Young artists portray heritage of Old Dhaka

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 13,2019


A visitor looks at paintings at group show ‘Tales of the Old Dhaka’ under way at Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi. — Sourav Lasker

Young artists have narrated the culture, heritage and lifestyle of the people living in Old Dhaka on canvasses at a group exhibition titled ‘Tales of the Old Dhaka’ under way at La Galerie and Galerie Zoom of Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.

The exhibition is featuring a total of 61 watercolour paintings by the artists namely Al-Akhir Sarker, Biplop Chakroborty, Golam Mosiur Rahman Chowdhury, Md Azmal Uddin, Sadek Ahmed and Shaymal Bishwas, all of whom are members of an artists’ group named Joloj.

The exhibition, which commenced on December 10, has been jointly organised by The European Union National Institutes for Culture (Alliance Française de Dhaka, British Council, Bangladesh, Goethe-Institut, Bangladesh), EU Delegation, Embassy of Spain, Dhaka South City Corporation, Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts and Institute of Architects Bangladesh to celebrate Open Heritage Week 2019.

‘A group of young visual artists, named ‘Joloj’, intended to portray the soul of centuries-old Dhaka city that gave her womb and breasts like a caring mother to raise us as artists. The part of the Dhaka city called ‘Old Dhaka’ still bear witness to its long journey,’ reads a statement from the organisers of the show.

The displayed paintings address issues like atmosphere of Old Dhaka, Beauty Boarding, Ruplal House, Sham Bazar, Laxmi Bazar, Ahsan Manzil, Shakrain Festival, Lal Kuthi in Sham Bazar, life in Farashganj and others.

To mention a few works, artist Moshiur Rahman Chowdhury Rana’s painting titled ‘Impression of Old Dhaka-1’ shows a densely populated area of Old Dhaka bustling with activity.

Artist Shaymol Biswas’s work titled ‘Ruplal House, Sham Bazar Old Dhaka’ gives a glimpse into the Ruplal House, a 19th-century mansion situated in Farashganj area of Old Dhaka, which was built on the northern bank of the Buriganga river. The painting also shows a tea stall in front of the mansion and two rickshaws beside it.

Artist Azmal Uddin’s work titled ‘Ahsan Manzil, Old Dhaka’ shows a front view of Ahsan Manzil which was the official residential palace and seat of the Nawabs of Dhaka. The exhibition will remain open till December 18.

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