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Nat’l Street Theatre Fest wrapped up

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A scene from Barnachora (left), A scene from Gushiwal Kotawal
Five street plays highlighting the spirit of the war of independence were staged on the opening day of the weeklong National Street Theatre Festival-2012 on Central Shaheed Minar the premises on Wednesday.
A total of 37 street theatre productions were staged at the festival organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, which has been holding the programnme since 1983. 
Artistes of Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble led by seasoned actor Jamaluddin Hossain staged Barnachora by Mumtazuddin Ahmed.  Hossain gave a realistic performance in the role of a Pakistani collaborator character named Golam Sadek, in disguise of a freedom fighter, helped the occupied army and even handed over his daughter-in-law in the hand of Pakistan Army who during the war. Helan Hasan in the role of a Birangona (war heroine) and Syed Rahman in the role of freedom fighter attained viewers’ acclaims. The theatre is directed by Jamaluddin Hossain. 
Padatik Natya Sangsad staged the 26th show of Tribunal, which was premiered on February 21 in 2010. The symbolic play revolves on a mock trial of war criminals. Testimony of a Birangana depicting bitter experience that she endured at the torture cell during war against a war criminal named Shukkur Ali made the audience emotional. 
Written and directed by Rafiqul Alam, Natun Prajonmoy, staged by Sanglap Group Theatre, highlights the need for making the younger generation aware on the barbaric activities of the Pakistani collaborators during the war.
Moreover, Shomoy Sanskritik Goshthi and Hatath Natya Sampradhaya from Tangail staged Janani Birangona and Bioscope respectively. Mannan Hira’s Janani Birangona is directed by Aktaruzzaman while Bioscope is written and directed by Aktarul Islam. 
Earlier communication minister Obaidul Kader inaugurated the festival as chief guest in presence of theatre leaders and activists. Followed by the inauguration, artistes of Mahakal Natya Sampradhaya and Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC) along with Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation chairman and secretary general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Jhuna Chowdhury presented patriotic songs and popular songs from theatre productions.

 

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A scene from Barnachora (left), A scene from Gushiwal Kotawal
Five street plays highlighting the spirit of the war of independence were staged on the opening day of the weeklong National Street Theatre Festival-2012 on Central Shaheed Minar the premises on Wednesday.
A total of 37 street theatre productions were staged at the festival organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, which has been holding the programnme since 1983. 
Artistes of Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble led by seasoned actor Jamaluddin Hossain staged Barnachora by Mumtazuddin Ahmed.  Hossain gave a realistic performance in the role of a Pakistani collaborator character named Golam Sadek, in disguise of a freedom fighter, helped the occupied army and even handed over his daughter-in-law in the hand of Pakistan Army who during the war. Helan Hasan in the role of a Birangona (war heroine) and Syed Rahman in the role of freedom fighter attained viewers’ acclaims. The theatre is directed by Jamaluddin Hossain. 
Padatik Natya Sangsad staged the 26th show of Tribunal, which was premiered on February 21 in 2010. The symbolic play revolves on a mock trial of war criminals. Testimony of a Birangana depicting bitter experience that she endured at the torture cell during war against a war criminal named Shukkur Ali made the audience emotional. 
Written and directed by Rafiqul Alam, Natun Prajonmoy, staged by Sanglap Group Theatre, highlights the need for making the younger generation aware on the barbaric activities of the Pakistani collaborators during the war.
Moreover, Shomoy Sanskritik Goshthi and Hatath Natya Sampradhaya from Tangail staged Janani Birangona and Bioscope respectively. Mannan Hira’s Janani Birangona is directed by Aktaruzzaman while Bioscope is written and directed by Aktarul Islam. 
Earlier communication minister Obaidul Kader inaugurated the festival as chief guest in presence of theatre leaders and activists. Followed by the inauguration, artistes of Mahakal Natya Sampradhaya and Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC) along with Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation chairman and secretary general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Jhuna Chowdhury presented patriotic songs and popular songs from theatre productions.

 


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Entries called for Dhaka Art Summit

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Distingushed guests at the press confence
Interested artists aged between 20 and 35 are requested to submit their entries by February 29 for the participation of the upcoming Dhaka Art Summit, said the organisers at a press conference held at the Seminar Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The organisers have requested to log on www. dhakaartsummi t.org for detail information on the competition.
The winners of the competition will be awarded Samdani Artist Development Award with token money of taka 10 lakh and Samdani Young Talent Award with token money of taka five lakh. 
The first edition of the four-day Dhaka Art Summit will begin on April 12, which will be by Samdani Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation, in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh National Museum.
Shilpakala director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, Museum director general Prakash Chandra Das, summit steering committee convener artist Muniruzzaman, Samdani Art Foundation trustee and founder Rajib Samdani and the major sponsor of the summit the City Bank-American Express’s deputy managing director Mashrur Arefin spoke at the conference.
Having the target of creating a vibrant platform for showcasing art of Bangladesh to international arena, the summit will feature various exhibitions at different venues, seminars, curatorial shows, presentation and get-together of artists, art-curators and art-buyers. 
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh National Museum are the main venue of the summit.

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Distingushed guests at the press confence
Interested artists aged between 20 and 35 are requested to submit their entries by February 29 for the participation of the upcoming Dhaka Art Summit, said the organisers at a press conference held at the Seminar Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The organisers have requested to log on www. dhakaartsummi t.org for detail information on the competition.
The winners of the competition will be awarded Samdani Artist Development Award with token money of taka 10 lakh and Samdani Young Talent Award with token money of taka five lakh. 
The first edition of the four-day Dhaka Art Summit will begin on April 12, which will be by Samdani Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation, in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh National Museum.
Shilpakala director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, Museum director general Prakash Chandra Das, summit steering committee convener artist Muniruzzaman, Samdani Art Foundation trustee and founder Rajib Samdani and the major sponsor of the summit the City Bank-American Express’s deputy managing director Mashrur Arefin spoke at the conference.
Having the target of creating a vibrant platform for showcasing art of Bangladesh to international arena, the summit will feature various exhibitions at different venues, seminars, curatorial shows, presentation and get-together of artists, art-curators and art-buyers. 
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh National Museum are the main venue of the summit.

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Manipuri version of Tagore’s Debotar Grash staged

Musfequr Rahman

 
A scene from Debolar Gras
Manipuri Theatre staged a Manipuri version of Rabindranath Tagore’s popular dramatic poem Debotar Gras on Friday at the Experimental Theater Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy attained viewers’ acclaims.
Young talented director Shuvashish Sinha has adapted Tagore’s poem as a Manipuri play in Bishnupriya language having the same title and presented it following the tradition of Manipuri theatre. 
Simplicity is the strength of the aesthetically rich dramatic presentation, which even overcome the language barrier: the sense of proportion in art in case of composition, powerful acting and lyrical body movement understood to the Bangla speaking audience.
During five or six scenes including-a group of people embark on boat to attend a pilgrimage, the tempest attack the boat at the deep sea, sacrifice of the tiny boy to pacify the sea, the senseless mother in the feet of the priest and the final revolt of the mighty priest against his fundamental beliefs-, all the actors altogether generated an extreme surge of emotions on stage every-time has touched the whole audience. 
Unique music blending of Hindustani classical ragas, manipuri music and Tagore songs along quality performance created spectacular dramatic moments in the play.

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Musfequr Rahman

 
A scene from Debolar Gras
Manipuri Theatre staged a Manipuri version of Rabindranath Tagore’s popular dramatic poem Debotar Gras on Friday at the Experimental Theater Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy attained viewers’ acclaims.
Young talented director Shuvashish Sinha has adapted Tagore’s poem as a Manipuri play in Bishnupriya language having the same title and presented it following the tradition of Manipuri theatre. 
Simplicity is the strength of the aesthetically rich dramatic presentation, which even overcome the language barrier: the sense of proportion in art in case of composition, powerful acting and lyrical body movement understood to the Bangla speaking audience.
During five or six scenes including-a group of people embark on boat to attend a pilgrimage, the tempest attack the boat at the deep sea, sacrifice of the tiny boy to pacify the sea, the senseless mother in the feet of the priest and the final revolt of the mighty priest against his fundamental beliefs-, all the actors altogether generated an extreme surge of emotions on stage every-time has touched the whole audience. 
Unique music blending of Hindustani classical ragas, manipuri music and Tagore songs along quality performance created spectacular dramatic moments in the play.

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Runway to run in Dhaka from today

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Runway, the last movie by recently deceased internationally acclaimed filmmaker Tareque Masud, is going to be screened in Dhaka from today to February  21 at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library.
Masud’s widow Catherine Masud announced the schedule at a press conference held on Monday at the Dhaka Reporters Unity. 
Each day three shows Runway will be screened at 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 7:00pm in the 12-day session, which the organisers claimed as the first commercial release of the movie in the capital.
At the press conference, Catherine Masud said, ‘At the Dhaka screening session, we will celebrate the one-year successful screening of Runway throughout the country.’ She also expressed her grievance as she cannot share the joy of the success with her companion. 
Along with Runway, two other documentaries Narsundar made by Tareque and Catherine, and a two-minute documentary on the spirit of International Mother Language Day titled Ekush will also be screened at the 12-day screening session.

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Runway, the last movie by recently deceased internationally acclaimed filmmaker Tareque Masud, is going to be screened in Dhaka from today to February  21 at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library.
Masud’s widow Catherine Masud announced the schedule at a press conference held on Monday at the Dhaka Reporters Unity. 
Each day three shows Runway will be screened at 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 7:00pm in the 12-day session, which the organisers claimed as the first commercial release of the movie in the capital.
At the press conference, Catherine Masud said, ‘At the Dhaka screening session, we will celebrate the one-year successful screening of Runway throughout the country.’ She also expressed her grievance as she cannot share the joy of the success with her companion. 
Along with Runway, two other documentaries Narsundar made by Tareque and Catherine, and a two-minute documentary on the spirit of International Mother Language Day titled Ekush will also be screened at the 12-day screening session.

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Shama Rahman presents timeless Tagore songs

Nazia Nusrat Adnin

 
Eminent singer Shama Rahman amused a remarkable number of audiences at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in Gulshan on Friday. 
The musical programme titled an evening of Rabindra Sangeet epitomizing the grace of Tagore songs was organised by IGCC —the cultural wing of Indian High Commission.
Shama’s presentation began with devotional Tagore songs. She filled the hearts of the listeners with her soothing performance on Amar khela jokhon chhilo.
She gave a soulful performance on Kirtan based romantic number Bhalobheshe sokhi naamti likho. The singer also rendered few more romantic songs such as Shokhi bhalobasha kare koy, kar milono etc.
Shama attainted audience acclaims for her song Tomar khola hawa while she made the audience nostalgic with Majhe majhe tabo dekha pai.
To bring a different taste in the ambience, Shama rendered a raga based song Choron o poddo. She also presented the popular songs including Ke boleychhey tomay bodhu, Aha tomar shonge praner khela and others.
Shama entertained the crowd throughout the one-hour musical endeavor and it was a great treat for the aficionado of Tagore songs.

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Nazia Nusrat Adnin

 
Eminent singer Shama Rahman amused a remarkable number of audiences at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in Gulshan on Friday. 
The musical programme titled an evening of Rabindra Sangeet epitomizing the grace of Tagore songs was organised by IGCC —the cultural wing of Indian High Commission.
Shama’s presentation began with devotional Tagore songs. She filled the hearts of the listeners with her soothing performance on Amar khela jokhon chhilo.
She gave a soulful performance on Kirtan based romantic number Bhalobheshe sokhi naamti likho. The singer also rendered few more romantic songs such as Shokhi bhalobasha kare koy, kar milono etc.
Shama attainted audience acclaims for her song Tomar khola hawa while she made the audience nostalgic with Majhe majhe tabo dekha pai.
To bring a different taste in the ambience, Shama rendered a raga based song Choron o poddo. She also presented the popular songs including Ke boleychhey tomay bodhu, Aha tomar shonge praner khela and others.
Shama entertained the crowd throughout the one-hour musical endeavor and it was a great treat for the aficionado of Tagore songs.

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Nrityalok celebrates 22nd founding anniversary

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Dance school Nrityalok arranged a vibrant cultural evening on Thursday celebrating its 22nd founding anniversary at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Along with dance recitals, the organisesrs honoured two singers and six dancers and distributed certificates among the students of the school. 
Eminent cultural personalities handed over the crests of honour on behalf of Nrityalok to renowned singers Nina Hamid and MA Hamid and dancers Dipa Khandakar, Elias Haider, Abdul Matin, Sadia Islam Mou, Farhana Chowdhury Baby and Abdur Rashid Swapan. 
Afterwards seasoned dancer Rahija Khanam Jhunu and Nina Hamid distributed certificates among students.
Followed by the certificate giving ceremony, 17 colourful dance recitals choreographed by Kabirul Islam Ratan synchronized with Nazrul songs, Tagore songs and modern songs amused the audience till the end the dance programme.

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Dance school Nrityalok arranged a vibrant cultural evening on Thursday celebrating its 22nd founding anniversary at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Along with dance recitals, the organisesrs honoured two singers and six dancers and distributed certificates among the students of the school. 
Eminent cultural personalities handed over the crests of honour on behalf of Nrityalok to renowned singers Nina Hamid and MA Hamid and dancers Dipa Khandakar, Elias Haider, Abdul Matin, Sadia Islam Mou, Farhana Chowdhury Baby and Abdur Rashid Swapan. 
Afterwards seasoned dancer Rahija Khanam Jhunu and Nina Hamid distributed certificates among students.
Followed by the certificate giving ceremony, 17 colourful dance recitals choreographed by Kabirul Islam Ratan synchronized with Nazrul songs, Tagore songs and modern songs amused the audience till the end the dance programme.

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 BOOK REVIEW 

Bangladesh Economy in 21st Century

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the economy of Bangladesh has surprised even the most astute observers and development agencies at home and abroad. In recent years, the economy has been resilient and impressive. In a pioneering book in the early 1970’s Faaland and Parkinson called Bangladesh, A Test Case for Development. Their point was that if Bangladesh could succeed, there was hope for other poor and less developed nations in the world. Forty years after this challenge, today Bangladesh presents a model of how a nation can overcome great odds to emerge as a successful economy. This book chronicles some of the successes, strategies and hopes for the future. Additionally, it presents sound policy recommendations for the continued success of the Bangladesh Economy in the 21st century. The papers are organised in four sections and twenty chapters. The book includes contributions on a wide variety of economic development topics from a distinguished panel of contributors.

These papers were presented in two unique conferences organised by the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) with partners in 2008 and, 2009 at the Ash Institute, Harvard University, Boston, USA. The book is edited by Munir Quddus and Farida C. Khan
Munir Quddus is Professor of Economics and Dean of the College of Business at Prairie View A & M University, Texas, USA. 
Farida Chowdhury Khan is Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She received her doctoral degree in economics from the University of Maryland in 1990.

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Since the beginning of the 21st century, the economy of Bangladesh has surprised even the most astute observers and development agencies at home and abroad. In recent years, the economy has been resilient and impressive. In a pioneering book in the early 1970’s Faaland and Parkinson called Bangladesh, A Test Case for Development. Their point was that if Bangladesh could succeed, there was hope for other poor and less developed nations in the world. Forty years after this challenge, today Bangladesh presents a model of how a nation can overcome great odds to emerge as a successful economy. This book chronicles some of the successes, strategies and hopes for the future. Additionally, it presents sound policy recommendations for the continued success of the Bangladesh Economy in the 21st century. The papers are organised in four sections and twenty chapters. The book includes contributions on a wide variety of economic development topics from a distinguished panel of contributors.

These papers were presented in two unique conferences organised by the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) with partners in 2008 and, 2009 at the Ash Institute, Harvard University, Boston, USA. The book is edited by Munir Quddus and Farida C. Khan
Munir Quddus is Professor of Economics and Dean of the College of Business at Prairie View A & M University, Texas, USA. 
Farida Chowdhury Khan is Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She received her doctoral degree in economics from the University of Maryland in 1990.

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