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British Council and Drik India cordially invite you to the launching of the book by Dr. Shahidul Alam ? My Journey As A Witness? followed by lecture presentation of the artist.
Dr. Shahidul Alam is an eminent photographer, writer, activist and the Managing Director of the award winning media agency Drik Bangladesh.
Date: 21 November,2012
Time: 6- 8 pm
Venue: Jamini Roy Gallery, 3rd floor, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700 016 ( Opposite to US Consulate)?? with?Shahidul Alam.
Review of My journey as a witness by John G Morris

Kathmandu International Arts Festival
Novembeer 25 – December 21
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Brahmaputra Diary | Photography | Variable

Never on a Sunday

She had trouble seeing. He was not particularly mobile. But these were secondary observations. There was something very sensual about the way he stroked her hair as he combed it every morning. Then I found a roomful of women, mostly over eighty, dancing to ?Never on a Sunday?. My perceptions of old age needed serious rethinking.

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To know, one must imagine

Master Class and documentary photography workshop by Dr. Shahidul Alam


Dr. Shahidul Alam, eminent photographer and social activist from Bangladesh will facilitate a two and half day Master Class and documentary photography workshop titled ?Photography for social impact ? To know, one must imagine? from 19 November ? 21 November 2012 at Indian Council for Cultural Relations ( ICCR) , Kolkata.http://www.worldpressphoto.org/content/shahidul-alam
This workshop is being jointly organised by British Council and DRIK India.
The workshop will address the role and methods of documentary photography in achieving social impact. The culture of human rights and community goals has become a necessary aspect of contemporary public discussion and the impact of photography deserves a great part of the credit in spreading and rendering that culture readily perceptible and comprehensible. Photographic images at their passionate and truthful best are as powerful as words can ever be. If they alone cannot bring change, they can at least provide an understanding mirror of man?s actions, thereby sharpening awareness and awakening conscience. The workshop will help participants interpret and to create photograph that stand out from the crowd and questions the objectives of one?s perception and participation in the present visual world in which we live.

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WHO ARE ANGLO-INDIAN?

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People and communities

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CALCUTTA ?Entering the crumbling mansion of the Lawrence D?Souza Old Age Home here is a visit to a vanishing world.
Breakfast tea from a cup and saucer, Agatha Christie murder mysteries and Mills & Boon romances, a weekly visit from the hairdresser, who sets a dowager?s delicate hair in a 1940s-style wave. Sometimes, a tailor comes to the old-style garments beloved by Anglo-Indian women of a certain age. Floral tea dresses, for example.
?On Sundays, we listen to jive, although we don?t dance much anymore,? Sybil Martyr, a 96-year-old retired schoolteacher, said with a crisp English accent.
?We?re museum pieces,? she said. Continue reading “WHO ARE ANGLO-INDIAN?”

Trodding untrodden paths

Foreword to the book Ellipsis by 2012 graduating photography students of Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, by Shahidul Alam

Deputy Director David Lloyd (foreground) and other guests at the 2012 graduating photography students exhibition opening. 15th November 2012. Brisbane. Australia. ??Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

It is an unusual rite of passage. Any thinking person would aspire to a life of continuous learning, to the assimilation of knowledge. Even while learning continues, the application of knowledge to real life situations represents a major turning point, with its charm as well as its inherent dangers. It is here that we chart our path in search of a meaningful journey, leaving behind lasting footprints. Continue reading “Trodding untrodden paths”

Ellipsis: Opening Event

2012 Graduating Photography Students Exhibition Opening
Queensland College of Art Griffith University
Opening Event Thursday 15 November
6:00 pm Open for public viewing
6:30 pm Opening speech by Dr. Shahidul Alam and Awards Cermony
9:00 pm Close of Graduating Exhibition Event

Zoe Rahman wins MOBO award for Best Jazz

BBC Review

Witness the power and conviction of Zoe Rahman live…
Michael Quinn 2009-05-06

Zoe Rahman’s prowess at the piano shouldn?t be underestimated. In the decade since she shot to national attention as the Perrier Young Musician of the Year, Rahman has matured into a pianist of keen intelligence and wide-ranging imagination. Evidence of such is to be found in dazzling abundance on this first live album from the British-Bengali soloist. Continue reading “Zoe Rahman wins MOBO award for Best Jazz”

Kakababu choley gelen: Sunil Gangopadhyay (1934-2012)

by Udayan Chattopadhyay

Late Sunil Gangopadhyay with late Humayun Ahmed.
Source: Nuhospolli blog

That the passing of Sunil Gangopadhyay came as a shock to many ? despite his age and health ? is a reflection of his being, till his last Puja season during which he died ? the most prolific and recognizable mainstream writer in post-1947 Indian Bengal. Continue reading “Kakababu choley gelen: Sunil Gangopadhyay (1934-2012)”

Shahidul Alam: Crossfire

Public event???By?BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

7 November?at?09:00?until?3 December?at?17:00 in UTC+10
Paddy Field. ??Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Photographer, journalist, and human rights activist Shahidul Alam examines the issue of the increasing number of extra-judicial killings
in Bangladesh.

In 2004 the Bangladesh government created a new armed enforcement agency, The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), in response to a perceived law and order crisis. From early days RAB became notorious for the number of people that have been killed, allegedly during gun battles, because they?ve been caught in the ?crossfire?.
Shahidul Alam?s Crossfire project was first shown in Bangladesh in 2010 to draw attention to these killings. The government responded by shutting down the show. Eventually, facing a court ruling in favor of Alam, the government backed down and the show was reopened for a day.
Following a successful showing at the Queens Museum of Art New York in April, 2012, this exhibition marks the first time it will be shown in Australia.
Opening night: 6.30pm Wed 07 Nov
Brisbane Powerhouse
Presented by Drik, UQ?s Centre of Communication and Social Change, School of Journalism and Communication, Griffith University?s Queensland College of Art (QCA) and Brisbane Powerhouse

Bangladesh 1971

From the Drik Agency Archive
Public event???By?BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

7 November?at?09:00?until?3 December?at?17:00 in UTC+10

Muktijoddha (freedom fighter) in guerilla training camp. Bangladesh 1971. ??Abdul Hamid Raihan/Drik/Majority World

This documentary photographic exhibition presents historical photographic overview of the Bangladesh war of independence in 1971.
The Bangladesh war of independence was one of the bloodiest conflicts in living memory. An incredible list of talented and deeply dedicated photographers from all across the globe responded to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of recent times. This included several Bangladeshi photographers; some professional, some amateur. Unlike their western counterparts, these photogr

aphers worked on their own, taking huge risks as they were themselves amongst the persecuted. Their documents are an indictment of those who caused the pain and the ones who let it happen. They are a tribute to those who fought valiantly.
Shown for the first time in Australia, this unique archival collection embodies the pride of Bangladesh?s struggle for independence, the pain of loss, the humiliation of being violated and the joy of victory.
Opening night: 6.30pm Wed 07 Nov
Brisbane Powerhouse
Presented by Drik, UQ?s Centre of Communication and Social Change, School of Journalism and Communication, Griffith University?s Queensland College of Art (QCA) and Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington St,?New Farm, Queensland, Australia 4005


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1971 as I saw it
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