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Defining fashion from Bangladesh perspective March 26, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Culture.
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The rich are always fashion concsious, as a way to express their affuence, the tendency is now spilled over to middle class with the flow of more money to this group and projection and popularisation of the trend by the media.

We are not against the present rise of trend in the fashion. But what we worry is the tendency to drift way from our own culture among some of our fashion designers. The values and attitudes to life is actually arise out of long tradition, culture and philosophy.

Modesty in dress and behaviour was and is always a basic component of our culture. We shouldn’t cross it in comtemporary fashion also. Expression of sensuality is not taken as expected by the larger population. So they don’t like to see the news caster, a preserter or like to be sensual. Sexism is the last thing one would like to see in the day to day fashion in Bangladesh.

There is some tendency to change our fashion in the line of western culture. But they have to understand that the main essence of our fashion is to be more artisitic than to be sensual and sexy. I was listening to a talk show where Mostafa Monwar, one of our most creative artist, as telling how wonderful it is to look at sharee folding on itself and bleding a women artististically.

It is nice to see that many new designers could feel the essence of Bangladesh culture and are concentrating on more artistic presentation of their product than sensuality and sexism.

An ordianry citizen

Role of TV in restructuring language & culture February 22, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Media.
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I was listening intently to a TV talk show on the night of 21 February of two leading personalities of our literature and cultural arena – Mostafa Monwar and Abdullah Abu Sayeed. Faridur Reza Sagar was conducting the program in ‘Tritiya Matra’
The theme of the discussion was also interesting- the role of TV in the restructuring the language and culture of our society.

They opined that it is not possible for TVs to play effective role in the restructuring the language and culture. TV as a medium is always a restless one and try to dramatize events for its own purpose.

For its dramatic inclination, more classical programs are gradually loosing its space in the TV schedules. We see very few classical soiree now a days. Even in drama, the dramas of more depth and meaning are not produced and telecasted today, channels are more opted for short entertaining episodes.

TV is also for commerce and commercialization. TV is full of ads and programs become secondary to the ads.

There is far and few educational programs. Most of the time they are not entertaining. To make the educational program entertaining you need vast budget as that of “Sesame Street’ in BTV which is sponsored by the international organizations.

It is not true that TV can’t play any role in contributing to the culture and language of a society, it can if the organizers and the producers of house think over the matter seriously and set their programs accordingly and sometimes produce program for the minority viewers.

An ordinary citizen

Rabindranath Tagore and Bangladesh August 9, 2007

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rabi-2.jpg On the last 6th August, 2007  66th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore  was observed. In Bangladesh the occasion was observed with pomp and pride. The TV channels broadcast different programs, the newspapers and magazines published articles and reviews and different cultural and social organizations exibit  their performances. 

Rabindranath is the greatest poet of Bengal. His wonderful creations not only confined to poetry, he virtually left no field of literature untraded in his lifetime and every field of literature in Bengali was illuminated by his touch whether it is song, story, novel, drama, travel or essays. His influence is such that neither his contemporaries nor the following generation could come out of his style and influence completely.

He is the only Nobel Laureate in Literature in Bengali; also only in the Sub-Continent.  That was in 1913 that he got the prize. After so many years Bengali  language could not produce any giant except Kazi Nazrul Islam, our poet of revolution.

Rabindranath Tagore is not only a poet of West Bengal. He is equally honoured and equally respected in Bangladesh. You cannot confine a language with borders. So he will be read and respected wherever there is Bengali spoken people are staying. Many of his literature were written in Bangladesh territory,in Shilaidaha and Sajadpur. 

Most important, one of his songs ‘Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomai Bhalobashi……’ is the national anthem of Bangladesh.

Rabindranath became a part of  the culture and part of the identity of Bangladesh; religion didn’t  cause any hindrance in this assimilation.