5 August 2019 The COUNTDOWN to our event this month has begun! Post 1 – Stating today, we will feature the filmmakers and/or the films that we will be showcasing as part of our Partition Commemoration from 16-19 Aug at Jadunath Bhavan. We start with our Guests of honour from Bangladesh – Tanvir Mokammel & Akram Khan. The Partition has featured prominently in Tanvir Mokammel‘s work. This comprehensive interview in ‘The Daily Star’ gives us a very good insight into all aspects of that artistic preoccupation….Continue Reading “Countdown to the Film Fest in August 2019”

~ Review by Rituparna Roy; originally published in The Wire ~ Speaking to our times: “Our focus on Muslim migration is deliberate. It addresses a glaring lacuna in Partition Studies, of course. But it also challenges essentialized accounts of ‘Muslim identity’ in a global climate of Islamophobia” – so declare the authors Joya Chatterjee, Claire Alexander and Annu Jalais in the ‘Introduction’ to their book The Bengal Diaspora. It’s rare to find an academic book that not only stretches disciplinay boundaries (here, history has been…Continue Reading “The Bengal Diaspora: Rethinking Muslim Migration”

Humayun Kabir

Humayun Kabir (Bengali: হুমায়ুন কবির) was a Bengali politician and writer. Kabir was born on 22 February 1906 in Komarpur village near district town of Faridpur District currently in Bangladesh. His father, Khan Bahadur Kabiruddin Ahmed, was a Deputy Magistrate in Bengal. He came first, with star marks, in his matriculation examination in 1922. He was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, completing his Intermediate in Arts (I.A.) in English with first class third, and Calcutta University, where he completed his B.A. (Honours) and M.A. in…Continue Reading “Humayun Kabir”