Artists unite to help flash flood victims in haor areas

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:35, May 03,2017 | Updated: 18:53, May 03,2017

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Artists paint canvases at an art camp at Zainul Gallery. Proceeds from the paintings’ sales will be donated to the flood victims in the haor areas. — Snigdha Zaman

Artists have come forward to help flash flood victims in haor areas by donating paintings at a fund raising art camp underway at Faculty of Fine Arts in Dhaka University.

The ten-day camp for a cause, organised by a platform of artists named Dhew, commenced at FFA from April 27, received a good response from the art lovers, art students and renowned artists to help the victims of the early flood in the low-lying haor areas in the north-eastern part of the country.

Proceeds from the paintings’ sales will be donated to the flash flood victims, who have lost their crops and other assets in the early flood.  

Many well-known artists like Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Tarun Ghosh and actress-artist Bipasha Hayat have painted canvases at the camp and donated those for the fund raising initiatives like many other budding artists.

Many visitors are buying the artworks in reasonable price from the camp with the aim to help the flood victims.

Logically, the artists for their paintings have selected subjects like human emotion, rivers, nature, scenic beauty of the rural Bengal and others.

‘A good number of artists have answered our call and come forward to help the victims in flood-hit haor areas. We have received good response from art buyers as well,’ Sumon Boidda, one of the founders of Dhew, told New Age.

Anybody can buy paintings by the budding artists between Tk 2,000 and Tk 5,000. However, paintings by senior artists like Samarjit Roy Chowdhury are being sold between Tk 25,000 and Tk 30,000.

'Artists have social responsibility. By participating in such an event artists like me can do something for the people,' said Zahid Hossain, a participant and former student of FFA.

Abul Fazal and Nasrin Akhter, a couple, said they bought a painting from the art camp to help the flood victims.

‘We are not only collecting the beautiful artworks but also supporting the people who are in desperate need of help. We hope that more such events will be held for the flood victims,' Fazal said.

The camp will continue till Saturday.

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