Forty eminent artists have portrayed beauty of Bangladesh, its people and landscape in a group show that opened on Saturday at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Jointly organised by Samatat Sonargaon and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the show named 'Bangabandhu Bangladesh' showcases one hundred paintings and sculptures.
The show features two distinctive groups of works - on beauty of Bangladesh and on the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Most of the works, however, portray beauty of the delta-land.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the show on Saturday.
Works by artists like late Qayyum Chowdhury, Syed Jahangir, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Hashem Khan, Ranjit Das, Jamal Ahmed, Abdul Mannan, Alakesh Ghosh, Bipasha Hayat and others are on display at the show.
Most of the artworks were produced in art camps held in the last five years at a village named Pakunda in Sonargaon, Narayanganj.
For example, fourteen works by late Qayyum Chowdhury on display at the show represent, to say, the essence of Bangladesh. Landscape and people of the delta land are painted in Chowdhury’s signature style where thick ink lines dominate the canvasses.
Works like Baul and Muktijuddha by Chowdhury are a delight to the eye. Done in vibrant colours like red and green, the works remind the master artist’s prowess.
World-renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed, also a freedom fighter, has portrayed the spirit of the Liberation War through his well-known combination of speed and figures in acrylic strokes.
Ahmed’s Refugee, showing a queue of people walking towards an unknown destination, is a depiction of common people’s sufferings in the Liberation War.
Octogenarian artist Syed Jahangir has portrayed beauty of the delta land in his ink drawings where rivers, boats and rural lives are prominently featured.
Jamal Ahmed has displayed works from his famous series - pigeons and fishermen.
Artist Hashem Khan, Biren Shome, Ranjit Das, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury and others have paid tribute to the Liberation War through their works.
Dedicated to late Qayyum Chowdhury, the show will remain open for all till March 17.
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