Badha Ghorar Dim
Satyajit Rai has written scores of poems, stories and hilarious limericks for children to enjoy. On the 23rd of August there was a play based on one of his stories called Torai Badha Ghorar Dim. Rai has presented a unique point of view trough this play.
It's a story about a nonsensical world where the children rise up in protest. It poignantly displays the peculiarities of the somber world of the grownups. The children spend some time in an imaginary land where the constraints of the adult world are removed. It's a world inhabited by strange long legged people from Africa and a princess with her three friends who are incidentally pigs. Here they can ride around on the backs of alligators without ending up inside the belly.
This was the third Tunatuni performance that is cretd by the children for the children. Their first production was this year at the Ekushey Boi Mela commemorating the 21st of February. The second production was on poet Jasimuddins piece 'Kobor'.
The present production is an escape route for the children who want to spend their time in laughter. Its in contrast to the present situation where children are stuck at home staring at the glowing TV screen. The man behind Tunatuni is Mahbubur Rahman Joynal. He noticed that while living abroad he found Bangladeshi books for children were not quite up to the standard. As a result he came back to the country and instead of becoming engrossed in business he decided to do something about children's education and entertainment. Tunatuni started in 1984 along with the help of actor Mujibur Rahman Dilu and musician Anisur Rahman Anu. There have been a total of 21 productions by the Tunatuni group consisting of colorful books and audiocassettes. In 2002 there have been some 2D and 3D cartoons as well. Doing something for the children is a dream come true for Mahbubur Rahman.
The person behind the production of the puppet show and the dance programs is Mujibur Rahman Dilu. He has presented most of the shows.
One of the highlights of the Torai Badha Ghorar Dim is the lighting done by the amazing Sri Taposh Sen. At the age of 80 he came over from Calcutta to lend a hand with the Tunatuni productions. Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul looked after the musical compositions while Tamanna Rahman choreographed the dance routines. An eye-catching part of the display was the costumes worn by the young performers. The costume designs were done by Kirit Ranjan Biswas.
The success of the show was evident I the packed auditorium filled with the laughter of children.
Love Talk? or the thougts of a noisy speaker
my childhood I saw my sister attached with the phone like "super
glue" and talking with her boyfriend (who later become my "JIJU").
Whenever I found her talking on the phone, I had tried my best to listen
what she was talking for a long time but believe me I couldn't hear
even a single word. I always found her whispering and could see her
laughing or sometimes crying nothing more. It was a great wonder for
me how my "JIJU" on the other end of the phone could hear
her voice. And the most surprising thing was what they used to talk
for a long time and almost everyday.
One of my cousins is in love for 8 years. God! He is only 24. Imagine for how many years they are talking! Where they get the topics to talk? Don't they get bored?
Recently I have asked one of my "Devdas" friends, " Do you think love is necessary in our life?" But he has given me the opposite answer that I had anticipated. He said, "No, it's not necessary. Love means waste of time, energy and money. Now I have lots of money to spend for myself. I don't have to buy costly gifts for my girl friend and pay the restaurant bills. Ami ekhoni valo ashi". But I know he lied. Some of my friends talk for a long time with their gf/bf in mobiles. Oh! It's really costly. But the contentment and excitement I see in their face is priceless compared to the material cost.
But still I don't know WHAT THEY REALLY TALK ABOUT?
By Meher Niger
"But how do you know when you are going to land?" he was asked. "I have a very keen sense of smell and I can smell the trees and grass when I am 300 feet from the ground" he answered.
"But how do
you know when to lift your legs for the final arrival on the ground?"
he was again asked.
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