The fourth National Sculpture Exhibition featuring 117 selected sculptures by 98 sculptors from across the country began at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.
Five sculptors were awarded for their works in two categories at the inauguration ceremony of the exhibition held at the auditorium of the gallery.
Sculptor Khokan Chandra Sarkar received the National Sculpture Award 2018 for his mixed media sculpture titled ‘Behind My Trust-9’. Four other sculptors-Palash Saha, Kazi Salahuddin Ahmed, Alok Kumar Sarkar and Shimul Datta-received honourable mention award for their sculptures.
Khokan Chandra Sarkar received a crest, certificate and Tk 1,00,000, while each of the four other sculptors received crest, certificate and Tk 50,000.
Besides the selected works, 15 sculptures by eminent sculptors of the country like Abdur Razzaque, Anwar Jahan, Nitun Kundu, Syed Abdullah Khalid, Ferdousi Priyovashini, Shamim Sikder, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Alok Roy, Mahbubur Rahman and others are also on display at the show.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor handed over the awards and inaugurated the exhibition in presence of secretary of cultural affairs ministry Nasir Uddin Ahmed, eminent sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
Khokan Chandra Sarkar’s mixed media sculpture shows a severed cow head decorated with floral patterns. The sculptor has painted firearms, tanks and military uniforms amid the floral patterns.
Kazi Salahuddin Ahmed’s honourable mention award winning sculpture titled ‘Fragmented Unity’, a mixed media sculpture, shows tiny everyday objects pasted on a board. Alok Kumar Sarkar’s mixed media sculpture titled ‘Relation’ shows a circular composition of two figures, while Shimul Datta’s sculpture titled ‘Pressure In On’ shows a human figure bending backward. Palash Saha’s sculpture titled ‘Sangkat’ shows twisted water lines and taps.
This year, we received 382 sculptures from 187 sculptors. A five-member selection committee selected the displayed 117 sculptures and a four-member jury comprising sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan, sculptor Alok Roy, art critic Moinuddin Khaled and sculptor Mahabub Jamal selected the award-winning sculptures, informed Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
Sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan said, ‘Visitors will be surprised seeing the diverse sculptures on various themes and mediums on display at the show’. The eminent sculptor also requested cultural affairs minister to establish a sculpture park in the country to inspire sculptors.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor said, ‘I have seen sculpture parks in many countries. Such parks depict the history and heritage of those countries through sculptures. We also need a sculpture park. We have plans to set up a sculpture park at Suhrawardy Udyan.’
The minister also promised that National Sculpture Exhibition will be organised biennially from now on.
To note, the first National Sculpture Exhibition was held in 1976, the second in 1982 and third in 2014.
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