The first International Day of Light was celebrated on Wednesday through a day-long programme held at Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum.
The programme, organised jointly by Society for the Popularisation of Science in Bangladesh and Bangladesh National Museum with a view to popularising science among students, featured photography exhibition, art and quiz competition, cultural show and discussion.
May 16 has been declared International Day of Light by UNESCO ‘to provide a platform for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy’, reads the UNESCO website.
The date was declared marking the anniversary of first successful test of laser by Theodore Maiman on May 16, 1960.
Sixty up and coming photographers displayed 89 photographs on the theme of light at the exhibition on Wednesday morning.
‘We have received over 1,200 photographs taken by more than 500 photographers. We have selected 89 photographs for the show’, Munir Hasan, vice president of SPSB, told New Age.
The photographers captured play of light on different small objects, landscape, changing colour of the sky during sunrise and sunset. Besides the eye-catching play of light, a number of displayed photographs also depicted scenic beauty of Bangladesh.
For example, Anik Ghosh in his displayed photograph titled ‘Bangladesh’ has captured the yellow rays of the sun on a paddy field in late afternoon.
Ibrahim Khalil Porag has captured play of light on water in his photograph titled ‘Jaler Jiban’, Syeda Rifat Sanjid has captured the soft light of sun at dawn on trees in her photograph titled ‘Sokaler Shuvrota’, while Imran Hasan has captured the dimming sunlight of dusk in his photograph titled ‘Where Sun Goes Down’.
In the afternoon, child artistes of cultural organisation Kalparekha entertained the audience presenting songs and dance. Beside, students from different schools took part in the art and quiz competition.
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