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Port City Celebrates Life with The Daily Star

Pranabesh Chakraborty
The Daily Star, 25 March 2011

Eminent personalities, socio-cultural activists and leaders of various communities and professions of the port city were in for a musical treat on March 23 with some outstanding classical music renditions, dance performances and a variety of patriotic Bangla songs. read more

Celebrating the Gifts of Nature & the Rivers of Bangladesh

Star Insight Magazine, 19 March 2011

Celebrating Life 2011 has just kicked off. And this year, we would like participants to focus on one of the most pressing challenges of our time: protecting the environment. The overarching theme for Celebrating Life 2011 is 'Celebrating the Gifts of Nature and the Rivers of Bangladesh'. read more

Images of Indomitable Bangladesh

Star Insight Magazine, 8 January 2011

Every year, Star Insight tracks down the best film makers, photographs and lyricists through the Celebrating Life contest. And, every year, Star Insight's first issue of the year applauds the 12 winners of the last year's Photography contest with a special issue devoted only to them. read more and read more

Victors & Veterans of Celebrating Life 2010

Zahidul Naim Zakaria
Star Insight Magazine, 11 December 2010

"Next year, it's going to be me up there," said a spectator to another as a winner of Celebrating Life 2010 stepped up to the stage to receive his award from the Honourable President of Bangladesh, Md. Zillur Rahman. For the award recipient, it was a moment of pride and achievement, for everyone else; it was a moment of inspiration. read more

Indomitable in Spirit

Rafi Hossain & Zahidul Naim Zakaria
Star Insight Magazine, 27 November 2010

Bangladeshis have given their lives to fight for causes that are worth standing up for. And brave we have remained. Even after witnessing rampant corruption and a miasma of social injustice, we remain positive and look forward to tomorrow as a better day. Against insurmountable odds, we persist. read more

Celebrating Womanhood Music CD and Photo-book Launch

Hasan Ameen Salahuddin
Star Insight Magazine, 6 November 2010

The book Bangladesh My Love - contains all the winning and exhibited entries from 2008 and 2009, and we have decided to continue publishing such a book portraying winners and exhibitions once every year. read more

Sylhet's SUST Celebrates Life

Rafi Hossain
Star Insight Magazine, 19 June 2010

THE destination of this month's Celebrating Life district tour was Sylhet's Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. Sylhet is revered for its holy lands, and the 360 saints that are said have lived here. Shahjalal University have just recently stepped in to its eighteenth year and as far as the lifespan of such institutions go, it still very much in its infancy. read more

'Celebrating Life' the musical way

Aminul Islam
The Daily Star, 14 March 2010

Classical music has lost none of its appeal. This was proved in ample measure at a cultural event styled 'Celebrating Life' held at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on March 10. read more

Celebrating Life in 2010

Star Insight Magazine, 2 January 2010

Celebrating Life is back! The Daily Star & Standard Chartered's Celebrating Life: A Film, Photography and Lyrics Contest is all set to take off again in 2010. This is the third incarnation of Celebrating Life, and with your participation, we hope to make it the grandest yet! Read on for details about participating. read more and read more

And the winners are

Saba El Kabir
Star Insight Magazine, 5 December 2009

After the weeks of madness leading up to the Celebrating Life Awards Ceremony, the relative calm of the Insight workspace feels almost too good to be true. Finally, some time to breathe, some space for sanity to return. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, all this is perhaps not all that important. What are important however, are the winners. read more

Rising Above The Rest

Zahidul Naim Zakaria
Star Insight Magazine, 5 December 2009

Yes, what you heard is true! The winners of Celebrating Life 2009 have finally been announced ceremonially at the gala Award Giving Ceremony held on 24 November 2009 at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (former BCFCC). read more

Celebrating Life Awards Ceremony 2009

Star Insight Magazine, 21 November 2009

Our goal at Celebrating Life is to identify, award and highlight the extraordinary film-makers, photographers and lyricists that are hidden away from the public limelight due to a lack of opportunity. By recognizing these talents and giving them national recognition, we hope will not only be able to encourage these talented individuals, but the thousands more that are yet to be found. Celebrating Life 2010 is just around the corners, watch out! read more

The Celebrating Life Countdown

Saba El Kabir
Star Insight Magazine, 26 September 2009

Celebrating Life 2009 is fast approaching its grand finale, which is all set for the 20th of October 2009, at the Bangabandhu Community Center. All are invited to join in on the fun and festivities. We do not want to give away too much too soon, and so all we can say is this, expect a starry night. read more

Postcard from Khulna

Saba El Kabir
Star Insight Magazine, 1 August 2009

WE are happy to report that the 12 district festival tour of Celebrating Life 2009 is currently in full swing. After visiting Bogra and Rongpur in May, we took a brief hiatus in July. We have recently returned from our trip to Khulna and in the upcoming months, we are going to up the tempo of these district tours until the finale show in Dhaka in October. read more

On the Road

Star Insight Magazine, 6 June 2009

Celebrating Life 2009 kicked off its 12 District Festival Tour in Bogra and Rangpur on the 20th and 21st of May respectively. Featuring a star-studded cast of performers- Fahmida Nabi, Tazeen Ahmed and members of the Spondon Nrityashilpi Goshthi, the tour will showcase winning lyrics, photographs and film entries from Celebrating Life 2008. read more

Reaching out with the Media

Zahidul Naim Zakaria
Star Insight Magazine, 9 May 2009

THE media is more than simply a source of information; it is a mirror of the society's thoughts, its conscience. Sometimes, being audience to the constant flurry of images and news in today's world of globalisation makes us forget how important our origins are. "Celebrating Life", a competition, was created by The Daily Star with the intention of laying out a trail of crumbs that can lead us back to our genesis; read more

Winning Photographs of Celebrating Life 2008

Star Insight Magazine, 27 September 2008

First of all, Star Insight would like to wish all its readers Eid Mubarak! Our issue this time is a little different. The winners of "Celebrating Life" spoke to us about their thoughts and feelings regarding all this. read more and read more

The Music of Celebrating Life

Rafi Hossain
Star Insight Magazine, 27 September 2008

I am not sure how the winning lyricists are feeling, but if I was one of them, right now I would be staring at the stars wondering how my lyrics could have been made into such a beautiful song of professional quality. read more

Winning, Losing, and Trash Talk

Abak Hussain
Star Insight Magazine, 30 August 2008

The gala event for "Celebrating Life" just finished the other day, and I decided would write something about the spirit of the competition and the spirit of competition in general. Then I realised that probably my comments would be redundant. Talk of winning is everywhere. read more

And the Winners Are…

Zahidul Naim Zakaria
Star Insight Magazine, 30 August 2008

The names of the winners were being written in stone, or metal, to be exact, as we approached the 22nd of August- the day we held the Awards Ceremony of The Daily Star-Standard Chartered "Celebrating Life" 2008. As we welcomed approximately 1500 guests into the Plenary Hall of BCFCC, some of us were still groggy from staying up late the night before and finishing up last minute details, read more

How We Celebrated Life

Nazmus Sakib & Zahidul Naim Zakaria
Star Insight Magazine, 16 August 2008

We were fortunate to have the guidance of the eminent jury panels of each category, many of whom had the experience of judging other contests in the past. Their experience proved invaluable, as they set up procedures that ensured that the results could be formulated in a manner that was fast, efficient, democratic and fair.read more

Celebrating Life

Zahidul Naim Zakaria
Star Insight Magazine, 12 April 2008

The media is important for mass communication and entertainment, and it is in the form of entertainment that we can actually reach the entire population. It is a patriotic song to which our heart goes out; it is a scene from a patriotic film which makes our heart ache; and only a true depiction of patriotism can demand the attention of the youth today, and it is in the grasp of the youth today that the power of change lies.read more

StanChart, Daily Star will jointly launch nationwide cultural contest

The Financial Express, 4 April 2008

Standard Chartered and the Daily Star will jointly launch a nationwide cultural contest-"Celebrating Life 2008"- to encourage and discover talents in film, photography and lyrics. Editor of the Daily Star Mahfuz Anam and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Standard Chartered Osman Morad signed an agreement Thursday for the contest.read more

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