Watercolour portrays rustic life, nature

Karoby Shihab | Published: 23:56, Jan 25,2020


A visitor looks at displayed watercolour paintings at the on-going Watercolour Festival at Asiatic Society in Chankharpool, Dhaka on Saturday. — Sony Ramany

The on-going ‘Watercolour Festival’ at Asiatic Society in Chankharpool, Dhaka gives the audience a glimpse into diverse topics including everyday objects, scenic beauty, nature, rustic life, struggles of marginalised people and more.

The four-day festival, which began on Friday, is featuring a group watercolour painting exhibition, art workshops where over hundred students from across the country are attending and interactive sessions.

The festival has been organised by Jolerdhara marking its 10th fouding anniversary. It has been dedicated to the late eminent artist Debdas Chakraborty.

The event was inaugurated on Friday. Prominent artist Hashem Khan, noted writer Muntassir Mamoon, poet Akhtaruzzaman Chiru and others were present at the inaugural ceremony, presided over by eminent artist Biren Shome.

Seasoned artists Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Biren Shome, Alokesh Ghosh, Ranjit Das and others and upcoming artists namely Tania Akhter, Hamim Ul Zihad Sajal, Sundanda Borman and Soikat Hossain, among others, have displayed their paintings at the exhibition.

To mention a few paintings, Alokesh Ghosh’s displayed painting titled ‘Village of Bangla’ depicts rustic life. It shows a landscape with blue sky a paddy field. Three bullock carts are visible in the painting, which was created in 2018.

Salma Shirin Choudhury’s painting titled ‘Old Dhaka’ shows old buildings of old Dhaka along with a few rickshaws, electrical cables, people, blue sky and bluish green trees.

Aloptogin Tushar’s work titled ‘Stilllife’ shows a pair of shoes. The artwork has been painted using the shades of black and white. It was painted in 2016.

Shohag Parvez, the director of Jolerdhara, has displayed the painting titled ‘Colorfull Bandarban’. It comprises mountains and a fountain. The fountain has given birth to a river which is flowing through green fields. There are some boats in the river as well. Besides, it also shows thick forest created of dark blue shade.

Jolerdhara was founded in 2010. The organisation has organised eight workshops in the divisional cities. Besides, it has arranged six art camps, three art trips and four exhibitions till date.

‘We want to promote artists who produce works in watercolour in Bangladesh. We started our journey through a watercolour workshop. Artists Kamaluddin, Anisur Rahman, Alokesh Ghosh and other noted artists have supported us throughout our journey,’ said Shohag Parvez to New Age.

The festival will end on January 27.

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