Spring arrive here . . . 

February 13, 2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi people celebrations the spring festival (Bashanta Utshab ) at the Dhaka University Art College compound in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 13 February 2017. The Bashanta Utshab is a local traditional festival, which marks the beginning of the spring season. Basantabaran Udjapan Committee organizes programmes to celebrate the day, as nature takes off the blanket of fog and welcomes the sunlight to the earth. Though winter in Bangladesh is brief, people here bid a quick farewell to gloomy, melancholic shroud of dust and dried leafs, and embrace Falgun with all their hearts. 
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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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Inauguration of Chobi Mela Festival in Dhaka

Participants attended first day of Chobi Mela Festival, the international festival of photography and biggest photography event in Asia on February 3, 2017 in Dhaka. Two Bangladeshi photographers Nasir Ali Mamun and Saida Khanom received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Video Footage & Edit : Monirul Alam

The Final Day of Shuvo and Arpeeta . . .

Today’s 16 December , 2016 my dear younger brother SHUVO is now married person.We pray both of you Shuvo & Arpeeta and thank you so much for your beautiful moments sharing with us.

You know the together you are stronger, together you are one.Our wishes with pray, love & happiness.Have a wonderful married life! Megh,Bubli & your Choto Bhaiya.

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Hindu folk festival | Charak Puja 

 

A devotee sways hanging from a bamboo pole, a ritual performed during Charak Puja festival on the last day of the Bengali calendar in Old Dhaka on 13 April, 2016 . It is a festival of penance dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. © Monirul Alam
 
Charak Puja also known as Nil Puja is a Hindu folk festival held in southern Banhladesh and West Bengal on the last day of the month of Chaitra in Bengali calender called Choitro. 

People believe that the festival will carry prosperity by eliminating the sorrow and sufferings of the previous year. The festival is actually a festival to satisfy Load Shiva, the great Debadideb of Hindu Religion. Though the festival takes place on the mid night of Chaitra Songkranti, the preparation phase usually starts before one month of the day. In Bangladesh, it is frequently found to take place at Thakurgaon, Patuakkhali,Gazipur, Dhaka and other district in villages and cities.  

Though the festival takes place on the mid night of Chaitra Songkranti, the preparation phase usually starts before one month of the day. The arrangement team of the festival go from village to village to procure the necessary components like paddy, oil, sugar, salt, honey, money and other items with the arranged cosmetics such as Shiva, Parvati and Narod.On midnight of the Songkranti, the worshippers are gathered together to worship the God and after puja the or asad is distributed.

A devotee sways hanging from a bamboo pole, a ritual performed during Charak Puja festival on the last day of the Bengali calendar in Old Dhaka on 13 April, 2016 . It is a festival of penance dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. © Monirul Alam

 

A devotee sways hanging from a bamboo pole, a ritual performed during Charak Puja festival on the last day of the Bengali calendar in Old Dhaka on 13 April, 2016 . It is a festival of penance dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. © Monirul Alam
 
 
A devotee sways hanging from a bamboo pole, a ritual performed during Charak Puja festival on the last day of the Bengali calendar in Old Dhaka on 13 April, 2016 . It is a festival of penance dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. © Monirul Alam
 

Love for Dhaka . . . 

 

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A circus elephant walk on the street at Shahbagh square during the Valentine’s Day celebrations organized by the Dhaka South City Corporation on 14 February, 2016. In an atmosphere of fun, frolic and festivities, people across the country celebrated the Valentine’s Day It organized an innovative programmed titled “Pranoshokha Dhaka – Love for Dhaka” at Shahbagh intersection, considered the gateway to the DU campus for most of the city dwellers.