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Art & Culture

Posted by Osman on July 6, 2007

Art & Culture

Bangladesh is a melting pot of races. She, therefore, has a mixed culture. Her deep rooted heritage is amply reflected in her architecture, literature, dance, drama, music and painting. Bangladeshi culture is influenced by three great religions- Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in successive order, with Islam having the most pervading and lasting impact. Like a colorful montage, the cultural tradition of the country is a happy blending of many variants, unique in diversity but in essence greatly symmetrical.

Festivals:
A series of
festivals varying from race to race are observed here. Some of the Muslim rites are Eid-e-Miladunnabi, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha, Muharram etc. Hindus observe Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Kali Puja and many other pujas.  Christmas ( popularly called Baradin in Bangla ) is observed by Christians. Also there are some common festivities, which are observed countrywide  by people irrespective of races. Pahela Baishakh (the first day of Bangla year) is such a festival. National festivals are Independence Day (26th March), 21st February (the National Mourning Day and World Mother Language Day), The Victory Day (16th December), Rabindra & Nazrul Jayanti etc. 

 

 Rabindranath Tagore

Literature:
Bangalees have a rich literary heritage. The earliest available specimen of Bengali literature is about a thousand years old. During the mediaeval period. Bengali Literature developed considerably with the patronage of Muslim rulers. Chandi Das, Daulat Kazi and Alaol are some of the famous poets of the period. The era of modern Bengali Literature began in the late nineteenth century
Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Laureate is a vital part of Bangalee culture.  Kazi Nazrul Islam, Michael Madhusudan Datta. Sarat Chandra Chattopadhaya, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhaya, Mir Mosharraf Hossain and Kazi Ahdul Wadud are the pioneers of modern Bengali Literature.

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A Bengal platter

Posted by Osman on June 27, 2007


 

 

A television network of Bengal, Tara recently hosted an event of music, art, film and food. On a bright sunny day at the India International Centre’s Rock Garden, the Haanir Khabar-Khunti Kadhai Food Festival was inaugurated near the Fountain Lawn. The festival, which continues till December 31, serves some of the best cuisine of the subcontinent.

Hailing from Bangladesh, the chef of the food festival Shawkat Osman, says he is from “the fluke plains of Bengal.” Here he presents some of his best dishes. The chef knocks down stereotypes by serving foods like the delicious rasam which, while it originates in South India, is popular as a soup as well as in combination with rice across the country. There are other excellent dishes like fish molli, mutton vindaloo, tomato chicken and moong khichri. While the latter is associated with Bengali cuisine, some of the chef’s dishes are the result of Anglo-Indian fusion.

The chef is interestingly also Chairman of New World Trade Industries Limited. His favourites are tomato chicken and fish molli , simply because they are easy to cook and healthy to eat.

Beside these hot and spicy dishes, one can also enjoy sweets like bread and butter pudding with or without a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream.

“No love is as pure as love for food, as it is not at all diluted,” says the chef.

Tara network has arranged food festivals like this, previously in Mumbai.

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