Chobi Mela IX ends Thursday

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:49, Feb 15,2017 | Updated: 20:35, Feb 15,2017

Chobi Mela

Visitors look at displayed photographs at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the main venue of Chobi Mela. — Snigdha Zman

The 14-day international festival of photography Chobi Mela will end Thursday at National Art Gallery Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy through an open discussion session with the curators.

In the discussion session, six curators of the ninth edition of the festival, which featured 29 solos and two group shows on the theme by 27 photographers and 10 commissioned works by same number of fellows, would discuss on various aspects of photography with aspiring photographers.  

The festival, jointly organised by Drik and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute,  was opened on February 03 simultaneously at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and three other historic places in Old Dhaka- including Beauty Boarding, Northbrook Hall and Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts.

National Art Gallery was the main venue of the show which featured 25 shows by photographers from 16 countries- including Bangladesh, Algeria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, UK and USA.

Each of the three venues at Old Dhaka featured two solo shows.

The festival also featured panel discussions and artist talks. Two eminent local photographers Sayeeda Khanam and Nasir Ali Mamun were honoured with Chobi Mela lifetime achievement awards for their contributions to photography.

The two-week festival attracted a few hundred visitors every day at the venues.  

The participating photographers and artists of the festival displayed experimental works based on the theme ‘Transition’ in diverse mediums to address transformation in society by depicting personal, social or political stories.

The organisers claimed the Chobi Mela IX a successful festival, which could generate interest in photography among the youths.

‘This year, the festival attracted more visitors compared to the previous editions. The curiosity of the young generation and students in photography was amazing, said festival director Shahidul Alam.

Shahidul, also managing director of Drik and principal of Pathshala, said, ‘Photography in Bangladesh has a bright future as the young generation is becoming more interested in it.’

Chobi Mela has been organised biannually since 2000.

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