A month-long exhibition titled ‘Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh-er Shopnosharothi’ marking the 73rd birthday of prime minister Sheikh Hasina began at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
The cultural affairs ministry and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy have jointly organised the show with the support of Joyeeta Prokashoni.
Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, speaker of Jatiya Sangsad, inaugurated the programme at National Theatre Hall as the chief guest.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid and professor emeritus Dr Anisuzzaman were present there as special guests while BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the programme.
The month-long exhibition features 231 photographs, 4 installations, 133 paintings, 5 video installations and books written on Sheikh Hasina. Besides these, a 32x43 feet painting of the prime minister has been installed in gallery 6 of National Art Plaza.
The art works and photographs give the viewers a glimpse into the journey of Sheikh Hasina’s life including ups and downs, her struggles after the tragic murder of her father, country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and family members, her first steps into politics, her political success and others.
Gallery 1 has been decorated with different photographs of Sheikh Hasina. The photographs chart her journey from childhood to the present day. Besides, viewers can see a few rare photographs of her family members as well.
Among the installations, there is one comprising many small wall clocks, each of which contain a photo of Hasina.
Another giant installation titled ‘Amar Netri Amar Ohonkar’ contains a life-size figure of Sheikh Hasina made from paper with some paper pigeons surrounding it.
The exhibition also displays different acrylic paintings which have been done by both senior and ten upcoming artists at a month-long workshop organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Shurabhi Akter has painted a 91x76cm canvas titled ‘Nobin Hote Probin’ which charts Sheikh Hasina’s journey from childhood to adulthood.
Shujan Mahbub painted a portrait of the prime minister titled ‘Monushotter Unmochon’ where he has used a Jamdani sari.
Another painting, by Titash Chakma, ‘Shangrami Jibon’ portrays the Liberation War of 1971.
Besides, the exhibition displays paintings on projects like Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Metro Rail, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and others.
The exhibition will run until October 27.
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