Pristine beauty of Rangamati on display

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:50, Oct 14,2016

 
 

Visitors look at photographs at Zainul Gallery.— Snigdha Zaman

A photography exhibition featuring the pristine beauty of Rangamati, one of three hill districts of the country, is underway at the Zainul Gallery 2 of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University.
Photographer Shamimul Ahsan has captured the 121 images that have been brought together under the title of ‘Haven of Landscape of Rangamati.’
Ahsan, however, has not only captured the scenic beauty of Rangamati with its rivers, hills and forests crossing one another, but also the people who live there.
For example, in many of the images, people of different ethnic minorities with their distinctive clothing and lifestyles are portrayed. Festivals, which constitute an important part of the life of these people, appear as a recurrent theme and show how they provide space for interaction between the outsiders drawn by them and the locals.
There are photographers showing people working on their land, or travelling to collect water, or children walking to their schools through the hillside roads.
Ahsan has also tried to give a glimpse of the households of the ethnic people in some of his photographs, in which they are seen working on handloom, smoking tobacco in bamboo hukah, or busy with other activities.
However, the majority of pictures show the picturesque beauty of the hill district. Ahsan has captured blue rivers merging with the blue-white sky, and hills covered with lush green – elements that have helped transform the place into a popular tourist destination.
The weeklong show, inaugurated on October 9, will remain open for the public until October 15. 

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