International Women’s Day Observed in Dhaka 

Women in Dhaka, Bangladesh gather outside on March 8, 2017, to mark International Women’s Day. At the worldwide demonstrations, many women focused their protesting on an end to wage gaps and the legalization of abortion. This region focused on demanding an end to child marriage. This year the theme of International Women’s Day is ” be bold for change” . 

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Xl Chobi Mela in Bangladesh . . . 

Chobi Mela the International Festival of Photography BANGLADESH 2017 held in Asia, Chobi Mela IX begins on the month of February 2017 with many events like workshop, photography exhibition, portfolio reviews, seminar and artist talk’s . National and International Photographer’s eagerly waits for this event which is being held every two years in Bangladesh in the capital of Dhaka.The key organisers are Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. 

In the photography and art works hailing from 16 countries — Algeria, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand, USA amongst others Chobi Mela is an international festival of photography held in this year.

Festival derictor Shahidul Alam, said to the media, “The global photography spotlight is on Bangladesh. The stars are arriving at our doorstep. It is now up the podium. The world of photography beckons”.

I am as a Pathshala fellow photographer, teacher and visual artist to join in this beautiful event and to visit an interesting exhibitions all vanues and participate artist’s talk during the Chobi Mela festival and captured a few moments which I never ignored. Love Chobi Mela and hope to join the next event which will be held in 2020. Thanks Chobi Mela team and the organizer. Such a beautiful event held in my country Bangladesh.

-Monirul Alam

February 2017

Old Dhaka 

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Paush Shankranti Celebration in Dhaka 

January 14, 2017 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – A woman spits fire on the last day of Bengali month Paush. This traditional festival is locally known as Sankranti. People of the old Dhaka celebrate Shakhrine with colorful kite flying during the day and fire eating and performances after dark. 

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Bangladesh Protest Pakistan Statement 

  

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 02 DEC. 2015 – Members of the Ganajagaran Mancha shout slogans as they attend a torch light procession protesting the comments from Pakistan after the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and BNP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for war crimes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 02 December 2015. Dhaka rejected Islamabad’s condemnation of the execution of two rightwing Bangladeshi politicians convicted of war crimes committed during the country’s war of independence. © Monirul Alam

World Aids Day in Bangladesh 

 

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01 DEC, 2015 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi transsexuals pose for a photograph in front of a Osmani Seminar Hall on the occasion of the World Aids Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 01 December 2015. According to latest government figures, a total of 3,241 HIV-positive patients have been identified in Bangladesh since 1989, among who 1,299 became AIDS patients and 472 died while the UN estimates the number to be between even higher, between 8,000 and 16,000. © Monirul Alam 

Pet Dog Display in Dhaka

 

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Nov. 25, 2015 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – A pet lover hold his dog it’s an American Pit Bull dog, during the Pet Dog display exhibition at the National Press Club in the Dhaka city. The National Salvation Movement organization organized thes pet dog display exhibation,they said these pet dog exhibition held first time in Bangladesh,at list 45 spices dogs national and international displayed on this exhibition. Number of dog lover and people visit thes exhibation and enjoy it. 

 Violence Against Women  

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Nov. 25, 2015 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – Women activists protest demanding elimination of violence against women on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in front of Central Shaid Minar in Dhaka.Recent global prevalence figures (WHO) indicate that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. In 2013, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) with support from UNFPA released a national survey of violence against women that found that 87 percent of ever married women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime with 77 percent reporting violence in the past 12 months. 

I am Deathless . . . 

“I am eternal, I am deathless. After this body falls, do not think that everything will come to an end. I will live in the hearts of all living beings in my subtle astral form. Whoever will seek my refuge, will always receive my Grace.” 
– Baba Lokenth 

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Lokenath Divine Life Mission  seeks a world where individuals are relieved of crippling, self-created illusion of dependence; where individuals are conscious of their inner resources and learn to overcome poverty, to live with dignity and self-reliance.
Baba Lokenath Brahmachari was born in 1730 (the date of Birth is dipped in controversy) in the district of presently Barasat and in the village named Chaurasi Chakla a few miles to the North of the city of Kolkata, India.
At the age of 11, young Lokenath left home with his guru. He visited Kalighat Temple in Kolkata and then lived in the forests for 25 years, selflessly serving his master and practicing the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali along with the most difficult Hatha Yoga. After this he travelled to the Himalayas where he meditated in the nude for nearly five decades. Finally, he attained enlightenment at the age of ninety.
After his enlightenment he traveled extensively on foot to Afghanistan, Persia, Arabia and Israel, making three pilgrimages to Mecca. When he came to the small town Baradi near Dhaka, Bangladesh. A wealthy family built him a small hermitage, which became his ashram.There he accepted the sacred thread of the Brahmins and clothed himself in saffron robes. For the rest of his life he performed miracles and gave divine wisdom to all who came to him to seek his blessings. He received the title Baba.
On the 19th day of Jaistha, 1297 (1st June, 1890), Sunday, at 11:45 am, Baba Lokenath was meditating when he went into a trance with his eyes open, and while still in meditation, left his physical body forever. He was aged 160. He had made a promise before his death:
An annual festival in remembrance of Lokenath is held every year by millions of devotees and followers, in many ashrams and in millions of households through worship, keertan, Tasha,food offerings and in many other religious ways on the 19th day of the Hindu month of Jyaishtha.

 

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Portrait | Mehjabin 

 

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Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh | 13, November,2015

Every Day Life: A Bangladeshi populer model and actress Mehjabin attend the Prothom Alo 17 anniversary event at the Bangla Academy premises in the Dhaka city on 13 November, 2015. Hundreds of readers on Friday thronged the Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka to take part part in the fanfare of the 17th founding anniversary celebrations of Prothom Alo newspaper.