Despite its rocky history and precarious geographical condition, Bangladesh is ia country of rich cultural traditions and folklore. Bangladeshi folk songs are a unique combination of mysticism, passion and cosmology and these traditional forms continue to inform contemporary works of art. Prominent Bengali writers and filmmakers have utilised these forms whilst creating poignant commentaries on Bangladeshi culture and history. In recent years, Bangladesh has also received international attention after the Bangladeshi economist Muhammed Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
Craif Baxte’s Bangladesh: From a Nation to a State documents the upheavals which accompanied Bangladesh’s creation and gives a political description of the country. Taslima Nasreen is one of Bangladesh’s most contentious writers whose many books have been banned by the state. Some of her best works include Lajja and All About Women. Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003,takes us out of Bangladesh to the Bangladeshi community living in London.
Tareque Masaud is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose film The Clay Bird portrayed the lives and the influence of religion during the Bangladesh Liberation War.
Popular among the youth of Bangladesh is rock artist Ayub Bachchu. Sabina Yasmin is a known figure amongst Bangladeshis worldwide; her voice is mellifluous and rhythmic.Fakir Alamgir is a folk singer famous for pop and ‘Baul Geet’, an inimitable genre.