Artists paint Tagore’s portraits

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:06, May 08,2017

 
 

Hashem Khan paints a portrait of Rabindranath Tagore at Bangladesh National Museum on Monday. — Snigdha Zaman

Twenty eminent and up and coming artists painted Rabindranath Tagore’s portraits on artistically rich canvases at an art camp organised by Bangladesh National Museum at its Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Hall on Monday.
The museum organised the art camp marking the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore’s 156th birth anniversary.
The camp was inaugurated by eminent artist Hashem Khan, who also participated at the event. Among others, noted artists Mohammad Iqbal, Rokeya Sultana, Anisuzzaman, Alekesh Ghosh, Sheikh Afzal, Shamim Subrana, Shamsuddoha, Shohag Parvez and Mohammad Kamal Uddin painted Rabindranath Tagore with acrylic, oil and watercolour paints on canvases. Most of the artists depicted the poet’s front-face with great care and minute detail.
Hashem Khan drew a colouful portrait of Tagore with skillful strokes of his brush. He used light brown colour with some patches of green to recreate the lively face of Tagore in such detail that all the spectators thronged at his corner.
Artist Anisuzzaman, however, did not draw a portrait of Tagore like other artists rather he recreated a self portrait of Tagore on the occasion. Multitalented Rabindranath Tagore was also a very good artist and he drew numerous paintings in his lifetime.
In one of his works, Tagore drew his self-portrait and also added some verses of his poems on the canvas. Artist Anisuzzaman recreated the painting at the art camp as homage to the poet-artist.
‘It is a pleasure for us to draw Rabindranath in such a cordial atmosphere,’ Anisuzzaman told New Age. ‘It was our way of paying tribute to the poet on his birth anniversary,’ he added.
‘I am a Tagore enthusiast and I never miss an opportunity when it comes to draw the poet as he resides within our hearts,’ said Hashem Khan.
Director general of the museum Faizul Latif Chowdhury thanked the participating artists at the art camp. ‘I am thankful to the artists for participating at the camp. Through the event the museum recalls the great poet on his birth anniversary,’ he said.

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