One of the most attractive aspects of our Bangali tradition is our rich enduring love of the stage. From the days of yore when the 'Jatra' grabbed a foothold, throughout Bangladesh and Paschim Banga, theatre/plays have etched a unique place in the 'Bangali psyche.
In the context of theater, Nandikar's name stands tall. Their excursions into classical drama and to the complex psyche of the postmodern existance, their equally masterful delving into the urban and the rural experience , and of course their easy passage into the intricate foreign and Indian texts alike make them stand in a very select clique.
This time to speak to the theater lovers in us, we will have the mesmerizing personalities of Rudraprasad Sengupta, Debsankar Halder, Swatilekha Sengupta and Sohini Sengupta dominate our stage. Rudraprasad Sengupta is one of the last living legends of Bengali theatre, and has starred in several films (Podi Pishir Barmi Baksha, Haate Bazaare, and Hollywood films like Little Buddha and City of Joy).
Debsankar Halder is the most acclaimed actor of Bengali stage, serials, and movies.
In addition to being lead actor in plays for the last 30 years, Swatilekha Sengupta was the heroine for Satyajit Ray's film Ghare Baire. Sohini Halder has performed in lead roles in several plays and won prestigious awards for her performances in films (Paramitar Ekdin and Icche). Watching these stalwarts of Bengali theatre on one stage is a rare event, and we want all of you to be part of this experience.
Other than the personalities themselves, the cardinal attraction are of course the two plays that are to be presented here; Anto Adi Anto an adaptation of the French play 'La Musica' written by Marguerita Duras and directed by Debshankar Haldar. The plot is a surreal revelation of psychological realities framed against an ordinary domestic backdrop where a husband and a wife meet three years after their separation to pick up their formal decree papers.
In perfect harmony with the occasion and the celebration of Gurudev's 150th birth anniversary shortly before, Nandikar brings to us "Amar Priyo Rabindranath" - a collage of Tagore writings with musical accompaniments.
Well known actor, director, theatre and television personality from Bangladesh Shahiduzzaman Selim and Rosey Siddique, the charismatic actress from Padma Nadir Majhi and Love Story will be present here with a short play.
Music we have promised you and music you shall have! During the three days of Bangamela a number of musicians, both vocal and instrumental will be sharing the stage to take you back to your roots and remind you of everything that you held sacrosanct.
The names are many. We have emerging artists and old favorites, artists from Bangladesh and India and local performers as well.
Shubamita Banerjee's voice enthralls one and all. We expect nothing short of a magical performance from this exceptionally talented singer.
Ferdous Ara, the woman with the golden voice, the leading lady of Nazrul Geeti and the renowned voice of modern Bangladeshi music will be here to captivate the audience with her enchanting and mellifluous vocal renditions.
Rezwana Choudhury Bannya's name is synonymous with Rabindra Sangeet in its purest form. She is a versatile music genius and one of the most renowned students of Kanika Bandyopadhyay. Having trained at Visva Bharati during her early years, her style remains true to the authentic Tagorian roots. Both in Bangladesh and in India she remains one of the most popular performers of Rabindrasangeet, Kirtan, light classical as well as folk music. It is our pleasure and pride to announce that Rezwana Choudhury Bannya will be here at Bangamela to mesmerize us with her soulful renditions.
Rabindrasangeet will be a dominating presence with Adity Mohsin and Mohiuzzaman Chowdhury- both emerging artists are from Bangladesh and they have carved a niche with their own unique vocal styles and rendition.
Another addtion to Rabindrasangeet will be Debangana Sarkar. Her voice is strong and melodious, and her gayaki or style reminiscent of Tagore music maestros such as the late Suchitra Mitra and Kanika Bandopadhyay, shall surely impress Bangamela audience.
In Dohar we have a modern day musical troop that listens to the heartbeat of the earth and celebrates the earthy tunes of the folk tradition. A young band that has gained enormous fame and fans will also be here to present their own take on music that is steeped in the tradition of the folk culture and the heritage of the rural yesteryears. This is Dohar's first trip to USA and we are sure the experience will be magical for both the artists and the audience.
For all the Folk music lovers we are proud to say that we expect the well known voice of Baul Shafi Mondal and the famous Chandana Majumdar's Lalan Geeti to fill and resonate in our auditorium.
Along with the vocal performers we also have some exceptional performances in store, from some of the best names in the realm of classical instrumental music.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan a Sitar maestro of Hindustani classical music hails from the Etawah Gharana and belongs to a family of long musical lineage. He is one of the most celebrated younger musicians of India, prized especially for the vocalistic phrasing of his raga improvisations domestically and internationally.
Pandit Debojyoti Bose, a multifaceted Sarod Maestro who has enthralled hearts all around the globe will also be here to perform on stage at the Bangamela. A disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and a principle torch bearer of the famous Senia Bangash gharana his flying fingers have earned him a unique place in the hearts of all classical music lovers.
Ustad Azizul Islam, the famous classical flutist hails from the sea and when he picks up the flute it is as if the voice of the sea speaks through him. Having trained under the eminent Ustad Bahadur Khan , Pt. Devendra Murdeshwar , Pt. VG Karnad and Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, his flute renderings have developed its own unique style. Soulful, mesmeric and passionate - we look forward to seeing him perform at Bangamela.
Oishyarya Basu is a multifaceted emerging artist. An actress in mainstream Bangla films, telefilms, commercial and public interest videos, she is also a key performer in a Recitation band. Her first recitation album, "Bristi Shuvechha" and audio visual CD, "Kabitar Feriwala", both from HMV Saregama has been well received.
Shimul Mustafa is a renouned recitation artist from Bangladesh.
Natasha Dasgupta is a recitation artist who performs regularly in Kolkata and different districts of West Bengal. She is Associated with Doordarshan, Kolkata as a presenter and script writer of "Porjaboran Darshan" . Released two audio CD. "Songe Sunil" is one such CD where eminent poet & writer Sunil Gangopadhyay, President of Sahitya Academy, India shared some unheard stories of his creative moments, some of his famous poetries were recited by her.
Hosts and Hostesses always lend their own character to an event. They are the bond between the audience and the artists and play a vital role in making the program come alive. To tie the Bangamela program together, we will have the familiar faces of the TV Anchor and actress Mallika Majumder and Raya Bhattacharya gracing the stage.
Special Event -Ananya: Tagore's Unparalleled Women, a multimedia production
Ananya brings together Tagore's Unparalleled Women all on one platform through music, dance, enactment and film. Both "the Imaginary"; Mrinmoyee,Binodini and Mrinal and "the Real": Kadambari Devi and Victoria Ocampo.
A performance with the poetics of musicality will take audiences on a journey into the intimate, sensitive and powerful world of these women through carefully chosen extracts, narrated and enacted on stage, from Tagore's seminal novels,short stories,plays and poems.The vast range of Tagore's songs that have a strong influence of Indian classical and folk music will find space in the visualization of the women characters like Sucahrita, Bindodini and Charulata. The music, the dance and the enactment will be intercut with relevant Clips from celebrated films made on Tagore stories by filmmakers like Satyajit Ray & Rituparno Ghosh in Teen Kanya,Charulata& Chokher Bali that bring another dimension to the visualization of these characters.
It is a 50 min production in English that leaves you wanting more of the music,dance, theatre, cinema and the poetry.
Commissioned by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, it has been designed for audiences in India and overseas to enjoy,appreciate and experience the vast body of music and literature of the Nobel Laureate whose work has been translated extensively into numerous foreign languages.
For the movie buff in all of us we have some of the movies that actually have been hot ticket items back in our home towns lately. So be sure to get the popcorn and grab a prime seat for this one.
Some of the major movies to be screened at the event are
Royal Bengal Rahasya: The classic from Satyajit Ray relived under the expert direction of Sandip Ray.
Gosai Baganer Bhoot: A children's movie largely directed by Nitish Roy which has gained popularity amidst both adult and children alike.
Moner Manush: A movie based on Lalan Fakir's life directed by none other than Gautam Ghose
Guerrilla: A film based on the events of the Bangladesh Liberation War. An adaptation of the novel Nishiddho Loban by Syed Shamsul Huq, it was released on April 14, 2011.
Rokeya and Sakhawat Memorial School--One Hundred Years After: A documentary film presented by Multimedia Development & Communication Center. Producer, Concept & Narration: Iqbal Bahar Choudhury
Videography & Direction: Samir Kushari
Premiere shows of this film were held successfully in Dhaka & Kolkata in April, 2012
Duhsamayer Bandhu (A friend in need): A documentary on Liberation War of Bangladesh, created by eminent journalist and writer Shahriar Kabir. It depicts India's contribution to the Liberation War of Bangladesh, featuring a number of rare scenes and interviews, filmed in Bangladesh and India. The film show will be followed by a discussion with Shahriar Kabir, also the executive president of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee.
Obstacles are all around us. Tangible, real barriers that stand like epic bulwarks and threatens our resolves and dreams. Keeping stride with the recent global changes, the theme of the 2012 Bangamela is to break free of all such petty divides.
We dedicate our inauguration program to this indefatigable human spirit. In the spirit of Arjun and Eklavya, Prometheus and Hercules, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Gandhiji, there are thousands amongst us today who are icons working tirelessly all over the world to break beyond the stringent defined boundaries of political, social, cultural, religious and ethnic divides.
Our musical odyssey celebrates their journey and hails to their destination.
A fitting panorama interwoven delicately with music, literary pieces, dance numbers and recitation the program follows a metaphorical storyline building on a rich melange of cultural motifs and draws on the work of eminent literary figures such as Tagore, Nazrul Islam, Mukunda Das and Samsul Haque. The effect is an audio visual delight of the senses that is enriched by renowned choreographer such as Somnath Dutta of Calcutta Choir. Rich with imagery and potent with its vocal, dramatic and passionate elements the stage will be lit ablaze with a fusion of contemporary and traditional music and dance numbers integrated to the theme and script that sets the tone of the event a path to breaking the barriers outside and within!
All good things must come to an end and so shall the Bangamela. Our intent is to keep you engaged and entertained throughout the entire length of this program and the closing ceremony is no different. The theme of the closing ceremony will align with the undercurrent that the Bangamela nurtures- the depiction of Bengal and its rich cultural heritage in its full resplendent glory across the rural and the urban landscape; touching and invoking our strong earth bound connections in the form of a stylized dramatic presentation enriched and interlaced with musical and visual components.
Against the backdrop of our humdrum monotonous and mundane existence, every immigrant strives to find themselves. Our closing ceremony presentation follows an archetypical immigrant family living their nuclear existence out here, struggling to find their identity in this surreal rat race that we call life. The presentation engages us in a dialogue between the two worlds, submerging us in the warm radiance of our cultural milieu and rejuvenates our souls and walks us through a rediscovery of ourselves. The bridge is built across the two worlds - from our present to our past, from the Potomac to the Padma - we journey through a trance like world resounding with the haunting melody of folk music, baul- geeti, the lush green world of the villages to the modern day lives in our homeland.
The melody and the poets have the final say - and with the realization of who we are and a sense of belonging the pilgrimage is finally complete.
One Act Play Competition
Earlier this year, Bangamela 2012 initiated an effort to reach out to Bengali theatre performers in North America who have faith in the core values of what theatre truly represents; who believe that theatre is an integral part of our community and serves an analogous function in our lives - for group reflection, confession, expiation and celebration;
In our effort to rekindle the passion for theatre, we asked you to bring your voice to our forum-we were eager to hear your story, and the way you told your story. We implored, "Hold the mirror up and see who you are. Let your play illuminate Bangamela 2012."
We the organizers of the One Act Play competition at Bangamela 2012 are elated at the overwhelming response from drama enthusiasts of USA. While we would have loved to accommodate every team that sent in entries, in the interest of time, we are able to approve six plays from six different states, e.g., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. These plays will be judged by a panel comprising of internationally-acclaimed Directors, playwrights, and actors from Kolkata and Dhaka. Our congratulations and kudos to the six teams who submitted bang-up proposals for One Act Plays embracing the theme of Bangamela 2012 - 'Break the Barriers'-
Chhobi by Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC is based on a short story by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. This is a sweet and simple love story set on the backdrop of Burma before the revolution. Bright and colorful Burmese traditional costumes and Burmese dances enhance this drama. Live instrumental and vocal music, and group dances presented in this play replicate a Broadway musical.
Bengal Foundation of America of New Jersey is presenting Princeton Junction-an original script by this team that deals with the conflict of Bengali diaspora in the US. Specifically, it addresses conflicts between race, religion, gender, and class in the true spirit of the central theme of BangaMela 2012-Break the Barriers.
Carolina Theatre Workshopof North Carolina is staging Shesher Shedin-an original script by this team showcasing a busy executive admitted to a hospital because he speaks gibberish. As this neurological disorder spreads to other victims, his wife goes through a complex process of guilt, surprise, and renewed relationship.
Natyashala of Philadelphia is presenting Ami Chini Go Chini Tomare Ogo Bideshini-another original script based on Tagore's relationship with Argentinian writer Victoria Ocampo. The play is based on the deep and multi-colored human mind that is swayed by ambivalence. This play will showcase traditional costumes of nineteenth century India and South America.
Aabar Chapa Pora Manush from Massachusetts is a satirical play adapted from a story by Kishen Chander. This satirical play depicts the incidents that unfold in the wake of a collapsed tree with a man trapped underneath. Watch how a seemingly simply situation escalates into a crisis of epic proportions. Soon, a brawl ensues with everyone pointing fingers at each other, while the man remains trapped under the tree.
Off-Kendrik of Boston show cases Hinghsha Shomporkito Dharabiboroni - a theatrical rendition of Joy Goswami's poem of the same name. This is a sweeping one person narrative on the origin and spread of "hingsha" or violence. It poses the eternal question - can the earth escape violence?
So the stage is set for a plethora of tastes. We await your responses and look forward to your presence to cheer, enjoy and encourage the eighty to hundred or so participants who will delight us with their performances.
It is indeed a rare occasion to have a competition of this stature or nature in United States and just like you we too are all bit by the bug that is the 'theatre passion'
Samia Mahbub Ahmad is a Hindustani (North Indian) classical vocalist who has received her apprenticeship over the last two decades from Sri Tapan Kanti Baidya, a pioneer of this genre of music in Bangladesh and Vidushi Sumitra Guha (Padma Shri awardee), one of India's premier classical vocalists. Samia has leveraged her classical base to also specialize in Nazrul Sangeet, Bhajans, and global fusion, melding the Hindustani Classical sounds with the rhythms of South Africa and the West. Her published albums are "Srijana Chhande" (2003) - a tribute to the work of Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam of Bengal - and "Tulku: Doors to Paradise" (2007) and "Tulku: The Way of the Mystique" (2009) -- both global compilations produced by Grammy winner Jim Wilson which features seven of Samia's songs composed and performed with Ismail Mohammed, one of South Africa's top musicians.
Through her practice of Hindustani Classical music, Samia has been exploring the notions of spiritual unity in religions that share a common cultural base. Samia has performed live and on television in South Africa, India, Bangladesh and the USA and in the process has received many awards and recognitions, including, performing for Nobel laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalyn Carter. In January of 2009, Samia was selected to be included in the Artists and Scholars Roster of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (State of Maryland), and in July of 2009, she was one of the recipients of the FY 2010 Maryland Traditions Folk Arts and Culture Apprentice Award, given by the Maryland State Arts Council. She is one of the winners of the Montpelier Arts Center (Laurel, MD) Classical Recital Series Competition, 2010-12.
Sankar Chakraborty Trained in Hindustani classical music at the age of 8 from his mother Bina Pani Chakraborty. Subsequently at the age of 10 he received training in classical and Nazrul geeti by Padit Juran Kundu. He stood First in an Audition of Nazrul geeti in Khulna Radio,Bangladesh when when he was 17. Subsequently, he performed bangla modern songs in radio as well. He was also registered song composer of Khulna Radio station. In 1980, he performed in Bangladesh Television to sing modern and Nazrul geeti. He was trained by famous Guru Pandit Shadhan Sarkar and also got training on thumri and light classical from exponent and guru Ustad Zakir Hossian Khan and Pandit Mahendra majumder from Calcutta.
He perfromed at Bishaya Shahitta Kendra Dhaka, Shilpa Kala Academy and Usmani Milanayatan. He has the credit of directing numerous musical shows and performances at Kuwait from 1986 till he migrated to Canada in 1998. In Canada he successfully released another CD on Semi classical songs. He held perfromances in Montreal, Toronto and other cities of north America to the delight of music lovers.
Debasri Mitra is a versatile singer with an amazing voice. Her vocal training began at the early age of four. Initially under Sri Debangshu Mukhopadhyay, a disciple of Pandit Bhismadeb Chattopadhyay, and then under Smt. Sheila Chattopadhyay, a vocalist and sarodia who got her training from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri and others. Growing up in Calcutta, Debasri won many awards as a child singer. She continued her training at the Bengal Music College under the able guidance of stalwarts like Smt. Purabi Dutta, Sri Chandidas Mal and Sri Chinmoy Chattopadhyay.
The ease in which she glides through different genres of Bengali Raag Pradhan, Nazrul Geeti, Rabindra Sangeet, golden era "Adhunik" songs, to "bhakti geeti" speaks of her immense talent. She has a style of her own. The blend of romance, playfulness and melancholy in her voice makes her renditions extremely enjoyable.
Her recent album "Praner Sur" includes a variety offering of Nazrul geeti, Rabindra sangeet and nostalgic old "Adhunik" songs. She has performed in various places in the US. She has taken lead roles in "geeti natya"; "nritya natya"; "mahalaya" and other community musical productions. She also teaches music lessons in the DC area.
DASAVATAR - celebrating poet Jaydevas immortal creation. RDM will present mesmerizing mythological interpretation of the Darwinian theory of the evolution of mankind in pure classical Odissi repertoire.
Participants: Mitra Purkayastha ( http://www.odssinewjersey.com, Nilanjana Banerjee (http://www.odissinila.com ), Deepa Bhandari, Dr Padmaja Upadhya.
Choreography: Guru Muralidhar Majhi & Mitra Purkayastha
Overall Direction : Sukalyan Bhattacharya
Assistants: Saheli Mahapatra & Tapas Mondal
Vocal: Lopamudra Mitra
Percussion: Poushali Mukherjee
Music: Swapan Pakrashi and Ablu
Narration: Satinath Mukherjee
Costumes: Guru Muralidhar Majhi & Sudipa Chakraborty of Scorpion Inc
Come & Join our Interactive Talk Show: Break the Barriers
This is not a typical seminar. It's more of a talk show which is inclusive and interactive
The world has changed rapidly over the last year. People everywhere are reclaiming their rights and questioning
the accepted paradigms. Distances, boundaries of language and geography are turning into historical signposts,
fading into the past every other day in the face of global change.
Keeping with this spirit of change and the universal desire to break free of artificial and manmade borders and
definitions, the organizers of the Bangamela 2012 have selected a fitting theme - "Break the bariiers".
For these few days, we seek to celebrate the breaking free of all narrow and petty divides; throw off the shackles of the limited definitions and bridge the straits of language, religion and political boundaries.
This theme seminar will have a panel of the following distinguished personalities.Barriers by definitions are the impediments to freedom both in its literal meaning and in its symbolic meaning too. They are essentially restrictive and keep people under the bondage. In most cases they are man-made. This deliberate choice of theme is intended to provoke thoughts amongst the intelligentsia about sharing common culture between Bangladesh and West Bengal. The barriers that have kept the two Bengals at times in water-tight compartments need to be broken. The common heritage and culture goes far beyond the political boundaries.
Bangla Language and Bengali culture has not only given us a distinct ethnic identity but also it has been a perennial source of inspiration behind a nationalism which culminated into creation of Bangladesh. West Bengal, on the other hand, has historically given a lead to Bengali culture and a time has come now to share our thoughts and ideas, adhere to the common heritage across any divisive design and contribute to the creativity.
This thought-provoking talk-show is for you and I, for us, for all Bengalis around the world. Come , join and contribute
Seminar: "Jonome Jonome Bangla, Roibo Ki Bishwamoi Chhariye"
Epaar Bangla, Opaar Bangla. We long for Bangla. Having reared within Epaar Bangla or Opaar Bangla, and later immigrating to the outer world in quest of a better livelihood, the first generation is still living the Bangla. Call it Bangaliana or else, Bangla is thriving within our hearts. So does each and every cultural grouping of immigrants. Nothing wrong!
We may admit, however, that we tend to be more emotional with our Bangaliana. But this may not be true for our next generation and generations thereafter. As economic globalization ushers a new genre of the knowledge society , we may ponder on (a) how the first generation immigrant Bangla parent would like to raise their children as global achievers , as well as (b) how do our children feel about it and (c) whether they are willing to define their achievements within those parameters or redraw their own parameters.
Within this context how do we advance rational logical reasons as to why our children or even grand children should continue to learn the Bangla language? Yes, our Bangla language has its own beauty. Yes, the Bangla renaissance ushered by our forefathers with its rich literary creations and it's in- depth of philosophical teachings, has enriched and broadened our lives.
But how those teachings bear relevance for today's projonmo? How do they may resonate with the teachings that taught us?
Furthermore, should we perpetuate our enduring love and enthusiasm for Bangla among our successive generations; and cultivate such a quest even at the costs of becoming a parochial among a global society?
Admittedly, the global values are changing. Successive economic collapses in the West, are now finding solace with the East, that unrestraint material greed leads to financial disaster. Shifting course to a simpler lifestyle is spiritually more fulfilling.
Success is also being redefined. The parental advice oft repeated in the globalized home is universal: career status and money alone does not ensure happiness in life. Our generation ought to balance their life goals with a greater purpose .and mandate for the humanity.
Our quest narrows down.
Shall our children be an enlightened contributor citizen of a globalized knowledge society, still retaining their own cultural identity?
If our children are connected to their roots will they find it easier to transfer those spiritual, nurturing elements, which have remained ingrained in our social system for their own projonmo?
Does daily articulation of Bangaliana, zealously, shall enable them to acquire a good knowledge of Bangla culture and philosophy and thus create a comparative advantage for moving ahead?
Should our projonmo be prepared to leverage that unique advantage?
The Banga Mela 2012 has scheduled a Literary Seminar, expected to be attended by recognized Bangla writers and cultural personalities. The primary objective of the seminar would be listening to the thoughts of our projonmo and reflect upon those thoughts. Parents shall narrate their own quests as parents. Children shall tell their own tale! Have their own parents longed to live their own life among their children?
Where and how the journey shall begin! How do we move forward? How collectively we let loose the baby birds to fly and thereby create its own destiny! How do we move forward?
If you would wish to participate and contribute to the discussion, please email us. We are searching, ideally, for duo drawn from two generations, such as maa meya, baba chele, dadi nati, dada natni. Our email addresses are email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Panelists: Abdun Noor (moderator), Bithi Chattapadyay, Nabakumar Basu, Sandip Roy, Azizul Jalil, Mamata De, Syed Zaman
Seminar : Ancient India - 7000 B.C. connecting to December 16, 1971
The presenter is a physician for more than 45 years. He will surely touch with his extraordinary grasp on our history, derived energy, inspiration, and unmistakable passion will be abundantly evident throughout his presentation. No one in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan or in the U.K. presented 9000 years history in this format ever before. Find the truth of this statement yourself first hand.
The presenter wants to leave behind words on our ancestry, history, heritage, and on our most magnificent civilization in the form of a dedicated DVD - as comprehensive and as authentic as possible - with an accompanying book and dedicate it to all the children, all the millions of children, all the hundreds of millions of children of South Asia. This DVD and the book may be very useful to the ever expanding Bengali Diaspora, the Indian Diaspora, and the Pakistani Diaspora all around the world, no comparable work exists today, anywhere.
The presenter was invited to speak at various universities in Bangladesh and India and the presentation was featured in various news papers and multiple TV Channels in Bangladesh.
Panelists: Mohammed A. Mannan, M.D. (Amateur Historian And Researcher - Dedicating to all the Children born to the
Sub-Continental Ancestry )
Seminar: Bangladesh in the Coming Decades: Prospects, Potentials and Pitfalls
In Hans Rosling's (http://www.gapminder.org/videos/gapcasts/gapcast-5-bangladesh-miracle/) words a 'miracle .. has happened in Bangladesh over the last 30 years.' The impressive progress the country has made in areas like public health and basic education has reduced extreme poverty. New challenges, however, threaten the country's aspiration towards the status of a middle-income economy within the next decade or so. The panel will discuss some of the most challenging of these issues - namely, lack of infrastructure, shortage of energy, pervasive inequality, quality of governance, absence of an innovation system - from macro and/or micro perspectives and with an objective to identify policies and interventions which need to be adopted soon.
Panelists: Arif Mohiuddin Sikder, Adnan Zillur Morshed, Mohammod T. Irfan .