The 19th edition of the month-long Asian Art Biennale dedicated to the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation and the Golden Jubilee of Independence will commence March 1 next year at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
“We’re eyeing a regular event like the previous years but we’ll be closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and act accordingly. The festivity had to be shifted from December this year due to the pandemic," BSA Public Relations Officer Hasan Mahmud told UNB.
He said last time they hosted artists from 68 countries and this time, they are welcoming artists from 100 countries to join this special art extravaganza.
"This 19th Asian Art Biennale will be a great opportunity for us to uphold the pride and glory of our country by showcasing the artistic treasures to the world as it’ll be adding extra festivities to the occasions of the Birth Centenary of our Father of the Nation and the Golden Jubilee celebration of our Liberation War and Independence," Mahmud said.
Artists and art curators from across the world are invited to complete the registration and submission of participation before November 30. All artworks should reach the Asian Art Biennale Cell, Fine Arts Department of BSA on or before January 31, 2021 - which is also the deadline for the participating artists and art curators from abroad to submit their application for VISA on arrival.
The deadline for the participants to arrive in Bangladesh to attend the exhibition is February 26.
Interested artists aged above 22 years who have participated in at least two international-level exhibitions (for foreign participants) and two national-level exhibitions (for Bangladeshi participants) are welcome for registration, according to its website.
Artists may apply through email with soft copies of documents or directly with hard copies delivered through courier or in-person to the organisers’ office at BSA.
Eighteen editions of this international art exhibition have successfully been organised since 1981, cementing its legacy as the longest-running international art biennale event in Asia. From the 17th edition in 2016, countries from Europe and America regions are participating.
Details of the exhibition are available at https://www.asianartbiennale.org.bd/
The 5th edition of Cosmos Art Echo, an art talk programme organized by Cosmos Atelier71, will be held on Wednesday.
Renowned Art Critic Moinuddin Khaled has been invited in the live progrmme titled 'Shilper Chotushkon: Zainul Quamrul Sultan Safiuddin' at 6:30 pm from Cosmos Centre, 69/1, New Circular Road, Malibagh, Dhaka.
People have been requested to join though Zoom with the following link :
Meeting ID: 955 9061 1967
A cultural programme titled ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ was held on Monday to exchange the inland cultural diversity with participation of teachers from eight countries.
This programme was celebrated as part of the six-month-long programme arranged on the occasion of the International Teachers’ Day and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, according to a press release.
In this programme, teachers from eight countries showcased the intangible cultural heritage of their countries.
Dr Md Abdul Mannan, Project Director (Additional Secretary), a2i was present as the chief guest. Kizzy Tahnin, Program Officer, UNESCO Bangladesh and Mohammed Rafiqul Islam, Educational Technology Expert, a2i were also present as guests.
In his speech, Mannan said we believe teachers can bring changes in the society. “So, this kind of arrangement strengthens the sharing of culture. The participating teachers can present cultural diversity to their students through this.”
Tahnin said Intangible Culture not only presents the cultural position of a country but also the manner and individuality of a society or tribe.
"It’s very important to know or study about a tribe or a society," he said.
At the time, he discussed the cultural and traditional activities of UNESCO and about the intangible culture of Bangladesh.
Besides the teachers of Government Teachers Training College, representatives of a2i, and a number of national and international teachers joined the programme online.
The education system of a country, educational institutions and teachers play a great role to introduce the students to their own culture, to create cultural values and to create positive mentality towards other cultures, the press release said.
This cultural programme was arranged to recognise the similarities and dissimilarities of different countries with our own intangible cultural heritage.
Under the implementation of a joint venture of Education Ministry, Ministry of Primary and Mass education and The Aspire to Innovate (a2i) programme of the ICT Division and the Cabinet Division, supported by the UNDP, it was the first cultural episode of a six-month-long programme titled ‘Teachers: Leadership in Crisis, Think Anew about the Future’ with 100 teachers from around the world, education officers, researchers and personalities related to education.
The series of programmes, with almost 21 seminars, five cultural programs and six side events will end on March 17, 2021.
Under the supervision of Md Mohiuddin, English teacher of Chittagong Presidency International School, the cultural tradition of India, ‘Kalamkari’ was presented by Aditee Kulkarni, the cultural tradition and spiritual music of Russia ‘Tyvan’ and ‘Khuresh’ were presented by Nadezhda Ivanova, Indian cultural diversity was highlighted by Shabbi Parwez, cultural tradition of Turkey ‘Turkish coffee’ was presented by Derya Ceylan, the cultural tradition of South Africa was presented by Elliot Mashinini, the tradition of Pakistan ‘Kelash Culture’ was presented by Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Indian ancient religious feast ‘Kumvamela’ was presented by Sandhya Mishra, the traditional culture of Croatia was presented by Snjezana Kovacevic, the ancient recipe of Moroccan delicacy ‘Couscous’ was presented by Asmae Nasri, the effect of Indian dance on Canadian culture was presented by Indrani Choudhury and the tradition of Bangladesh ’Jamdani Saree’ was presented by Md Mohiuddin.
The 26th death anniversary of renowned artist Sheikh Mohammed Sultan (SM Sultan) is being observed in a befitting manner on Saturday.
SM Sultan Foundation and the district administration jointly organised various programmes to mark the day.
The programmes include Qurankhwani, art competition, placing wreaths at the grave of SM Sultan, seminar, doa mahfil, art competition and prize giving ceremony.
Sultan was born on August 10, 1924 at Masimdia in Narail district.
He is mainly known for his exquisite paintings and drawings mostly with nature and the hardworking rural population of Bangladesh as his subjects.
He won various awards for his art works including the Ekushey Padak in 1982.
He was declared the Man of Asia in 1982 by Cambridge University.
Sultan died on October10, 1994 and was buried ar the yard of his own house at Masumdia village.
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The Nobel Prize for Literature is set to be awarded Thursday after several years of controversy and scandal for the world’s pre-eminent literary accolade, reports AP.
In 2018 the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, the secretive body that chooses the winners, and sparked a mass exodus of members.
After the academy revamped itself in a bid to regain the trust of the Nobel Foundation, two laureates were named last year, with the 2018 prize going to Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019 award to Austria’s Peter Handke.
Handke’s prize caused a storm of protest: a strong supporter of the Serbs during the 1990s Balkan wars, he has been called an apologist for Serbian war crimes. Several countries including Albania, Bosnia and Turkey boycotted the Nobel awards ceremony in protest, and a member of the committee that nominates candidates for the literature prize resigned.
This year the academy is likely to seek a more harmonious choice for the 10 million kronor (more than $1.1 million) prize.
Authors often mentioned as contenders include Kenya’s Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Canadian poet Anne Carson and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.
British bookmakers Ladbrokes have ranked Carson as the 5-1 favorite, followed by Russian novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Canadian author Margaret Atwood and Guadeloupe-born writer Maryse Conde.
On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus. Tuesday’s prize for physics honored breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and the chemistry prize on Wednesday went to scientists behind a powerful gene-editing tool.
Still to come are prizes are for outstanding work in the fields of peace and economics.