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Shilpakala celebrates Independence Day

Ariful Islam Mithu

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy celebrated the 41st Independence Day by organising a three-day cultural programme at its National Theatre Hall which ended on Saturday evening.
   The concluding day's programme featured solo and chorus songs, dance performances, magic show, recitations and staging of a play titled 'Khetmajur Khaimuddin'.
   The programme began with rendition of patriotic songs 'Mago tomar buke janma amar' and 'Ai Banglar mati, sonar cheye khanti' by the members of music school Agnibina Shilpigosthi.
   Later noted singers of the country including Sheikh Jamir Uddin, Ahad Chowdhury and Anupam Halder presented solo performances of some popular patriotic songs such as 'Ei to amar mathar upor udar neel akash', 'Ebar-er sangram swadhinatar sangram', 'Sonar Bangla puira chhai' and others.
   Noted folk singer Kiran Chandra Ray rendered a song 'Babu der paye namaskar'.
   The founder president of the country Sheikh Mujibar Rahman was also remembered by renditions of songs including 'Shono Ekti Mujibarer chheye lakkha mujibarer kantha' by Timir Nandi and 'Banglar akashe batase ajo bhese ase bangabandhur kanthaswar' by Amzad Dewan and his group.
   The artistes of the dance school UJard's Performing Arts presented a dance performance on the song 'Karar oi louha kopat' while members of dance school Banglar Mati presented another dance performance on 'Aji Bangladesher Hridoy hote'.
   Dr Tofazzal Hossain recited a self composed poem titled 'Ananta shoker uchcharan' while Belayet Hossain recited Abdul Kadir's poem titled '266 Diner Swadhinata'. A magic show by AH Rana was one of the special features of the programme.
   The programme ended with staging of a play 'Khetmajur Khaimuddin'. Directed by Golam Sarwar, the play highlights the spirit of the War of Independence.
   The earlier two days of the events, which began on March 24, featured discussions and cultural programmes including songs, dance performances and recitations.

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Moushumi Bhowmik performs in Gana Sangeet fest

Cultural Correspondent

Celebrated Indian singer and lyricist Moushumi Bhowmik performed some of her popular songs on the concluding day of a two-day programme marking the 103rd birth anniversary of Satyen Sen.
   Organised by Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi with the slogan 'Esho gana sangeeter aynai dekhi swadesher mukh', the annual peoples' song competition and festival 'Satyan Sen Gana Sangeet Utsab O Jatiya Gana Sangeet Pratijagita 2011' began on March 27 on the Bangladesh Shilapakal Academy premises.
   Moushumi Bhowmik began her performance with her most popular song 'Ami shunechhi sedin tumi'. She rendered some more of her popular numbers including 'Ami khujechhi tomai', 'Jessore road' and 'Amar kichhu katha chhilo'. She also performed Gana Sangeet 'Maran shiyore daladali kore ki hobe' and 'Kothai gelo tara bhora deho'.
   Another Indian singer Satyaki Banerjee, who is also a member of Mowshumi's band Parapar, performed at the programme. Later Satyaki and Moushumi performed a duet song 'Guru tor doyai'.
   Earlier, the concluding day's programme began with the final performances of the participants which took place in the academy's Dance and Music Centre auditorium in the morning. A total of 45 young singers and seven groups from seven cultural organisations from across the country took part in the competition.
   Winners of the competition also performed in the music programme. Dyuti Biswas from Khulna stood first, Tahrima Binte Yahiya from Chandpur became the second and Sadiya Hasan Mona from Dhaka became third in the 'Ka' category of the competition.
   In the 'Kha' category, Swarnamoyi Mandal from became first, Nusrat Imam Bulti from Mymensingh and Imran Hossain Tarjan from Barisal jointly became second and MA Momin from Dhaka became the third in the competition.
   In the group competition, Bangabandhu Sangiskritik Jote from Dinajpur became first, Udichi Chittagong district unit became the second and Udichi Magura district unit became the third.
   The organisers launched a music album titled 'Gana Manusher Gaan' featuring peoples' songs. Theatre actress Shimul Yusuf unveiled the album at the programme.
   The organisers and guests including Moushumi Bhowmik handed over prizes to the winners of the competition in the afternoon.

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World Theatre Day observed

Cultural Correspondent

World Theatre Day was celebrated on Sunday through procession, discussion, songs, dance and theatre performances in Dhaka.
   Created in 1961, World Theatre Day is celebrated on March 27 by the International Theatre Institute Centres around the world.
   International Theatre Institute, Bangladesh chapter, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation and Bangladesh Patha Natak Parishad jointly organised the event.
   The programme began with a colourful procession participated by theatre activists from across the country and it paraded the way from the Mahila Samity stage to the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
   The organisers honoured Bangladesh Mahila Samily, which played an important role in the country's theatre movement by providing the activists with their platform.
   Mahila Samity president Sitara Ahsanullah received the award on behalf of the organisation.
   The programmes also included a discussion at the academy's National Theatre Hall in the evening.
   Celebrated writer Hasan Azizul Haque was the key speaker of the programme while Ataur Rahman, president of International Theatre Institute, Bangladesh chapter, presided over the discussion.
   Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's director general Kamal Lohani, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky, theatre personality Mamunur Rashid and theatre actress Lucky Enam spoke at the programme among others.
    While discussing brief history of the country's theatre activities, Hasan Azizul Haque said that the field have made significant progress over the past three decades.
   Lucky Enam read out this year's message 'A Case for Theatre in Service of Humanity' written by Jessica A Kaahwa, a theatre artist, academic and humanitarian from Uganda.
   In her message, Kaahwa said, 'Theatre is that universal language by which we can advance messages of peace and reconciliation.'
   The cultural programme began with solo dance performance by promising dance artiste Tathai. Later noted dance artiste Tamanna Rahman presented another performance at the programme.
   Popular Tagore singer Bulbul Islam rendered two Tagore songs 'Amar jiban dhara' and 'Ami chanchal hey' while noted dancer Sharmila Bandyopadhyay and her daughter Tathai presented a duet dance recital.
   The programme ended with the staging of a play titled Karnakunti Sangbad produced by Nagarik Natya Sampradaya and directed by Ataur Rahman.
   Actors of Nagarik Natya Sampradaya perform in Karnakunti Sangbad

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Guerrilla to be released on
Pahela Baishakh

Cultural Correspondent

Nasiruddin Yusuff's latest movie 'Guerrilla' is going to be released on April 14, on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh. The film will primarily be released through 8 cinema halls including five in Dhaka.
   The story of the film revolves around the guerrilla operations executed in the outskirts of Dhaka during the War of Independence in 1971. Director Nasiruddin Yusuff, who is also a freedom fighter, has already completed the post-production phase of the film in Mumbai and has submitted the film to Bangladesh Film Censor Board. Based on a novel titled 'Nishidda Loban' by celebrated writer Syed Shamsul Haq, the script of the film is jointly written by Nasiruddin Yusuff and Ebadur Rahman.
   The protagonist of the film is Bilkis who works as an informer to the freedom fighters. She also helps them by providing medicines. She even risks her life in bringing song clips to the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.

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Syed Abdul Hadi on his latest
album and more

Cultural Correspondent

In his over five decades of music career, celebrated singer Syed Abdul Hadi for the first time is going to release an album of Tagore songs on Pahela Baishakh.
   The singer recently shared with his feelings about the upcoming album and his views on the current music trend.
   The album titled 'Jakhan Bhanglo Milan Mela' features nine Tagore songs which were his favourite songs in his childhood days. 'My father was a great lover of Tagore songs that inspired me to be a lover of Tagore songs,' said Hadi.
   'Most of the songs in the album are not frequently rendered. But I'm very optimist that the Tagore enthusiasts will like it,' said Hadi.
   He, however, is not confident whether the common average music lovers will like it or not, since he thinks the taste of the music lovers these days have changed dramatically.
   'With the technological boom, the pace of life is very fast and you cannot keep anything stagnant for years,' said Hadi.
   But he believes that the evergreen songs rendered by the singers of his generation are still dominating the music industry and these songs will remain timeless.
   Asked about the new generation, he said, 'The industry has become very commercial and hardly any quality songs are produced.'
   'The people of the industry pay a very little attention to the artistic value,' he added.
   He is also critical about the current trend of the electronic media of turning the new singers into 'stars' over night. According to Hadi, such trend never allows the young people to dedicate their life to music.
   'These young people are usually not well-trained, yet they are burdened with responsibilities of their stardom. But I do not blame them. Rather the television channel authorities should be blamed as they are involving young peoples to make profit,' he said.
   Hadi has been also hosting a musical programme titled 'Kichhu Katha Kichhu Gaan' on NTV for the last five years. 'We get huge audience response from home and abroad,' said Hadi.
   'And it proves that the passion for good music is still strong in the mind of the audience,' he added.
   Syed Abdul Hadi, who has been lending his voice for playbacks since 1960, has lost count of how many songs he had sung till now for films, radio and different albums.

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Swadhinata Sangeet Utsab ends

Cultural Correspondent

A three-day musical festival titled Swadhinata Sangeet Utsab ended on the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises on Saturday evening.
   More than 30 music schools and 50 popular singers presented songs featuring the spirit of the War of Independence in the festival.
   With the slogan of 'Desh prem dilo swadhinata/desh prem debe mukti', the festival was jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samamnnai Parishad to mark the 41st Independence Day.
   Members of music school including Uttarayan, Jagarani Shilpi Gosthi, Murchhana, Nazrul Lalitakala Kendra, Hindol Sangeet Academy and Nandan presented chorus performances on the concluding day.
   Popular singers Lily Islam, Himadri Shekhar, Sumana Das and Jahangir presented solo performances.

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