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Bengali New Year: how Akbar invented the modern Bengali calendar

The Mughal Emperor fused Hindu and Islamic dating systems to create a new calendar that is still in use today. Today is the Bengali New Year, known in Bangla as Pohela Boishakh. A number of Indian calendars, of course, have their new year around now: the Punjabi, Assamese and Tamil, to name a few. The […]

For the past decade, hilsa, the national fish of Bangladesh, has become an integral part of Pohela Boishakh celebrations. People from the urban regions, in particular, are accustomed to consuming a dish of panta-Ilish, a combination of leftover rice soaked in water with hilsa that is either fried, steamed or served in curry form. Interestingly, […]

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Ananta Yusuf It could have passed as any other building of old town, except for its spacious green lawn that attracts a visitor at first sight. Nestled inside the building are rare antique collections of Old Dhaka, from daily life artifacts of nobles to old photographs along with many other treasures, one would be amazed […]

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Chhayanaut organised a cultural show at its auditorium on Friday to highlight the beauty of the spring through music and dance. The students of the organisation presented diverse songs composed by the five great poets of Bangla literature including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Atul Prasad Sen Rajanikanta Sen and Dwijendralal Ray. The show began […]

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A darkened, elevated stage. The bell rings and the lights switch on, and you notice two figures stand up and begin to perform. Through song and dance, humorous punchlines and dramatic dialogue, a section of a Jatra (popular folk theatre) is performed; an age-old story in a completely new background. This is only one of […]

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The three-day cultural conference of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city concluded on 19 December. With a folk song by Jhuton Chandra Majumder, the closing session of the conference set in motion. Later on, different units of Udichi including Chittagong University and Jagannath University troupes performed two superb dance […]

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Celebrated Runa Laila and a host of other leading artists are performing performing at the mega event in Kolkata beginning Dec 15 to mark the Victory Day. Bangladesh Deputy High Commission is organizing the “Bangladesh Bijoy Utsob” commemorating the Liberation War and independence of Bangladesh. With the support of the West Bengal government, the event […]

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Marking the 39th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam,  Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Sangstha (BNSS) organised a Nazrul Sangeet soiree  at National Music and Dance Centre auditorium l of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on September 6. The event, titled “Ebar Nijer Kotha Koho”, featured solo and choral rendition of songs, recitation and a discussion. A […]

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The nation celebrated the 74th death anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on 22nd Srabon of Bangla Calendar that falls on August 6. To pay tribute to the poet, cultural arena of the country organized elaborate programmes that include musical soirees, recitations, discussions and seminars presenting the poets vast literary works. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Chhayanaut […]

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Road are dilapidated at most places but the government blamed the opposition blockade and hartals for losing opportunity to improve the road and highway condition and repairs them. At Gazipur and Ashuluia buses were playing in big potholes submerged by water logging. But Eidgoers remained defiant to any risk. Meanwhile, extortions and excess demand for […]

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The 21st edition of the National Art Exhibition, featuring 273 works by 261 artists, was inaugurated by finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Sunday at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The artworks include 158 paintings, 49 sculptures, 32 prints, 31 video installations and three performing arts pieces. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has been organising the biennale […]

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The first-ever theatre festival based on plays by Kazi Nazrul Islam concluded  on Tuesday  at   Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.  It  successfully   kindled  greater interest in National poet’s  theatre works among theatre practitioners. The three-day event was inaugurated by Simin Hossain Rimi, a member of the parliamentary standing committee on cultural affairs ministry, Eminent Nazrul researcher Anupam […]

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