency of Tk 3147.76 lakh project, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy officials said prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate those institutes in September.
The institutes located at Haluaghat in Mymensingh, Dinajpur district headquarter and Patnitala in Naogaon will promote cultural activities of Garo, Koch, Hajong, Santal, Orao and other ethnic minority groups living in those areas, said the academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
For many years ethnic minority people located in those areas were demanding for ethnic minority cultural institutes for protecting and promoting their distinct culture, fine and performing arts, Liaquat added.
In this regard, construction project of three culture institutes was initiated in 2013, he added.
Seven autonomous cultural institutes are functional in Netrokona, Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachori, Coxs Bazar, Moulvi Bazar and Rajshahi, which operate under Ethnic Minority Cultural Institute Act 2010.
Before enactment of the act, those institutes used to function under Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Liaquat said he had proposed to the cultural affairs ministry to open a cell for monitoring activities of these institutes.
‘It seems that the autonomous culture institutes are not that much functional for playing effective roles for promoting cultural diversities of the ethnic minority groups,’ Liaquat said.
Besides allocating funds, their activities should be monitored, said Liaquat adding that these institutes need to take research-based innovative programmes to promote the distinctive cultures of the ethnic minorities in the country.

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Construction works of three more ethnic minority cultural institutes in Mymensingh, Dinajpur and Naogaon has been completed.
The implementing agency of Tk 3147.76 lakh project, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy officials said prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate those institutes in September.
The institutes located at Haluaghat in Mymensingh, Dinajpur district headquarter and Patnitala in Naogaon will promote cultural activities of Garo, Koch, Hajong, Santal, Orao and other ethnic minority groups living in those areas, said the academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
For many years ethnic minority people located in those areas were demanding for ethnic minority cultural institutes for protecting and promoting their distinct culture, fine and performing arts, Liaquat added.
In this regard, construction project of three culture institutes was initiated in 2013, he added.
Seven autonomous cultural institutes are functional in Netrokona, Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachori, Coxs Bazar, Moulvi Bazar and Rajshahi, which operate under Ethnic Minority Cultural Institute Act 2010.
Before enactment of the act, those institutes used to function under Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Liaquat said he had proposed to the cultural affairs ministry to open a cell for monitoring activities of these institutes.
‘It seems that the autonomous culture institutes are not that much functional for playing effective roles for promoting cultural diversities of the ethnic minority groups,’ Liaquat said.
Besides allocating funds, their activities should be monitored, said Liaquat adding that these institutes need to take research-based innovative programmes to promote the distinctive cultures of the ethnic minorities in the country.


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Chrikutt rocks London

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Chirkutt performs live in a Boishakhi Mela organized in Weaver Fields, Tower Hamlets, London Facebook
Chrikutt got on stage and began sound check at 6pm, on an unusually warm day for London
Famous Bangladeshi band, Chirkutt, rocked expatriates and London’s Bangla music lovers in Weaver Fields, Tower Hamlets. The concert was organized as a segment of Boishakhi Mela 1425 by Tower Hamlets Council on July 1, 2018 and also featured Ashik and the duo Naz & Bolly Flex.
Chirkutt left for the concert on June 28, and attended two of its promotional events. The first was an interview with BBC Asian Network on the 29th, and the second was a live announcement for Channel S on the June 30.
As for the concert itself, the big Bangladeshi crowd surprised the band enough to make them post this on their Facebook page, “What a big crowd London!! Bangladeshis everywhere just rocks!”
They also thanked the Tower Hamlets Council for organizing the event and the crowd. They said, “We met Bangladesh in a new way in London today. In the new Bangla year celebration. We were overwhelmed by love from both known and newly acquainted faces. Respect and love for all.”
Chrikutt got on stage and began sound check at 6pm, on an unusually warm day for London. The event concluded with their performance at 7pm.

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Chirkutt performs live in a Boishakhi Mela organized in Weaver Fields, Tower Hamlets, London Facebook
Chrikutt got on stage and began sound check at 6pm, on an unusually warm day for London
Famous Bangladeshi band, Chirkutt, rocked expatriates and London’s Bangla music lovers in Weaver Fields, Tower Hamlets. The concert was organized as a segment of Boishakhi Mela 1425 by Tower Hamlets Council on July 1, 2018 and also featured Ashik and the duo Naz & Bolly Flex.
Chirkutt left for the concert on June 28, and attended two of its promotional events. The first was an interview with BBC Asian Network on the 29th, and the second was a live announcement for Channel S on the June 30.
As for the concert itself, the big Bangladeshi crowd surprised the band enough to make them post this on their Facebook page, “What a big crowd London!! Bangladeshis everywhere just rocks!”
They also thanked the Tower Hamlets Council for organizing the event and the crowd. They said, “We met Bangladesh in a new way in London today. In the new Bangla year celebration. We were overwhelmed by love from both known and newly acquainted faces. Respect and love for all.”
Chrikutt got on stage and began sound check at 6pm, on an unusually warm day for London. The event concluded with their performance at 7pm.


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Meenalap’ wins Grand Prix award in Kazakhstan

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Meenalap’ (Soliloquy of the Fishes), a Bangladesh-India short film, directed by Suborna Senjutee Tushee, won the Grand Prix award as the best film in the International Short Films category at the 14th Eurasia International Film Festival.
Held from July 1 to 7 in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, the Eurasia International Film Festival is the major film forum in Central Asia accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF).
The main goals of the festival are: to support film industry in Kazakhstan, to promote the appreciation of motion picture arts for people of all ages and to build the platform for successful cooperation between Asia and Europe. The Eurasia International Film Festival was established in 1998 in Kazakhstan. The Festival takes place in Almaty every year, with the exception of the 5th and the 13th editions being held in Astana since 2010.
The festival took place during the celebration of Astana’s 20th anniversary.The story “Meenalap” revolves around a Bangladeshi couple. Secluded from the alien society around them, they migrate to India to have a child.
Tushee named the film “Meenalap” because the protagonists in her film are like fish those migrate to lay their eggs in freshwater. The characters of the film include Titas Dutta, Pramito Dutta, Vivek Kumar, Devas Dixit.

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Meenalap’ (Soliloquy of the Fishes), a Bangladesh-India short film, directed by Suborna Senjutee Tushee, won the Grand Prix award as the best film in the International Short Films category at the 14th Eurasia International Film Festival.
Held from July 1 to 7 in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, the Eurasia International Film Festival is the major film forum in Central Asia accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF).
The main goals of the festival are: to support film industry in Kazakhstan, to promote the appreciation of motion picture arts for people of all ages and to build the platform for successful cooperation between Asia and Europe. The Eurasia International Film Festival was established in 1998 in Kazakhstan. The Festival takes place in Almaty every year, with the exception of the 5th and the 13th editions being held in Astana since 2010.
The festival took place during the celebration of Astana’s 20th anniversary.The story “Meenalap” revolves around a Bangladeshi couple. Secluded from the alien society around them, they migrate to India to have a child.
Tushee named the film “Meenalap” because the protagonists in her film are like fish those migrate to lay their eggs in freshwater. The characters of the film include Titas Dutta, Pramito Dutta, Vivek Kumar, Devas Dixit.


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Cardi B Crowns break-out year with leading 10 MTV nominations

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American Rapper Cardi B earned a leading 10 nominations on Monday for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), reflecting a break-out year that has seen her become one of the industry’s most successful and sought-after performers.
The New York singer, 25, earned nominations in all the top categories, including both best artist and best new artist, as well as best video, collaboration and choreography mostly for her work with Bruno Mars on “Finesse.”
Cardi B, who shot to fame in August 2017 with her brash female empowerment song “Bodak Yellow,” led a VMA contenders field that included Drake, Camila Cabello, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z.
Performing as The Carters, the power music duo earned eight nominations for their “APES**T” video, which was shot inside the Louvre in Paris against the backdrop of some of the world’s most famous artworks.
Childish Gambino, the music stage name of actor Donald Glover, earned seven nominations for his hard-hitting video “This Is America” about black identity and police brutality.
Cardi B and Bruno Mars, The Carters, and Childish Gambino will face off for the top prize — video of the year — against Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry,” Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” and Drake’s “God’s Plan.”
Pop singer Taylor Swift managed only three nominations, all in technical categories, for “Look What You Made Me Do,” despite her album “Reputation” being the biggest seller in the United States in 2017.
The fan-voted, youth-oriented VMA awards ceremony with a reputation for irreverence and outrageous stunts will be broadcast live on MTV from New York City on Aug. 20.
Almanzar was born on October 11, 1992 in The Bronx borough of New York City to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother.  As a youth, Cardi B was a member of the Bloods, and has said she was a gang member since the age of 16.   She went on to attend Renaissance High School For Musical Theater & Technology, a vocational high school .
During her teenage years, Cardi B was employed at a supermarket in Lower Manhattan, which was the last job that she held before turning to stripping at the age of 19.  Upon being fired from the supermarket, her former manager recommended she work at a strip club. She has said she became a stripper to escape poverty and domestic violence, having been in an abusive relationship at the time.  Cardi B has also said becoming a stripper was positive for her life in many ways: “It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping I went back to school.  She says stripping was her only way out, a way to earn enough money to escape her dire situation and get an education. Nonetheless, she eventually dropped out of college.
In 2013, Cardi B began to gain publicity due to several of her videos going viral on social media, on Vine and her official Instagram page.

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American Rapper Cardi B earned a leading 10 nominations on Monday for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), reflecting a break-out year that has seen her become one of the industry’s most successful and sought-after performers.
The New York singer, 25, earned nominations in all the top categories, including both best artist and best new artist, as well as best video, collaboration and choreography mostly for her work with Bruno Mars on “Finesse.”
Cardi B, who shot to fame in August 2017 with her brash female empowerment song “Bodak Yellow,” led a VMA contenders field that included Drake, Camila Cabello, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z.
Performing as The Carters, the power music duo earned eight nominations for their “APES**T” video, which was shot inside the Louvre in Paris against the backdrop of some of the world’s most famous artworks.
Childish Gambino, the music stage name of actor Donald Glover, earned seven nominations for his hard-hitting video “This Is America” about black identity and police brutality.
Cardi B and Bruno Mars, The Carters, and Childish Gambino will face off for the top prize — video of the year — against Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry,” Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” and Drake’s “God’s Plan.”
Pop singer Taylor Swift managed only three nominations, all in technical categories, for “Look What You Made Me Do,” despite her album “Reputation” being the biggest seller in the United States in 2017.
The fan-voted, youth-oriented VMA awards ceremony with a reputation for irreverence and outrageous stunts will be broadcast live on MTV from New York City on Aug. 20.
Almanzar was born on October 11, 1992 in The Bronx borough of New York City to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother.  As a youth, Cardi B was a member of the Bloods, and has said she was a gang member since the age of 16.   She went on to attend Renaissance High School For Musical Theater & Technology, a vocational high school .
During her teenage years, Cardi B was employed at a supermarket in Lower Manhattan, which was the last job that she held before turning to stripping at the age of 19.  Upon being fired from the supermarket, her former manager recommended she work at a strip club. She has said she became a stripper to escape poverty and domestic violence, having been in an abusive relationship at the time.  Cardi B has also said becoming a stripper was positive for her life in many ways: “It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping I went back to school.  She says stripping was her only way out, a way to earn enough money to escape her dire situation and get an education. Nonetheless, she eventually dropped out of college.
In 2013, Cardi B began to gain publicity due to several of her videos going viral on social media, on Vine and her official Instagram page.


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‘Oporadhi’ crosses 100m views on YouTube

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‘Oporadhi’, the song which was on the top playlist of Bengali music fans, has crossed over 100 million (10 crore) views on YouTube. Until this report was written yesterday, the song received 102,345,033 views on YouTube. This is the first ever Bangladeshi music video which has received such milestone in terms of views on YouTube.
Produced by Eagle Team, the song was released on YouTube on April 26, 2018. Besides lending his vocals to the song, young singer-musician Arman Alif who is also the lyricist and music composer of the song that made a history.
The song and its music video have already broken all records in the history of Bangladesh’s music scene on YouTube.The music video features Anan, Sumaiya Ajnum and Tuhin Chowdhury as models.
To note, the music video of ‘Oporadhi’ has gone viral on social media after its release on YouTube. Since then, the song has been covered by many of the singers and YouTubers in different styles in both male and female versions.

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‘Oporadhi’, the song which was on the top playlist of Bengali music fans, has crossed over 100 million (10 crore) views on YouTube. Until this report was written yesterday, the song received 102,345,033 views on YouTube. This is the first ever Bangladeshi music video which has received such milestone in terms of views on YouTube.
Produced by Eagle Team, the song was released on YouTube on April 26, 2018. Besides lending his vocals to the song, young singer-musician Arman Alif who is also the lyricist and music composer of the song that made a history.
The song and its music video have already broken all records in the history of Bangladesh’s music scene on YouTube.The music video features Anan, Sumaiya Ajnum and Tuhin Chowdhury as models.
To note, the music video of ‘Oporadhi’ has gone viral on social media after its release on YouTube. Since then, the song has been covered by many of the singers and YouTubers in different styles in both male and female versions.


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Classical music TV host Mariann Peller to Christen

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Mariann Peller, creator of the popular Hungarian classical music television show “Virtuosos” serves as godmother of Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Ravel. The christening ceremony was held on July 11 while the ship is in Budapest during its July 5 sailing, which departs from Vienna on July 5.
In addition to creating “Virtuosos,” Peller is also the founder of the Young Virtuosos Foundation, which encourages younger artists to pursue classical music studies. Artists from the foundation will perform during the christening ceremony.
 “We are delighted to welcome Mariann Peller to the Crystal family, as her passion for the classical arts in her home country and around the world is the perfect complement to the spirit of the Crystal river experience,” said Tom Wolber, Crystal’s president and CEO. “It is also a pleasure to welcome the young performers of Virtuosos to the celebration and bring the exceptional talents of the region’s classical musicians to our guests.”
Crystal, which made  a donation to the Young Virtuosos Foundation, said it broadcast the ceremony and musical performance on Facebook Live on its Facebook page.
Crystal Ravel made its debut on May 10 in Basel. The vessel sails on Danube and Rhine river itineraries between Budapest, Basel, Vienna and Nuremburg, calling at ports in Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia.
Crystal Ravel and its four sister ships feature Waterside, the main dining venue; the Bistro, serving coffees, pastries and charcuterie by day, and wines and tapas in the evenings; The Pantry, a 24-hour self-service wine, snack and beverage bar; and The Vintage Room, which offers optional lunches and dinners with wine pairings at an additional cost.
The vessels are also equipped with indoor pools, Palm Courts, reminiscent of those found on Crystal’s ocean ships, which serve as the venue for entertainment and cocktails.

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Mariann Peller, creator of the popular Hungarian classical music television show “Virtuosos” serves as godmother of Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Ravel. The christening ceremony was held on July 11 while the ship is in Budapest during its July 5 sailing, which departs from Vienna on July 5.
In addition to creating “Virtuosos,” Peller is also the founder of the Young Virtuosos Foundation, which encourages younger artists to pursue classical music studies. Artists from the foundation will perform during the christening ceremony.
 “We are delighted to welcome Mariann Peller to the Crystal family, as her passion for the classical arts in her home country and around the world is the perfect complement to the spirit of the Crystal river experience,” said Tom Wolber, Crystal’s president and CEO. “It is also a pleasure to welcome the young performers of Virtuosos to the celebration and bring the exceptional talents of the region’s classical musicians to our guests.”
Crystal, which made  a donation to the Young Virtuosos Foundation, said it broadcast the ceremony and musical performance on Facebook Live on its Facebook page.
Crystal Ravel made its debut on May 10 in Basel. The vessel sails on Danube and Rhine river itineraries between Budapest, Basel, Vienna and Nuremburg, calling at ports in Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia.
Crystal Ravel and its four sister ships feature Waterside, the main dining venue; the Bistro, serving coffees, pastries and charcuterie by day, and wines and tapas in the evenings; The Pantry, a 24-hour self-service wine, snack and beverage bar; and The Vintage Room, which offers optional lunches and dinners with wine pairings at an additional cost.
The vessels are also equipped with indoor pools, Palm Courts, reminiscent of those found on Crystal’s ocean ships, which serve as the venue for entertainment and cocktails.


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