Saturday, June 15, 2024

Dhaka ushers in Monsoon

Cultural organisations celebrate first day of rainy season
Of the Bengali seasons, monsoon has a special appeal. Yesterday was Pahela Ashadh (first day of the rainy season on the Bengali calendar). Though city dwellers have been experiencing occasional heavy shower over the last couple of weeks, with the official arrival of monsoon, summer was over.
Through cultural programmes — featuring recitation, dances and songs — Dhakaiites welcomed monsoon yesterday in a fitting manner. Throughout the city, cultural organisations held special programmes to mark the day.
Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Dhaka metro branch welcomed the season with a colourful programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University.
This was the sixth ‘Borsha Utshab’ (monsoon festival) by Udichi in the city. The organisation has been holding the celebration since 2006.
People thronged the FFA premises, starting early in the day. The serenity of nature was broken with a sitar recital by Ebadul Haque Saikat, as ‘Borsha Utshab 1418’ kicked off. Saikat played alap, vilambit and drut gaut, as well as jhala of Raga Desh in the morning.
Artistes of Udichi performed several choruses — “Esho Nipoboney”, “Guru Guru Badal Diney”, “Esho Desh Gaur” and “Kolokolo Chholochholo”. Shilpi Akhtar performed a Nazrul Sangeet, “Aaj Sraboner Loghu Megh-er Shathey”.
The event mainly featured songs on rain written and composed by Tagore, Nazrul and DL Roy, modern and folk numbers, recitation and several dance performances.
Solo renditions were staged by Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Anup Barua, Lina Taposhi, Azizur Rahman Tuhin, Sharmin Sathi Islam, Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Bulbul Islam, Bishwajit Roy, Saidur Rahman Boyati and others.
Artistes of Samogeet and Panchobhaskor performed “Gur Guragur Daklo Dewa” and “Bajro Manik Diye Gantha” respectively at the programme.
Laila Afroz, Belayet Hossain, Jharna Sharkar and Kazi Rosy recited poems at the event.
With the songs “Sawana Gaganey”, “Sraboner Gagoner” and “Brishti Porey Rey”, artistes of Bhabna, Nandan Kala Kendra and Nrityam respectively presented dance performances that added further shades of jubilation to the programme. Samina Hossein Prema, N.R. Wasek and Tamanna Rahman choreographed the pieces.
The event concluded with a rendition of the national anthem. ‘Borsha Utshab 1418’ was aired live on Desh TV.
Another programme, celebrating the day, also titled ‘Borsha Utshab 1418’, was held at Hakim Chattar, adjacent to Central Library of Dhaka University. The event was organised by Satyen Sen Shilpi Goshthi (SSSG).
The event featured musical performances (Rabindra and Nazrul Sangeet) by artistes Ferdaus Ara, Lily Islam, Salahuddin Ahmed, Sajed Akbar, Salma Akbar, Anima Roy, Nasima Shaheen, Biman Chandra Biswas and others.
Group performances were presented by Satyen Sen Shilpi Gosthi, Kendriyo Khelaghar Ashor, Dhrubotan, Bonhishikha and Surshaptak.
Choreographed by Tamanna Rahman and Anik Basu, artistes of Nrityam and Spondon presented two dances. Achik Cultural Academy (representing the Garo Community) also presented a group dance at the event.
The event also included a short discussion. A.A.M.S Arefin Siddique, vice-chancellor, DU was the chief guest. President of SSSG, Dr. Hayat Mamud, presided over the session. Manzarul Islam Chowdhury, general secretary of SSSG, read out the declaration for the year.
Sponsored by Banglalink, the event was aired live on Channel i.
The second session of the programme also included recitation, songs and dances. Secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, Jhuna Chowdhury, spoke on the occasion


Courtesy of The Daily Star

Related News

Nazrul’s 125th birth anniversary today

Cultural Desk : Today is the 125th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The birth anniversary of Nazrul, widely known as the rebel poet, is observed in Bangladesh on Jyaishtha 11, according to the Bangla calendar. Nazrul, a poet, lyricist, composer, playwright, novelist, revolutionary and journalist, sang equally for freedom and love. ... Read more

Mrinal Sen’s birth anniversary today

Cultural Desk : Today is the 101st anniversary of the birth of the legendary Bengali filmmaker Mrinal Sen. Born on May 14, 1923 in Faridpur, Mrinal Sen moved to Kolkata to study and became involved in left-wing politics, cultural activities, and film production. One of the most politically active filmmakers, he, after having studied ... Read more

Zainul Abedin’s 109th birth anniv today

Cultural Desk : Today is the 109th anniversary of the birth of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. On the occasion, different organisations and admirers will pay tribute to Zainul Abedin placing floral wreaths on his grave on the Dhaka University premises in the morning. Zainul is best known for his sketches of the Bengal famine of ... Read more

Manik Bandopadhyay’s death anniversary today

Cultural Desk : Today is the 67th anniversary of the death of Bengali novelist and short story writer Manik Bandopadhyay. Born on May 19, 1908 to Harikar Bandopadhyay and Niroda Devi in Dumka, a small town in Santal Parganas district in the state of Bihar, British India, Manik Bandopadhyay was the fifth of the ... Read more

Qayyum Chowdhury ’s death anniversary today

Cultural Desk : Today is the ninth anniversary of the death of acclaimed artist Qayyum Chowdhury. Born on March 9, 1932 in Feni, Qayyum Chowdhury’s works delve deep into folk, rustic life and traditions. Fish, flowers, women, birds and greenery are recurring objects on his canvas. He graduated from the Government Institute of Arts ... Read more

Festival honoring cultural diversity called “Sadhu Mela.”

Cultural Desk : The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organize “Sadhu Mela” on November 28 in a colorful demonstration of cultural diversity carrying on the custom that dates back to 2019. Taking place on the day of Fakir Lalon Shai’s Disappearance Day on every full moon, the event has become a noteworthy regular event in the ... Read more

‘Quarantine’ exhibition by artist Mahbubur Rahman begins today

Cultural Desk : The opening ceremony of the exhibition comprising multi-dimensional artworks of artist Mahbubur Rahman will be held today at 5 pm. The exhibit titled, “Quarantine”, has been organised at the Kamrul Hasan Exhibition (level 1) of Bengal Shilpalay in Dhanmondi. Professor Bulbul Osman, women and human rights activist Khushi Kabir and artist ... Read more

SM Sultan’s 29th death anniversary today

Cultural Desk : Today is the 29th anniversary of the death of renowned artist SM Sultan. Different organisations, including Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, SM Sultan Foundation and Narail district administration will pay tribute to SM Sultan organising daylong programmes at different venues in Narail’s Sultan Smriti Sangrahasala, Shishu Swarga and Zila Shilpakala Academy. Born on ... Read more

‘Tasher Desh’ staged at Scholastica school

Cultural Desk : With immense zeal and fervour, Scholastica Senior Campus, Mirpur staged the splendid play ‘Tasher Desh’, a masterpiece by the revered poet Rabindranath Tagore. The school’s STM hall served as the majestic environment for this two-day annual drama festival, culminating on a Friday. The talented students, members of the esteemed drama, music, ... Read more

Poet Asad Chowdhury passes away

Cultural Desk : Noted poet Asad Chowdhury died of old-age complications while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Toronto, Canada on Thursday. He was 80. The poet ‘died at 3:03am Canada time’ and ‘at 1:03pm Bangladesh time’, the poet’s son-in-law Nadim Iqbal posted on facebook Thursday afternoon. The poet died at the Lakeridge Health ... Read more

Shilpakala inaugurates nationwide puppet festival

Cultural Desk : A twelve day long puppetry festival titled “Gonojagoron er Putul Natya Utshob” inaugurated on Friday. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organised the nationwide festival . According to BSA, puppetry is one of the most effective means of folk education. Through its presentation and stylistic approach over the ages, puppetry has played a ... Read more

SD Burman’s birth anniversary today

Cultural Desk : Today is the 117th anniversary of the birth of legendary singer and music director Sachin Dev Burman. SD Burman, born in 1906 in Cumilla, composed playbacks for over 100 films. Leading singers of the Indian subcontinent like Lata Mangeskhar, Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutta, Manna Dey, Asha Bosle, Mukesh and Talat Mahmud ... Read more

Shilpakala Academy organizes exhibition of artist Ismail Chowdhury’s artwork

Cultural Desk : Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organized a solo painting exhibition of painter Ismail Chowdhury. Painter Ismail Chowdhury has participated in more than half a hundred solo and joint exhibitions in various countries including Bangladesh, Japan, USA, Italy, Nepal, and Bhutan, reads a press release. The elite and talented artists of the country have ... Read more

Feroza Begum’s 9th death anniv today

Cultural Desk : Today is the ninth anniversary of the death of the legendary Nazrul Sangeet singer Feroza Begum. Feroza Begum was born on July 28, 1926 to Khan Bahadur Mohammad Ismail and Begum Kawakabonnessa. Drawn to music at an early age, Feroza Begum started her formal music education under the tutelage of Chitta ... Read more

Bhupen Hazarika’s birth anniv today

Cultural Desk : Today is the 97th anniversary of the birth of eminent singer, lyricist and musician Bhupen Hazarika, who is still popular among music lovers in Bangladesh. He conquered the heart of thousands in Bangladesh rendering timeless songs, including Manush Manusher Janya, Ami Ek jajabar, Amra Korbo joy, Bistirna Duparer, Megh Thom Thom ... Read more

IUB organises musical evening to celebrate Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti

Cultural Desk : A musical evening was organised at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) campus in Dhaka’s Bashundhara Residential Area on Thursday (27 July) to mark the birth anniversaries of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Renowned singers Adity Mohsin and Bijon Chandra Mistry performed Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti respectively. IUB’s Kazi Nazrul ... Read more

Dhaka Theater to celebrate golden jubilee this year

Cultural Desk : Marking the golden jubilee of one of the prolific theatre troupes of the country, Dhaka Theater will celebrate its 50 years on July 29. Established in 1973 by freedom fighter and noted cultural personality Nasir Uddin Yusuff, along with some brave freedom fighters, the troupe earned acclaim in both nationally and ... Read more

Sourav Chowdhury’s 5th solo exhibition underway at AFD

Cultural Desk : The 5th solo art exhibition of Sourav Chowdhury titled “Eternal Existence” has begun at Alliance Française de Dhaka. The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition was held on Friday, 21 July 2023 at 6 pm at La Galerie. Eminent artist Prof. Rafiqun Nabi, Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of France in Bangladesh, ... Read more

Ten Years After Rana Plaza show opens at Drik Gallery on Friday

Cultural Desk : Ten Years After Rana Plaza, an immersive exhibition marking ten years of the Rana Plaza disaster through interdisciplinary works on the subject by Bangladeshi photographer and filmmaker, Ismail Ferdous, is set to begin on Friday (21 July) at Drik Gallery, Dhaka, said a press release. Following the tragic collapse of the ... Read more

Bangla Academy pays tribute to Dr Muhammad Shahidullah

Cultural Desk : Bangla Academy paid tribute to educationist, writer, philologist and linguist Dr Muhammad Shahidullah organising a commemorative programme at its Syed Waliullah Conference Room on Tuesday. The academy organised the programme marking the 138th anniversary of the birth of Dr Muhammad Shahidullah, which was also streamed on the Facebook page of the ... Read more