A group of 14 artists organised an art camp at the Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district, creating artworks based on a local sweet-water pond called Jhalmolia.
On the concluding day, there was an exhibition of the artworks created at the spot.
It was part of a five-day combined science-art project jointly undertaken by the National Museum of Science and Technology and Back Art.
The project began on September 26 at the Hurrka village in Rampal, and featured four science workshops as well as the art camp, the latter attended by the members of Back Art. Jholmolia Deeghi is the only source of drinking water in Rampal while the water of all other ponds and water bodies in the upazila is saline, prompting the organisers to undertake the project to find more about the reason.
The salinity has been attributed to Cyclone Aila, which hit the upazila as well as a vast stretch of coastline in 2009.
Rampal has recently made headlines because of the controversy surrounding a proposed 1320-megawatt coal-fired power plant, to be constructed through a joint partnership between Bangladesh Power Development Board and India’s state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.
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