Galley Cosmos is organising a virtual art, photography and multimedia exhibition of 42 renowned Bangladeshi artists to observe the National Mourning Day and celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The exhibition, titled ‘BRAVE HEART’, will be held from August 14-31 August on www.gallerycosmos.org.bd
Enayetullah Khan, Chairman of Cosmos Foundation, will inaugurate the event on Friday at 9pm.
Mofidul Hoque, founder trustee of Bangladesh Liberation War Museum, and Prof Haider A Khan, distinguished professor of economics at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA, will join the inauguration event.
Tehmina Enayet, Director of Gallery Cosmos, will also join it and deliver a speech at the event.
Fifty artworks of 42 renowned Bangladeshi artists, along with multimedia and photographs will be showcased in this special exhibition in the virtual gallery.
Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bangladeshi conglomerate Cosmos Group, is supporting the multidimensional exhibition that will also feature videos, photos and books.
United News of Bangladesh (UNB) and its sister publication Dhaka Courier will be supporting the event as the media and knowledge partners respectively.
Participating artists in the exhibition are - AH Dhali Tomal, Abdul Guffar Babu, Abdullah Al Bashir, Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Ahmed Shamsuddoha, Alakesh Ghosh, Aloptogin Tushar, Amirul Momanin Chowdhury, Amit Nandi, Anisuzzaman Anis, Anukul Chandra Mojumder, Azmeer Hossain, Azmol Hossain, Biren Shome, Bishwajit Goswami, Dheeman Kumar Biswas, Dilip Kumar Karmakar, Farhad Hossain, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Iqbal Bahar Chy, Jamal Ahamed, Jayanta Mondal, Jayanta Sarkar John, Kamruzzoha, Kuhu Plamondon, Maneek Bonik, Md Azmal Uddin, Md. Jashim Uddin, Najib Tareque, Nasim Ahmed Nadvi, Nasir Ali Mamun, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Nisar Hossain, Proshanta Karmakar, Ratneshwar Shutradhar, Ruhul Karim Rumee, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Shahjahan Ahmed Bikash, Sheikh Afzal Hossain, Sohel Pranon, Sourav Chowdhury and Tajul Islam.
The safety of riding public transport during the coronavirus pandemic depends on a variety of factors, but there are ways to minimize risk.
The main way that the virus spreads is through droplets people spray when they talk, cough or sneeze. That means the best way to reduce the spread of infection on public transit and elsewhere is to wear mask and stay 6 feet from others, experts said.
Transit systems around the world are requiring riders to wear masks and encouraging people to socially distance. Compliance could vary, especially as ridership levels start rebounding and trains and buses get more crowded. But there are other steps you can take to make trips less risky.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests traveling during non-peak hours, avoiding crowded spots in stations and stops, and skipping rows between seats when possible.
Surfaces are also believed to pose a risk, though to a lesser degree, and transit systems are employing a variety of cleaning techniques. Moscow and Shanghai have experimented with germ-killing ultraviolet light and Hong Kong has deployed a robot that sprays hydrogen peroxide. In New York, subways are shut down overnight overnight for cleaning.
Even so, the CDC says to avoid touching surfaces such as turnstiles and handrails if you can.
Though much remains unknown about the virus and how it spreads, experts note there have not yet been any major outbreaks linked to transit systems.
Previous studies showed that depression, the most prevalent psychiatric disorder worldwide, is linked to areas of the brain shrinking in size.
But when it is paired with anxiety, the second most widespread psychiatric disorder according to the World Health Organization, one area of the brain becomes "significantly" larger.
Many people suffer from both depression and anxiety, yet most of the past studies do not account for patients with both conditions.
A new study, published by Australian National University (ANU) researchers found that over time the pairing has a profound effect on brain areas associated with memory and emotional processing.
The study looked at the brains of more than 10,000 people to find the effects of depression and anxiety on brain volume.
The study shows that depression alone causes the hippocampus, the part of the brain linked to memory and learning, to shrink. In contrast, when depression and anxiety occur together it leads to an increase in size of the part of the brain linked to emotions, the amygdala.
"We found people who have depression alone have lower brain volumes in many areas of the brain, and in particular the hippocampus”, said the study lead and Ph.D. researcher Ms Daniela Espinoza Oyarce.
"Anxiety lowers the effect of depression on brain volume sizes by 3 percent on average - somewhat hiding the true shrinking effects of depression," she said.
“This becomes even more relevant later in life because a smaller hippocampus is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease and may accelerate the development of dementia."
Over the years, neuroscientists have continued digging into the relationship between the brain and mental illness to offer hope to the sufferers. According to leading mental wellbeing support organization Beyond Blue in any one year around a million Australian adults have depression and more than 2 million have anxiety.
Ms Espinoza Oyarce emphasized on the need for future studies. "More research is needed into how anxiety lowers the effects of depression, but for the amygdala, perhaps anxiety leads to overactivity."
Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka webcasted “Confluence through poems”, a recitation of poems by Rabindranath Tagore by renowned artists of Bangladesh observing death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on Friday.
Eminent recitation artists of Bangladesh Bhaswar Banerjee (recitation artist), Dahlia Ahmed (recitation artist), Rana Thakur (Translator), Shahdat Hossain Nipu (recitation artist), Samiul Islam Poluck (recitation artist) took part in the webcast which can be viewed at www.facebook.com/IndiraGandhiCulturalCentre/
The expression of the artists and the rendering of the poems by the artists were much appreciated in the social media, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Saturday.
Bhaswar Banerjee enthralled the audience with his expressive rendering of the Tagore Poems- Moron & Chitto Jetha Bhoyshunno(English version :- Where the mind is without fear)while Dahlia Ahmed rendered captivating poems of Tagore like “Proshno, Neerjhorer Shopnobhongo”.
Rana Thakur read the English translation of the poems read by Dahlia Ahmed.
Poems recited by Shahadat Hossain Nipu and Samiul Islam Poluck also had a captivating effect on the audience.
They recited Tagore poems like “Bir Purush, Africa, Nirbhoy and verses from Utsorgo”.