Artists are creating artworks depicting culture of 50 ethnic minority groups living in the country in a three-day art camp organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at its National Art Plaza.
A total of 50 artists are participating in the art camp, which was inaugurated by BSA director general Liquat Ali Lucky on Thursday.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organised the art camp to preserve and promote lifestyles, languages and culture of ethnic minority groups living across the country.
Each of the participating artists is creating three artworks depicting daily lives, languages and cultures of the ethnic minority groups.
A total of 150 artworks, comprising paintings, drawings and sketches, will be created at the art camp.
‘The participating artists belong to different ethnic minority groups living across the country. They are creating the artworks from their experiences that they gathered while visiting ethnic minority groups living in seven districts of the country. They took photographs of ethnic people and documented their lifestyles and culture. The artists are creating the artworks based on the photographs,’ Hasan Mahmud, public relation officer of BSA, told New Age.
Though BSA officials announced that artists from different ethnic minority groups living across the country are participating in the camp, all the participating artists belong to ethnic groups like Chakma, Marma and others living in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Tonima Chakma, a fine arts student of UODA, is creating artworks depicting everyday life of Oraon community.
‘They are a very small community. We could only find three families in the northern part of Bangladesh. I want to depict the bond between a mother and her daughter through my artwork,’ said Tonima.
Sudip Chakma, a MA student of drawing and painting department of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, said he is creating portrait paintings of women of Hajong and Pakua ethnic minority groups.
Atia Maiban, who is from Manipuri ethnic community, is a student of drawing and painting department of faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University. She visited Santal villages before participating in the art camp.
‘I am creating artworks depicting lifestyle and culture of Santal people,’ said Atia Maiban.
Chamong U Marma, a fine arts student of UODA, is creating artworks on Gonja community.
‘I am creating artworks depicting beautiful houses of Gonja community, their villages, culture and lifestyle,’ said Chamong.
The art camp will end today.
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