Lily Chowdhury, eminent theatre activist and wife of the late martyred intellectual playwright Munier Chowdhury, passed away on Monday. She was 92.
She breathed her last at around 5 pm on Monday.
Her son Asif Munier confirmed the news on his Facebook post on Monday night and informed media that his mother died at her Banani residence, finally succumbing in a long battle against several old-age complications.
According to Asif Munier and other family members of Lily Chowdhury, her body will be kept at the Banani residence for the relatives and loved ones to pay last respects till 10:30 in the morning on Tuesday.
Her body will be then taken to the Central Shaheed Minar and kept there from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday for people of all walks of life.to pay their last tributes to the late theatre activist.
She will be buried at the Banani graveyard beside the graves of her husband Munier Chowdhury and son Mishuk Munier after the Zohr prayer, according to family members.
Mishuk Munier was a noted cinematographer who passed away in a tragic road accident on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway, along with prominent filmmaker Tareque Masud on August 13, 2011.
Born on August 31, 1928, in Tangail, Lily Chowdhury completed her MA from Dhaka University. She got married to Munier Chowdhury in 1949.
She completed Munier Chowdhury's unfinished translation of A Streetcar Named Desire, the famous play of American playwright Tennessee Williams. Besides, she acted in theatre and television plays and was actively involved in the Bangladeshi theatre arena.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday celebrated its 47th founding anniversary with acrobatic shows, dance and recitation performances, discussion, exhibitions, and songs.
The festivities started at 10am with the hoisting of the national flag and the academy's flag.
Later, a special exhibition – featuring notable activities of all departments of the academy since its foundation in 1974 – was inaugurated at 4pm at Gallery-2 and Gallery-3 of the National Art Gallery.
Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky lifted the curtain on the week-long exhibition.
Also, the academy organised a discussion at its Nandan Mancha in the evening where State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid was present as chief guest.
"Today, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has become one of the iconic and dedicated cultural hubs in the world. Over the years, the academy and all of its associates have helped build its reputation," Khalid said.
Liaquat Ali said, "Against all the odds, Shilpakala Academy has been nurturing the arts and culture of Bangladesh since its inception. Our journey did not stop even during the Covid-19. We regularly arranged cultural events and webinars and supported the artistes."
A cultural event – featuring enthralling dance performances by Shilpakala artistes and musical performances by popular band Spandan – took place following the discussion.
Coordinated by Bangladesh Dance Artistes' Association President Minu Haque, noted and promising artistes including Farhana Chowdhury Baby, Anik Bose, Shahidul Islam Babu, Smita Dey and Munmun performed a group dance recital with the song "Himalay Theke Sundarban."
Nilufar Wahid Papri and Sazu Ahmed staged a Kathak dance recital and Dipa Khandaker, Selina Haque and Sultana Haider performed a traditional Dhamail dance.
And Tamanna Rahman, Subrata and Arthy performed a Manipuri dance and Benjir Salam, Minu Haque, Maietri Sarkar and Jasim an Odissi dance.
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Also, Afrina Afroj Chowdhury, Lubna and Shamim performed a Kathakali dance, and Rachel Priyanka Perris, Laboni and Mousumi Gaudiya dance.
And Baby Rozario, Belayet Hossain and Salma Begum Munni performed a Bharatanatyam dance recital at the event.
Also, the artistes of the dance troupe Nrityanchal presented a dance recital – directed by acclaimed dancer-choreographer Shamim Ara Nipa – with the song "Majhi Nao Chhariya De."
Noted recitation artiste Shimul Mustapha recited poems, while Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Acrobatic Troupe performed shows including cap dance, high cycle balance, cycle balance, and blanket balance.
Shilpakala Academy is the "only national institute for the development of arts and culture in Bangladesh."
And it was set up for the study and practice of arts in all the districts and upazilas of Bangladesh.
To spread cultural activities, the district Shilpakala Academy has been set up in five districts of the country. In each district, there is a cultural officer who runs the activities of the district Art Academy.
With a state-of-the-art gallery building, a dedicated theatre building; dedicated music, dance and recitation building and a training building on its premises, Shilpakala frequently hosts discussions and programmes.
It also organises cultural events such as theatrical productions, musical recitations and dance performances, and painting or photography exhibitions.
Besides its regular activities and events at its Segun Bagicha headquarters in Dhaka, Shilpakala is now operating in all 64 districts and 492 upazilas of the country.
Ekushey Padak winner actor ATM Shamsuzzaman's health condition improved on Thursday, his family said.
He was admitted to the Azgar Ali Hospital in Old Dhaka with breathing complications on Wednesday. He is undergoing treatment under the supervision of Dr Ataur Rahman Khan.
His daughter Koyel Ahmed and wife Runy Zaman informed the media that the actor was suffering from Asthma and breathing difficulties, along with other health complications for the last couple of days.
According to the doctors, his oxygen level decreased and his condition would have deteriorated if there was any delay in hospitalisation.
His overall condition improved on Thursday as his oxygen saturation level increased to 98 percent from 83 percent. Results of his tests are satisfactory, according to his family.
Abu Taher Mohammad (ATM) Shamsuzzaman was born on September 10, 1941, at Daulatpur of Noakhali. His career began as an assistant director in Udayan Chowdhury's film 'Bishkonnya' (1961).
His acting career began in 1965 but he earned his big break as an antagonist in Amjad Hossain's film 'Nayanmoni' (1976).
In his career, ATM Shamsuzzaman wrote more than a hundred screenplays. He debuted as a director with the film 'Ebadat' in 2009.
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The legendary comedian and antagonist won six National Film Awards for best actor in Kazi Hayat's 'Dayee Ke?' (1987), best actor (comedy) in 'Madam Fuli' (1999), 'Churiwala' (2001), 'Mon Boshe Na Porar Table E' (2009), best supporting actor in 'Chorabali' (2012) and the lifetime achievement award in 2017.
He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2015 for his outstanding contribution to the Bangladeshi cinema industry.
Like every year, Valentine’s Day is arriving on February 14 - this time amidst the pandemic. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us have lost relatives, friends, and acquaintances. But life has to go on! This year, Valentine’s Day is coming to make us realize the value of our precious relations. Are you planning to celebrate this Valentine’s Day by presenting a surprise gift and/or treat to your beloved partner? Read this article to know about some great deals and offers for Valentine’s Day 2021.
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The country's leading musical institution Chhayanaut will host a four-day online classical music event from Wednesday.
The virtual programme "Jaag Re Jaag – Chhayanaut Shuddha Sangeet Ayojon 1427" will feature performances of renowned classical artistes of the country, Chhayanaut said on Monday.
Over the years, Chhayanaut has organised a yearly classical music festival at its Dhanmondi campus.
The institution has been organising virtual programmes and broadcasting lessons on its Facebook group and YouTube channel since the beginning of the lockdown in April 2020.
Also, Chhayanaut is regularly broadcasting a distance-learning session on the first Thursday night of every month at 8pm on its YouTube channel on Tagore song, Nazrul song and folk song – featuring eminent artistes and maestros including Chhayanaut President Sanjida Khatun, Vice-President Khairul Anam Shakil and noted singer Chandana Majumdar.