Paintings portray diverse ethnic cultures, lifestyles

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Nov 29,2019


Two artworks from the exhibition.

Acclaimed artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma has portrayed the diverse cultures and lifestyles of ethnic minority groups at a solo show under way at Edge Gallery in capital’s Gulshan.

The 22-day exhibition titled ‘The Traveller’s Song’ has been organised by Edge, The Foundation. It features a total of 76 paintings which have been created using mediums like acrylic, oil painting and others.

‘I was born and raised in Rangamati, Chattrogram Hill Tracts. I grew up surrounded by the incomparable beautiful mountains. I was enchanted by the verdant mountains, the transparent blue water of Karnaphuli Lake, and wild flowers. It was exhilarating to ramble around the mountains. I rode boats in the lake. The endless beauty of the mountains helped me grow. Meanwhile, I made up my mind to become an artist. The majority of the works displayed at the exhibition were painted recently. I want to portray the cultures and lifestyles which I had witnessed as a child in the exhibition,’ said Kanak Chanpa Chakma.

Entrepreneur Rokia A Rahman, art-critic Moinuddin Khaled and founder trustee of Edge, The Foundation Iftekhar A Khan jointly inaugurated the exhibition on November 9.

To mention a few works, an acrylic painting titled ‘Rhythm of Hills-1’ shows a canal located in the middle of two hills.

An acrylic painting titled ‘Reminiscing’ shows an ethnic woman donning traditional cloths and ornaments standing in front of two water pots. The background has been painted with adrenaline red colour.

Acrylic painting titled ‘Companionship’ shows two women figures clad in colourful saris bathing in a canal. The painting also shows three pots of water, traditional ornaments and clothing.

Acrylic painting titled ‘Hunter’ shows a sketch figure of an archer shooting an arrow. The figure is surrounded with various lines, forms, shapes of different colours.

An oil painting titled ‘Rest’ shows a woman taking rest after hard work. Some water pots are seen on the floor and the background of the painting is covered with red colour. Besides, the acrylic painting titled ‘A Bond’ shows a mother holding her child in her arms.

Kanak Chanpa Chakma has received numerous awards at home and abroad including Best Woman Artist of the XXI Century, Florida, USA (2001), Best Painting Award, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (2002), Diploma Award, Uzbekistan (2003), Best of the Show, Museum of Americas, USA (2006) and Olympic Fine Arts Gold Medal, Beijing, China (2008).  The exhibition will remain open till November 30.

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