Pahela Falgun usually falls on February 13 but this year it coincided with Valentine’s Day as Bangla Academy revised Bangla Calendar to match it with the Gregorian calendar and cultural attractions like the ongoing Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) - 2020 draws a large number of visitors, as a result.
As both the festivities coincided on Friday, the weekly holiday, people from all over the city joined the summit to explore the artistic extravaganza.
“We are regularly welcoming a huge number of art-enthusiasts and admirers in our DAS-2020, however it has been very exceptional today. People from all ages and classes have been visiting the summit since early morning, enjoying both the festivities and the holiday altogether”- Prema, one of the Art Mediators in this year’s summit, spoke about the massive attendance.
Due to the huge crowd presence on the road towards Ramna Park and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy where the Summit is taking place, vehicles stood for hours in traffic jam and the summit-goers even had to walk a long distance to join the summit.
The art-lovers, however, did not face discomfort they suffered on the road, over celebrating the occasion with their beloved.
To enthrall the visitors, the summit authority offers a number of options for recreation- including regular cultural shows on every evening at BSA ground, a manual whirligig ride for kids and adults and a huge food court containing branded stalls.
“The traffic on the road is terrific, but after entering the summit and exploring all the extravagant festivities here, now it feels like we have successfully utilised our first Falgun and Valentine’s Day after our marriage” - Prottoy and Dola, a newlywed couple expressed their joy after visiting the summit.
Both Pahela Falgun and Valentine’s Day had been full of colours and jovially festive in the capital for years- and the extravaganza of the art biennale called DAS leveled up the celebration in 2020, engaging people from all ages.
The 5th edition of Dhaka Art Summit concludes on Saturday, February 15.
German cultural institution the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh unveiled the locker-mural titled Übernatural: Unlocked on Tuesday at the Goethe-Institut in Dhanmondi.
The mural project features 12 supernatural characters from German and Bengali traditions illustrated by 13 artists. A musical performance by Alex and the Monsters was followed by a story-telling session and a scavenger hunt during which visitors won Goethe-Institut goodies and HerStory Foundation’s books.
The initiative is a project by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, facilitated by HerStory Foundation.
“Back in January, Goethe-Institut commissioned HerStory Foundation to beautify the bag lockers that are used by visitors of the Institute. The result is a mural by 13 artists illustrating 12 supernatural female characters from Bengali and German folk traditions”, Goethe’s Information Officer Sharmin Shoma told UNB.
She further explained that the beautification of the storage facilities unlocks the many powerful female-driven narratives of the two cultures.
The stories and the artists are- Mader Gaan by Aabir Khalid, Patal Konya Monimala by Ahmed Fahim, Tanyabi Firti by Antora Mehrukh Azad, Rapunzel by Fj Mony, Frau Prechta by Farah Khandaker, Sultana’s Dream by Inshra Sakhawat Russell, Brunhild by Kabir Ava, Übernatural: Unlocked - typography by Kazi Istela, Frau Holle by Rafiuzzaman Rhythom, Chadburi by Sayeef Mahmud, Lorelei by Shourov Khan, Behula and Manasha by Venessa Kaiser and Bon Bibi by Wasi Ahmed.
With the participation of 400 drama groups across 64 districts, the first ever National Drama Festival 2020 will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Wednesday.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation is organising the stage-drama extravaganza from February 12 to February 29 in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the 18-day-long festival at 11.30 am on Wednesday through video conferencing from Prime Minister’s official residence Ganabhaban. BSA’s divisional offices in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet will join the inauguration. Besides, the programme will also aired from the DC offices at the same time.
A press conference was held at the National Theatre Hall’s seminar room on Tuesday. BSA Director General and Bangladesh Group Theatre Association’s President Liaquat Ali Lucky briefed the journalists about the details of the festival.
The mega festival will be joined by 30,000 drama activists from 400 drama groups of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
A total of 302 dramas are scheduled to be staged in all the venues of BSA in those divisions and districts. Several plays will also be staged as street-drama.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation’s General Secretary Kamal Bayezid, BSA Secretary Badrul Anam Bhuiyan and other officials were present at the press briefing.
The launching programme of a book on killing of intellectuals in 1971 "Abornoniyo Nirmamtar Chitra : Ekattorer Budhidhijibee Hottayakando O Annanya” (Indescribable story of Torture: Killing of intellectuals in 1971 and Others) written by Justice Obaidul Hasan will be held Thursday.
The programme will be held at the judge's corner of the Supreme Court at 5pm. Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain will be present as the chief guest in the programme.
The justice who joined the International Crimes Tribunal in 2012 heard the horrible killings of intellectual in 1971 and published those stories in the book.
The readers will find the details of the description of the killings from the witnesses as he was the chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal 2 during the intellectual killing case verdict.
Alongside, he also added his writings on different issues in his compilation.
Hasan was the son of the organiser of Liberation War Dr. Akhlakul Hossain who participated in the formulation of the constitution after the war as the member of the constituency assembly.
Publisher Ahmed Mahmudul Haque of Mowla Brothers published the book.
The 136 page book is now available at the Mowla Brothers Pavilion (29) at the book fair.
Radwan Mujib Siddiq, a grandson of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and trustee of Centre for Research and Information (CRI), made a surprise visit to Dhaka Art Summit at Bangladesh Shilpakal Academy on Sunday.
Radwan witnessed the exhibition titled 'Lighting the fire of freedom - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' on the ground floor of the National Art Gallery, said a CRI press release.
The exhibition was organised by the policy research organisation in association with Information and Communications Technology Division and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
CRI Executive Director Sabbir Bin Sams said organisers of the art summit expressed their desire to keep one exhibition solely dedicated to the celebrations of the ‘Mujib Borsho’. “Then CRI extended all the assistance regarding design, picture and others. Another trustee of CRI Nasrul Hamid offered his consultancy on design and content.”
Like every year since 2012, Dhaka Art Summit, the biggest exhibition of artworks and paintings in South Asia, was also organised this year.