Chobi Mela VII: A sampler

Le Journal de la Photographie

? Shahidul Alam
Chobi Mela, the first festival of photography in Asia, is one of the most exciting ventures that Drik has initiated. The first Chobi Mela ? International Festival of Photography was held Dec.1999-January 2000. It is the most demographically inclusive photo festival in the world and is held every two years in Dhaka. The festival examines the dramatic shifts in image production, ownership and distribution brought on by new developments in the media landscape.
Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography
January 25 to February 7, 2013
House 58, Road 15A (New),
Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209
Tel: +880-2-8123412, 8112954
Fax: +880-2-9115044

Video by DrikAV
Music by Kishon Khan and Lokkhi Terra

Archive of Indian Music: M.S. Subbulakshmi


From Archives of Indian Music

M S Subbulakshmi
?Bharat Ratna? M.S. Subbulakshmi?(1916-2004): hailed as the voice of the Nation and as the Nightingale of the country, MS was the icon of Carnatic and devotional music. Her voice and songs won appreciation from several people ranging from Mahatma Gandhi and Rajaji to Pt Nehru and Sarojini Naidu and others. In her younger days she also acted in several Tamil films like Sevasadanam, Meera, Savitri and Shakuntala. She took Indian classical music to different corners of the world including to the UN General Assembly in 1966.

Songlines Music Awards 2013

WOMADVote for Bangladesh

Launched in 2008, the?Songlines Music Awards?celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talent across the world that has been featured in?Songlines?magazine. For details of winners to date, check out the links above, and see below for highlights of our recent?Songlines Music Awards 2012?winners’ concert at The Barbican.
Please look up the Bangladeshi led band Lokkhi Terra? Lokkhi Terra is developing the theme tune for the upcoming Chobi Mela VII. Please circulate this message and get others to vote
go to??*9. Best Group?and select?


Voting for the 2013 Awards is now open in four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer – for more details on these,?click here. Eligible artists are those who had albums reviewed in?Songlines?during 2012 (from issues #82 – #89 inclusive).
The top four in each category from the public vote gives us the final nominations, which will be published in?Songlines?#91 (April/May 2013). The?Songlines?editorial team will then select the winners which will be announced in?Songlines?#92 (June 2013). A compilation album featuring all 16 nominated artists, will be released on Monday March 18, 2013.
All voters will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of three pairs of tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park (July 25-28 2013), plus we have 10 runner’s up prizes of the?Songlines Music Awards 2012?CD featuring all of last year’s winners and nominees.


Don’t delay – have your say and be part of the?Songlines Music Awards?now. The deadline for voting is midnight (GMT) on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
Please Retweet #music #Bangladesh #lokkhiterra #chobimela


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION is a participatory web project proposing an intercultural dialogue through artistic responses.

People around the world are invited to produce audio-visual creations inspired by the Diwan poetry of Persian poet Hafez and German writer Goethe and send their own creative interpretations. is an artwork authored by everyone. Continue reading “EXPERIENCE, EXPLORE, ENGAGE YOURSELF IN AUDIO-VISUAL POETRY”

Calcutta's Biggest Folk Music Festival

This year, other than the bauls and fakirs of West Bengal, we will have a big team from Kushtia in Bangladesh and there will be a special programme of qawwali by Mohammed Ahmed Warsi and team of Rampur, taking the festival beyond Bengal, such as we did last year by inviting Prahlad Singh Tipaniya.

The 8th Baul Fakir Utsav of Shaktigarh, Jadavpur, will take place in the weekend of 5-6 January 2013. As you know, we do this entirely with friends’ support–personal contribution, advertisement in our journal, space for your banners and posters, support towards our CD from last year’s festival, stalls on the festival ground and so on. But this is a non-corporate, non, NGO, no-governmental event and so far it has worked this way. A bit of a struggle, but the rewards are big. For those of you who have been here, you know that it is a wonderful free and shared space for listening to great music by great musicians. For those who haven’t, try and make it to the utsav this year. Also, there is a group on facebook, which you might like to join.?

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”

ARThinkSouthAsia Cultural Management Programme 2013-14

ARThinkSouthAsia invites applications for ARThinkSouthAsia Cultural Management Programme 2013-14
The ARThinkSouthAsia Fellowship is designed to help develop skills, knowledge, networks and experience of potential leaders in the cultural sector of South Asia, which include museums, the visual and performing arts and digital media. We believe that by supporting exceptional individuals to make a step-change in their skills and career potential, we can bring substantial benefit to the cultural field as a whole.
Fifteen fellows will be selected from across South Asia for the Fellowship, which includes a two week residential course in April 2013 led by experienced international and Indian tutors, a secondment/internship in Germany/UK over the fellowship year 2013-14, and a concluding seminar in March the following year.
Requirements for the application
1. Minimum graduate degree from a recognized university or equivalent professional qualifications and experience of at least 3 years, either in employment or freelance
2. Detailed CV
3. Submission of a proposed/ongoing project
4. Two letters of recommendation from relevant educational/professional sources
5. Completed application form
Please note that the fellowship is aimed towards south Asian residents only.
Deadline: 15th November, 2012
Send by e-mail or registered post to:
Fellowship Applications, ARThinkSouthAsia
c/o S-17, Khirkhee Extension
New Delhi – 110017
T: +919871467227
Application form and other details?

Hafez and Goethe

This artistic web project will be publicly launched in Bozar, Brussels on Saturday 29th of September 2012, at 18h. is a living web project that immerses the web user in audio-visual poetry inspired by the poems of Persian poet Hafez and German writer Goethe. The universe of the site reflects an intercultural artistic dialogue and invites you to answer with own sound- and image creations. will grow and change as we grow and change, reflecting in a poetic mode how we perceive the relation between different cultures.

Polymorfilms has the pleasure to invite you to the international launch of the participative web project
The project will be launched with a unique live performance taking place on September 29th  at 18h, during the Sufi Night at BOZAR, Brussels. Continue reading “Hafez and Goethe”


‘Where is Democracy?’ based on Kolaveri D , is a satire on the state of democracy in Gujarat. Exposing the myth of Vibrant Gujarat the song raises questions about corruption, poverty, women’s conditions, the atmosphere of fear and how the image of one leader has been promoted while others have been pushed to a corner. Sung by Priyank Upadhyay, it has been directed and shot by young Anhad filmmaker Arma Ansari. While Manish Dhakad has acted in the music video, words by Shabnam Hashmi .

 Kolaveri D latest version 17th August, 2012

Unknown bird

Drifting in cage and out again
Hark unknown bird does fly
Shackles of my mind
If my arms could entwine
With them I would thee bind
Rooms it had eight
And doors it had nine
Windows betwixt you find
Up above the glittering hall
Mirrors might make you blind
What fate alas makes bird do thus
Caged bird breaks free to fly
Of bamboo raw the cage I saw
This mind of mine still longs oh so
Lalon Fakir cries as he sees with his eyes
The cage wither and die

Lalon Fakir Shah (1771-1890) was a Bangali philospher and poet, who refused to be classified according to class, caste or religion. Born in what is now Kushtia, in Bangladesh, his verses dealt with the relationship between the body and soul, with the cage being the metaphor for the body and the bird the symbol fo the soul.
New forms of slavery create new kinds of chains; violence suffered in silence, ancestral lands commandeered, resistance made illegal. How many masks does the freedom to profit wear now? As an activist I want to go beyond walls built to occupy territories, beyond bombs dropped to coerce the unarmed, and cells built to house the ‘other’. As an artist, I want to paint with colours that don’t yet exist and use words I have yet to invent. As a photographer, I want to see how far the light will reach beyond the cage.
Two songs by Arif Baul sung at Lalon shah Bottola Modhupurnima Sadhushangha