বুধবার, ১৬ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Loosening up on this festive occasion


Eid for Munmun and Tamanna

Munmun Ahmed and Tamanna Rahman are two of the leading Bangladeshi classical dancers. The Daily Star talked to them to get an update on their Eid plans."Eid is such a festive day for all! I enjoy the day with my family and relatives -- my brothers, sisters, cousins and others," said Munmun, who enjoys chatting with loved ones, visiting them, receiving guests and having good food.Tamanna, on the other hand, has different plans. She enjoys the day with her husband and her mother-in-law and gives them quality time. "Of course Eid means happiness and there is a lot of exchange of greetings with friends and relatives. But my Eid is mainly centred around my mother-in-law who cooks a special meal this day. We all watch as she prepares delicious dishes one after another. Eid is a special excuse to spend a beautiful time with the people I love the most."This Eid, Munmun will be going to Cox's Bazar with the whole family. "There will be two jeeps and we have booked a circuit house. There is also a cook but the other ladies and I have decided to cook for all of us. The kids are already excited and geared up. This year we have a lot more shopping for the trip than for Eid itself. We will be taking ludo, cards, etc. It's going to be fun!"Tamanna Rahman will be busy on the remaining days of Eid in rehearsals for Durga Puja. "This is very unusual," said Tamanna. "But I am thrilled with the idea."And of course the culture of salami goes on for these two artistes as well. "I meet my students and even on the second day of Eid, they will be coming with their big smiles and greetings and we would bestow them with a handsome salami," said Munmun. "I keep brand new notes of Tk 100, Tk 50, Tk 20, Tk 10 and even Tk 5 and Tk 2 for this special day. And as a tradition my students wait eagerly for salami from their guru,” she said.

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