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Three-day film show held in memory of Zahir Raihan

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To mark the 43rd disappearance day of the eminent filmmaker Zahir Raihan, a 3-day film festival dedicated to his work and memory was held last week at the national art gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The festival named after him is featuring four of his popular movies and a documentary on his life.
The film festival started on Driday with the screening a documentary on Zahir Raihan titled "Epoch-making Filmmaker Zahir Raihan" followed by his film Kancher Deyal (1963). On the second day evening,  Anwara (1966) and Behula (1966) were screened at the same venue at 6:30pm and 8:30pm respectively.
On the concluding day, Raihan's famous documentary "Stop Genocide," a 20-minute documentary on the killings and atrocities by the Pakistan Army during war of liberation, was screened. It was followed by showcasing Zahir Raihan's popular film "Jibon Theke Neya" (1970).
Zahir Raihan went missing on January 30 in 1972, when he had  gone  search of  his elder brother celebrated author Shahidullah Kaiser, who had been captured and consequently killed by the Pakistan Army and its allies in at  the fag end  of  liberation  war  in December  1971 .  Zahir Raihan was never seen again and his body was never found.
This multi talented genius simultaneously was a novelist, lyricist, producer, screenplay writer and a movie director. His popular novels and classic movies inspired the entire nation to prepare for an independence movement.
Zahir Raihan was born on 19 August 1935, as Mohammad Zahirullah, in the village Majupur, in Feni District. He discovered life as a wonderful journey of innovation and creativity. He started his academic studies in Mitra Institute, Kolkata and then was admitted at Alia Madrasha, Kolkata. Zahir passed his matriculation from Amirabad High School, Feni in 1950. In 1951, he involved himself with Communist politics through East Pakistan Student Union (EPSU).
Zahir Raihan passed I Sc from Jagannath College in 1953. Then he took admission in Dhaka Medical College to study medical science. However, he left medical college and decided to study Bangla literature. He completed his graduation in 1956 and post graduation in 1958 from the University of Dhaka. At the same time Zahir started his career as a journalist in a newspaper Juger Alo. Later he also worked in newspapers Khapchhara, Jantrik, and Cinema. He also worked as the editor of Probaho in 1956. His first collection of short stories, Surjogrohon, was published in 1955. He worked as an assistant director in the film Jago Huya Sabera in 1957. This was his first footprint in the film industry. Zahir assisted Salahuddin in the film Je Nodi Morupothe. Filmmaker Ehtesham took him as the assistant director for his movie E Desh Tomar Amar, for which he also wrote the title song. Zahir Raihan's first novel Shesh Bikeler Meye was published in 1960. The same year he emerged as a director with his film Kokhono Asheni which was released in 1961.
Then Zahir Raihan married actress Hena Lahiri (Shumita Devi). He wrote a novel Trishna in 1962. He jointly directed Sonar Kajol with Kolim Shorafi in 1962 and made another movie Kacher Deyal in 1963. Zahir's most famous novel Hajar Bochor Dhore was published in 1964. In 1964, he made Pakistan's first colour movie, Sangam, and completed his first Cinemascope movie, Bahana, the following year. At the beginning Zahir Raihan's movies were commercially unsuccessful, but he continued producing more films. 1966's Behula was the first super hit film by Zahir Raihan where he gave breakthrough to a new hero Razzak. During the following year, his Anwara was another big hit. Second time, he married film heroine Kohinur Akter Shuchonda in 1968. Zahir Raihan's novel Borof Gola Nodi was published in 1969 where he depicted the life and struggles of a journalist through the character of Mahmud.
As a conscious political activist, he always thought about directing a movie depicting the political crisis of the Bangalee mass people. He knew that the most significant role of cinema is that it can provide a framework which directly or indirectly influences the cultural construction and cultural maintenance of a particular view.
Zahir Raihan joined in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. He went to Kolkata where his film Jibon Theke Neya was shown. His film was highly acclaimed by the directors like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha and Ritwik Ghatak. He donated all the money to the freedom fighters' fund that he earned from the show.

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To mark the 43rd disappearance day of the eminent filmmaker Zahir Raihan, a 3-day film festival dedicated to his work and memory was held last week at the national art gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The festival named after him is featuring four of his popular movies and a documentary on his life.
The film festival started on Driday with the screening a documentary on Zahir Raihan titled "Epoch-making Filmmaker Zahir Raihan" followed by his film Kancher Deyal (1963). On the second day evening,  Anwara (1966) and Behula (1966) were screened at the same venue at 6:30pm and 8:30pm respectively.
On the concluding day, Raihan's famous documentary "Stop Genocide," a 20-minute documentary on the killings and atrocities by the Pakistan Army during war of liberation, was screened. It was followed by showcasing Zahir Raihan's popular film "Jibon Theke Neya" (1970).
Zahir Raihan went missing on January 30 in 1972, when he had  gone  search of  his elder brother celebrated author Shahidullah Kaiser, who had been captured and consequently killed by the Pakistan Army and its allies in at  the fag end  of  liberation  war  in December  1971 .  Zahir Raihan was never seen again and his body was never found.
This multi talented genius simultaneously was a novelist, lyricist, producer, screenplay writer and a movie director. His popular novels and classic movies inspired the entire nation to prepare for an independence movement.
Zahir Raihan was born on 19 August 1935, as Mohammad Zahirullah, in the village Majupur, in Feni District. He discovered life as a wonderful journey of innovation and creativity. He started his academic studies in Mitra Institute, Kolkata and then was admitted at Alia Madrasha, Kolkata. Zahir passed his matriculation from Amirabad High School, Feni in 1950. In 1951, he involved himself with Communist politics through East Pakistan Student Union (EPSU).
Zahir Raihan passed I Sc from Jagannath College in 1953. Then he took admission in Dhaka Medical College to study medical science. However, he left medical college and decided to study Bangla literature. He completed his graduation in 1956 and post graduation in 1958 from the University of Dhaka. At the same time Zahir started his career as a journalist in a newspaper Juger Alo. Later he also worked in newspapers Khapchhara, Jantrik, and Cinema. He also worked as the editor of Probaho in 1956. His first collection of short stories, Surjogrohon, was published in 1955. He worked as an assistant director in the film Jago Huya Sabera in 1957. This was his first footprint in the film industry. Zahir assisted Salahuddin in the film Je Nodi Morupothe. Filmmaker Ehtesham took him as the assistant director for his movie E Desh Tomar Amar, for which he also wrote the title song. Zahir Raihan's first novel Shesh Bikeler Meye was published in 1960. The same year he emerged as a director with his film Kokhono Asheni which was released in 1961.
Then Zahir Raihan married actress Hena Lahiri (Shumita Devi). He wrote a novel Trishna in 1962. He jointly directed Sonar Kajol with Kolim Shorafi in 1962 and made another movie Kacher Deyal in 1963. Zahir's most famous novel Hajar Bochor Dhore was published in 1964. In 1964, he made Pakistan's first colour movie, Sangam, and completed his first Cinemascope movie, Bahana, the following year. At the beginning Zahir Raihan's movies were commercially unsuccessful, but he continued producing more films. 1966's Behula was the first super hit film by Zahir Raihan where he gave breakthrough to a new hero Razzak. During the following year, his Anwara was another big hit. Second time, he married film heroine Kohinur Akter Shuchonda in 1968. Zahir Raihan's novel Borof Gola Nodi was published in 1969 where he depicted the life and struggles of a journalist through the character of Mahmud.
As a conscious political activist, he always thought about directing a movie depicting the political crisis of the Bangalee mass people. He knew that the most significant role of cinema is that it can provide a framework which directly or indirectly influences the cultural construction and cultural maintenance of a particular view.
Zahir Raihan joined in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. He went to Kolkata where his film Jibon Theke Neya was shown. His film was highly acclaimed by the directors like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha and Ritwik Ghatak. He donated all the money to the freedom fighters' fund that he earned from the show.


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Kobikontho pays homage to poet Fazal Shahabuddin

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Kabikantho, a cultural organization of the poets, organised a programme at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on February 4 to pay homage to poet Fazal Shahabuddin on his 75th birth anniversary.
Kabikantho also published a memorial book on Fazal Shahabuddin as poetry lovers turned out enthusiastically for the event.
Among the notables present were Malaysian National Poet Dato Dr. Ahmad Kamal Abdullah and Dutch poet Dr. Germaine Droogenbroodt.
At the discussion session, guests including Fazal's close friend Harunur Rashid, shared their memories of Fazal. They also focused on the life and works of Fazal, terming him a poet with talents.
Later, elocutionist Camelia Mostafa read excerpts from one of Fazal's works.
Fazal, endearingly termed "a poet of nature", wrote several books and contributed significantly to Bangla literature. His talent found recognition when he received the Bangla Academy Literature Award in 1973 and the Ekushey Padak in 1988.

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Kabikantho, a cultural organization of the poets, organised a programme at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on February 4 to pay homage to poet Fazal Shahabuddin on his 75th birth anniversary.
Kabikantho also published a memorial book on Fazal Shahabuddin as poetry lovers turned out enthusiastically for the event.
Among the notables present were Malaysian National Poet Dato Dr. Ahmad Kamal Abdullah and Dutch poet Dr. Germaine Droogenbroodt.
At the discussion session, guests including Fazal's close friend Harunur Rashid, shared their memories of Fazal. They also focused on the life and works of Fazal, terming him a poet with talents.
Later, elocutionist Camelia Mostafa read excerpts from one of Fazal's works.
Fazal, endearingly termed "a poet of nature", wrote several books and contributed significantly to Bangla literature. His talent found recognition when he received the Bangla Academy Literature Award in 1973 and the Ekushey Padak in 1988.


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Turkish celebrated singer Müzeyyen Senar dies at 97

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A funeral service was held in Istanbul on Feb. 10 for Turkish classical singer Müzeyyen Senar.

Müzeyyen Senar, a Turkish classical music performer, known as the "Diva of the Republic" died at the age of 97 at her home town in Izmir, Turkey on 8 February 2015.
She breathed her last at  Ege University Medical Faculty Hospital, where she had been receiving treatment for pneumonia for the past six days, news agencies reported.
Thousands of people including Turkish classical music performers Bülent Ersoy, Muazzez Abac?, Mustafa Keser and Mustafa Sagyasar along with other well-known personalities were present to pay their final respects to Senar at funeral prayers at Istanbul's Bebek Mosque. Senar was later buried in the family plot at Istanbul's Zincirlikuyu Cemetery on Tuesday.
Senar had been living in the southwestern coastal town of Bodrum with her two children, daughter Feraye Isil and son Ömer Isil, who were both by her side when she passed away.
Müzeyyen Dombayoglu was born in 1918 in the village of Gököz in the Keles district of Bursa Province, in the then Ottoman Empire. She had two elder brothers ?smet and Hilmi. Her mother Zehra had a nice voice and used to sing Senar to sleep.
At the age of five, she developed a stutter after returning from a wedding ceremony, perhaps the result of fear, as she recalled. Her speech disorder lasted until adulthood, though, as is usually the case with performers, it did not affect her singing voice. At six years old, knowing most of the popular folk songs by heart, she sang at family gatherings and wedding ceremonies, to which her mother took her. In her early childhood, she ran away from her father's home in Bursa to Istanbul, where her mother lived. Her father had left his wife after a marriage of 25 years.

Career
Senar began her musical career in 1931, entering the "Anadolu Musiki Cemiyeti" (literally: Anatolia Musical Association) in Üsküdar, where she was educated by kemenche virtuoso Kemal Niyazi Seyhun and oud player Hayriye.[1][2] After starting to perform at Radio Istanbul of TRT, she became well known. In 1933 she debuted on stage in a summer talent show at one of the most important music halls in Istanbul. She continued her performances at other renowned music halls. Also in 1933, aged 15, she sang her first song on 78 rpm record released by (His Master's Voice). More recordings followed later on Odeon Records and other labels. Her singing was also much admired by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938). On several occasions she gave special concerts in his audience.
Following an offer of Mesut Cemil in 1938, she went to Ankara to perform at the newly established state-owned local radio station. In 1941 she returned to Istanbul to give concerts at various well-known night clubs. In 1947, Senar gave her first concert abroad in Paris, France at Le Lido. With her voice and style, she opened a new era of Turkish classical music. She retired from active singing in 1983, appearing in her final show in a popular music hall in Bebek, Istanbul.
In the 1940s Senar played the leading role in the movie Kerem ile Asl?. In the 1960s she was featured in the movies Ana Yüre?i and Sevgili Hocam. Her 1976 film, Analar Ölmez is autobiographical. She dubbed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum's songs in imported Arabic movies with songs specially composed for Turkish release.

Later years and death
On 26 September 2006 it was reported that she suffered a cerebral infarction at her home in Izmir, which paralyzed her left side.[3] In February 2008 it was reported that she had lost her voice. As of 2013, she was living with her daughter, Feraye I??l, in Bodrum. Senar died on 8 February 2015, aged 96. She had been hospitalized with pneumonia at Ege University Hospital in Izmir. On February 10, she was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery following the religious service held at Bebek Mosque in Istanbul.[8]

Accolades
In 1998, she was awarded the "State Artist" Award, which she declined to accept.[9] With the initiative of her student, renowned Turkish classical music singer, Bülent Ersoy, an exhibition of photographs of her entitled "Cumhuriyetin Divas?: Müzeyyen Senar" ("Müzeyyen Senar, the Diva of the Republic") was held in Ankara on 29 October 2009, the Republic Day of Turkey.

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A funeral service was held in Istanbul on Feb. 10 for Turkish classical singer Müzeyyen Senar.

Müzeyyen Senar, a Turkish classical music performer, known as the "Diva of the Republic" died at the age of 97 at her home town in Izmir, Turkey on 8 February 2015.
She breathed her last at  Ege University Medical Faculty Hospital, where she had been receiving treatment for pneumonia for the past six days, news agencies reported.
Thousands of people including Turkish classical music performers Bülent Ersoy, Muazzez Abac?, Mustafa Keser and Mustafa Sagyasar along with other well-known personalities were present to pay their final respects to Senar at funeral prayers at Istanbul's Bebek Mosque. Senar was later buried in the family plot at Istanbul's Zincirlikuyu Cemetery on Tuesday.
Senar had been living in the southwestern coastal town of Bodrum with her two children, daughter Feraye Isil and son Ömer Isil, who were both by her side when she passed away.
Müzeyyen Dombayoglu was born in 1918 in the village of Gököz in the Keles district of Bursa Province, in the then Ottoman Empire. She had two elder brothers ?smet and Hilmi. Her mother Zehra had a nice voice and used to sing Senar to sleep.
At the age of five, she developed a stutter after returning from a wedding ceremony, perhaps the result of fear, as she recalled. Her speech disorder lasted until adulthood, though, as is usually the case with performers, it did not affect her singing voice. At six years old, knowing most of the popular folk songs by heart, she sang at family gatherings and wedding ceremonies, to which her mother took her. In her early childhood, she ran away from her father's home in Bursa to Istanbul, where her mother lived. Her father had left his wife after a marriage of 25 years.

Career
Senar began her musical career in 1931, entering the "Anadolu Musiki Cemiyeti" (literally: Anatolia Musical Association) in Üsküdar, where she was educated by kemenche virtuoso Kemal Niyazi Seyhun and oud player Hayriye.[1][2] After starting to perform at Radio Istanbul of TRT, she became well known. In 1933 she debuted on stage in a summer talent show at one of the most important music halls in Istanbul. She continued her performances at other renowned music halls. Also in 1933, aged 15, she sang her first song on 78 rpm record released by (His Master's Voice). More recordings followed later on Odeon Records and other labels. Her singing was also much admired by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938). On several occasions she gave special concerts in his audience.
Following an offer of Mesut Cemil in 1938, she went to Ankara to perform at the newly established state-owned local radio station. In 1941 she returned to Istanbul to give concerts at various well-known night clubs. In 1947, Senar gave her first concert abroad in Paris, France at Le Lido. With her voice and style, she opened a new era of Turkish classical music. She retired from active singing in 1983, appearing in her final show in a popular music hall in Bebek, Istanbul.
In the 1940s Senar played the leading role in the movie Kerem ile Asl?. In the 1960s she was featured in the movies Ana Yüre?i and Sevgili Hocam. Her 1976 film, Analar Ölmez is autobiographical. She dubbed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum's songs in imported Arabic movies with songs specially composed for Turkish release.

Later years and death
On 26 September 2006 it was reported that she suffered a cerebral infarction at her home in Izmir, which paralyzed her left side.[3] In February 2008 it was reported that she had lost her voice. As of 2013, she was living with her daughter, Feraye I??l, in Bodrum. Senar died on 8 February 2015, aged 96. She had been hospitalized with pneumonia at Ege University Hospital in Izmir. On February 10, she was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery following the religious service held at Bebek Mosque in Istanbul.[8]

Accolades
In 1998, she was awarded the "State Artist" Award, which she declined to accept.[9] With the initiative of her student, renowned Turkish classical music singer, Bülent Ersoy, an exhibition of photographs of her entitled "Cumhuriyetin Divas?: Müzeyyen Senar" ("Müzeyyen Senar, the Diva of the Republic") was held in Ankara on 29 October 2009, the Republic Day of Turkey.


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‘Gariwala’ wins three awards in US film fest

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Bangladeshi feature film 'Gariwala' (cart driver), produced by young filmmaker Ashraf Shishir received the best award in three categories in the three day long United States' film festival titled 'North Carolina film festival'.
Young filmmaker Ashraf Shishir was awarded in the category of 'Best Screenplay' for the film while Superhero Superheroine famed actor Mustafizur Noor Imran received the 'Best Co-actor' award. Apart from those, child artists Kabbyo and Sheikh Maruf received the 'Best Children' award jointly for the film 'Gariwala'. In his expression, Ashraf Shishir said, "The credit goes to all of our team members who worked hard to make the story into a film."
Shishir's 'Gariwala', a film that received a government grant in Bangladesh, features a story that can appeal both to children and the aged audiences. The film shows the struggle of two siblings and their mother. The director said about the film, 'Gariwala' tells the serious and bleak story of our people through the eyes of children. How the grips of poverty and the desire and struggle to be free from it, mark most of our children's fate have been illustrated in this film."
The film stars Rokeya Prachi, Raisul Islam Asad, Masud Aziz, Imran, Saki Farzana and many others.
Apart from participating in North Carolina film festival, 'Gariwala' also participated in Rafi Peer International Film Festival 2014 (RPIFF)' in Lahore. The film was screened in few more international festivals earlier after receiving an uncut censorship certificate on May 25 this year.

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Bangladeshi feature film 'Gariwala' (cart driver), produced by young filmmaker Ashraf Shishir received the best award in three categories in the three day long United States' film festival titled 'North Carolina film festival'.
Young filmmaker Ashraf Shishir was awarded in the category of 'Best Screenplay' for the film while Superhero Superheroine famed actor Mustafizur Noor Imran received the 'Best Co-actor' award. Apart from those, child artists Kabbyo and Sheikh Maruf received the 'Best Children' award jointly for the film 'Gariwala'. In his expression, Ashraf Shishir said, "The credit goes to all of our team members who worked hard to make the story into a film."
Shishir's 'Gariwala', a film that received a government grant in Bangladesh, features a story that can appeal both to children and the aged audiences. The film shows the struggle of two siblings and their mother. The director said about the film, 'Gariwala' tells the serious and bleak story of our people through the eyes of children. How the grips of poverty and the desire and struggle to be free from it, mark most of our children's fate have been illustrated in this film."
The film stars Rokeya Prachi, Raisul Islam Asad, Masud Aziz, Imran, Saki Farzana and many others.
Apart from participating in North Carolina film festival, 'Gariwala' also participated in Rafi Peer International Film Festival 2014 (RPIFF)' in Lahore. The film was screened in few more international festivals earlier after receiving an uncut censorship certificate on May 25 this year.


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