Dhaka, Sep 01 (UNB) – Country’s legendary artist, puppeteer, painter, sculptor, fine-arts professor and media personality Mustafa Monwar turns 84 on Sunday. This celebrated artist was born on September 1, 1935 at Jessore to the renowned poet Golam Mostafa.
Currently serving as the chairman of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka- Monwar started his career as lecturer at the East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts, after graduating from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata after obtaining excellent results.
In his illustrious and successful career, he held the position of director general at Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and the National Media Institute. He also served as a managing director of the FDC, and the founder president of Directors Guild Bangladesh.
Mustafa Monwar is known as the "Puppet Man of Bangladesh". During the Liberation War in 1971, he organized puppet shows at the refugee camps in West Bengal to make people aware about the war. His television puppet show ‘Moner Kotha’ ran on BTV for 12 years, which told the story of a little girl called Parul and her seven brothers named Champa who were cursed and turned into flowers. It is based on the folklore ‘Saat Bhai Champa’.
Still holding the affection and dedication to puppetry, Monwar is running the Dhaka-based organization, Educational Puppet Development Centre (EPDC). He is the Bangladesh representative of the Denmark-based International Puppet Development Centre.
This eminent art maestro has earned the prestigious All India Fine Arts Competition award, Zainul Abedin Gold Medal and most notably country’s highest honor, the Ekushey Padak in 2004.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) - Hasumonir Pathshala, a library and research-oriented sociocultural institution, will organise 'Bangabandhu Chhobimela' in 2020 marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prominent artist and freedom fighter Shahabuddin Ahmed, also convener of the event, informed this at a press conference at Dhanmondi-32 on Sunday.
The prominent artists also inaugurated the activities of the programme formally today.
Describing Bangabandhu as the leader of world leaders, Shahabuddin said more programmes should be taken to introduce Bangabandhu to the next generation.
He also shared his memories with Bangabandhu at the programme.
The artist said the programme will inspire children to paint the portrait of Bangabandhu at the grassroots levels across the country.
Member secretary of the event Marufa Akter Popy said the exhibition will be held with the participation of selected artists from eight divisions.
The artworks will be collected after arranging several art camps at the divisional level, she said.
A 'Sanskritik Mancha' will be established where musical and recitation programmes, stage show, documentary films will be held.
Alongside, a children’s corner will be set up to screen graphic films on the childhood of the Bangabandhu and series artworks.
She said the event will be organised either at Dhanmondi-32 or Suhrawardy Udyan or on the premises of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The interested institutions and cultural organisations will have to register before December 16, 2019 while individuals will also get the chance to participate in the event.
Registration forms will be available at the office of Hasumonir Pathshala and its website from November 1, 2019.
Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) - Country’s prominent cultural institution Chhayanaut arranged a cultural event to pay tribute to the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, observing his 43rd death anniversary.
The event inaugurated at its Dhanmondi auditorium on Saturday evening, with an introductory group performance on the song ‘Jago Amrita Piyashi Chita’ by artistes of the organisation.
Moumita Sarkar Mumu, Shukla Paul Setu, Kaniz Husna Ahammadi, Arpita Chakrabarti, Abhijit Kundu, Toma Sarkar, Popy Akhter, Sushmita Debnath Suchi, Shekhar Mondol, Sudipta Shuvo, Sushmita Das and Khairul Anam Shakil presented their solo performances on Nazrul’s songs. Chhayanaut’s musical troupe performed total four group songs, including the introductory one. Jahid Reza Nur and Krishti Hefaz performed solo recitations.
The programme concluded with the singing of the National Anthem with the participation of all the artistes.
To remember the rebel poet in occasion of his death anniversary, Chhayanaut has been arranging this exclusive event in every year.
Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) – The second edition of a book containing the translations of Bangladesh’s national anthem in 50 languages was launched at the National History Museum in Minsk, Belarus, last week.
“My Golden Bengal – in the languages of the world” was published earlier this year by Yakub Kolas Printing House ahead of the International Mother Language Day, 2019.
Compared to the first edition, the number of translation languages has been expanded.
Bangladesh adopted the first 10 lines of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘My Golden Bengal’ poem as its national anthem after independence.
The lyrics of the poem, which became the national anthem of Bangladesh many years after it was written, inspired not only Belarusian poets, but also writers from other countries to translate this poem into their native languages.
The poem has been translated in languages from English to Tabasaran, from Polish to Swahili. The compilers of this unusual book were Alexandr Karlukevich, the Minister of Information, and a member of the Union of Writers of Belarus, and Bangladeshi citizen Muzahidul Islam.
Famous poets, including Naum Halperovich and Mikola Metlitsky, made translations of Tagore’s poem into the Belarusian language.
“This publication is a kind of diplomatic cultural bridge between Belarus and Bangladesh,” said Alexander Karlukevich, according to a statement released Thursday.
Karlukevich paid special attention to the illustrations of artist Zainul Abedin in the book.
“This is a great artist, a classic of Bengal painting. A series of graphic works of the 1940s ‘Hunger in Bengal’, which are used as illustrations, reflect the history of the country, which has passed a difficult path to its own statehood,” Karlukevich said.
The Minister emphasised the importance of not only diplomatic and trade relations, but also cultural ties between the countries.
Karlukevich said the bilateral trade volume between Belarus and Bangladesh is about $140 million. “Our countries are closely cooperating. In addition, an event like the release of the book of Rabindranath Tagore on Belarusian soil brings our peoples even closer,” he said.
Poet Naum Galperovich said the work was challenging and demanded concentration.
“Of course, it was very interesting but also difficult,” he said. “It was necessary to understand the psychology of people from different cultures who lived in another era, in another geographical area.”
He said he listened to the recordings many times, delved into the lines of Tagore. “Into their rhythm, it is difficult for me to assess my own contribution,” he said, adding that it is up to the readers to judge whether he managed to do a good job.
“In any case, I am glad that today these poems sound in the Belarusian language,” he said.
Representatives of diplomatic missions of India, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Poland, Italy, who read the poem “My Golden Bengal” in their native languages, attended the presentation.
“What is nice is that it is a full-fledged publication with excellent graphic design. We also exhibit original works of Bangladeshi artists, used as illustrations, at easels. All translators are iconic authors; the book presents several versions of the Belarusian translation,” Pavel Sapotko, the director of the National Historical Museum, said about the second edition of the book.
Last year, Belarusian publisher Dmitry Kolas presented a translation of poems by Tagore in Belarusian language. ‘Gitanzhali: Song Offerings’ was published in Minsk in November 2018.
The poems were translated by Republic of Belarus State Prize winner Alexander Ryazanov. The translations were conducted from English - London edition Gitanzhali (Song Offerings) in 1913.
New York, Aug 31 (AP/UNB) — Red, yellow, green. It's a system for conveying the healthfulness of foods, and at the center of a debate about how to approach weight loss for children.
This month, the company formerly known as Weight Watchers provoked a backlash when it introduced a food tracking app for children as young as 8. The app uses a well-known traffic-light system to classify foods, giving children a weekly limit of 42 "reds," which include steak, peanut butter and chips.
Obesity is a growing public health issue that nobody is sure how to fix, and around one in five children in the U.S. is considered obese, up from one in seven in 2000. Childhood obesity often leads to adult obesity, and to higher risk for conditions including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Getting kids to eat well and exercise is crucial, but figuring out how to do that effectively is extremely difficult — and sensitive. For some, the app was a reminder of bad childhood experiences around weight and shame, in public and at home.
"I don't think we appreciate the bias and stigma that families struggling with weight face," said Dr. Stephanie Walsh, medical director of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. That can make it even more stressful for parents worried about their children's health, she said.
There is no easy answer for achieving a healthy weight, regardless of age. But when it comes to addressing the topic with children, pediatricians and dietitians say there are best practices to consider.
TALKING IT OUT
Parents may feel a conversation is not necessary, particularly with younger children, and that they can alter behavior by making lifestyle changes. But experts say a talk can be constructive, especially if the changes are going to be noticeable.
The key is to approach the subject with kindness and caring, and avoid blaming any of the child's behaviors. Children should also understand that any changes would be intended to make them feel better, and not about how they look.
As uncomfortable as addressing the issue may seem, failure to do so may make a child feel worse if they're being teased at school or feeling bad about themselves.
"In some ways, just to get it out there may be sort of a relief," said Tommy Tomlinson, an author who recounted his lifelong struggle with weight in "The Elephant in the Room."
Any adjustments to meals and activities should involve the entire family, so children don't feel singled out. This is tied to the belief that the most powerful way to help a child change their behavior is by setting an example.
Framing changes in a positive light is also key, Walsh said, whether that's suggesting new recipes to try together or asking about activities they might be interested in.
"Keep things upbeat," she said.
Then there is the matter of giving guidance on foods. Parents might not like the idea of directing children to a dieting company's app, especially since it gives older children the option to "upgrade" to a coaching service that costs $69 a month.
The company that now calls itself WW says the app is based on Stanford Children's Health's Weight Control Program, but views vary on the traffic-light system.
Dr. Sarah Hampl, a pediatrician specializing in weight management at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, said it can be an easy way to understand a complicated topic. Experts say the system can help adults eat better as well.
But Kaitlin Reid, a registered dietitian at UCLA, said it's a way of classifying foods as good and bad, which should be avoided. Seeing any foods as bad might result in feeling guilty whenever eating them.
WHAT TO AVOID
When Tomlinson was 11 or 12, he was taken to a doctor who gave him diet pills. Few health professionals would do that today, and there's broad agreement on other mistakes to avoid.
Using the word "diet," for example, could imply there's something wrong with the child, and that the changes are short-term.
Trying to scare children by warning them about potential medical problems isn't helpful either. And if parents are making broader lifestyle changes, they shouldn't feel the need to intervene or scold every time a child reaches for a sweet.
"Guilt and blame are not good motivators for change," said Stephen Pont, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. By the same token, experts say parents should avoid making negative comments about their own bodies.
Regardless of whether parents see noticeable changes right away, Pont said, there are long-term benefits of instilling healthier habits in children.