Renowned artist Rafiqun Nabi’s autobiography ‘Smritir Pathrekhay’ was launched on the opening day of the five-day spring festival styled ‘Phagun Shamirane’ on Bengal Boi premises in the capital on Tuesday.
The 192-page book contains nine chapters where Nabi has written about his childhood days amid the idyllic beauty of the northern district Chapai Nawabganj, his formation years in old Dhaka, his student life, his involvement in the mass movements of the 1960s and the liberation war, his arts, teaching career and Greece days.
Artist Nisar Hossain, also dean of faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University, art-critic Mainuddin Khaled and Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman were present as discussants at the book launch programme.
‘The book is a pleasure to read. It charts an artist’s growing up amid not only the beauty of nature but also the socio-political milieu. For art students and Rafiqun Nabi’s fans, the book is a must read,’ said Nissar Hossain.
‘Smritir Pathrekhay contains many illuminating observations about the art history of our country and also on the philosophy of art,’ said Mainuddin Khaled.
Matiur Rahman, in his speech, recalled his memories with Rafiqun Nabi during the mass movements of the 1960s. ‘Our artists were the most vocal during the 1960s mass movements leading up to the liberation war. Rafiqun Nabi was one of the most committed artists to the cause of Bangladesh,’ said Rahman.
‘I have scooped memories of my life since my childhood, as I remember them, in this book. I hope readers will find me in all the major turns of my life while reading this,’ said Nabi.
Following the book launch, music band Gaan Pagol entertained the audience with renditions of popular songs like Nao chhariya de, Kunja shajao go, Baghbandi, Khuji torey and others.
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