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National dance drama fest from Dec 18

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The third national dance drama festival will begin on December 18 with participation of dance troupes from across the country.
The festival, organised by Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association, will be held in eight districts of the country and feature performances by 15 troupes in two segments.
The first segment of the festival will be held from December 18 to 24 (excluding December 21 and 22). Seven dance troupes from seven districts and one Dhaka-based troupe will stage their dance drama productions at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of the event.
Seven Dhaka-based troupes will stage their productions in seven districts of the country during the second segment of the festival which will be held in January, said organisers at a press conference held on Wednesday at a restaurant in the capital.
The press conference was attended by Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association president Minu Haque, BDAA general secretary Mahfuzur Rahman, advisors Laila Hasan, Zeenat Barkatullah, Amanul Haque, Glam Mostafa Khan and others.
‘This year we have invited district-based troupes to stage their productions in Dhaka, while Dhaka-based troupes will stage their productions in different districts’, said Minu Haque, president of Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association.
The festival, dedicated to recently-demised dance artiste Rahijha Khanam Jhunu, will commence with a show of Surya Mukhi Nadi by Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts on December 18. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor is scheduled to attend the inauguration ceremony of the festival as chief guest.
Sylhet-based Nrityashaili, Mymensingh-based Bahurupi and five district dance artistes’ associations from Chittagong, Rajshahi, Kishoreganj, Satkhira and Khulan will stage dance drama productions like Mayar Khela, Drohokaal, Biday Abhishap, Mahua, Sonai Madhab and Nakshi Kanthar Math at first segment of the festival.
Seven Dhaka-based troupes will travel to different districts and stage their productions in January.
Kathak Nritya Sampraday will stage Prasanga 47 in Chittagong, Sukanya will stage Ichamatir Banke in Rajshahi, Pallavi will stage Shap Machon in Khulna, Ballet Troupe will stage Kusumer Swapna in Noakhali, Nandan Kala Kendra will stage Mahua in Habiganj, Ghasphulnadi will stage Nakshi Kanthar Math in Natore and Dibya will stage Shunya E Bukey Phire Ay in Mymensingh.
‘By participating in the festival dance artistes from different districts of the country will get a chance to perform before the Dhaka audience, while Dhaka-based troupes will stage their productions in different districts’, said Laila Hasan.

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The third national dance drama festival will begin on December 18 with participation of dance troupes from across the country.
The festival, organised by Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association, will be held in eight districts of the country and feature performances by 15 troupes in two segments.
The first segment of the festival will be held from December 18 to 24 (excluding December 21 and 22). Seven dance troupes from seven districts and one Dhaka-based troupe will stage their dance drama productions at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of the event.
Seven Dhaka-based troupes will stage their productions in seven districts of the country during the second segment of the festival which will be held in January, said organisers at a press conference held on Wednesday at a restaurant in the capital.
The press conference was attended by Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association president Minu Haque, BDAA general secretary Mahfuzur Rahman, advisors Laila Hasan, Zeenat Barkatullah, Amanul Haque, Glam Mostafa Khan and others.
‘This year we have invited district-based troupes to stage their productions in Dhaka, while Dhaka-based troupes will stage their productions in different districts’, said Minu Haque, president of Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association.
The festival, dedicated to recently-demised dance artiste Rahijha Khanam Jhunu, will commence with a show of Surya Mukhi Nadi by Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts on December 18. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor is scheduled to attend the inauguration ceremony of the festival as chief guest.
Sylhet-based Nrityashaili, Mymensingh-based Bahurupi and five district dance artistes’ associations from Chittagong, Rajshahi, Kishoreganj, Satkhira and Khulan will stage dance drama productions like Mayar Khela, Drohokaal, Biday Abhishap, Mahua, Sonai Madhab and Nakshi Kanthar Math at first segment of the festival.
Seven Dhaka-based troupes will travel to different districts and stage their productions in January.
Kathak Nritya Sampraday will stage Prasanga 47 in Chittagong, Sukanya will stage Ichamatir Banke in Rajshahi, Pallavi will stage Shap Machon in Khulna, Ballet Troupe will stage Kusumer Swapna in Noakhali, Nandan Kala Kendra will stage Mahua in Habiganj, Ghasphulnadi will stage Nakshi Kanthar Math in Natore and Dibya will stage Shunya E Bukey Phire Ay in Mymensingh.
‘By participating in the festival dance artistes from different districts of the country will get a chance to perform before the Dhaka audience, while Dhaka-based troupes will stage their productions in different districts’, said Laila Hasan.


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Dhaka hosts International film festival in January

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Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, centre, briefs the press about upcoming Dhaka International Film Festival at Dhaka Club on Saturday.

The 16th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival featuring over 200 films from 60 countries will begin on January 12.
Divided into eight sections, the films will be screened at six venues in the capital. The nine-day festival will also feature some ancillary events, said the festival director Ahmed Zamal at a press conference held on Saturday at Dhaka Club.
The press conference was attended by the festival organising committee members Rabiul Hossain, Mokammel Hossain and M Hamid.
Rainbow Film Society will organise the festival with a ‘little financial support from the government’, Muztaba Zamal said.
Like the previous years, Zamal, said the main attraction of the festival will be Asian Competition that will feature 15 films. The best film, selected by the International Jury Board, will receive Tk 100,000, a crest and a certificate. The jury board will also select the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematographer and Best Screenplay.
No Bangladeshi film will participate in the segment, said Zamal, adding that a separate competition segment exclusively for Bangladeshi films titled “Bangladesh Panorama” will be introduced in the 16th edition of the festival.
‘Since no Bangladeshi film got award participating in the Asian Competition segment in the previsions editions of the festival, we have introduced a separate competition segment for contemporary Bangladeshi films,’ Zamal said.
A three member jury board of International Federation of Film Critics will select the best film from the 10 local participating films.
Other segments of the festival, include, Retrospective, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent.
The six venues are: Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Bangladesh National Museum main auditorium, Sufia Kamal auditorium of the museum, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Russian Cultural Centre, and Star Cineplex.
Among the ancillary events, a 16-day workshop on cinema will be organised jointly by International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh and Pathshala at South Asian Media Institute of Pathshala. It will be the 8th edition of the workshop named Dhaka Cine Workshop.
A two-day international conference titled ‘Women in Cinema,’ consisting of six seminars, will be held on January 13-14 at Alliance Françoise de Dhaka.
In addition, Muztaba Zamal said, a two-day Asian Film Critics Assembly will be organised for the first time in Bangladesh. It will be organised by International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh in association with International Federation of Film Critics.

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Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, centre, briefs the press about upcoming Dhaka International Film Festival at Dhaka Club on Saturday.

The 16th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival featuring over 200 films from 60 countries will begin on January 12.
Divided into eight sections, the films will be screened at six venues in the capital. The nine-day festival will also feature some ancillary events, said the festival director Ahmed Zamal at a press conference held on Saturday at Dhaka Club.
The press conference was attended by the festival organising committee members Rabiul Hossain, Mokammel Hossain and M Hamid.
Rainbow Film Society will organise the festival with a ‘little financial support from the government’, Muztaba Zamal said.
Like the previous years, Zamal, said the main attraction of the festival will be Asian Competition that will feature 15 films. The best film, selected by the International Jury Board, will receive Tk 100,000, a crest and a certificate. The jury board will also select the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematographer and Best Screenplay.
No Bangladeshi film will participate in the segment, said Zamal, adding that a separate competition segment exclusively for Bangladeshi films titled “Bangladesh Panorama” will be introduced in the 16th edition of the festival.
‘Since no Bangladeshi film got award participating in the Asian Competition segment in the previsions editions of the festival, we have introduced a separate competition segment for contemporary Bangladeshi films,’ Zamal said.
A three member jury board of International Federation of Film Critics will select the best film from the 10 local participating films.
Other segments of the festival, include, Retrospective, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent.
The six venues are: Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Bangladesh National Museum main auditorium, Sufia Kamal auditorium of the museum, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Russian Cultural Centre, and Star Cineplex.
Among the ancillary events, a 16-day workshop on cinema will be organised jointly by International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh and Pathshala at South Asian Media Institute of Pathshala. It will be the 8th edition of the workshop named Dhaka Cine Workshop.
A two-day international conference titled ‘Women in Cinema,’ consisting of six seminars, will be held on January 13-14 at Alliance Françoise de Dhaka.
In addition, Muztaba Zamal said, a two-day Asian Film Critics Assembly will be organised for the first time in Bangladesh. It will be organised by International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh in association with International Federation of Film Critics.


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Bengal Classical Music Fest begins December 26

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Luva Nahid Chowdhury briefs the press about the upcoming Bengal Classical Music Festival at The Westin Dhaka on Saturday. (December 9, 2017)

The sixth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival featuring renowned Indian classical musicians and some local participants will begin on December 26 at Abahani Limited’s playground in Dhanmondi.
The five-day festival, organised by Bengal Foundation, will begin through a presentation by renowned Indian violinist L Subramaniam with Kazakh Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra, said the organisers at a press conference held at The Westin Dhaka on Saturday.
Internationally acclaimed Indian classical musicians and instrumentalists vocalist Pandit Joshraj, vina player Vishwamohan Bhatta, violinist Kala Ramnath, ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram, vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrobarty, vocalist ustad Rashid Khan and flutist pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, among others, will perform at the event.
In addition, the organisers said, Indian classical dancer Sujata Mahapatra and Indian troupe Aditi Mangal Das Dance Company will present Odisy and Kathak dance, respectively, during the festival.
Five Bangladeshi dancers including Sweety Das, Amit Chowdhury, Snata Shaheer, Sudensna Shyamprova and Mehraj Haque Tushar will present dance recitals at the festival. Local classical instrumentalists sitarist Firoz Khan and flutist Gazi Abdul Hakim will be participating at the festival. Moreover, students of Government Music College and Parmpara Sangeetalaya will also perform at the event, said Bengal Foundation director general Luval Nahid Chowdhury at the press conference.
She thanked prime minister Sheikh Hasina, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor for helping them organise the sixth edition of the festival, which Bengal Foundation earlier cancelled on October 22 for not getting permission from the Army authorities to use Army Stadium as the venue for the festival like its previous editions.
‘We thank the government for helping us to continue the biggest classical music festival in the world that has enriched the image of the country abroad,’ Luva Nahid said.
‘Special measures have been taken to hold the festival for five days in the busy residential area like Dhanmondi,’ she added.
Bengal Foundation chairman Abul Khair, however, thanked Bangladesh Army for allowing them to use Army Stadium as venue for the festival in the previous years.
Square Toiletries director Anjan Chowdhury and BRAC Bank senior vice president Zara Mahbub Jamil were also present at the conference.
Bengal Foundation has been organising Bengal Classical Music Festival since 2012.

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Luva Nahid Chowdhury briefs the press about the upcoming Bengal Classical Music Festival at The Westin Dhaka on Saturday. (December 9, 2017)

The sixth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival featuring renowned Indian classical musicians and some local participants will begin on December 26 at Abahani Limited’s playground in Dhanmondi.
The five-day festival, organised by Bengal Foundation, will begin through a presentation by renowned Indian violinist L Subramaniam with Kazakh Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra, said the organisers at a press conference held at The Westin Dhaka on Saturday.
Internationally acclaimed Indian classical musicians and instrumentalists vocalist Pandit Joshraj, vina player Vishwamohan Bhatta, violinist Kala Ramnath, ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram, vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrobarty, vocalist ustad Rashid Khan and flutist pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, among others, will perform at the event.
In addition, the organisers said, Indian classical dancer Sujata Mahapatra and Indian troupe Aditi Mangal Das Dance Company will present Odisy and Kathak dance, respectively, during the festival.
Five Bangladeshi dancers including Sweety Das, Amit Chowdhury, Snata Shaheer, Sudensna Shyamprova and Mehraj Haque Tushar will present dance recitals at the festival. Local classical instrumentalists sitarist Firoz Khan and flutist Gazi Abdul Hakim will be participating at the festival. Moreover, students of Government Music College and Parmpara Sangeetalaya will also perform at the event, said Bengal Foundation director general Luval Nahid Chowdhury at the press conference.
She thanked prime minister Sheikh Hasina, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor for helping them organise the sixth edition of the festival, which Bengal Foundation earlier cancelled on October 22 for not getting permission from the Army authorities to use Army Stadium as the venue for the festival like its previous editions.
‘We thank the government for helping us to continue the biggest classical music festival in the world that has enriched the image of the country abroad,’ Luva Nahid said.
‘Special measures have been taken to hold the festival for five days in the busy residential area like Dhanmondi,’ she added.
Bengal Foundation chairman Abul Khair, however, thanked Bangladesh Army for allowing them to use Army Stadium as venue for the festival in the previous years.
Square Toiletries director Anjan Chowdhury and BRAC Bank senior vice president Zara Mahbub Jamil were also present at the conference.
Bengal Foundation has been organising Bengal Classical Music Festival since 2012.


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War-based films to be screened for free on Victory Day

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A still from first war-based feature film Ora Egaro Jon, which will be screened at different cinemas for free on Victory Day.
Cinema halls across the country will screen liberation war films for free on December 16 marking Victory Day.
‘Like previous years, information ministry has requested all local cinemas to run a matinee show of any liberation war film on the Victory Day’, said Mia Alauddin, vice-president of Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association.
‘We have sent letters to every cinema hall in the country asking the halls to screen one liberation war film for free on Victory Day’, added Alauddin.
Cinemas in the country have been running such free shows on Victory Day since the ‘70s. Students are encouraged to watch films on liberation war at such shows.
Cinema halls can select any acclaimed liberation war films like Ora Egaro Jon, Arunadoyer Agnisakkhi and others for screening on Victory Day.

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A still from first war-based feature film Ora Egaro Jon, which will be screened at different cinemas for free on Victory Day.
Cinema halls across the country will screen liberation war films for free on December 16 marking Victory Day.
‘Like previous years, information ministry has requested all local cinemas to run a matinee show of any liberation war film on the Victory Day’, said Mia Alauddin, vice-president of Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association.
‘We have sent letters to every cinema hall in the country asking the halls to screen one liberation war film for free on Victory Day’, added Alauddin.
Cinemas in the country have been running such free shows on Victory Day since the ‘70s. Students are encouraged to watch films on liberation war at such shows.
Cinema halls can select any acclaimed liberation war films like Ora Egaro Jon, Arunadoyer Agnisakkhi and others for screening on Victory Day.


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Tomal depicts human traits thru animals

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Artist AH Dhali Tomal explores human traits through prints and drawings of animals at his solo show ‘Projection of Identity’ underway at Shilpangan Art Gallery in the capital’s Dhanmondi.
The exhibition features 55 artworks by the artist. Tomal, who is originally a printmaker, has made the displayed prints using different methods including aquatint, relief process and others.
Tomal has depicted human traits, emotions or intentions, qualities through animals like cats, roosters, crows and goats. The animals including each represent a different human trait.
The artist reveals the innate tendency of human psychology, characteristics and qualities in his symbolic artworks. For example, the crow symbolises curiosity, alertness and contemplation, cat symbolises softness, affiliation and tenderness, rooster symbolises subtlety and passion for observation and goat symbolises spirit for adventure.
The behaviors of animals vary from artwork to artwork. In some artworks the cats appear lazy while others show the felines as alert and curious animals.
A number of displayed pen and ink on paper drawings show flock of goats grazing in open fields and climbing steep hill slopes.
Most of the displayed artworks depict the animals in black and white. However, Tomal, in his aquatint prints of roosters, has used colours, mainly shades of yellow and light green. The artworks showing black rosters in milieu of the yellow-green background are wonderful pieces on display.
The exhibition, which began on December 8, will remain open for all from 12am to 8pm everyday till December 21.

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Artist AH Dhali Tomal explores human traits through prints and drawings of animals at his solo show ‘Projection of Identity’ underway at Shilpangan Art Gallery in the capital’s Dhanmondi.
The exhibition features 55 artworks by the artist. Tomal, who is originally a printmaker, has made the displayed prints using different methods including aquatint, relief process and others.
Tomal has depicted human traits, emotions or intentions, qualities through animals like cats, roosters, crows and goats. The animals including each represent a different human trait.
The artist reveals the innate tendency of human psychology, characteristics and qualities in his symbolic artworks. For example, the crow symbolises curiosity, alertness and contemplation, cat symbolises softness, affiliation and tenderness, rooster symbolises subtlety and passion for observation and goat symbolises spirit for adventure.
The behaviors of animals vary from artwork to artwork. In some artworks the cats appear lazy while others show the felines as alert and curious animals.
A number of displayed pen and ink on paper drawings show flock of goats grazing in open fields and climbing steep hill slopes.
Most of the displayed artworks depict the animals in black and white. However, Tomal, in his aquatint prints of roosters, has used colours, mainly shades of yellow and light green. The artworks showing black rosters in milieu of the yellow-green background are wonderful pieces on display.
The exhibition, which began on December 8, will remain open for all from 12am to 8pm everyday till December 21.


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