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Bangladesh’s architecture praised at Aga Khan Award ceremony

Kazan (Russia), Sept 14 (UNB) – Leading members of the architectural community from around the world highly praised Bangladesh for its excellence in architecture as six winning projects of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) received their awards formally at a ceremony held at Musa Jalil State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre here on Friday. Read More »

Pyer Moss celebrates black culture with fashion and music

New York, Sep 10 (AP/UNB) — There was a huge choir that veered from stirring, soaring gospel, then spit verses from Cardi B and sang lines from Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.”; a spoken word artist who reminded the audience that rock ‘n’ roll was born because of a black, queer woman ; and a stunning collection of clothes that ran the ... Read More »

Weinstein looms as Toronto fest talks Oscar lobbying, sexism

Susan Sarandon knows what it takes to win an Oscar, but on Friday the veteran US actress blasted Hollywood for only handing out statuettes to stars backed by “the Harvey Weinsteins of this world.” Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of “Blackbird,” the Academy Award-winning star said Oscars glory is only possible today with vast ... Read More »

Bonna Mirza signs for government-funded film ‘Ghor Geosthi’

Entertainment Desk Renowned actress Bonna Mirza has signed up for a government-funded film Ghor Geosthi. The versatile actress has been working on stage, television and in films for the last two decades. She was highly applauded for her eponymous role in Rabeya, directed by Tanvir Mokammel. The film is still screened on major national holidays in various television channels. Pita, ... Read More »

Ho Chi Minh to be premiered at Shilpakala stage

Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – Turongomi’s latest production Ho Chi Minh will be premiered at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. The production, scheduled for 7:30pm and 8:30pm, will have no entry fee.Ho Chi Minh is based on the life, journey and philosophy of the Vietnamese leader. This is going to be the first-ever biography dance theatre ... Read More »

Art Maestro Mustafa Monwar turns 84

Country’s legendary artist, puppeteer, painter, sculptor, fine-arts professor and media personality Mustafa Monwar turns 84 on Sunday. This celebrated artist was born on September 1, 1935 at Jessore to the renowned poet Golam Mostafa. Currently serving as the chairman of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, ... Read More »

Chhayanaut pays tribute to Nazrul on his 43rd death anniversary

Country’s prominent cultural institution Chhayanaut arranged a cultural event to pay tribute to the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, observing his 43rd death anniversary. The event inaugurated at its Dhanmondi auditorium on Saturday evening, with an introductory group performance on the song ‘Jago Amrita Piyashi Chita’ by artistes of the organisation. Moumita Sarkar Mumu, Shukla Paul Setu, Kaniz Husna Ahammadi, ... Read More »

Art exhibition ‘Symphony’ to begin in Dhaka city Monday

A six-day art exhibition titled ‘Symphony’ will begin at La Galerieof Alliance Française de Dhaka on Monday. Art works by eminent artists from Bangladesh and India will be exhibited featuring folk themes and traditions of two countries, said a press release. Prof Biman Bihari Das, chairmen, All India Art and Craft Society(AIFACS) will attend the opening ceremony as the chief ... Read More »

‘Sheikh Saadi’ staged in Dhaka

Drama troupe Chandrakala Theatre’s new production ‘Sheikh Saadi’ began its journey on stage in the capital on Thursday. The inaugural show was staged it the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Theatre Hall in the evening. The drama was arranged in collaboration with the Cultural Affairs Ministry and Iranian Culture Centre in Dhaka. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khaled was present ... Read More »

Star Wars hotel at Disney World like cruise into space

It’s going to be a cruise to nowhere, but that will be just fine with die-hard “Star Wars” fans. Disney officials on Tuesday offered new details on its recently announced Star Wars-themed resort in Florida. “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” will be like a two-day cruise in that it drops visitors into a completely self-contained world. Except instead of traveling on ... Read More »

Documentary film show begins

Cultural Correspondent A six-day documentary film and project show begins in the city on Monday for the third time to promote independent filmmakers, directors and producers of the South Asian countries. The Dhaka DocLab, a south Asian project market for documentary filmmakers, has organised the show at the Liberation War Museum in Agargaon from August 26 to August 31. The ... Read More »

Afzal Hossain O Tar Naikara’ to be aired

Entertainment Desk Afzal Hossain, an evergreen actor and director, who in his long span of acting career has worked with a number of 35 female artistes from different generations.This time, Channel I has made a seven episode TV-show titled ‘Afzal Hossain O Tar Naikara’, inviting all the female artistes starred opposite Afzal Hossain together. Planned and anchored by Faria Hossain, ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s first bike stunt reality show begins

Culture Desk According to a press release, the reality show, which is meant to thrill and give adrenaline rush to its viewers, will showcase Wheelie, Stoppie, Burn Out, Circle, Human Compass and many other stunts known to the motorcycle community Bangladesh’s first bike stunt reality show, titled Pulsar StuntMania, began its telecast on Friday. The episodes will air only on ... Read More »

Sunny Leone signs in Bangladeshi movie

Entertainment Desk Popular Indian actor Karenjit Kaur Vohra, who is commonly known by her stage name Sunny Leone, is all set to appear in an item song in a Bangladeshi film for the first time ever. The film will be produced by Selim Khan, owner of the film’s production company Shapla Media. The adult film star turned actor will debut ... Read More »

Group art show ‘Colours’ begins at AF Dhaka

A group art exhibition titled ‘Colours’ has begun at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka on Friday. Eminent architect and poet Rabiul Hossain attended the opening ceremony as the chief guest while eminent artist Kanak Chapa Chakma also attended the event as the special guest. Read More »

India’s ‘patriotism pop’ songs celebrate settling in Kashmir

New Delhi (AP/UNB) — The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India’s Hindu-led nationalist government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades. The songs delivered a message to India’s 250 million YouTube users about moving to the Muslim-majority region, buying land there ... Read More »

Alpha now streaming on YouTube

Culture Desk Veteran filmmaker and thespian Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu’s art house feature film Alpha has been released on YouTube earlier this week. This is the director’s third feature film. In the film, Alpha, aka Artist, is a painter who lives in the middle of a lake, away from the bustle of the city. His peaceful existence is shattered when a ... Read More »

‘Meenalaap’ to be screened at Goethe Institute

Culture Desk Directed by an emerging film director Suborna Sanjutee, a short film titled ‘Meenalaap -Fish Monolouge’ will be screened on August 25 at Goethe Institut, Dhanmondi in the city. The short film will be screened as a part of a film festival titled ‘Through Her Eyes’, organised by International Film Initiatives Bangladesh (IFIB). Female directors’ works will be screened ... Read More »

Tisha,Yash Rohan’s ‘Mayaboti’ gets release date

Culture Desk Director Arun Chowdhury’s upcoming film, Mayaboti is set to be released nationwide on September 13. The film received an uncut censor certificate from the Bangladesh Film Censor Board in June. The story of the film revolves around Maya, a girl who is stolen from her mother at a very young age. Maya ends up in the Daulatdia Ghat ... Read More »

Three Bangladeshi films to screen at Global Cinema Festival Siliguri

Culture Desk There will also be more representation from Bangladesh in other capacities. Arifin Shuvoo stars alongside Rituparna Sengupta in the Indian Bangla film Ahaa Re (2019), which is one of the opening films at this festival. International Fashion Designer Bibi Russell will showcase her collection at the Empower Fashion for Films fashion show there. The Film Federation of India, ... Read More »

Jyotika Jyoti to debut on Kolkata’s silver screen

Culture Desk Bangladeshi actor Jyotika Jyoti will soon debut on Kolkata’s silver screen with the film Rajlokhi O Srikanto. The film will be released in West Bengal on September 20. Rajlokhi O Srikanto’s poster was unveiled on Friday, which also confirmed the release date. The film, which was inspired by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s immortal characters, stars Jyoti in the role ... Read More »

‘Alpha’ gets TV premiere

Entertainment Desk Nasiruddin Yousuff directed ‘Alpha’ had its TV premiere on Channel-i yesterday.’Alpha’ is the third feature film directed by Nasiruddin Yousuff, who made his directorial debut with liberation war film Ekatturer Jishu in 1992. Read More »

YouTube Music Video Review: Tumi Robe Nirobe -Debolina Nandi

by M Zahidul Haque I have been listening to a young female singer with a melodious voice on YouTube and some other social media for the last one year. The name of the singer is Debolina Nandi. On August 14 last, it was a music video of a popular Rabindra sangeet-“Tumi Robe Nirobe” sung by Debolina Nandi. Badal Sinha released ... Read More »

Novelist Rizia Rahman passes away

Dhaka, Aug 16 (UNB) – Noted novelist RiziaRahman died at a hospital in the city on Friday. She was 79. Rizia breathed her last at Apollo Hospital in the morning, said an official release. Born on December 28, 1939 in Bhabanipur, Kolkata, she authored many memorable books including ‘Bong Theke Bangla (1978)’, ‘Rokter Okshor (1978)’, ‘Ghar-Bhanga-Ghar (1974)’, ‘Uttar Purush (1977)’, ... Read More »