Marking the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - Gallery Cosmos organized an exclusive Art Camp titled ‘Sheikh Hasina: On the Right Side of History’ on Friday in collaboration with Cosmos Atelier71 and supported by the Cosmos Foundation.
Twenty-two leading and promising painters of the country participated in the day-long camp from 12 pm till 5:30pm at Gallery Cosmos, Cosmos Centre (Studio, Books and Rooftop), Malibagh in the capital.
Renowned artists Alakesh Ghosh, Jamal Ahmed, Ahmed Shamshuddoha, Sheikh Afzal, Nasir Ali Mamun, Bishwajit Goswami, Raneshwar Shutradhar, Rasel Kanti, Monjur Rashid, Sourav Chowdhury, Maneek Bonik, Jayanta Sarkar, Azmol Hossain, Fida Hossain, Amit Nandi, Didarul Limon, Tamanna Afroz, Fahim Chowdhury, Miskatul Abir, Proshun Halder, Hasura Akter Rumky and Shurovi Sriti participated in the camp.
Virtually inaugurating the camp from Singapore, Gallery Cosmos Chairman Enayetullah Khan said, “Through our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, we see and explore the greatest Bengali ever - our Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Being the torchbearer for Bangladesh and one of the greatest leaders in the world, Sheikh Hasina has gone through great loss and personal sacrifices - yet her profound leadership has guided us, inspired us from time to time; and this exclusive art camp is a tribute from our Gallery Cosmos towards our Prime Minister - who has truly been on the right side of history."
From Vancouver, Canada - Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet virtually announced the opening of the camp, saying, "As part of the activities marking the Birth Centenary of our Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - Gallery Cosmos is organizing this special art camp with 22 prolific artists of Bangladesh. This exclusive art camp is a glorious opportunity through which we are shedding the spotlight on the historic and eventful life of our Prime Minister from the canvases of all these wonderfully talented artists, as tribute to the role model who herself is the epitome of development."
"During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are thankful to all our 22 participating artists who joined this exclusive camp on our Prime Minister, maintaining adequate health protocol and making this special initiative by Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos Atelier71 a successful one, which has been arranged marking the Birth Centenary of our Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman," artist Sourav Chowdhury. Executive Artistic Manager of Gallery Cosmos told UNB.
Enayetullah Khan also announced that an exhibition will continue for the next two months at Gallery Cosmos, Cosmos Centre (Studio, Books and Rooftop), Malibagh in the capital with the artworks from the camp.
Visitors (maximum 20 at a time due to social gathering restrictions) are requested to wear mask all the times and keep appropriate social distance while visiting the exhibition.
Gallery Cosmos’ day-long art camp ‘Sheikh Hasina: On the Right Side of History’ commenced on Friday at Cosmos Centre (Studio, Books and Rooftop) in Malibagh.
It has been organised in collaboration with Cosmos Atelier71 and supported by the Cosmos Foundation.
Twenty-one leading and promising painters of the country are participating in the camp, which commenced just after 12pm.
Renowned artists Alakesh Ghosh, Jamal Ahmed, Ahmed Shamshuddoha, Sheikh Afzal, Nasir Ali Mamun, Bishwajit Goswami, Raneshwar Shutradhar, Rasel Kanti, Monjur Rashid, Sourav Chowdhury, Maneek Bonik, Jayanta Sarkar, Azmol Hossain, Fida Hossain, Amit Nandi, Didarul Limon, Tamanna Afroz, Fahim Chowdhury, Miskatul Abir, Proshun Halder, and Shurovi Sriti are participating in the camp.
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Praising the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Vikram Doraiswami stated on Tuesday that Bangabandhu was not only an iconic statesman, but also a hero in India as well as other parts in the world.
The Indian envoy made his remarks while presiding over a group art exhibition titled 'Bangabandhu: Statesman of the Era' at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Tuesday.
The exhibition is organized by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and the High Commission of India in Dhaka, in collaboration with BSA - marking the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni virtually inaugurated the special exhibition as the chief guest, while eminent thespian and former Cultural Affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and chief coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee, Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury virtually joined as the special guests.
Acknowledging the Father of the Nation as one of the greatest leaders in the world, HC Doraiswami said that Bangabandhu is an inspiration for millions of his countrymen for his sagacity, courage and most importantly, his unconditional love for his people.
"We take immense pleasure showcasing these artworks from all these incredibly talented artists, in remembrance of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. To be a part of something like this (exhibition) is a huge honour for us and the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre as well, which is named after our great leader Indira Gandhi who considered Bangabandhu as his brother", the Indian High Commissioner said at the event.
He also greeted the participating artists along with the curator of the exhibition ARK Reepon on the stage with flowers, and presented a sanitizer machine to BSA secretary Md Naoshad Hossain and fine arts director Syeda Mahbuba Karim Mini as a token of friendship, on behalf of the Indian High Commission.
Thanking the Indian HC, Education Minister Dr Dipu said, "India and Bangladesh have always shared great mutual friendship. Many of the Indian soldiers have also sacrificed their lives alongside our freedom fighters for our independence in the 1971 War of Liberation, embracing the martyrdom. We hope that exhibitions like this will also be arranged in India as well, as part of the great relationship that India-Bangladesh and Indira Gandhi - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have always continued".
Focusing on the artistic importance of Bangabandhu's life, eminent thespian-politician Asaduzzaman Noor said, "Bangabandhu changed the norms of politics and made it accessible to the common people, which was previously greeted only as a matter of imperial autocracy. His majestic life must be studied properly in the realm of arts and culture, and this exhibition is a great example on how that study should be projected".
Curated by renowned art curator ARK Reepon, the special exhibition is featuring artworks of 12 prolific Bangladeshi artists including Abdul Mannan, Md Muniruzzaman, Syeda Mahbuba Karim Mini, Quader Bhuiyan, Kiriti Ranjan Biswas, Sanjib Das Apu, Prashanta Karmakar Buddha, SM Mizanur Rahman, Md Zakir Hossain Pulok, Monjur Rashid, Manik Bonik and Sourav Chowdhury.
The exhibition will remain open for everyone from November 24 to November 26 at the Gallery 4 at the National Art Gallery, every day from 11 am till 6 pm.
It will also be moving forward at the District Shilpakala Academy in Rajshahi, Sylhet, Jashore and Chittagong from December 4 - 6, 11 - 13, 18 - 20 and 25 - 27, respectively.
Two new exhibitions are scheduled to be inaugurated at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Tuesday.
The first of these two exhibitions is a three-day exhibition on Islamic calligraphy arts and photographs, marking the occasion of the International Day of Islamic Art 2020.
Md Abdul Mannan Ilias, additional secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs is expected to inaugurate the exhibition at 12 pm as the chief guest of the inauguration ceremony.
BSA secretary Md Nowshad Hossain will preside over the inauguration event, which will also be joined by Md. Shohel Imam Khan, deputy secretary-general of Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO as the special guest.
The exhibition will continue from November 24-26 from 11 am to 6 pm.
Meanwhile, marking the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - a group art exhibition organized by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and the High Commission of India in Dhaka, in collaboration with BSA, will also be inaugurated on Tuesday at the Gallery 4 of the National Art Gallery.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni will inaugurate the special exhibition as the chief guest at 4 pm.
High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Vikram Doraiswami will preside over the inaugural event, while eminent thespian and former Cultural Affairs minister Asduzzaman Noor and Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, chief coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee, will join as the special guests.
Featuring the artworks of 12 prolific artists of Bangladesh including Abdul Mannan, Md Muniruzzaman, Syeda Mahbuba Karim Mini, Kader Bhuiyan, Kiriti Ranjan Biswas, Sanjib Das Apu, Prashanta Kumar Buddha, SM Mizanur Rahman, Md Jakir Hossain Pulok, Manjur Rashid, Manik Banik and Sourav Chowdhury - the exhibition will remain open for everyone from November 24 to November 26, every day from 11 am till 6 pm.
Friday marked the 21st death anniversary of Begum Sufia Kamal, country's trailblazing woman activist, poet and educationist.
The day has been observed in befitting manners by different socio-cultural organisations throughout the years, however, this year the day was observed with limited arrangements due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19.
Commemorating the eminent personality, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on Thursday, paying great respect to the life and memories of Begum Sufia Kamal.
Besides, several socio-cultural organisations including Bangladesh Mahila Parishad remembered the poet on social media, the organization to which she was the founding president.
A woman ahead of her time and the contemporaries, Sufia Kamal was instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, the legendary educationist who was her own inspiration.
Born on June 20, 1911 at Shayestabad, Barishal to Abdul Bari and Sabera Begum, Begum Sufia Kamal went on becoming a civil society leader and a pioneer activist for women’s rights. She played active roles in the 1952 language movement, the oppressions against the nation before and during the 1971 Liberation War and every human rights movement till her demise.
Despite lacking formal education during her childhood, she learned multiple languages at her home including Bengali, Hindi, English, Urdu, Arabic, Kurdish and Persian. Her first book of poems, Sanjher Maya (The Eventide Spell), was published from Kolkata in 1938 which were praised by legendary litterateur Kazi Nazrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore.
As a poet and writer, she then went on authoring more than a dozen volumes of poetry and several volumes of short stories, short novels, travelogues, etc. Her documentary book Ekatturer Diary (Diary of 71) narrated the horrific stories during the 1971 Liberation War. She was the founding editor of Begum, country's maiden women’s magazine.
Sufia Kamal was the founding-chairperson of The Bangladesh Women’s Rehabilitation Board, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, Dustha Punarbasan Sangstha. She was the president of Chhayanaut, Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation and Nari Kalyan Sangstha. She was also the first Chairperson of BRAC.
Sufia Kamal received a large number of awards including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1961), a major national award conferred by the Pakistani government that she returned in 1969 in protest at the then government’s oppressive treatment to Bengali people. Her major achievements include Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1962), Ekushey Padak (1976), Jatiya Kabita Parishad Award (1995), Women’s Federation for World Peace Crest (1996), Begum Rokeya Padak (1996), Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal (1996), Independence Day Award (1997), Czechoslovakia Medal (1986) and more.
Besides, the National Public Library in Dhaka is named the Sufia Kamal National Public Library and Bangladesh National Museum named one of its main auditoriums in her honour.
Sufia Kamal passed away on November 20, 1999. She was survived by her three daughters and two sons, including Sultana Kamal, a noted human rights activist and former adviser in the Caretaker government of Bangladesh.