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Athena- a new gallery in town

On 19 May, 2012 Athena Gallery (a subsidiary of Rafia Foundation, a non-profit organisation) was officially inaugurated. The gallery is located at AJ Heights, Progoti Shorani, Uttar Badda.

The inauguration of the art gallery kicked off with an exhibition. And this was no ordinary exhibition for sure. The gallery was filled with paintings done by some of the biggest names in Bangladeshi art.

The physical layout of this exhibition has been designed chronologically. As you enter the gallery and start the tour of the exhibition, you will see paintings of older artists who have passed away, such as Zainul Abedin for example. As you move forward, you will come across paintings by living legends. Finally, if you go down further, you will be able to enjoy works done by more contemporary artists.

Having a rather spacious interior, the gallery, at the exhibition on the opening ceremony, hosted some of the most famous paintings in Bangladesh. Indeed, this has been one of those rare exhibitions where you see the greatest works of art done by the masters. The energy was therefore very electrifying and overwhelming.

However, Athena is not all about showcasing works of the gurus. The chief aim of Athena Gallery is to promote young artists of Bangladesh. Athena Gallery promises to open that platform to young talents who usually do not have a good stage from where they can showcase their talents to art lovers, critics, and patrons.

Athena, therefore, will strive to display their works alongside the works of those who are already eminent. Bringing artworks of the young artists and those of the experienced and established ones under one roof will give art lovers the chance to evaluate the works of the young artists in comparison to those of their peers.

The gallery also has a small but very rich collection of books, from classics to the more contemporary.

Nilu Murshed, the chairperson, is an avid art patron. She has been collecting art for over 40 years and her vision and passion is to promote Bangladeshi artists on an international level. Having seen the everyday struggles where new artists have always been an underdog, her aim is to give recognition to nameless artists.

By M H Haider


Jewellery for the Bride

Wedding bands this season are about platinum or white gold. Flashy bands are out, keep it plain and simple. Traditional wedding attire without traditional jewellery is an absolute no-no.

This season leans heavily on specially designed and handcrafted jewellery in gold, diamonds, pearls, coloured gemstones and enamel, usually with a combination. Let necklaces, earrings, brooches, rings, anklets, etc. grace your wedding day. The wedding outfit should be paired with exclusive antique, vintage or designed jewellery.

Prenuptials this season is about light jewellery or lesser pieces. Long chandelier earrings or a delicate neck piece in kundan, pearls or coloured gemstone that accentuate the colour of your outfit, can be worn. Nature designs such as floral and birds are in vogue this season along with flower designs such as a white lily that symbolises eternal love. Signature pieces that embody the elements of fire, water, wind and earth are also sought after.

A solitaire never goes out of season and modern designs look great with western outfits. The experts say this year is all about expressing yourself through a palette of colours. Select rubies, emeralds, pearls, sapphires, etc, splash colour to the hilt, elegantly but not loudly.

Attires with silver overtones should not be matched with gold jewellery; try platinum or diamonds. Finally, remember to wear only what you can carry.

Photo Courtesy: Farzana Shakil


Resourceful summers

With time your perspective towards life and things in general changes. You may call it the natural side effect of aging. What was fun at 16 is utterly scary now at forties. Idling time feels like such a waste now, when you could work on improving your resume and adding so many accolades to it; but when you are young, getting wasted (in a healthy manner mind you) by listening to loud music of the Beatles and Genesis or Michael Jackson, taking long showers, lazing on the lounge with a book are the most normal things to do especially during summer breaks.

For a school-going child summer vacations mean mangoes, visiting grandparents, getting drenched in the rain, not opening school bags even once; going on holidays, etc. But for the child's mother it means an undisciplined child at home who goes to sleep at 4 in the morning and gets up at 4 in the afternoon, unlimited hours of internet surfing or chatting, visiting those scary chat rooms and what not.

Obviously there is nothing you can do to fast forward and change these perspectives towards life but wait for time to do its thing. However one thing that could surely help is summer jobs or summer camps. Yes I do understand that it's just a month of no school and they should get a chance to relax but my point here is to relax in a healthy manner; having a wayward lifestyle is a big no-no for children.

The concept of summer jobs has been beating drums on my mind because recently I read an article that says screen time for children should be limited to just two hours; be it the television, computer, notepads or iPads or pods, whatever addictive gadgets are plaguing young minds. This sedentary lifestyle leads to obesity and Type 2 diabetes in children. I am not against technology but I strongly believe that there is a time and place for everything. I am against twelve year olds playing non-stop games on gaming consoles, or a sixteen-year-old showing off her tech savvy-ness with expensive Apple products.

A twelve-year-old during summer break should play football on the fields or engage in street cricket; a sixteen-year-old should not have expensive iProducts as toys.

For older teens that have completed their school finals or are in high school, volunteer jobs with NGOs, corporate offices, tutoring underprivileged children are options to look into. These will allow them to learn to interact with people, build confidence and a recommendation from such offices definitely adds to their ECAs. On the other hand summer camps where you can put to use your creative talents like art, dance, and drama can be a good way to channel the energy of the younger kids.

I just don't want these kids to waste their summer breaks by doing nothing worthwhile or creative. Even if it is as clichéd as selling lemonade to thirsty pedestrians, kids should be kept engaged. They can have the entire evening to themselves for screen time, but the morning hours should be spent outside, doing healthy chores or volunteer jobs.

-- Raffat Binte Rashid


Dear LS Editor,
My name is Raisa Ashraf and I am a teenage 'bookaholic'. As the title indicates, I simply love to read novels. I am a regular reader of the magazine Lifestyle but as you can expect I do tend to get a bit disappointed when my favourite column -- Reading Bites' -- doesn't come out. So, would you please be gracious enough to make sure that the column is a bit more regular? If the column does start coming out more regularly, I would be ever so indebted to you.
-- Raisa Ashraf

Dear LS Editor,
I love the 20 page expansion idea.
It just made my Tuesday mornings better!
I love every single one of your writers, especially Iffat Nawaz, (last week's Therapist Happy Hour article was just fabulous) Sam Q and of course Ms. A to Z -- Munize -- and my Dad is a big fan of Ehsanur Raza Ronny's "Engine Block" and is really looking forward to reading his new section "Figuring Fatherhood."
I just have a small request: Could you possibly write more articles about hair and skincare. It would not go unappreciated.
-- Barkat Ullah

Dear LS Editor,
I have been an avid reader of Star Lifestyle from its inception. Congratulations on your recent decision of expanding to 20 pages. Lifestyle covers culture, food, fashion designing, housekeeping, boutiques, restaurants and travel section on a broad scale. I anxiously wait for the weekly issue to know about the recent happenings.

As an expatriate, I immensely enjoy Tommy Miah's delightful recipes and often try them to entertain my guests. In addition, reviews of different restaurants and other eateries keep us informed of the changing taste of Dhaka. Thank you Lifestyle!

Lifestyle plays a big role in promoting Fashion. Always wait for your stories on Dhaka's current trends, especially on beautiful and elegant saris and shalwar kameez. Read some good articles on Housekeeping or Home Décor.

I also enjoy articles on travel, especially of Neeman Sobhan's. Travel Scripts from other authors are also extremely well written and often find the sceneries extraordinary. Credit goes to you and Thank you again Lifestyle. Keep up your extraordinary work!
-- Aeman T Rasul, Richmond, Virginia

Dear LS Editor,
A common sight I come across during my daily commute along the Airport Road is people running helter skelter to cross the road as fast as they can, causing quite a hazard to the vehicles passing by which are usually plying at a considerable speed. The question that regularly baffles me is why these people would take such risks with their safety when there are quite a number of over bridges for pedestrians at reasonable intervals along that road. Imagine my surprise when I came across a street dog crossing the busy road through the foot over bridge one day! I was somehow flabbergasted by its intelligence level which allowed it to grasp the importance of being responsible for its own safety in a city where human traffic and pedestrians don't set a great example. No wonder dogs are known as some of the most intelligent animals on earth and we have so much to learn from them!
-- Wasia Menhaz

Dear Readers,
At Star Lifestyle we value your comments, suggestions and opinions that you have kindly shared with us. This will guide us in our constant effort in making Star Lifestyle more readable and attractive.

We love that some of the Columns that we have launched is gaining acceptance. Thank you Barkat and Aeman.

To Wasia: Sometimes we get the vibe that animals have better civic sense than us Dhakaiites. We would like to hear more such stories from all our valued readers.


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