A twelve-day solo show featuring patachitra paintings depicting Bengal tigers by artist Nazir Hossain is underway at Galerie Zoom of Alliance Française de Dhaka.
The event displays 24 paintings, done with acrylic on canvas, by Nazir which combines tigers with folk motifs from Bengal mythology.
‘As our national animal, Royal Bengal Tiger represents Bangladesh to the people of other countries, so does Pahela Baishakh. I have tried to merge the two in my paintings to uphold the spirit of Pahela Baishakh,’ said Nazir Hossain while speaking about the show, which commenced on April 7.
Alongside Bengal tigers his paintings also show vast open green fields, rivers, boats, rural people and their lifestyles.
Nazir’s Bengal tigers on the canvasses do not appear as ferocious beasts. They coexist with their human counterparts in the displayed works.
A colourful painting displayed at the exhibition shows a rural couple on an ox cart. However, instead of oxen the cart is being pulled by tigers.
Another painting shows a snake charmer playing a bin, a two-headed snake, a tiger and a red train.
A displayed patachitra painting depicts the love story of Behula and her husband Lakhindar from Shiva Purana and the Manasamangal genre of Bengali medieval epics. The painting shows Behula attending to snake-bitten Lakhindar on a boat while a tiger is staring at the collapsed Lakhindar.
The exhibition, which began on April 7, will remain open to all every day (except Sundays) till today.
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