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Bhutanese scholars, students and writers acknowledged how the literary and cultural gala "Mountain Echoes" is encouraging the younger generation in the landlocked Himalayan country to read, and exposing them to literature from outside, especially India, as curtains came down on the three-day festival.

 
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It was in 2008 when in exile from his beloved country that M.F. Husain began what was to become his final tribute to the civilisation that was his muse, and from which he had been tragically hounded out by the culture-police of the Hindu religious right.

 

There is no gender discrimination in Bhutan but, when it comes to the representation of women in politics, socio-cultural prejudices prevent them from playing a larger role in policy making, says a Bhutanese filmmaker who has documented women's participation in the country's 2013 elections.

 
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On the one side is the matter of script, one of my personal bugbears. Between text messaging and advertising, the writing of Urdu in the Roman alphabet has become common, decreasing people’s level of comfort with the script. A decade ago, at a university where I used to teach in Lahore, I asked my students — the majority of whom had studied Urdu as a compulsory subject throughout school — how many could comfortably still read Urdu. Few could, even though all of them could of course speak it.  
 
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Paintings depicting the rich cultural diversity of Nepal are being exhibited at Nepal Association of Fine Arts building in Naxal. The exhibition titled ‘Way of Life’ was inaugurated by former Finance Minister Shankar Prasad Koirala on Friday.

 
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Seen as a window to unmask the shrouded mystery of Bhutan by celebrating its literature, art, culture and music, the annual "Mountain Echoes" festival's fifth edition kicks off  Thursday, May 22.

 

For the first time, a Bangladeshi theatre production has been selected to be performed at the cultural event of the prestigious Commonwealth Games. TheatrEX Bangladesh's latest stage production “Dokhina Sundori” will be staged on July 24 at the Tin Forest Theatre Festival with assistance from British Council -- organised to mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. From the 71 Commonwealth nations, six countries – India, New Zealand, England, Malta and Jamaica – will stage plays at the Games. Written by Shahman Maishan and directed by Sudip Chakrabarthy, the play portrays the rich culture, heritage and beliefs on Bengal, against the backdrop of Sunderbans.

 
 
How does one get one’s message across to a large audience when a cacophony of sounds drowns out one’s voice before it is heard? Politicians scream into microphones making aggressive gestures before a captive audience that has been assembled for their benefit by their minions. Extremists and militants hire killers and suicide bombers to drive home their point. Television talk show hosts broadcast their inanities.  
 
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Bangladesh has achieved her freedom at the cost of around three millions of martyrs and sacrifices of four lakh biranganas (war heroines) who pledged their honor for our final victory. A handful, if not many, good movies have been made in past on the spirit of our great Liberation War. But many more should be made by young generation makers in coming future, opined Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.  
 
One is constantly learning and one should always keep learning. At 67, I can claim to know much more than I did when I was 17 but, like all those wise men in the past who devoted themselves to finding out the truth but realising how little they were able to achieve in that endeavour, one should in all modesty and humility accept the limits of one lifetime on the knowledge of an individual. However, the process of learning and correcting must go on.  
 


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