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New Year Resolutions

By Bipul K Debnath
New Year Resolutions

A new year means new hopes, new expectations and new goals. Putting aside our shortcomings, we welcome another year with new hopes and goals. We review everything we have done and achieved over the past year and pledge to be more diligent to meet our goals. The Weekend magazine recently caught up with some people we interviewed in 2017 to know about their achievements over the year and their plans for the coming New Year 2018. Meanwhile, we take this opportunity to wish all our readers, contributors, advertisers, sponsors and well-wishers a prosperous New Year 2018. Thank you for being with us.  

Nurjahan Alim, Folk Singer
I achieved a lot in 2017, like Dhaka Reporter Association Sammanona Crest, Bangladesh Sangskritik Parishad (BASAP) Abbas Uddin Ahmed Sharok Sammanona Crest, and many other awards from other associations. Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre arranged my solo performance at Dhaka Museum. My second solo album, Jare Chere, was released from Laser Vision as a tribute to Abdul Alim this year. The most important thing for me this year was that I covered one of the popular songs of my father (Abdul Alim), Joy Banglar Joy Bangabandhur Joy Shadhin Holo Desh Amader, Joy Joy Joy, and got huge response from my fans.
My vision is to popularise my father’s songs among the young generation, because they have to know the root of our folk songs and of course, they can carry on our traditions in the future. I am very hopeful as my goal is progressing step by step. For spreading our folk songs, I am roaming every district of our country, and also travelling to other countries. Actually, I have a lot of plans for the future. But I don’t know how much I will succeed. I have a plan to establish an institution in 2018 in my father’s name so people can know about him and his songs.

Mokhlesur Rahman, Artist
I had a successful solo exhibition, Ruposhi Bangla (Beautiful Bengal), this year. I got huge support from well-wishers which inspired me a lot. Visitors to my exhibition at Shilpangan Gallery got a vivid idea about the infinite nature of ‘Ruposhi Bangla’ depicted in my paintings. Art connoisseurs enjoyed the show and praised my new works. Even some of my works were acquired by collectors. Honestly, it was a great achievement for me.
I have to take count of everything to make a good plan for the New Year. I will apply my 37-year painting experience in my new paintings. Of course, I will give more importance to quality, rather than quantity, in my works. I also plan to organise a solo exhibition in 2018 where art enthusiasts can enjoy a representative collection of my works with a new experience.

Hasanur Rahman, Guitarist
If I talk about my greatest achievements to date, I have to mention the ‘guitar guru’ award from the India International Guitar Festival 2015. Now, I am the president of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) and we arrange cultural programmes on every national day and festivals around the year. Our plan is to make the Bahadur Shah Park in Old Dhaka a cultural hub with the help of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote in 2018. We are also going to open our new branch in Khulna city soon. After the death of my guitar teacher, Panna Ahmed, the popularity of Hawaiian guitar was declining in this country. But now I am working as an honorary Hawaiian guitar instructor at BAFA and university students are coming to me to learn this musical instrument. For making it more popular, we arrange regular workshops where Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya and other renowned teachers come to inspire them. In 2018, I also have a plan to arrange a Hawaiian guitar festival at national level.


Tarek Aziz Nishok, Actor, Filmmaker
Last year, I received a special mention for my short film, Parallel Journey, in the ‘short and independent films’ category of the 15th Dhaka International Film Festival earlier this year. And of course, it was a great achievement for me. From my childhood, I always wanted to be an actor. That is why I took part in various cultural programmes, including poetry recitation, acting on stage and so on. But I became a filmmaker, gradually. Now, that I am making films, I will try to create good actors through my direction in 2018.


Rajib Kumar Roy, Artist
Receiving an honourable mention for my installation work in the 17th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh (in December 2016) is a mentionable achievement in the last one year. Truly speaking, I do not have the practice of making plans in my life. However, I had a plan to arrange a solo exhibition in 2017. But I couldn’t do it as I was too busy with other work. It would be my first solo exhibition, so I will try my best to make it a grand success in 2018. I will also try to give more time to making more art.

Anik Bose, Dancer
I have passed the year arranging so many cultural programmes. My students from BAFA participated in those programmes and got a lot of admiration. Now, I am making a plan to stage a nitya natya (dance drama). I am also taking preparation for some programmes abroad. As I am a person from a dance background, I always wish for the betterment of this art form. So, I will do more work to develop modern dance in our country in 2018.

AZ Shimul, Artist
This year was an artistic journey for me. It was also the best year as my first solo exhibition, ‘Emotion of Sufi Music’, was held at the Alliance Francaise in Dhaka. In the middle of the year, I got a great chance to visit many museums in Europe, including the Louvre in Paris, France, and came in close touch with the paintings of Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and many others. Their works gave me immense inspiration to create modern art. At the end of the year, my second solo exhibition was arranged by the Turkish Embassy at the ambassador’s residence in Dhaka.
Emotion and love are the main themes expressed in my works.  So, I will be working in my studio for sharing mystic love soul to soul in 2018. I will also arrange another solo exhibition and it will be called ‘Poetry of Mystic Love’. I will also be searching for real love among the people of Bangladesh and the rest of the world which will help us to walk together. Thank you, and Happy New Year 2018!


Tanjima Elham, Online Journalist
This whole year, I have been trying to understand what I really want in life and what will be the best for me and my family. I have been trying to control my emotions and use them in a proactive way. And I believe the New Year will be a starting point for my future and my dreams. In 2018, I plan to finish what I have started this year _ the process of fulfilling my dreams, securing my future and taking care of my parents as any child should. I plan to be happy and successful and make my parents proud. I do not want them to regret not having a son. I want to be their light on the dark road of life. n
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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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