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DLF 2016: Highlights of cultural segments

  • Published at 12:10 AM November 17, 2016
  • Last updated at 10:23 AM November 17, 2016
DLF 2016: Highlights of cultural segments

SPIRITUAL SONGS

Neda Shakiba will chant and recite, in the tradition of the Bahá’í community of Bangladesh, the words of God prescribed onto mankind in five languages including Bengali, English, Farsi, Arabic and Hindi.

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THE SAINTS OF SIN

Aniruddha Sen’s documentary, The Saints of Sin is a lyrical journey of eight Bengali women. In intimate conversations recorded over three years, the women acknowledge her propensity towards a sin and their negotiations with it. They discuss their struggles against entrenched patriarchal notions, family expectation and the pressures of their own conscience. The conversations are interlaced with songs by popular Bangladeshi women singers Anusheh Anadil, Armeen Musa, Nashid Kamal and Aanon Siddiqua, and the all-women Ghaashphoring Choir.

BRAC POPULAR THEATER

Traditional folk music merges with powerful narratives of tolerance, humanism and grassroots empowerment in the play Bondhon, by Onirban Gononatok Dol from Gazipur. The play takes a stand against hate and prejudice. It is a celebration of cultural and religious freedom, a call to come together and a reminder that our strength comes in our unity. The performance, like all of BRAC’s popular theatres, uses the Third Theatre approach, where the performer relies on direct communication with the audience.

PALA GAAN

In the tradition of pala gaan, a Bangladeshi folk style of storytelling through song, this performance deals with the current situation linked with conflicting ideologies within Islam. The performance is structured as an argument in song between a mystic and cleric

BEHULA LOKKHINDOR

Monosha Mongol Shomprodoy from Barisal have been enacting the epic of Behula Lokkhindor for decades. Unlike most others, where the performers are exclusively men, their performances feature women. This is especially important given that the story is an ode to the Goddess Manasha, and a celebration of the power of women, through Behula’s heroic and defiant journey to bring her husband back to life.

BHALOBASHAR SHOHOR

A non-linear film on the modern dilemmas that are faced by young couples in this war torn and unforgiving world. Filmmaker Indranil Roychowdhury discusses trials and tribulations of contemporary life with writer Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay in conversation with Syeda Sadia Mehjabin. (Bilingual)

BLOCKADE

Filmmaker Dina Hossain talks to director Yousuf Arif and Mountain Echoes Literary Festival director Tshering Tashi.

The documentary, Blockade, highlights how communities outside Bangladesh stood up against the Pakistani military’s brutal oppression in 1971. When two Pakistani military ships were coming to the Eastern Seaboard of the US to load up arms supplied by the US government (without Congressional approval and despite official ban), peace activists and Bengali expatriates in Philadelphia eventually forced some of those ships to return empty. Tshering Tashi, director of Bhutanese literary festival, Mountain Echoes, adds how Bhutan was an early supporter of Bangaldesh, and one of the first to recognise the newly independent state in 1971.

MIHI SHUTA’R KABBO: THE STORY OF MUSLIN

A multimedia performance using live performance and animation, about the history of Muslin. For children seven years and older.

BAULIANA CARAVAN

Bauliana Caravan is a snapshot of the ‘original culture’ of Bangladesh. For 300 years or more the agnostic Baul’s have spoken for and about humanity. Their verses and songs have ready answers for the cause and reasons of our millennium ailments—the conflicts and division among races, colours, sexes, belief and creeds.

Bauliana Caravan features Darbesh Hossain Ali Shah, Fakir Bazlu Shah, Baul Shahjahan Munshi, Baul Shahabul, Shahnaz Belli, Dilruba Parvin Borsha, Kohinur Akter Golapi and Anjali Das Gupta. Maqsood Haque will talk us through the Baul tradition, conveying the mystery of their practices for an urban sensibility.

FILM SCREENING: THE STRANGE LUCK OF VS NAIPAUL

This rare BBC documentary on one of the greatest living writers, Nobel Prize winning VS Naipaul, follows his exceptional journey from Trinidad to his ultimate home in Wiltshire. This documentary, available neither on DVD nor on the Internet, has been specially available for DLF 2016 and offers an exceptional insight into a figure who has by turns been opaque and controversial, but never less than fascinating. It is sure to enthral the most ardent fans of Sir Vidia as much as his detractors, and certainly be a great introduction for any one discovering this “master” of the novel for the first time

MEHEDI HASAN NIL AND FRIENDS

Mehedi Hasan Nil and friends perform a medley of modern Bangla songs.

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