Country’s prolific visual artist Nazia Andaleed Preema performed her thematic visual art ‘Infinity’, as part of her solo exhibition PREEMA DONNA: An Infinite Journey on Saturday.
The exclusive performance took place at the Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum, being an intense performative collaboration between visual artists Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Founder, Performance Art Bangladesh and Francesca Carol Rolla (Venice), Performance Art Curator & Founder of Collective Signatures.
As part of the performance, Preema performed including a special visual performance. It was performed on a stage named ‘Shahosh’, which featured a mirror on the floor reflecting a huge canvas placed against a wall.
The two hours long performance enthralled the visual art lovers, who also came as audiences at the exclusive solo exhibition.
The exhibition PREEMA DONNA: An Infinite Journey was inaugurated on February 2 at Bangladesh National Museum. State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid inaugurated the retrospective exhibition featuring Preema’s versatile works, with around 30 artworks, comprising mixed media canvases, art installations, video art pieces etc.
The inauguration also featured a launching ceremony of Preema’s book, Preema Donna – An Infinite Journey, published by Cosmos Books which was first unveiled at Dhaka Lit Fest 2019.
Vice-President of International Chambers of Commerce Bangladesh and Chairperson of Mediaworld Limited Rokia Afzal Rahman, Bengal Foundation Chairman Abul Khair, Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken, renowned artist Monirul Islam, University Grants Commission’s former Chairman Professor Nazrul Islam, Director General of Bangladesh National Museum Reaz Ahmed, among other special guests, attended the event which was presided over by Chairman of board of trustees of Bangladesh National Museum Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan.
Being the Director and Creative Editor of Bangladesh Brand Forum, Founder of Bangladesh Creative Forum and President of Women in Leadership- Nazia Andaleeb Preema is one of the leading visual artists of Bangladesh, portraying feminism in metaphorical sense through both traditional and digital art. She represented Bangladesh at the 58th Venice Biennale, Italy in 2019.
The two-week exhibition will continue till February 15 and is open for all.
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.