Nazir depicts unsung heroes thru tigers

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:36, Apr 28,2018


Visitors look at paintings by Nazir Hossain on display at AFD. — New Age photo

Artist Nazir Hossain, known for his pata chitra paintings featuring Bengal tigers, is displaying various artworks showing Bengal tigers as the symbol for inner spirit of common people as driving forces in the society.

The 14-day solo show, Bagher Deshe Baishakh, which is underway at Galerie Zoom of Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi features 20 new and nine old acrylic artworks.

It is the 33rd solo show of the artist, who has been experimenting with the character of Royal Bengal Tiger for many years and organised several solos under the title ‘Bagher Deshe Baishakh’ before.

Though Nazir depicted tigers alongside folk motifs from rural mythology in his previous works, his new artworks show tigers playing important roles in society.

His paintings show tigers teaching children at schools, harvesting crops from the fields, rowing boats, washing clothes, playing musical instruments, paddling rickshaw, dancing and singing and others, which remind the viewers about contributions of the working people in society as well as their life, culture and tradition.

‘Depicting Bengal tigers engaged in different activities in society, I wanted to remind the viewers of human actions which drives society,’ Nazir told New Age.

Among the displayed artworks, 12 are pata chitra paintings, which show tigers alongside characters from rural myths and fairy tales, rural men and women, rivers, traditional kites, village fairs and others.

One of such untitled paintings show a tiger image resembling like a human being teaching two pupils Bangla alphabets.  

‘I hope to make the young people aware of our roots, tradition and culture through my pata chitra artworks,’ said Nazir.

Primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest on April 24.

The exhibition will remain open for all till May 7.

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