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 SSJ celebrates Int’l Mother Language Day

Cultural Correspondent

 
Like the previous years, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote has chalked out elaborate programme to celebrate International Mother Language Day amidst enthusiasm in two editions at two venues with participation of the leading cultural organisations and theatre troupes.
The second edition of the programme began on Sunday at the Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi, in which artistes from different cultural organisations presented music, dance and recitations highlighting the spirit of the International Mother Language Day and language movement.
The first edition ended on Saturday at the Central Shaheed Minar that had begun on February 8.
The closing day’s programme began late than the scheduled time at the interference of police. Law enforcers, however, could not resist the enthusiastic cultural activists who showed determination to continue its programme paying tribute to the language martyrs, what they have been doing for the past years.
The event began with Mafia Rahman’s presentation of a patriotic song Mago ar tomake ghum parani mashi hotey debo na.  
Popular troupe Dhaka theatre’s production on the War of Independence titled Jiyonto Kal, written by Rubaiyat Ahmed and directed jointly directed by Wasim Ahmed and Samiun Jahan, received much audience acclaims. 
Theatre personality Nasiruddin Yusuf, cultural personality Mashkur-A-Sattar and Golam Kuddus were present at the programme along with general secretary of the Sangskritik Jote Hasan Arif.   

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Like the previous years, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote has chalked out elaborate programme to celebrate International Mother Language Day amidst enthusiasm in two editions at two venues with participation of the leading cultural organisations and theatre troupes.
The second edition of the programme began on Sunday at the Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi, in which artistes from different cultural organisations presented music, dance and recitations highlighting the spirit of the International Mother Language Day and language movement.
The first edition ended on Saturday at the Central Shaheed Minar that had begun on February 8.
The closing day’s programme began late than the scheduled time at the interference of police. Law enforcers, however, could not resist the enthusiastic cultural activists who showed determination to continue its programme paying tribute to the language martyrs, what they have been doing for the past years.
The event began with Mafia Rahman’s presentation of a patriotic song Mago ar tomake ghum parani mashi hotey debo na.  
Popular troupe Dhaka theatre’s production on the War of Independence titled Jiyonto Kal, written by Rubaiyat Ahmed and directed jointly directed by Wasim Ahmed and Samiun Jahan, received much audience acclaims. 
Theatre personality Nasiruddin Yusuf, cultural personality Mashkur-A-Sattar and Golam Kuddus were present at the programme along with general secretary of the Sangskritik Jote Hasan Arif.   

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World Bengali meet concludes

Artistes of Bangladesh Adibashi Forum perform a dance recital 
Cultural Correspondent

 
A three-day First World Bengali Convention was wrapped up on Tuesday at the Rabindrasorobar in Dhanmondi organised by London based organisation Bengali International in association with Sammilita Sangskritik Jote.
The ending day programme featured discussion and cultural event. Prominent and promising artistes at the programme presented music, dance and recitation highlighting the spirit of historic language movement to mark the 60th anniversary of the movement.
Fakir Shahabuddin renders a song to mark Amar Ekushey at  Rabindarsorobor 
Ahakamullah recited Syed Shamsul Haque’s poem Amar porichoy, highlighting the glorious history of Bangal language, amused audiences.
Child artistes of Shampan presented a recitation production titled Rokte Shapath directed by Safiul Gani on the language movement.
Dash Bangla Theatre staged Anguri Kathan written by Rashedul Islam and directed by Kamal Bari at the programme, which features a Pakistani collaborator’s exploitations on common people at a village using fatwa.
In the discussion session SSJ president Nasiruddin Yousuff, general secretary Ghulam Kuddus, Bangali International founder Benu Bhusan Chowdhury and its president Shamsul Haq, among others delivered speeches.   

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Artistes of Bangladesh Adibashi Forum perform a dance recital 
Cultural Correspondent

 
A three-day First World Bengali Convention was wrapped up on Tuesday at the Rabindrasorobar in Dhanmondi organised by London based organisation Bengali International in association with Sammilita Sangskritik Jote.
The ending day programme featured discussion and cultural event. Prominent and promising artistes at the programme presented music, dance and recitation highlighting the spirit of historic language movement to mark the 60th anniversary of the movement.
Fakir Shahabuddin renders a song to mark Amar Ekushey at  Rabindarsorobor 
Ahakamullah recited Syed Shamsul Haque’s poem Amar porichoy, highlighting the glorious history of Bangal language, amused audiences.
Child artistes of Shampan presented a recitation production titled Rokte Shapath directed by Safiul Gani on the language movement.
Dash Bangla Theatre staged Anguri Kathan written by Rashedul Islam and directed by Kamal Bari at the programme, which features a Pakistani collaborator’s exploitations on common people at a village using fatwa.
In the discussion session SSJ president Nasiruddin Yousuff, general secretary Ghulam Kuddus, Bangali International founder Benu Bhusan Chowdhury and its president Shamsul Haq, among others delivered speeches.   

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 Shilpakala observes Ekushey

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Artistes from different countries presented music in their respective languages on Tuesday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Acdemy at a programme organised by the academy to observe International Mother Language Day.
Besides local troupes and artistes, Chinese, Philippines and Sri Lankan artistes living in Bangladesh amused the houseful audience at the programme.  The even began with instrumental presentation of Ekushey songs Amar bhai-er rakt-e rangano and Tagore song Aguner poroshmoni performed by young musicians of Classical Music Academy. 
Artistes of Nibedan presented a chorus Rasthobhasa andalan korilire bangalee while Government Music College students presented Rakta shimul tapta palash.  Artistes of Muktadhara Abritti Charcha Kendrea presented poem Rakte amar proloy dola. Moreover, artistes at the programme presented patriotic songs such as O amar desher mati, Moder gorob moder asha, jey matir buke ghumiye achhe, Bangladesh jonmo amar banglay katha boli, Ekhono darai shaheed miner pashe and Tomar amar thikana padma meghna jamuna. Folk artistes Abdul Kuddus Boyati and his troupe also presented few folk songs at the show.
Language hero and educationalist professor Rafiqul Islam graced the evening as chief guest while programme was inaugurated by director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky.

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Artistes from different countries presented music in their respective languages on Tuesday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Acdemy at a programme organised by the academy to observe International Mother Language Day.
Besides local troupes and artistes, Chinese, Philippines and Sri Lankan artistes living in Bangladesh amused the houseful audience at the programme.  The even began with instrumental presentation of Ekushey songs Amar bhai-er rakt-e rangano and Tagore song Aguner poroshmoni performed by young musicians of Classical Music Academy. 
Artistes of Nibedan presented a chorus Rasthobhasa andalan korilire bangalee while Government Music College students presented Rakta shimul tapta palash.  Artistes of Muktadhara Abritti Charcha Kendrea presented poem Rakte amar proloy dola. Moreover, artistes at the programme presented patriotic songs such as O amar desher mati, Moder gorob moder asha, jey matir buke ghumiye achhe, Bangladesh jonmo amar banglay katha boli, Ekhono darai shaheed miner pashe and Tomar amar thikana padma meghna jamuna. Folk artistes Abdul Kuddus Boyati and his troupe also presented few folk songs at the show.
Language hero and educationalist professor Rafiqul Islam graced the evening as chief guest while programme was inaugurated by director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky.

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Amar Ekushey celebration at Ramna

Young artistes celebrate Amar Ekushey at Ramnabatomul
Cultural Correspondent 

 
Over two hundred artistes presented music, dance, theatre and recitation for the delighted audience who gathered at an open air programme observing the 60th anniversary of Amar Ekushey on Tuesday morning organised by Padatik Bangladesh at the Ramnabatamul in the city.
Singer Salauddin Ahmed rendered two songs Sara bishye chhoriye geche ekush tomar alo and Rupali josona diye, both written by Shoikat Biswas and composed by Salauddin, celebrating UNESCO’s declaration of Amar Ekushey as the International Mother Language Day.
Biswajit Roy presented Natey gachh muraina, galpo amar phuraina on language movement and Manush hoye jonmechilam. Mohadev Gosh presented patriotic song Salam salam hazar salam.  
Artistes of Nrittyam Dance School led by Tamanna Rahman presented a composition on the song Ore ekattur ore bahannyo choreographed by her. 
Students of Bangladesh International Tutorial presented another dance recital titled Shoshrato Bangladesh choreographed by Anik Bose. Anik Bose’s another composition Dhono dhanne pushpe bhora was presented by young artistes of Spandon.
Artistes of Holong Hukumu Bodol from Tripura presented three ethnic dances recitals titled Tangbiti on Jhum cultivation, Mosuk Surma on hunting of a deer and Gorial Nittya on religious festival. 
Padatik Bangladesh staged street play Shey, an adaptation from Tagore’s short story having the same title and Dash Bangla Theatre presented Tagore’s dance drama Chandalika.
Padatik Bangladesh has been observing Amar Ekushey regularly since 1994.  

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Young artistes celebrate Amar Ekushey at Ramnabatomul
Cultural Correspondent 

 
Over two hundred artistes presented music, dance, theatre and recitation for the delighted audience who gathered at an open air programme observing the 60th anniversary of Amar Ekushey on Tuesday morning organised by Padatik Bangladesh at the Ramnabatamul in the city.
Singer Salauddin Ahmed rendered two songs Sara bishye chhoriye geche ekush tomar alo and Rupali josona diye, both written by Shoikat Biswas and composed by Salauddin, celebrating UNESCO’s declaration of Amar Ekushey as the International Mother Language Day.
Biswajit Roy presented Natey gachh muraina, galpo amar phuraina on language movement and Manush hoye jonmechilam. Mohadev Gosh presented patriotic song Salam salam hazar salam.  
Artistes of Nrittyam Dance School led by Tamanna Rahman presented a composition on the song Ore ekattur ore bahannyo choreographed by her. 
Students of Bangladesh International Tutorial presented another dance recital titled Shoshrato Bangladesh choreographed by Anik Bose. Anik Bose’s another composition Dhono dhanne pushpe bhora was presented by young artistes of Spandon.
Artistes of Holong Hukumu Bodol from Tripura presented three ethnic dances recitals titled Tangbiti on Jhum cultivation, Mosuk Surma on hunting of a deer and Gorial Nittya on religious festival. 
Padatik Bangladesh staged street play Shey, an adaptation from Tagore’s short story having the same title and Dash Bangla Theatre presented Tagore’s dance drama Chandalika.
Padatik Bangladesh has been observing Amar Ekushey regularly since 1994.  

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Chhayanaut observes Ekushey

Artistes of Chhayanaut celebrate Amar Ekushey
Nazia Nusrat Adnin

 
Chhayanaut celebrated International mother language day through a colourful programme on Tuesday held at its auditorium.
At the beginning of the show, artistes of Chhaynaut in chorus presented Mrittuke jara tuchchho korey to remember the martyrs of the language movement. Singers of the organisation amused the crowd with few more chorus songs such as Ghumer deshey ghum, Nibbhrito praney and Bhulbo na bhulbo na to pay tribute to the martyrs. 
Solo performances of the evening were outstanding. Shaheed Imam rendered a patriotic song Sarthok jonomo amar. His subtle improvisation made the crowd speechless.  Shumonto Manjuri gave a powerful performance with the song O kokil re.  Tanzina Parvin touched the hearts of the audiences with her presentation of Moder gorob moder asha.
Seasoned rcitation artiste Bhaswar Bandopaddhayay and Shumona Biswas recited poems by famous poets based on language movement.

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Artistes of Chhayanaut celebrate Amar Ekushey
Nazia Nusrat Adnin

 
Chhayanaut celebrated International mother language day through a colourful programme on Tuesday held at its auditorium.
At the beginning of the show, artistes of Chhaynaut in chorus presented Mrittuke jara tuchchho korey to remember the martyrs of the language movement. Singers of the organisation amused the crowd with few more chorus songs such as Ghumer deshey ghum, Nibbhrito praney and Bhulbo na bhulbo na to pay tribute to the martyrs. 
Solo performances of the evening were outstanding. Shaheed Imam rendered a patriotic song Sarthok jonomo amar. His subtle improvisation made the crowd speechless.  Shumonto Manjuri gave a powerful performance with the song O kokil re.  Tanzina Parvin touched the hearts of the audiences with her presentation of Moder gorob moder asha.
Seasoned rcitation artiste Bhaswar Bandopaddhayay and Shumona Biswas recited poems by famous poets based on language movement.

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 SA’s founding anniv celebration ends

Cultural Correspondent 

 
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (SA) wrapped up its two-day programme to mark the 36th founding anniversary of the academy on Monday.
On the concluding day seasoned singers like Sujit Mostafa, Rokaiya Hasina, Subir Nandi, Anima Mukti Gomez, Khairul Anam Shakil, Anima De’costa, Kanan Bala Sarkar, Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Maloy Kumar Ganguly and Khalida Hossain different genres of music at the National Theatre Hall of the academy.
The celebration programme began on Sunday morning bringing out a colourful procession. In the evening music, dance, recitation were presented by the leading artistes and troupes of the country.
Eminent Lalon singer Farida Parvin enthralled the audience with a Lalon song Boro sangkote poriya doyal.  
Indramohan Rajbongshi with his melodious vocal recital rendered Abdul Latif Shah’s song Malik amar ichha bole kichu nai as a tribute to the bard’s birth anniversary on the day. Seasoned singers like Fatema-Tuz-Zohra, Mina Barua, Sajid Akbar and others also performed at the programme. Young artistes of Classical Music Academy’s orchestra team played Tagore song Anandaloke mangolaloke and Phule phule dole dole. Besides, choreographed by leading dancers like Munmun Ahmed, Tabassum Ahmed, Kabirul Islam Ratan, Baby Chowdhury and others different dance troupes of the city presented colourful danc recitals.  Moreover, Masuduzzaman recited Shamsur Rahman’s poem Amar dukhini barnomala and Nazma Akter Naj recited Sunil Gangapadhaya’s poem Na pathano chithi. 

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Cultural Correspondent 

 
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (SA) wrapped up its two-day programme to mark the 36th founding anniversary of the academy on Monday.
On the concluding day seasoned singers like Sujit Mostafa, Rokaiya Hasina, Subir Nandi, Anima Mukti Gomez, Khairul Anam Shakil, Anima De’costa, Kanan Bala Sarkar, Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Maloy Kumar Ganguly and Khalida Hossain different genres of music at the National Theatre Hall of the academy.
The celebration programme began on Sunday morning bringing out a colourful procession. In the evening music, dance, recitation were presented by the leading artistes and troupes of the country.
Eminent Lalon singer Farida Parvin enthralled the audience with a Lalon song Boro sangkote poriya doyal.  
Indramohan Rajbongshi with his melodious vocal recital rendered Abdul Latif Shah’s song Malik amar ichha bole kichu nai as a tribute to the bard’s birth anniversary on the day. Seasoned singers like Fatema-Tuz-Zohra, Mina Barua, Sajid Akbar and others also performed at the programme. Young artistes of Classical Music Academy’s orchestra team played Tagore song Anandaloke mangolaloke and Phule phule dole dole. Besides, choreographed by leading dancers like Munmun Ahmed, Tabassum Ahmed, Kabirul Islam Ratan, Baby Chowdhury and others different dance troupes of the city presented colourful danc recitals.  Moreover, Masuduzzaman recited Shamsur Rahman’s poem Amar dukhini barnomala and Nazma Akter Naj recited Sunil Gangapadhaya’s poem Na pathano chithi. 

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Poets present poems 

Musfequr Rahman

 
Prominent and promising poets recited self composed poems at a programme held on Saturday at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre. 
Renowned poets like Nirmalendu Goon, Syed Shamsul Haque, Belal Chowdhury, Mahadeb Saha, Rafiq Azad among others recited self composed poems highlighting the spirit of the language movement, romanticism, patriotism and everyday life narratives.
Poet Nirmalendu Goon’s poem Prothom atithi depicts the moment of Indian premier Indira Gandhi’s first visit to Dhaka as the first state guest in 1972. 
Syed Shamsul Haque’s gave a lively presentation of his five insightful as well as entertaining poems from his five different editions. 
Paying commemoration to the language martyrs, poet Mahadeb Saha began recited his poem Janmoy bhasha glorifying the historic Language Movement of 1952. Poet Belal Chowdhury recited two rhythmic poems-Ei sraboner buker majhey esho and Parikroma- paying tribute to Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore and the language martyrs and heroes respectively. 
Poet Rafiq Azad recited two poems Sahaj katha highlighting the language movement and Konthey tule ante chai featuring the process of composing poetry. 
Moreover, Ruby Rahman, Ashim Saha , Asad Mannan, Mohammad Nurul Huda, Kamal Chowdhury recited self composed poems at the programme.

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Musfequr Rahman

 
Prominent and promising poets recited self composed poems at a programme held on Saturday at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre. 
Renowned poets like Nirmalendu Goon, Syed Shamsul Haque, Belal Chowdhury, Mahadeb Saha, Rafiq Azad among others recited self composed poems highlighting the spirit of the language movement, romanticism, patriotism and everyday life narratives.
Poet Nirmalendu Goon’s poem Prothom atithi depicts the moment of Indian premier Indira Gandhi’s first visit to Dhaka as the first state guest in 1972. 
Syed Shamsul Haque’s gave a lively presentation of his five insightful as well as entertaining poems from his five different editions. 
Paying commemoration to the language martyrs, poet Mahadeb Saha began recited his poem Janmoy bhasha glorifying the historic Language Movement of 1952. Poet Belal Chowdhury recited two rhythmic poems-Ei sraboner buker majhey esho and Parikroma- paying tribute to Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore and the language martyrs and heroes respectively. 
Poet Rafiq Azad recited two poems Sahaj katha highlighting the language movement and Konthey tule ante chai featuring the process of composing poetry. 
Moreover, Ruby Rahman, Ashim Saha , Asad Mannan, Mohammad Nurul Huda, Kamal Chowdhury recited self composed poems at the programme.

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 BOOK REVIEW 

Education and National Development

 Edited by Syed Saad Andaleeb, Halimur R. Khan  and Manzoor Ahmed, the book begins with a broad overview of the current education scene from primary to tertiary education. The need to cultivate a culture of research in the higher education institutions (HEIs) that is contextually important and relevant is also emphasized. Two specific aspects of women’s (and, girls’) education in Bangladesh suggest the importance of educating women. The high dropout rates from secondary schools, especially for girls, is also examined, concluding that in addition to financial and cultural reasons, a key factor causing dropout is the lack of curricular relevance to the lives and activities of girls. The book is published by UPL. 

The need to modernize science education and make it more meaningful as a subject; the role of madrassah education that has grown phenomenally; and how gender stereotypes about choosing college education and hence career options ought to be addressed to bring about greater equity for women in the labor market are also addressed. The final chapter of the book summarizes the panel discussion that took place in the education plenary in October 2009 and suggests various strategies that the education sector ought to adopt to meet the needs of a 21st century workforce.

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 Edited by Syed Saad Andaleeb, Halimur R. Khan  and Manzoor Ahmed, the book begins with a broad overview of the current education scene from primary to tertiary education. The need to cultivate a culture of research in the higher education institutions (HEIs) that is contextually important and relevant is also emphasized. Two specific aspects of women’s (and, girls’) education in Bangladesh suggest the importance of educating women. The high dropout rates from secondary schools, especially for girls, is also examined, concluding that in addition to financial and cultural reasons, a key factor causing dropout is the lack of curricular relevance to the lives and activities of girls. The book is published by UPL. 

The need to modernize science education and make it more meaningful as a subject; the role of madrassah education that has grown phenomenally; and how gender stereotypes about choosing college education and hence career options ought to be addressed to bring about greater equity for women in the labor market are also addressed. The final chapter of the book summarizes the panel discussion that took place in the education plenary in October 2009 and suggests various strategies that the education sector ought to adopt to meet the needs of a 21st century workforce.

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