A week-long Nepal Art Fair featuring paintings and crafts depicting the beautiful landscape of the Himalayan country of Nepal and its diverse folk arts opened on Monday at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The show, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, displays 53 artworks by 47 Nepalese artists.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the fair in presence of chancellor of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts Ragini Upaddhay, secretary of cultural affairs ministry Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and ten visiting Nepalese artists.
‘Both Bangladesh and Nepal are culturally rich countries. The art fair will strengthen our friendship with Nepal’, said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘The visitors will get an idea of the scenic beauty, culture and art scene of Nepal through the works displayed at the fair,’ said Ragini Upaddhay.
The displayed artworks include paintings done in diverse mediums and styles.
For example, Nepalese artists like Chanda Kumari Sah, Madhumal Mandal, Sita Devi Karn, Anuragi Devi Jha, Sarita Devi Mandal, Lakman
Mandal, Mithila Devi Yadav and Ranju Kumari Yadav have displayed acrylic paintings depicting folk motifs.
Rural women, floral patterns and animals have been portrayed in red, green and black colours in the displayed artworks, which are similar to paintings by local artists.
The beauty of the Himalayan country has been depicted in a few displayed watercolour paintings by artists like Chanda Shrestha and Ramesh Shrestha.
In Chanda Shrestha’s painting, Nepalese people, clad in traditional attires, are seen thronging a temple, while Ramesh Shrestha’s two watercolour paintings show houses and roads amid hills.
Besides paintings, brass, copper and wood crafts like Rameswor Shilpakar’s wood Buddha, Jayram Manadhar’s eye-catching wooden motorbike, Binisha Chakhun’s decorated brass pot and others are also on display at the show.
The show will end today.
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