Chobi Mela IX begins today

Sayeda Khanam, Nasir Ali Mamun to receive lifetime achievement award

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 16:56, Feb 02,2017

Chobi Mela

A photograph by Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti.

The ninth edition of Chobi Mela, the international festival of photography, will kick off today at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Photographers from Bangladesh, Algeria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, UK and USA will showcase their works on the chosen theme for the ninth edition of the festival —transition.

‘The theme ‘transition’ has been taken as the world we are living now is in a constant state of transition. The festival, I hope, will engage our viewers with these transitions photographed and presented by eminent photographers’, said Shahidul Alam.

Two pioneering Bangladeshi photographers, Sayeda Khanam and Nasir Ali Mamun, will be conferred lifetime achievement award said the festival director, Shahidul Alam at a press conference held on Thursday at National Art Gallery Plaza of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

‘Sayeda Khanam is the first woman professional photographer in the country, while Nasir Ali Mamun reshaped the genre called portrait photography in his long career’, said Shahidul Alam.

Among others, festival curators ASM Rezaur Rahman, Mahbubur Rahman, Munem Wasif, Tanzim Wahab, Salauddin Ahmed, photographer Nasir Ali Mamun and others were present at the press conference.

The two-week festival will feature 29 solo and two group exhibitions by 27 photographers from 16 countries and 10 local Chobi Mela fellows at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Beauty Boarding and Northbrooke Hall. A curated slideshow will also be held at the historic Ahsan Manzil tomorrow.

Besides the shows, a number of ancillary events like seminar and workshops are scheduled at the festival.

Mobile exhibition on rickshaw vans, one of the hallmarks of Chobi Mela, will travel all over Dhaka during the festival.

Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate the festival in presence of festival director Dr Shahidul Alam, Iranian photographer Hengameh Golestan, and British professor Liz Wells.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky will preside over the inauguration.

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