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Clowns celebrate the art form’s founding father in London

Clowns celebrate the art form’s founding father in London

LONDON, – Dressed in bright colours and wearing shiny red noses, dozens of clowns gathered in London on Sunday to celebrate the life of the art form’s founding father, reports BSS. Bold make-up, bowler hats and oversized bow ties were on show at All Saints church in east London, as entertainers gathered for an annual […]


Bozouls: A French Town Perched Above A ‘Hole’

Interesting News Trou de Bozouls, or “the hole of Bozouls”, is a large horseshoe-shaped canyon located near the commune of Bozouls in the Aveyron department in southern France. The meander was dug out in the limestone by the erosive action of running water of the Dourdou river as it flows through the large limestone plateau […]

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Ghana’s contemporary art hits the streets

ACCRA,  – A satirical cartoon depicting a celebrity in Ghana schooling a British diplomat on how to speak pidgin English won laughter and praise from the crowd at a street festival in Accra, reports BSS. The cartoon lampoons British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin who back in April sent a tweet criticising television star […]

JU Butterfly Fair on Friday

Humaun Kabir, JU correspondent: If Butterflies fly in the sky, the nature will get new speed’’ bearing this slogan Jahangirnagar University will organize fifth butterflies fair on Friday . The fair will be held at University‘s Zahir Raihan auditorium.Convener of the program, Zoology Prof. Md Monowar hossain tuhin said at a press conference on Wednesday […]

10 Forgotten Ancient Civilizations

The typical history textbook has a lot of ground to cover and only so many pages to devote to anything before Jesus. For most of us, that means ancient history is a three-dog show-Egypt, Rome, and Greece. Which is why it’s easy to get the impression that, outside of those three, our map of the […]

A brief history of the Persian Empire

Entertainment Desk : The civilization on the Iranian plateau is very ancient; copper was smelted there about 5500 BC, and Elam in the lowlands lagged only slightly behind Sumer in the development of hieroglyphic writing 5,000 years ago. However, the Elamites adopted the written language of Akkadian as the most universal language of the area […]

The History of Minoan Crete

Geography and Economy: The island of Crete is located in the center of the eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads of Africa, Asia, and Europe. It measures about 200 Km from east to west, and between 12 to 58 Km from north to south at its narrowest and widest distances, making it one of the largest […]


Located about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Baghdad in modern-day Iraq, the ancient city of Babylon served for nearly two millennia as a center of Mesopotamian civilization. One of its early rulers, Hammurabi, created a harsh system of laws, while in later times the Babylonian language would be used across the Middle East as […]

Ravishing Switzerland

Switzerland, one of Europe’s perennially popular travel destinations, has fascinated travelers ever since the days of the legendary Grand Tour. While its reputation for après-ski chicness, Heidi-like mountain villages and outstanding world-class hotels is renowned among tourists, if you peel back the promotional veneer you’ll discover a multi-faceted destination that transcends the tourist-brochure hype and […]

Indus Valley Civilization

Overview: The Indus Valley Civilization was a Bronze Age civilization that was located in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Flourishing around the Indus River basin, the civilization primarily centered along the Indus and the Punjab region. The Indus Valley is one of the world’s earliest urban civilizations, along with its contemporaries, Mesopotamia and […]


Palanquin tradition Entertainment Desk : Palanquin (Palki) a box-litter or sedan for travelling in, with a pole projecting before and behind, which is borne on the shoulders of two, four or even eight bearers of special caste or class. The origin of the word is SANSKRIT palayanka (a bed). Its PALI form is palanka and […]

The Maya Empire

Entertainment Desk : The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork. Most of the […]

Locating the Maya

The Maya civilization was one of the most dominant indigenous societies of Mesoamerica (a term used to describe Mexico and Central America before the 16th century Spanish conquest). Unlike other scattered indigenous populations of Mesoamerica, the Maya were centered in one geographical block covering all of the Yucatan Peninsula and modern-day Guatemala; Belize and parts […]

Early Maya, 1800 B.C. to A.D. 250

The earliest Maya settlements date to around 1800 B.C., or the beginning of what is called the Preclassic or Formative Period. The earliest Maya were agricultural, growing crops such as corn (maize), beans, squash and cassava (manioc). During the Middle Preclassic Period, which lasted until about 300 B.C., Maya farmers began to expand their presence […]

Life in the Rainforest

One of the many intriguing things about the Maya was their ability to build a great civilization in a tropical rainforest climate. Traditionally, ancient peoples had flourished in drier climates, where the centralized management of water resources (through irrigation and other techniques) formed the basis of society. (This was the case for the Teotihuacan of […]

Cities of Stone: The Classic Maya, A.D. 250-900

The Classic Period, which began around A.D. 250, was the golden age of the Maya Empire. Classic Maya civilization grew to some 40 cities, including Tikal, Uaxactún, Copán, Bonampak, Dos Pilas, Calakmul, Palenque and Río Bec; each city held a population of between 5,000 and 50,000 people. At its peak, the Maya population may have […]

Mysterious Decline of the Maya

From the late eighth through the end of the ninth century, something unknown happened to shake the Maya civilization to its foundations. One by one, the Classic cities in the southern lowlands were abandoned, and by A.D. 900, Maya civilization in that region had collapsed. The reason for this mysterious decline is unknown, though scholars […]

A land of Mysteries – Ancient Egypt

Entertainment Desk ncient Egypt — a land of mysteries. No other civilization has so captured the imagination of scholars and laypeople alike. Mystery surrounds its origins, its religion and its monumental architecture: colossal temples, pyramids and the enormous Sphinx. The Egyptian pyramids are the most famous of all the ancient monuments, the only remaining wonder […]


Entertainment Desk Agriculture Each summer, starting in July, the Nile River rose, flooding the low-lying plains on either side. Swollen by the monsoon rains of Ethiopia, it deposited a layer of black soil over the land, rich in nutrients needed for growing crops. The river rose about 8 meters (27 feet) on average. If it […]

The Akbar Period (1556 – 1605)

It was under the reign of Akbar that Mughal painting came into its own. Trained in painting in his youth by the Persian master ‘Abd-us-Samad, Akbar was responsible for setting up a large atelier of court painters, which he staffed with artists from all parts of India, and in whose work he took a keen […]

The Aurangzeb and Late Mughal Period (1658 – 1809)

The emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1658 – 1707) did not encourage Mughal painting, and only a few portraits survive from his court, accomplished in the cold, abstract style of Shah Jahan. While the art form had gathered sufficient momentum to invitepatronage in other courts– Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh alike– the absence of strong imperial backing ushered […]

The Jahangir Period (1605 – 1627)

Like his father Akbar, the emperor Jahangir showed a keen interest in painting and maintained his own atelier. The tradition of illustrating books assumed secondary importance to portraiture during Jahangir’s reign because of the emperor’s own preference for portraits. Among the finest works of his reign are elaborate court scenes, depicting him surrounded by his […]

The Shah Jahan Period (1628 – 1658)

While the artistic focus of the Mughal court shifted primarily to architecture under Shah Jahan, painting continued to flourish. The style became notably more rigid and portraits resembled abstract effigies. Paintings of this period were particularly opulent, as the colors used became jewel-like in their brilliance. Popular themes included musical parties, lovers in terraces and […]