Art show depicts common peoples’ narratives

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:29, Jun 07,2018 | Updated: 20:46, Jun 07,2018

 
 

Visitors look at displayed paintings at Jatra Biroti in Banani. — Snigdha Zaman

Self-taught artist Liton Saha has depicted daily life of the common people in his solo show underway at Jatra Biroti at Banani in the capital.
The exhibition, titled ‘Obak’, displays 39 acrylic paintings depicting lives of the common people, animal figures, flora and fauna and others.
Saha began his artistic journey as a banner painter and later tried his hand at rickshaw painting. The artist gradually switched to folk painting.
Saha has explored different folk motifs in his displayed works, which also have characteristics of rickshaw and banner paintings.
The artist has depicted busy everyday life of old Dhaka in many of his displayed paintings. For example, peanut seller, tea seller and crowded small shops in old Dhaka are present in some of his paintings.
Besides, Saha has portrayed the sufferings of commuters in Dhaka in his works. A displayed painting shows local buses plying the roads while commuters are running the streets to get on the buses.
The artist has also addressed water crisis in Dhaka in the two paintings of his Pani Chai series. The paintings show people standing in a long queue to collect water.
‘I was born and raised in old Dhaka. Therefore I have depicted life and realities of old Dhaka in number of my works,’ said Liton Saha.
The artist has depicted women’s life in rural areas in a few paintings. A number of displayed paintings show rural women cooking, cleaning houses, gossiping or beautifying themselves.
Besides, Saha has also displayed paintings of different birds, fishes, peacock, elephants and tigers at the show.
The prices of the paintings range between Tk 6,000 to Tk 15,000.
The show will end
tomorrow.

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