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5-day Ekushey festival concludes in Chittagong

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Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor  inaugurated  a five-day cultural festival in Chittagong on Friday.  
A five-day cultural festival marking International Mother Language Day began in Chittagong on Friday with presentation of music, dance and theatre. 
Tirjak Natya Dal organised the festival titled ‘Natyabhasa Bangla Amar’ at the Theatre Institute Chattagram, which will feature music, dance, recitation, debate and staging of four dramas by troupes from different districts. 
This is the 15th edition of the festival. 
Eminent Indian writer and also Paschim Banga Natya Akademi president Manoj Mitra inaugurated the festival in presence of cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, professor Anupam Sen, playwright Mamunur Rashid, Tirjak Natya Dal chief Ahmad Iqbal Hyder and others. 
Following the inauguration, Tirjak Natya Dal members presented ‘Chattalnama’, compiling five popular regional songs of Chittagong, including Ghum Jare Dudhor Bacha, O Bhai Ara Chatgaiya Noujowan, Chhodo Chhodo Dheu Tuli Pani’, and ‘Molka Banur Deshe’. 
The host troupe also staged its popular production Tarangabhanga. The same drama will be staged again on the concluding day of the festival on February 21. 
Theatre troupe Bangalok staged Rupcha Desh Opera also staged Ami Amelendu Bishwas on Monday. 
Tirjak Natya Dal had been organising the festival since 1992.

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Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor  inaugurated  a five-day cultural festival in Chittagong on Friday.  
A five-day cultural festival marking International Mother Language Day began in Chittagong on Friday with presentation of music, dance and theatre. 
Tirjak Natya Dal organised the festival titled ‘Natyabhasa Bangla Amar’ at the Theatre Institute Chattagram, which will feature music, dance, recitation, debate and staging of four dramas by troupes from different districts. 
This is the 15th edition of the festival. 
Eminent Indian writer and also Paschim Banga Natya Akademi president Manoj Mitra inaugurated the festival in presence of cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, professor Anupam Sen, playwright Mamunur Rashid, Tirjak Natya Dal chief Ahmad Iqbal Hyder and others. 
Following the inauguration, Tirjak Natya Dal members presented ‘Chattalnama’, compiling five popular regional songs of Chittagong, including Ghum Jare Dudhor Bacha, O Bhai Ara Chatgaiya Noujowan, Chhodo Chhodo Dheu Tuli Pani’, and ‘Molka Banur Deshe’. 
The host troupe also staged its popular production Tarangabhanga. The same drama will be staged again on the concluding day of the festival on February 21. 
Theatre troupe Bangalok staged Rupcha Desh Opera also staged Ami Amelendu Bishwas on Monday. 
Tirjak Natya Dal had been organising the festival since 1992.

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Artist Shahabuddin showcases his work at Rashtrapati Bhavan in India

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An exhibition focusing on the freedom struggles of Bangladesh by Paris-based Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed will be exhibited at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum in New Delhi.
Titled “Shanti”, the show that beginning  on February 18, is  featuring  12 large-size paintings including portraits of some of the iconic freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and the founding leader of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who played a vital role in India’s struggle for freedom and the Bangladesh Liberation War(1971) that followed.
The artist, who himself fought for Bangladesh’s independence alongside Rahman as a ‘Platoon Commander’, has combined the greatness of the political leaders with the struggles of the masses in vibrant hues of whites and blues, evoking a sense of empathy among viewers.
“The experience of war has guided my path, but contrary to what many believe, I don’t paint war and it is in no way my creed. What I want to depict is the human suffering in defiant postures, borderline situations along which an individual reaches his limits.
“The cracked attires of my characters, that some consider to be the reflection of the ‘freedom fighter’ or the athlete, is nothing more than the manifestation of the state of one’s suffering,” says Ahmed.
The 67-year-old artist, says India is close to his heart and people like Gandhi, Tagore and Mother Teresa have been a great source of inspiration for him.
“India has never been far away from my heart and I have had influence of some of the luminaries from this land in my life,” he says.
Globally acclaimed for his artistic journey, Ahmed who was born in Dhaka, displayed the collection of paintings at the Ganges Art Gallery in Kolkata in December 2015.
President Pranab Mukherjee who inaugurated his show then invited him to be a resident-artist at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and display his art works for public viewing.
“Shahabuddin’s art works display a very strong link not only between India and Bangladesh but also serve as a bridge to the western world. When the President inaugurated his show in Kolkata, he hoped these works could be shown in Delhi and other parts of the country as well,” says Smita Bajoria of Ganges Art Gallery, who has also curated the exhibition.
Ahmed has been the recipient of the ‘Fifty Master Painters of Contemporary Arts’ in 1992 at the Olympiad of Arts, Barcelona, besides being awarded the ‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in 2014 for his contribution to Art in France as well as the rest of the world.
The exhibition is set to continue till February 22.
 Shahabuddin Ahmed says about his art: “The experience of war has guided my path, but contrary to what many believe, I don’t paint war and war is in no way my creed.  What I want to depict is the human suffering in defiant postures, borderline situations, in which the individual has to reach his limits.”
Gerard Xuriguera, a prominent art critic said about Shahabuddin’s work: “Shahabuddin, before settling in Paris, experienced a threatened identity, in Bangladesh that he vigorously liberated in 1971. This period of his life, both dramatic and full of hope, has undoubtedly affected his artistic path and forged his character.”

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An exhibition focusing on the freedom struggles of Bangladesh by Paris-based Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed will be exhibited at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum in New Delhi.
Titled “Shanti”, the show that beginning  on February 18, is  featuring  12 large-size paintings including portraits of some of the iconic freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and the founding leader of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who played a vital role in India’s struggle for freedom and the Bangladesh Liberation War(1971) that followed.
The artist, who himself fought for Bangladesh’s independence alongside Rahman as a ‘Platoon Commander’, has combined the greatness of the political leaders with the struggles of the masses in vibrant hues of whites and blues, evoking a sense of empathy among viewers.
“The experience of war has guided my path, but contrary to what many believe, I don’t paint war and it is in no way my creed. What I want to depict is the human suffering in defiant postures, borderline situations along which an individual reaches his limits.
“The cracked attires of my characters, that some consider to be the reflection of the ‘freedom fighter’ or the athlete, is nothing more than the manifestation of the state of one’s suffering,” says Ahmed.
The 67-year-old artist, says India is close to his heart and people like Gandhi, Tagore and Mother Teresa have been a great source of inspiration for him.
“India has never been far away from my heart and I have had influence of some of the luminaries from this land in my life,” he says.
Globally acclaimed for his artistic journey, Ahmed who was born in Dhaka, displayed the collection of paintings at the Ganges Art Gallery in Kolkata in December 2015.
President Pranab Mukherjee who inaugurated his show then invited him to be a resident-artist at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and display his art works for public viewing.
“Shahabuddin’s art works display a very strong link not only between India and Bangladesh but also serve as a bridge to the western world. When the President inaugurated his show in Kolkata, he hoped these works could be shown in Delhi and other parts of the country as well,” says Smita Bajoria of Ganges Art Gallery, who has also curated the exhibition.
Ahmed has been the recipient of the ‘Fifty Master Painters of Contemporary Arts’ in 1992 at the Olympiad of Arts, Barcelona, besides being awarded the ‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in 2014 for his contribution to Art in France as well as the rest of the world.
The exhibition is set to continue till February 22.
 Shahabuddin Ahmed says about his art: “The experience of war has guided my path, but contrary to what many believe, I don’t paint war and war is in no way my creed.  What I want to depict is the human suffering in defiant postures, borderline situations, in which the individual has to reach his limits.”
Gerard Xuriguera, a prominent art critic said about Shahabuddin’s work: “Shahabuddin, before settling in Paris, experienced a threatened identity, in Bangladesh that he vigorously liberated in 1971. This period of his life, both dramatic and full of hope, has undoubtedly affected his artistic path and forged his character.”

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Bus driver gets life term over filmmaker Tareque Masud’s death in road crash

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Filmmaker Tareque Masud, journalist Mishuk Munier and three others died in the fatal road crash.  
A Manikganj court has awarded life term to the driver of a bus that rammed into a microbus killing famed filmmaker Tareque Masud, journalist Mishuk Munier and three others five and a half years ago.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Al Mahmud Faijul Kabir announced the verdict on Wednesday.
The convicted bus driver, Md Jamir Hossain, 50, is now on bail.
The three others killed in the crash on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Joka under Ghior Upazila in Manikganj district on August 13, 2011 were camera crew members Wasim and Jamal and microbus driver Mostafizur Rahman.
Tareque’s wife Catherine Masud, painter Dhali Al Mamun, his wife Dilara Zaman Jolly and film production employee Saidul Islam were injured in the accident.
The team was on its way to Manikganj town to meet the district deputy commissioner for permission to shoot for Tareque’s film project ‘Kagojer Phool’ after visiting shooting spot at Saljana village in Shibalaya Upazila.
The Chuadanga-bound bus from Dhaka collided with the microbus traveling to Manikganj town at about 12:15 pm.
Sub-inspector of Ghior Police Station Md Lutfar Rahman filed a case the same day against the bus driver over the incident.
Detective Branch of police arrested Jamir from his relative’s house in Gangni Upazila of Meherpur district two days after filing of the case.
Investigating officer (IO) of the case, then officer-in-charge of Ghior Police Station Ashraf-Ul-Islam, submitted charge-sheet against the accused driver before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court on March 22, 2012.

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Filmmaker Tareque Masud, journalist Mishuk Munier and three others died in the fatal road crash.  
A Manikganj court has awarded life term to the driver of a bus that rammed into a microbus killing famed filmmaker Tareque Masud, journalist Mishuk Munier and three others five and a half years ago.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Al Mahmud Faijul Kabir announced the verdict on Wednesday.
The convicted bus driver, Md Jamir Hossain, 50, is now on bail.
The three others killed in the crash on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Joka under Ghior Upazila in Manikganj district on August 13, 2011 were camera crew members Wasim and Jamal and microbus driver Mostafizur Rahman.
Tareque’s wife Catherine Masud, painter Dhali Al Mamun, his wife Dilara Zaman Jolly and film production employee Saidul Islam were injured in the accident.
The team was on its way to Manikganj town to meet the district deputy commissioner for permission to shoot for Tareque’s film project ‘Kagojer Phool’ after visiting shooting spot at Saljana village in Shibalaya Upazila.
The Chuadanga-bound bus from Dhaka collided with the microbus traveling to Manikganj town at about 12:15 pm.
Sub-inspector of Ghior Police Station Md Lutfar Rahman filed a case the same day against the bus driver over the incident.
Detective Branch of police arrested Jamir from his relative’s house in Gangni Upazila of Meherpur district two days after filing of the case.
Investigating officer (IO) of the case, then officer-in-charge of Ghior Police Station Ashraf-Ul-Islam, submitted charge-sheet against the accused driver before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court on March 22, 2012.

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Taranga organises Ekushey programme

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Artistes of Sur Taranga present a song at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. 
Cultural organisation Sur Taranga organsied a music programme marking the International Mother Language Day at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala on Thursday where artistes presented popular patriotic and inspirational songs.
The programme began with a group rendition of people’s song titled ‘Tir Haara Oi Dhew-er Sagor’. The chorus also presented a patriotic song titled ‘Bhulbo Na Mora, Bhulbo Na’.
Sanjida Tasnim Shetu with her melodious voice entertained the audience rendering another patriotic song Aji Bangladesh-er Hridoy Hote.
Nadia Akhter sang two traditional bhatiali songs, including De De De Paal Tuila De and Mon Bhasaiya. Her voice modulation perfectly transported the soul-touching melody of the songs and the audience got the real taste of the bhatiali songs, which feature emotion of the boatmen. Shiblu Boiragi and Ayesha Siddiqua rendered popular romantic folk songs Aji Jadi Jantam Re Bandhu and Bandhure Koi Pabo Taare respectively in the show.
Earlier a discussion session was held in which eminent musician and freedom fighter Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, freedom fighter Mohammad Maniruzzaman and others discussed on International Mother Language Day.

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Artistes of Sur Taranga present a song at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. 
Cultural organisation Sur Taranga organsied a music programme marking the International Mother Language Day at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala on Thursday where artistes presented popular patriotic and inspirational songs.
The programme began with a group rendition of people’s song titled ‘Tir Haara Oi Dhew-er Sagor’. The chorus also presented a patriotic song titled ‘Bhulbo Na Mora, Bhulbo Na’.
Sanjida Tasnim Shetu with her melodious voice entertained the audience rendering another patriotic song Aji Bangladesh-er Hridoy Hote.
Nadia Akhter sang two traditional bhatiali songs, including De De De Paal Tuila De and Mon Bhasaiya. Her voice modulation perfectly transported the soul-touching melody of the songs and the audience got the real taste of the bhatiali songs, which feature emotion of the boatmen. Shiblu Boiragi and Ayesha Siddiqua rendered popular romantic folk songs Aji Jadi Jantam Re Bandhu and Bandhure Koi Pabo Taare respectively in the show.
Earlier a discussion session was held in which eminent musician and freedom fighter Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, freedom fighter Mohammad Maniruzzaman and others discussed on International Mother Language Day.

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Terracotta artworks on display at National Museum
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Visitors look at terracotta works on display at National Museum.
Twenty-two artisans, from Paharpur, Noagaon, where the archaeological heritage site Somapura Mahavihara is located, are displaying terracotta artworks at Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum. 
The show has been organised as part of a yearlong pilot project initiated by National Crafts Council of Bangladesh in association with UNESCO to train up potters of the locality about the terracotta art, which was once a popular art genre in the ancient time in the area.
As part of the project, NCCB organised a two-week workshop, conducted by Chandra Shekhar Shaha, at the 9th century Somapura Mahavihara.
A world heritage site designated by UNESCO, Somapura Mahavihara is one of the most famous Buddhist viharas in the region. It contains many terracotta sculptures made by the ninth century artisans. Twenty two out of 26 participating artisans of the workshop are taking part in the group exhibition at National Museum. 
Their works amalgam the tradition of pottery with modern terracotta technique, which they were taught in the workshop, said workshop conductor Chandra Shekhar Shaha. 
The artisans are displaying plaques, teppa putul, different clay-made birds and animals, flower vases and others in the group show.
A participating artisan Ratan Chandra Pal, who is displaying terracotta plaques and bonsai vases in the show, said, ‘I usually make pottery items like cooking pots, pot-covers and others. In the workshop we learnt to make terracotta plaques and other decorative items.’ 
Gopal Chandra Pal, who is displaying decorative jugs and candle-holders, said potters like him would be benefited if they get opportunity to sell their products. 
Srinal Chandra Pal, Gurudashi, Madhobi Rani Pal, Ajit Chandra Pal, Momota Rani Pal and other participating artisans also demanded proper marketing of their products for better living. 
The show, which began on February 10, will remain open till February 18.

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Visitors look at terracotta works on display at National Museum.
Twenty-two artisans, from Paharpur, Noagaon, where the archaeological heritage site Somapura Mahavihara is located, are displaying terracotta artworks at Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum. 
The show has been organised as part of a yearlong pilot project initiated by National Crafts Council of Bangladesh in association with UNESCO to train up potters of the locality about the terracotta art, which was once a popular art genre in the ancient time in the area.
As part of the project, NCCB organised a two-week workshop, conducted by Chandra Shekhar Shaha, at the 9th century Somapura Mahavihara.
A world heritage site designated by UNESCO, Somapura Mahavihara is one of the most famous Buddhist viharas in the region. It contains many terracotta sculptures made by the ninth century artisans. Twenty two out of 26 participating artisans of the workshop are taking part in the group exhibition at National Museum. 
Their works amalgam the tradition of pottery with modern terracotta technique, which they were taught in the workshop, said workshop conductor Chandra Shekhar Shaha. 
The artisans are displaying plaques, teppa putul, different clay-made birds and animals, flower vases and others in the group show.
A participating artisan Ratan Chandra Pal, who is displaying terracotta plaques and bonsai vases in the show, said, ‘I usually make pottery items like cooking pots, pot-covers and others. In the workshop we learnt to make terracotta plaques and other decorative items.’ 
Gopal Chandra Pal, who is displaying decorative jugs and candle-holders, said potters like him would be benefited if they get opportunity to sell their products. 
Srinal Chandra Pal, Gurudashi, Madhobi Rani Pal, Ajit Chandra Pal, Momota Rani Pal and other participating artisans also demanded proper marketing of their products for better living. 
The show, which began on February 10, will remain open till February 18.

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