A group art exhibition showcasing paintings done outdoors under the genre en plein air, also known as plein air painting, the act of painting outdoors was inaugurated Monday at the Mohakhali unit of Gallery Cosmos.
Known as one of the country’s leading institutions dedicated to art, Gallery Cosmos is organizing the 20-day special exhibition titled ‘Trinayan’ with the participation of Outdoor Community artists group.
Brazilian Ambassador to Bangladesh Joao Tabajara de Oliveira Jr. attended the inaugural ceremony as the special guest, alongside renowned art critic Moinuddin Khaled and eminent artist Shahid Kabir.
The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Tehmina Enayet, Director of Gallery Cosmos.
In his opening remarks, the ambassador said, “To me, the essence of Bangladesh is art- as the country is blessed with enriched literature, arts, culture and all of the talented artistes. In this exhibition, I got amazed through all these unique and diverse artworks on various genres by these talented artists- and I thank Tehmina Enayet and Gallery Cosmos for inviting me as well as promoting these types of stimulating arts in this country.”
Eminent art critic Moinuddin Khaled applauded and advised the participating artistes, saying “Think before you ink, because it is very much important to portray the reality that we see in front of us. If an artist wants to portray the real scenario, the artist has to experience that moment. That is exactly what these artists have done in their outdoor ventures that are shown in this exhibition and I really appreciate the effort.”
Thanking the venture of Gallery Cosmos, he said “Art galleries do not want to promote young or less-known artistes, as that can be a business risk, and that is the scenario all over the world. Here in Bangladesh, Gallery Cosmos is continuously supporting and promoting the artistes despite the business risk, which is highly appreciable.”
Artist Shahid Kabir, who is also participating in this art exhibition, said “Artists like SM Sultan, Zainul Abedin were like saints of arts who never compromised expressing their true feelings through their artworks. In order to be a successful artist, one has to avoid shortcuts and remain dedicated. I believe these promising artists will remain dedicated, as well as the Gallery Cosmos to us.”
Explaining the commitment to support the country's artists and their praiseworthy artworks, Tehmina Enayet, the Director of Gallery Cosmos, said “At Gallery Cosmos, over the course of the last decade we have dedicated ourselves to lending a platform to various mediums of art rooted in Bangladesh, as well as those influenced from far-off lands. Through initiatives such as the present exhibition (Trinayan) and many more, it is our aim to break new ground by acting as an incubator for the emergence of various art forms, including plein air painting, in Bangladesh.”
Showcasing 40 artworks in various mediums, works by some 20 artists- Shahid Kabir, Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Azmeer Hossain, Sahid Kazi, Bishwajit Goswami, Sumon Wahed, Juton Chandra Roy, Manik Bonik, Parvej Hasan Rigan, Rumana Raman, Arifa Sultana, Jannatun Nahar Ava, Abu Tamim, Adil Mahamud Hasnat, Mrinal Banik, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Auntora Mehrukh Azad, Jayanta Mondal, Sharifa Akter Liza and Helal Shah – find place in the exhibition.
The exhibition will continue till February 15, 2020, every day from 12 pm to 8 pm at the Dhaka North unit of Gallery Cosmos: House 115, Road 6, New DOHS, Mohakhali .
'Nakshatra Nivey Jai', the first poetry book by Prof Ahaduzzaman Mohammad Ali, was unveiled at Dhaka University (DU) on Monday.
National Professor Anisuzzaman presided over the book launching ceremony held at the Mozaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium of DU Social Sciences Building.
Former Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Vice-chancellor of Rabindra University Prof Biswajit Ghosh, Prof Dr Syed Manzoorul Islam of DU English department, Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji, and Onno Prokash Director and Publisher Mazharul Islam, among others, addressed the function.
Onno Prokash published the poetry book.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Ahaduzzaman, former teacher of DU Mass Communication and Journalism department, said he never had any plan to publish a poetry book. “It’s just my hobby to read poems and write, and I’ve written those only for my self-satisfaction.”
Describing the background behind publishing the book, he said he wrote poems and posted those on his Facebook wall. “After going through the poems, my students, colleagues and friends insisted that I publish a book compiling those. Then I decided to go for it,” he said.
Referring to the tragic loss of Ahaduzzaman’s wife in an accident, National Professor Anisuzzaman said it was also reflected in his book. “These poems show he’s very careful in his choice of words and shaping the poems.”
Voicing his hope that Prof Ahaduzzaman will continue his work, Anisuzzaman wanted to know why he has taken too much time in emerging as a poet.
Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam said, “I know Prof Ahaduzzaman for a long time as my university colleague. We’ve lots of memories together. I really appreciate his work and hope it’ll get an enormous response from readers.
‘Trinayan’, a twenty-day long group art exhibition by Outdoor Community artists group will start from Monday 6 pm at the Gallery Cosmos, Mohakhali in the capital.
Country’s eminent art promulgating entity, Gallery Cosmos, is organizing the special exhibition on En plein air, or plein air painting- known as the act of painting outdoors.
Eminent artist Shahid Kabir and renowned art critic Moinuddin Khaled will be present as Special Guests. The exhibition will showcase 40 plein air artworks of 20 artists in various media.
Artists participating in the exhibition are- Shahid Kabir, Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Azmeer Hossain, Sahid Kazi, Bishwajit Goswami, Sumon Wahed, Juton Chandra Roy, Manik Bonik, Parvej Hasan Rigan, Rumana Raman, Arifa Sultana, Jannatun Nahar Ava, Abu Tamim, Adil Mahamud Hasnat, Mrinal Banik, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Auntora Mehrukh Azad, Jayanta Mondal, Sharifa Akter Liza and Helal Shah.
The exhibition will continue till February 15, 2020, every day from 12 pm to 8 pm at Gallery Cosmos, Road 6, House 115, New DOHS, Mohakhali - Dhaka.
The 2nd National Campus Theatre Festival 2020 got underway at the National Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
Government Bangla College-based theatre troupe Bangla College Juba Theatre organized the festival, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and People’s Theatre Association.
A total of sixteen theatre troupes from different universities and colleges are participating at the festival, staging captivating performances through their plays.
The festival was inaugurated by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky. Principal of the Government Bangla College Professor Dr Ferdousi Khan and Vice Principal Professor Md Jahangir Hossain also joined the inaugural ceremony.
Bangla College Juba Theatre President and Bangla department head at the Government Bangla College, Abul Khair, convener of the festival and chief trainer of Bangla College Juba Theatre Habib Tarashi, and former president of the troupe Kamal Uddin Shamim were also present at the inauguration.
Voluntary Blood Donors' Organization BADHAN, which works with students from different campuses in the country, organized a free blood-testing camp at the venue where the audience and attendees at the festival can get their blood group be checked without any cost. The camp is organized by BADHAN Bangla College Paribar and will continue till the festival ends.
On the inaugural day, Manipuri band Mingal and artistes of IUB Dance Club performed and four troupes staged plays including the presentation of Bangla College Juba Theatre titled ‘Mujib Maney Mukti’, Jashore-based M M College Theatre (Bibartan) staged ‘Bonkabya’, Rajbari College Theatre staged ‘Ebong Ekti Phool’ and Jahangirnagar University-based troupe Shuneya staged ‘Manush’.
Performers of Drama and Dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Bangladesh Institute of Information Technology (BIIT) Bogura and Notre Dame College, Dhaka staged plays on Saturday.
The ongoing festival is scheduled to conclude on January 27.
The second annual membership programme of Cosmos Atelier71, a printmaking studio with an overarching vision to serve art in Bangladesh, was launched Saturday through an orientation welcoming 71 new members for the 2020 calendar year.
The Cosmos Atelier71 Membership Programme 2020 (CAMP '20) orientation took place on the studio premises located at Cosmos Centre in Malibagh of the capital.
Focusing on the number ‘71’ in remembrance of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and echoing with the name of the studio ‘Cosmos Atelier71’- the second ever membership programme of the studio welcomed a total of 71 members for the next one calendar year.
Alongside the orientation, Cosmos Atelier71 also showcased hundreds of ceramic art mugs from the ceramic art project titled ‘50 Artists 100 Mugs‘, one of the most successful ventures of its inaugural annual membership programme in 2019, for the art-enthusiasts in attendance.
Sourav Chowdhury, Executive Artistic Manager of Cosmos Atelier71, told UNB that they have selected these 71 artistes from over 120 applications from across the country.
“Our Cosmos Atelier71 is a wonderful and friendly place to practice art. These 71 members will attend different workshops and events at the gallery, as well as in different venues. They will also use this platform to exhibit their art works,” Sourav, who conducted the orientation program, added.
“Extending our previous activities, we are planning to initiate more activities such as art talks with eminent artists, outdoor art camps and a lot of other exciting campaigns for our members,” he further said.
Sourav introduced and described some of the notable previous activities of Cosmos Atelier71 to the attendees.
Adbur Rahman Nur, Art Executive of Cosmos Atelier71, then explained the path ahead as part of the annual programme for the benefit of the new members.
Tarpon Paul, a freelance visual artist who is part of the new intake, said it’s a great opportunity to be attached with Cosmos Atelier71.
“It’ll introduce me with prominent artists and their works,” said Paul, adding he was grateful to the studio for selecting him.
Md Humayun Kabir Tutul, a final year student of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kabi Nazrul University in Trishal, Mymenshingh, also attended the orientation as a new member.
Kabir expressed his joy to UNB about getting involved with the Atelier as he believes it will help him in developing his skills in set design and other activities in theatre.
Bristy Pathan, a member of Cosmos Atelier71 , and a student of Printmaking Department at Kabi Nazrul University, told UNB that the Cosmos Atelier71 is helping her practically in printmaking besides her academic studies.
Cosmos Atelier71 launched its first ever membership programme last year with 55 members and conducted notable workshops and art-oriented programmes in association with the members.