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A winter evening tuned with Aziz’s flute

Ustad Captain Azizul Islam performs at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

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The chilly Tuesday evening turned to be floating with tunes of flute for a packed house at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy when flautist Ustad Captain Azizul Islam took his wind instrument and blew the sweet sound of different ragas to fill up the hall.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised the solo show as part of its regular programmes.
Captain Islam, a former captain of a merchant vessel, in his two-hour performance played a few ragas which took the audience to the dialectic of silence and sounds of sea.
It is, indeed, the sea that has shaped Captain Islam’s music oeuvre. His style of playing and selection of ragas pay homage to the lonely, deep and melodic sea.
From the very beginning of the maestro’s performance of the early night raga Hameer, the audience was practically led to silence and created the ambiance befitting to such performance.
The artiste first played unaccompanied, then went to be accompanied by the uplifting beats on tabla and unremitting mellow sound on Tanpura.
Getting the audience pinned and captivated, the artiste entertained them with short recitals of other ragas like chandrakosh, mishra khambaj, jhinjoti and others and ended the performance with a captivating bhatiwali dhun.
Ustad Captain Azizul Islam, in his long and illustrious career as a flautist, took lessons under the tutelage of Priyada Ranjan Sengupta, Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, Ustad Bahadur Khan, Pandit Davendra Murdeshwar, Pandit VG Karnad and others. He has performed extensively at home and abroad. His contribution in his field was recognised by the nation with awarding of the Ekushey Award last year.

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Ustad Captain Azizul Islam performs at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Cultural Correspondent

The chilly Tuesday evening turned to be floating with tunes of flute for a packed house at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy when flautist Ustad Captain Azizul Islam took his wind instrument and blew the sweet sound of different ragas to fill up the hall.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised the solo show as part of its regular programmes.
Captain Islam, a former captain of a merchant vessel, in his two-hour performance played a few ragas which took the audience to the dialectic of silence and sounds of sea.
It is, indeed, the sea that has shaped Captain Islam’s music oeuvre. His style of playing and selection of ragas pay homage to the lonely, deep and melodic sea.
From the very beginning of the maestro’s performance of the early night raga Hameer, the audience was practically led to silence and created the ambiance befitting to such performance.
The artiste first played unaccompanied, then went to be accompanied by the uplifting beats on tabla and unremitting mellow sound on Tanpura.
Getting the audience pinned and captivated, the artiste entertained them with short recitals of other ragas like chandrakosh, mishra khambaj, jhinjoti and others and ended the performance with a captivating bhatiwali dhun.
Ustad Captain Azizul Islam, in his long and illustrious career as a flautist, took lessons under the tutelage of Priyada Ranjan Sengupta, Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, Ustad Bahadur Khan, Pandit Davendra Murdeshwar, Pandit VG Karnad and others. He has performed extensively at home and abroad. His contribution in his field was recognised by the nation with awarding of the Ekushey Award last year.


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Gulzar, Khokon panel re-elected in Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association election

Newly elected President of Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, left and Secretary General Badiul Alam Khokon at BFDC on Friday.

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Gulzar won the president post by 183 votes. His nearest competitor for the post, Badal Khandaker, received 109 votes
Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar and Badiul Alam Khokon have been re-elected for the second consecutive term in the Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association election 2018. Gulzar has won the president post again while Khokon won the secretary general’s post for the second time.   
The Chief Election Commissioner of the poll said in a press statement that the Gulzar, Khokon panel won a total of 14 posts out of the 19. The other five posts were won by the Badal, Bazlur panel.
The winners were announced by the Chief Election Commissioner Abdul Latif Bacchu on Saturday morning. The voting took place at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) premises on Friday.
“The whole election was conducted in a fair, free, and festive manner,” added Bacchu.
Gulzar won the president post by 183 votes. His nearest competitor for the post, Badal Khandaker, received 109 votes.
Badiul Alam Khokon received 157 votes and won the secretary general post. Montajur Rahman Akbar became vice president by receiving 161 votes.
Joint Secretary General Shahin Sumon received 145, Treasurer Md Salauddin 150, Organizational secretary Kabirul Islam Rana 141, International and Information Communication Secretary Mustafizur Rahman Manik received  230 votes, among others.
For 2019-2020, two panels contested in the Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association elections.
The election commission also said that a total of 319 votes were cast by 362 voters of the association. Two panels and four independent candidates contested for the 19 posts in total.
The 19-member new committee of film-makers was elected from a total of 42 candidates.

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Newly elected President of Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, left and Secretary General Badiul Alam Khokon at BFDC on Friday.

Cultural Correspondent

Gulzar won the president post by 183 votes. His nearest competitor for the post, Badal Khandaker, received 109 votes
Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar and Badiul Alam Khokon have been re-elected for the second consecutive term in the Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association election 2018. Gulzar has won the president post again while Khokon won the secretary general’s post for the second time.   
The Chief Election Commissioner of the poll said in a press statement that the Gulzar, Khokon panel won a total of 14 posts out of the 19. The other five posts were won by the Badal, Bazlur panel.
The winners were announced by the Chief Election Commissioner Abdul Latif Bacchu on Saturday morning. The voting took place at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) premises on Friday.
“The whole election was conducted in a fair, free, and festive manner,” added Bacchu.
Gulzar won the president post by 183 votes. His nearest competitor for the post, Badal Khandaker, received 109 votes.
Badiul Alam Khokon received 157 votes and won the secretary general post. Montajur Rahman Akbar became vice president by receiving 161 votes.
Joint Secretary General Shahin Sumon received 145, Treasurer Md Salauddin 150, Organizational secretary Kabirul Islam Rana 141, International and Information Communication Secretary Mustafizur Rahman Manik received  230 votes, among others.
For 2019-2020, two panels contested in the Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association elections.
The election commission also said that a total of 319 votes were cast by 362 voters of the association. Two panels and four independent candidates contested for the 19 posts in total.
The 19-member new committee of film-makers was elected from a total of 42 candidates.


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‘Black Panther’ scores big win at Screen Actors Guild Awards

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One major absentee at the 25th edition of the SAG Awards was Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” — the top Oscar nomination getter was left out of SAG contention.
Groundbreaking superhero blockbuster “Black Panther” on Sunday won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards—a major boost to its campaign for Oscars glory next month.
The film won for best ensemble cast, besting musical romance “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Chadwick Boseman, who plays the title role in what was the top-grossing film in North America in 2018, explained the film’s significance alongside his co-stars, nearly all of them black.
“We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured, yet you are young, gifted and black,” Boseman told the audience at the Shrine Auditorium. “We knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world — that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing, that we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see.”
“Black Panther” also won for best stunt ensemble.
This year, the SAG Awards come at a key point in the race to next month’s Academy Awards — just after the Oscars nominations, and well before voting for the winners begins.
The Screen Actors Guild accounts for a major percentage of the 8,000-odd Oscar voters, so the SAG winners will earn a lot of awards season momentum.
Despite four nominations, “A Star Is Born” — the latest iteration of the classic Tinseltown story of an aging star and the ingenue he discovers — went home empty-handed.
While SAG-winning casts have only gone on to win a best picture Oscar about half the time, the awards are better at predicting best actor winners (79 percent) and best actress (75 percent).
Glenn Close solidified her frontrunner status in the race for the best actress Oscar with a win for her searing work in “The Wife.” So far this awards season, she has also won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award.
For best actor, Rami Malek’s star-making turn as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” was rewarded — over Christian Bale’s work in another biopic, as former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney in “Vice.” “I just never in my wildest dreams thought I could be in a category with these men,” said Malek, who also won a Golden Globe for the role and is nominated for an Oscar.
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) continued his march to the Oscars by taking the best supporting actor trophy for his work in civil rights dramedy “Green Book.”
Ali — already a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award winner — stars as Don Shirley, a black pianist who hires a white Italian-American driver (Viggo Mortensen) to help him on a tour of the segregated American South in the 1960s. “I am just really grateful to be amongst this fraternity of people, amongst this fraternity of artists who have the good fortune of getting to deal and wrestle with the human condition and trying to do that responsibly,” he said.
Emily Blunt meanwhile pulled off a major upset, winning the statuette for best-supporting actress for “A Quiet Place,” an innovative horror film directed by her husband and co-star, John Krasinski. “Thank you for giving me the part — you would have been in major trouble if you hadn’t,” she quipped at Krasinski. “You are a stunning filmmaker.”
On the television side, NBC’s popular “This Is Us” won top honors for best drama ensemble cast for the second year in a row, while popular Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” swept the three prizes in the comedy categories.
Jason Bateman won best actor honors for dark Netflix drama “Ozark,” while Sandra Oh triumphed for her work on BBC America drama “Killing Eve.”
And Tom Hanks presented a lifetime achievement award to veteran actor Alan Alda, the star of the long-running TV comedy “M*A*S*H” who revealed last year that he is battling Parkinson’s disease. “It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes than when a culture is divided so sharply,” Alda said to a rapt audience. “Actors can help, at least a little, just by doing what we do. (...) It can’t solve everything, but it wouldn’t hurt.”

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Cultural Report

One major absentee at the 25th edition of the SAG Awards was Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” — the top Oscar nomination getter was left out of SAG contention.
Groundbreaking superhero blockbuster “Black Panther” on Sunday won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards—a major boost to its campaign for Oscars glory next month.
The film won for best ensemble cast, besting musical romance “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Chadwick Boseman, who plays the title role in what was the top-grossing film in North America in 2018, explained the film’s significance alongside his co-stars, nearly all of them black.
“We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured, yet you are young, gifted and black,” Boseman told the audience at the Shrine Auditorium. “We knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world — that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing, that we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see.”
“Black Panther” also won for best stunt ensemble.
This year, the SAG Awards come at a key point in the race to next month’s Academy Awards — just after the Oscars nominations, and well before voting for the winners begins.
The Screen Actors Guild accounts for a major percentage of the 8,000-odd Oscar voters, so the SAG winners will earn a lot of awards season momentum.
Despite four nominations, “A Star Is Born” — the latest iteration of the classic Tinseltown story of an aging star and the ingenue he discovers — went home empty-handed.
While SAG-winning casts have only gone on to win a best picture Oscar about half the time, the awards are better at predicting best actor winners (79 percent) and best actress (75 percent).
Glenn Close solidified her frontrunner status in the race for the best actress Oscar with a win for her searing work in “The Wife.” So far this awards season, she has also won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award.
For best actor, Rami Malek’s star-making turn as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” was rewarded — over Christian Bale’s work in another biopic, as former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney in “Vice.” “I just never in my wildest dreams thought I could be in a category with these men,” said Malek, who also won a Golden Globe for the role and is nominated for an Oscar.
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) continued his march to the Oscars by taking the best supporting actor trophy for his work in civil rights dramedy “Green Book.”
Ali — already a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award winner — stars as Don Shirley, a black pianist who hires a white Italian-American driver (Viggo Mortensen) to help him on a tour of the segregated American South in the 1960s. “I am just really grateful to be amongst this fraternity of people, amongst this fraternity of artists who have the good fortune of getting to deal and wrestle with the human condition and trying to do that responsibly,” he said.
Emily Blunt meanwhile pulled off a major upset, winning the statuette for best-supporting actress for “A Quiet Place,” an innovative horror film directed by her husband and co-star, John Krasinski. “Thank you for giving me the part — you would have been in major trouble if you hadn’t,” she quipped at Krasinski. “You are a stunning filmmaker.”
On the television side, NBC’s popular “This Is Us” won top honors for best drama ensemble cast for the second year in a row, while popular Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” swept the three prizes in the comedy categories.
Jason Bateman won best actor honors for dark Netflix drama “Ozark,” while Sandra Oh triumphed for her work on BBC America drama “Killing Eve.”
And Tom Hanks presented a lifetime achievement award to veteran actor Alan Alda, the star of the long-running TV comedy “M*A*S*H” who revealed last year that he is battling Parkinson’s disease. “It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes than when a culture is divided so sharply,” Alda said to a rapt audience. “Actors can help, at least a little, just by doing what we do. (...) It can’t solve everything, but it wouldn’t hurt.”


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Kanai Chander Nandini staged in Sylhet fest

Rangpur Natyakendra stages Kanai Chander Nandini at Kabi Nazrul Auditorium in Sylhet.

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The eight-day National Folk Drama Festival in Sylhet ended at Kabi Nazrul Auditorium in Rikabi Bazar of Sylhet city on Sunday.
Rangpur-based theatre troupe Rangpur Natyakendra staged Kanai Chander Nandini on the concluding day of the festival which was organised by Natyamancha Sylhet marking its 28th founding anniversary.
Kanai Chander Nandini, directed and produced by Litu Sarker, has been adapted from a lyrical story penned by the mediaeval poet Dwij Kanai.
The play depicts the tragic love story between a gypsy girl and the son of a local landlord.
Besides the play, the concluding day of the festival featured a music show at the Muktamancha of Kabi Nazrul Auditorium where Sylhet-based singers entertained the audience presenting folksongs.
The eight-day festival featured plays by eight theatre troupes from eight divisions of the country.
Bhola Theatre from Barishal, Chanpainababganj Theatre from Rajshahi, Avangard from Chattogram, Bahurupi Natya Sangstha from Mymensingh, Natyamancha Sylhet from Sylhet, Nagarik Natyangan from Dhaka and others participated in the festival.

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Rangpur Natyakendra stages Kanai Chander Nandini at Kabi Nazrul Auditorium in Sylhet.

Cultural Correspondent

The eight-day National Folk Drama Festival in Sylhet ended at Kabi Nazrul Auditorium in Rikabi Bazar of Sylhet city on Sunday.
Rangpur-based theatre troupe Rangpur Natyakendra staged Kanai Chander Nandini on the concluding day of the festival which was organised by Natyamancha Sylhet marking its 28th founding anniversary.
Kanai Chander Nandini, directed and produced by Litu Sarker, has been adapted from a lyrical story penned by the mediaeval poet Dwij Kanai.
The play depicts the tragic love story between a gypsy girl and the son of a local landlord.
Besides the play, the concluding day of the festival featured a music show at the Muktamancha of Kabi Nazrul Auditorium where Sylhet-based singers entertained the audience presenting folksongs.
The eight-day festival featured plays by eight theatre troupes from eight divisions of the country.
Bhola Theatre from Barishal, Chanpainababganj Theatre from Rajshahi, Avangard from Chattogram, Bahurupi Natya Sangstha from Mymensingh, Natyamancha Sylhet from Sylhet, Nagarik Natyangan from Dhaka and others participated in the festival.


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Nadia, Zahid Hasan, Urmila in serial

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Ahmed Rohan Rubel and Hanif Khan after working together with popular actor and director Zahid Hasan for several years, have joined Zahid Hasan’s inspiration drama serial titled Don . Zahid Hasan as usual acted in the title role. He is also working as advisory director of the serial.
Manosh Paul is the main playwright of the serial Don which is being aired on Maasranga TV every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Nadia and Urmila acted in roles of Anu and Sadia respectively in the serial.
According to Zahid Hasan, “Rubel and Hanif are like my intimate younger brothers. They have been working with me as my assistants for many days. Both are given them the opportunity to work in the serial with the hope that one day they will gain confidence to work independently.
Zahid says, Nadia is known to him from her childhood. She took part in many dance programmes with my wife Mou. In fact, she belongs to our family. She is cute and also good actress. On the other hand, Urmila has matured herself in acting. She has improved herself by virtue of her acting skill and good behavior.”
Nadia shared her feelings by this way, “In the early age, I understood Zahid Hasan and his contemporary actors as star in TV play. Now I can act with that Zahid Hasan. It is a great achievement for me. It is really a great fortune for me. While working with him, I have learned many things and I am still learning from him.”
Urmila said, “While working with Zahid Hasan Bhai he gives many suggestions. He co-operates me like my guardians. I want to work with him in many plays and serials.”

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Ahmed Rohan Rubel and Hanif Khan after working together with popular actor and director Zahid Hasan for several years, have joined Zahid Hasan’s inspiration drama serial titled Don . Zahid Hasan as usual acted in the title role. He is also working as advisory director of the serial.
Manosh Paul is the main playwright of the serial Don which is being aired on Maasranga TV every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Nadia and Urmila acted in roles of Anu and Sadia respectively in the serial.
According to Zahid Hasan, “Rubel and Hanif are like my intimate younger brothers. They have been working with me as my assistants for many days. Both are given them the opportunity to work in the serial with the hope that one day they will gain confidence to work independently.
Zahid says, Nadia is known to him from her childhood. She took part in many dance programmes with my wife Mou. In fact, she belongs to our family. She is cute and also good actress. On the other hand, Urmila has matured herself in acting. She has improved herself by virtue of her acting skill and good behavior.”
Nadia shared her feelings by this way, “In the early age, I understood Zahid Hasan and his contemporary actors as star in TV play. Now I can act with that Zahid Hasan. It is a great achievement for me. It is really a great fortune for me. While working with him, I have learned many things and I am still learning from him.”
Urmila said, “While working with Zahid Hasan Bhai he gives many suggestions. He co-operates me like my guardians. I want to work with him in many plays and serials.”


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