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‘Moonlight’ won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, beating favorite ‘La La Land’ for the movie industry’s most prestigious award. But in a highly unusual mishap, presenter Warren Beatty first, mistakenly initially announced that musical ‘La La Land’ had won, causing confusion and uproar on Hollywood’s biggest night. Beatty said he had been given […]

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AZMIN AZRAN & NAZIFA RAIDAH A person’s initiation to reading can happen in different ways, and often with different languages. In many cases, that dictates where a person’s reading habit heads in the future. Many start with English books and for them, it’s not easy to branch out to Bangla literature – most often they […]

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Some years ago, after visiting one of their schools in Dhaka and being very impressed, I wrote a column about Agami, a non-profit organisation based in California dedicated to improving education for the underprivileged in Bangladesh. This week I decided to pay a visit to Agami’s Dhaka office to find out more about the group’s […]

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Actor Salman Shah’s mother Nilufar Chowdhury yesterday said her son didn’t kill himself, he was murdered. Twenty one long years after the popular movie star’s death, Salman’s mother is still hopeful that justice will be served to the bereaved family. “Many longstanding cases have been solved during this government’s tenure. I hope the mystery in […]

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The 40s witnessed worldwide war, despair and asceticism. By the time the United States emerged out of depression, the rest of the world including Europe and Asia were already submerged knee-deep into terrible combat. The partition of British India in 1947 gave way to modern states of India and Pakistan – an era of turmoil […]

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The High Court on Sunday rejected a writ petition that sought ban on airing of three Indian television channels in Bangladesh on the ground that the channels’ programmes were against the country’s culture and tradition. Supreme Court lawyer Sayada Shaheen Ara Laily had filed the writ petition on August 7, 2014 to stop the airing […]

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The sixth Lux-Rtv Star Awards was held in the capital’s International Convention City Bashundhara this Friday, in a dazzling gala featuring glamourous performances and recognition of talents of our television industry. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred upon eminent thespian Ramendu Majumdar. Shahadat Hossain won the Best Actor award in the Single Episode Drama […]

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Collision and convergence in Truth and Beauty By Maria Popova On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher, musician, and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history, exploring the age-old friction between science […]

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Renowned singer Runa Laila has been awarded a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to Bangla music. The award was handed over at a programme organised by Citibank NA Bangladesh at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel in the capital on Saturday. Former Bangladesh Bank governor Salehuddin Ahmed handed over the award consisting a crest, a […]

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There’s been a great deal of excitement over Bob Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. It’s rare for artists who have achieved widespread, mainstream popularity to win. And although Nobels often go to Americans, the last literature prize to go to one was Toni Morrison in 1993. Furthermore, according to The New York […]

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Monday, October 10 – Film Screening What the Fields Remember (52 mins, Bengali and English, 2015) Followed by a discussion with the director, Subasri Krishnan Moderated by Debashree Mukherjee (MESAAS) Co-sponsored by Film Program, School of the Arts Time:  5:00pm – 6:30pm Location:  Lifetime Screening Room, 511 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street See […]

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Riding high on the festival-circuit success of “Oggyatonama”, Tauquir Ahmed has just announced his new venture. Titled “Halda”, the film begins principal photography from the end of this month. The film has been scripted by Azad Bulbul, and will be distributed by Nokkhotro Films. The film’s mahurat ceremony was held on Tuesday at the capital’s […]

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