Galleri Kaya celebrates 15th founding anniv

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 07,2019


Goutam Chakraborty draws attention to a painting with Samarjit Roy Chowdhury standing next to him at the exhibition. — Press Release photo

Galleri Kaya has organised a group show featuring diverse artworks by seasoned and young artists to celebrate its 15th founding anniversary.

The gallery in Uttara is displaying a total of 72 artworks by 43 renowned local and Indian artists, from 1957 till date, from its collection covering a wide range of topics and mediums.

The gallery began its journey in May 2004.

Works by artists like Murtaza Baseer, Syed Janhangir, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Ranajit Das, Monirul Islam, Kalidas Karmakar, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Maqbool Fida Husain, Nazlee Laila Mansur, Nagarbasi Burman, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Kamaluddin, Jamal Ahmed, Mohammad Iqbal and others are on display at the show.

The artworks are diverse in themes and mediums and address social and political issues, along with nature and landscapes. The show also displays some portraits in different mediums like water colour, acrylic, and oil.

To mention a few, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury’s ‘Rural Bengal’, done in indigenous pigment on canvas, is a colourful depiction of the rural Bengal in the artist’s signature line-dominated style.

The show also features lithograph prints from late Indian renowned artist Maqbool Fida Husain’s Mother series and Human Space series. The prints depict mother’s love for her child and struggles of people.

Hamiduzzaman Khan, known mostly for his sculptures, is displaying a number of his paintings at the exhibition. One of them, an acrylic painting titled ‘River Scape’, shows the beauty of an autumn sky reflected on the water of a river.

Jamal Ahmed’s charcoal painting titled ‘Women’ is a beautiful figurative painting showing a rural woman.

Ranjit Das’s acrylic painting ‘Stallion’ and charcoal painting ‘Teresa’ are very eye-catching.

‘Opening an art gallery in Uttara in 2004 was not an easy decision as back then all art related activities in Dhaka were centred on Dhanmondi, Shahbagh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Segunbagicha. We are happy that Galleri Kaya has emerged as a popular art hub in Dhaka over the years,’ said Goutam Chakraborty, director of Galleri Kaya.

The gallery has so far organised over a hundred exhibitions. Besides, it has organised art trips, art camps and workshops. The show, which was inaugurated on July 5, will remain open for all until July 20.

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