The 5th edition of Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), known as South Asia’s biggest art and painting biennale exhibition, was inaugurated at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the nine-day event. Dhaka Art Summit Organising Committee Chairman Farooq Sobhan and Co-Founder and Director of Samdani Art Foundation Nadia Samdani delivered welcome speeches at the ceremony, presided over by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky.
“The Dhaka Art Summit has provided an opportunity as a place of harmony by putting both international and Bangladeshi artists and their artworks on display under one roof, side by side. For building a global platform, I thank the organisers of this summit,” Khalid said.
Nadia Samdani said this year’s summit theme is ‘Seismic Movements’, where different artworks related to geological movements, colonial movements, independence movement, social movements are on display.
The opening day witnessed performance by Bangladeshi artist Ariful Kabir and live art by Otobong Enkangar apart from a panel discussion.
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Performance action titled ‘Movimientos Emisores de Existencia’ under the direction of Hector Zamorah was displayed in the lobby of the first floor of the National Picture gallery. A puppet show for children titled ‘Golpo ta shobar’ by Gidori Bauli also took place on Friday.
The last performance of the opening day, ‘Together’, took place in the National Art Gallery performed by Arunaddhyachal and Alexix Vozia.
This edition of DAS is being billed as 'plastic-free’ and no air-conditioning is being used.
A special exhibition titled 'Lighting the Fire of Freedom Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ is on display at the first floor of the Academy throughout the exhibition marking the birth centenary of Bangladesh’s founding father.
The exhibition is being held under the overall supervision of the Centre for Research and Information (CRI) with support from the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. A huge number of historical photographs of Bangabandhu are on display.
Along with 290 participating Bangladeshi artists, a total of 500 painters, sculptors, curators, art critics, art professionals, art collectors, architects and media personalities from 44 countries are scheduled to take part in the nine-day art extravaganza.
Photo: Adnan Adid/UNB
Biswajit Goswami is the curator of Bangladeshi artists at the summit. A special exhibition titled ‘Shekor’ will take place under the supervision of Goswami in this year's summit. The life and works of Joynul Abedin, SM Sultan and Kamrun Hasan and other painters who contributed a lot to the development of painting education is being highlighted through different arrangements.
Samdani Art Foundation Director Nadia is serving as the Chief Coordinator of the summit while Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation, is serving as Chief Curator of the team consisting of 32 curators from home and abroad.
The summit is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, in association with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Bangladesh Art Academy. Title sponsor of this year’s summit is Golden Harvest.
DAS-2020 is open for all till February 15, every day from 10am to 8pm.
The first-ever fundraising concert for establishing the permanent fund of the Liberation War Museum, Agargaon in the capital kicked off on Thursday.
The three-day concert, titled 'Freedom Music Fest', aims to build a permanent fund for the museum, which was built with the donation from local Bangladeshis.
Organisers said the festival is also marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Maqsood O’ Dhaka, led by Bangladesh’s band icon Maqsoodul Haque, is coordinating the fest. Mobile financial service bKash is the digital partner of the fundraising venture.
A total of 20 popular bands of the country, including Bangla Five Band, AbantiSithi, MADOL, GaanKobi, Nemesis, NOVA, Meghdol, Sacrament, Chitkar, Shahed O’ Gaatch, Obscure, Renaissance, Shovvota & The Band, Sorol, Baul Xpress, Reshmi O Mati, Sahajia, Avash, Warfaze, and Maqsood O’ Dhaka, are taking part in the concert at the open-air theatre and main auditorium of the Liberation War Museum.
The music festival is open for all and fans can use the bKash app to buy outdoor tickets for Tk 300 and indoor tickets for Tk 1,000 each. Besides, interested donors can donate a minimum amount of Tk 100 to maximum Tk 10,000 directly to the museum fund by using the app.
On the first day, Bangla Five Band, AbantiSithi, MADOL, GaanKobi, Nemesis and NOVA performed at the open-air outdoor theatre from 2pm till 6pm.
Nemesis and NOVA then enthralled the audience at the indoor auditorium from 7pm to 10pm.
Meghdol, Sacrament, Chitkar, Shahed O’ Gaatch, Obscure and Renaissance are scheduled to perform on Friday.
The festival will conclude on Saturday.
South Asia’s biggest art and painting biennale exhibition, Dhaka Art Summit (DAS)’s 5th edition will begin at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday (February 7).
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will inaugurate the nine-day Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), while the State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak will attend the opening session as special guest.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of BSA, Dhaka Art Summit Organizing Committee Chairman Farooq Sobhan and Director of Samdani Art Foundation Nadia Samdani will also attend the function among others.
'Seismic Movements’ or 'Transmission' is the theme of this year’s Dhaka Art Summit. This year’s summit is going to be completely 'plastic-free’, avoiding a single usage of plastic in decoration and display.
At a press conference on the occasion at the National Art Gallery auditorium on Tuesday, co-founders of the summit organizers, the Samadani Art Foundation, Rajib Samdani and Nadia Samdani, highlighted the details of the summit. One of the curators of the summit Biswajit Goswami highlighted various aspects of the exhibition.
The first performance of DAS 2020 will be held in Gallery 6 at the National Art Gallery on Friday. Bangladeshi artist Ariful Kabir will take part in the Samdani Art Award performance at the inaugural programme at 10 am.
On the evening of the inaugural day, Karakrut Arundhachal and Alex Vojio will attend the performance titled 'Together (Dhaka Edition)' at the National Art Gallery Plaza at 7 pm.
Marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman- a special exhibition titled 'Lighting the Fire of Freedom Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' will be held on the first floor of the Academy throughout the exhibition.
The exhibition is being held under the overall supervision of the Centre for Research and Information (CRI) with support from the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Huge number of historical photographs of Bangabandhu will be on display, said the organizers.
Along with 290 participating Bangladeshi artists, a total of 500 painters, sculptors, curators, art critics, art professionals, art collectors, architects and media personalities from 44 countries is scheduled to take part in the nine-day art extravaganza.
Director of Samdani Art Foundation, Nadia Samdani is serving as the Chief Coordinator of the summit while Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of the Samadani Art Foundation, is serving as Chief Curator of the team consisting of 32 curators from home and abroad.
The summit is supported by Ministry of Cultural Affairs, in association with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Bangladesh Art Academy. Title sponsor of this year’s summit is Golden Harvest.
Set to be concluded on February 15, the summit is open for all, every day from 10 am to 8 pm.
The first poetry book, ‘Golpo Chhara Molat’ (Cover without Stories), of Dhaka-based Chandpur Journalist Forum’s President Mizan Malik was launched in the capital on Monday.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim unveiled the cover of the book at a ceremony at the Sagor-Runi auditorium of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) as the chief guest.
Eminent poet Nurul Huda, Editor-in-Chief of GTV Syed Ishtiaque Reza and District Editor of news agency United News of Bangladesh (UNB) and Chandpur Journalist Forum’s Member Secretary Rashed Shahriar Polash Bangladesh Shishu Academy Director Anjir Liton were, among others, present at the programme held with Jatiya Press Club President Saiful Alam in the chair.
Lauding Mizan’s poetry book, Rezaul Karim said enthusiasts like Mizan can remove the negativities through their works.
Nurul Huda also praised Mizan, saying, “I managed to go through the book in only 29 minutes and within that short time, I was extremely impressed by his first poetic venture.”
Thanking the audience, Mizan said it would have been impossible to author the book had his family not supported him. “Especially, I want to thank my wife who went through and reviewed the draft of my book. Without her guidance and the support of my daughter and son, it would have been impossible for me to publish this book.”
The book published by Oitijjhaya Publishers will be available at their No. 14 pavilion at the ongoing Amar Ekushey Book Fair.
The traditional, month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair observed moderate presence from the book-lovers and litterateurs, due to the opening day formalities.
Although the number of crowd slowly lit up the festive mode in the late afternoon and evening till 8pm - the ground was not heavily crowded.
While many stalls had already started selling books on the inaugural day, a large number of stalls are either half-done or semi-done, which are expecting to be ready within the morning of the second day.
“We are not getting massive crowd on the first Sunday,”
When asked about the atmosphere, Tanjila, a student of the College of Home Economics, said “The fair was centered only the Bangla Academy in previous years, and sometimes it felt overcrowded. Ever since it started to share the Sohrawardi Ground, the fair started to feel fresh and more ‘breathable’- and we came today despite all the stalls are not fully complete, but could not wait as we awaited a full year to welcome this fair”.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially inaugurated the month-long fair on Sunday afternoon.
Breaking the habit, this year’s fair began on February 2 instead of February 1, due to the Dhaka North and South City Corporation Elections.
The fair will remain open from 3pm to 8:30pm on weekdays, from 11am to 8:30pm on weekends, and from 8am to 9pm on February 21 – International Mother Language Day, according to the organisers.
This year, the month-long festivity is scheduled to sign-off on February 29, as this year’s February is a leap-year.
Also, this year’s fair is dedicated to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking the occasion of his birth centenary as the Mujib-Borsho (Mujib-Year).