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We mourn the passing of photographer Sayeeda Khanam

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sayeeda Khanam. She was Bangladesh’s first female professional photographer. Khanam began her career in 1956 as a photojournalist in Begum, at the only newspaper dedicated to women at that time. Her photographs were published in many national and international newspapers including the Observer, Morning News, and Ittefaq. […]

Sikhiya, Dikhiya, Parakhiya: Pandit Jasraj in conversation with Mukund Lath

Author: Translated from Hindi by Madhu B Joshi Originally published in Jamini, 2016 This article is an excerpt from an interview held during the 1980s at Bikaner, Rajasthan, in which Dr Mukund Lath explores a few key concepts of Indian classical music with the revered Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj. An 87-year-old singer of the […]

Bengal Foundation mourns the passing of Pandit Jasraj

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pandit Jasraj. Pandit Jasraj was an iconic classical vocalist from India, and exponent of the Mewati Gharana. He was first introduced to music by his father Pandit Motiram. Jasraj continued his training under the guidance of his brothers Pandit Maniram and Pandit Pratap Narayan, after his father’s […]

Bengal Foundation mourns the passing of Murtaja Baseer

We are deeply saddened by the passing of eminent artist Murtaja Baseer. Baseer was born in Dhaka’s Ramna in 1932. He completed his undergrad degree at Dacca Art College (presently Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka) in 1949. He completed his higher studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence during 1956-58, and later studied mosaic […]

সংগীতজ্ঞ আলাউদ্দিন আলীর প্রয়ানে আমরা শোকাহত

বাংলাদেশের জনপ্রিয় সুরকার আলাউদ্দীন আলীর মৃত্যুতে আমরা শোকাহত। আজ রবিবার ৯ আগস্ট বিকেলে রাজধানীর একটি হাসপাতালে চিকিৎসাধীন অবস্থায় তিনি মৃত্যু বরণ করেন। আলাউদ্দীন আলী একই সাথে সুরকার, গীতিকার ও সংগীত পরিচালক ছিলেন। ষাটের দশকে চলচ্চিত্রে বেহালা বাদক হিসেবে কাজ শুরু করেন। এরপর সত্তরের দশক থেকে সংগীত পরিচালনায় বিশিষ্ট হয়ে ওঠেন তিনি। ১৯৭৫ সালে প্রথম যে-ছবির […]

সংগীতশিল্পী এন্ড্রু কিশোরের প্রয়াণে আমরা শোকাহত

উপমহাদেশের জনপ্রিয় সংগীতশিল্পী এন্ড্রু কিশোরের অকাল প্রয়াণে আমরা শোকাহত। তিনি আজ সোমবার ৬ জুলাই সন্ধ্যায় শেষ নিশ্বাস ত্যাগ করেন। মৃত্যুকালে তাঁর বয়স হয়েছিল ৬৫ বছর। ১৯৫৫ সালের ৪ নভেম্বর রাজশাহীতে জন্মগ্রহণ করেন এন্ড্রু কিশোর। মুক্তিযুদ্ধের পর তিনি রবীন্দ্রসংগীত, নজরুলসংগীত, আধুনিক গান, লোকগান ও দেশাত্মবোধক গানে রেডিওর তালিকাভুক্ত শিল্পী হন। ১৯৭৭ সালে আলম খানের সুরে ‘মেইল […]

Reminiscence: The life and teachings of Dr. Anisuzzaman | Session 3

The passing of National Professor Dr. Anisuzzaman on 14 May 2020 is an enormous loss of an engaged public intellectual and an eminent scholar. He was a Trustee of the Bengal Foundation and Chair of the Board of Editors of Kali O Kalam, an acclaimed Bengali literary journal. He was also a founding Trustee of […]

Bengal Foundation mourns the passing of Kamal Lohani

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Kamal Lohani. He was an eminent journalist and cultural activist. Born in Shantala village of Ullahpara upazila in Sirajganj on 26 June 1934, Lohani lived through the Partition of India, Bengal Famine, Language Movement, and Liberation War of Bangladesh. Lohani began his career as a journalist at […]

Reminiscence : The life and teachings of Dr. Anisuzzaman। Session 2

The passing of National Professor Dr. Anisuzzaman on 14 May 2020 is an enormous loss of an engaged public intellectual and an eminent scholar. He was a Trustee of the Bengal Foundation and Chair of the Board of Editors of Kali O Kalam, an acclaimed Bengali literary journal. He was also a founding Trustee of […]

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