Galley Cosmos is organising a virtual art, photography and multimedia exhibition of 42 renowned Bangladeshi artists to observe the National Mourning Day and celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The exhibition, titled ‘BRAVE HEART’, will be held from August 14-31 August on www.gallerycosmos.org.bd
Enayetullah Khan, Chairman of Cosmos Foundation, will inaugurate the event on Friday at 9pm.
Mofidul Hoque, founder trustee of Bangladesh Liberation War Museum, and Prof Haider A Khan, distinguished professor of economics at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA, will join the inauguration event.
Tehmina Enayet, Director of Gallery Cosmos, will also join it and deliver a speech at the event.
Fifty artworks of 42 renowned Bangladeshi artists, along with multimedia and photographs will be showcased in this special exhibition in the virtual gallery.
Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bangladeshi conglomerate Cosmos Group, is supporting the multidimensional exhibition that will also feature videos, photos and books.
United News of Bangladesh (UNB) and its sister publication Dhaka Courier will be supporting the event as the media and knowledge partners respectively.
Participating artists in the exhibition are - AH Dhali Tomal, Abdul Guffar Babu, Abdullah Al Bashir, Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Ahmed Shamsuddoha, Alakesh Ghosh, Aloptogin Tushar, Amirul Momanin Chowdhury, Amit Nandi, Anisuzzaman Anis, Anukul Chandra Mojumder, Azmeer Hossain, Azmol Hossain, Biren Shome, Bishwajit Goswami, Dheeman Kumar Biswas, Dilip Kumar Karmakar, Farhad Hossain, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Iqbal Bahar Chy, Jamal Ahamed, Jayanta Mondal, Jayanta Sarkar John, Kamruzzoha, Kuhu Plamondon, Maneek Bonik, Md Azmal Uddin, Md. Jashim Uddin, Najib Tareque, Nasim Ahmed Nadvi, Nasir Ali Mamun, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Nisar Hossain, Proshanta Karmakar, Ratneshwar Shutradhar, Ruhul Karim Rumee, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Shahjahan Ahmed Bikash, Sheikh Afzal Hossain, Sohel Pranon, Sourav Chowdhury and Tajul Islam.
Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka webcasted “Confluence through poems”, a recitation of poems by Rabindranath Tagore by renowned artists of Bangladesh observing death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on Friday.
Eminent recitation artists of Bangladesh Bhaswar Banerjee (recitation artist), Dahlia Ahmed (recitation artist), Rana Thakur (Translator), Shahdat Hossain Nipu (recitation artist), Samiul Islam Poluck (recitation artist) took part in the webcast which can be viewed at www.facebook.com/IndiraGandhiCulturalCentre/
The expression of the artists and the rendering of the poems by the artists were much appreciated in the social media, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Saturday.
Bhaswar Banerjee enthralled the audience with his expressive rendering of the Tagore Poems- Moron & Chitto Jetha Bhoyshunno(English version :- Where the mind is without fear)while Dahlia Ahmed rendered captivating poems of Tagore like “Proshno, Neerjhorer Shopnobhongo”.
Rana Thakur read the English translation of the poems read by Dahlia Ahmed.
Poems recited by Shahadat Hossain Nipu and Samiul Islam Poluck also had a captivating effect on the audience.
They recited Tagore poems like “Bir Purush, Africa, Nirbhoy and verses from Utsorgo”.
The young generation has to learn from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s nationalism, wisdom and internationalism to progress in the unprecedented times of 21st century, Professor Dr Haider A Khan has said.
Khan, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a member of the Advisory Board of Cosmos Foundation, was addressing a webinar on Thursday to commemorate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu, the founding father of Bangladesh.
The Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice (CSGJ) of the Liberation War Museum arranged a webinar titled ‘Bangabandhu, Nationalism and Internationalism: Lessons for Today’.
Speakers at the webinar discussed how Bangabandhu emerged as the key charismatic leader of the movement for political, economic and cultural self-determination.
Liberation War Museum trustee Mofidul Hoque said the lecture series was part of their effort to observe the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
“We need to study his life, his contribution and his role in history. Every year we organise a lecture in August but this year is very special as it’s the birth centenary of Bangabandhu so we started this very special series focusing on many different aspects of his life. We are very happy that we are initiating this lecture series with Prof Dr Haider A Khan,” Hoque said.
He said they are organising the discussion virtually for the first time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Even though the doors at the Liberation War Museum are closed now, we’re opening our windows through this social media platform to use it effectively and meaningfully with lectures like this,” Mofidul Hoque said.
Lifelong commitment to democratic ideals
Dr Khan expressed his gratitude to LWM for arranging the webinar and explained that his agenda is to make the young generation aware of the eventful life and aspects of Bangabandhu as a journeyman behind the emergence of Bangladesh.
“For me, it is a lifelong project - and for as long as I am able to write and think, I will continue this,” he said.
Dr Khan discussed a brief manifesto through a set of 11 points of thought and action for the young generation to learn from the life of Bangabandhu. He also discussed his personal experience on what it was like to be alive during the most important political decade in the history of Bangladesh.
In the second part, he briefly discussed the main trajectory of the struggle since the founding of Pakistan until the beginning of Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.
In the final part of his lecture, Dr Khan discussed Bangabandhu's internationalism and international activities after his return in early 1972 in Bangladesh.
“Bangabandhu’s internationalism was not a certain development [but] it was there throughout his life - from his earliest days of political involvement and certainly from the founding of Awami League in 1949 onwards.
“Throughout his life, Bangabandhu has been committed to deeply democratic ideals. Not just parliamentary democracy in its formal manifestation, but really the democracy of the people, for the people, by the people,” Dr Khan said.
The exact location where Dutch master Vincent van Gogh painted his last work has been identified after being hidden in plain view for years among a tangle of roots next to a rural lane near Paris.
The discovery by Wouter van der Veen, scientific director of the Van Gogh Institute in France, provides a new glimpse of the artist in his final hours.
Experts say the discovery sheds new light on the anguished painter's mental state on the day he is widely believed to have fatally shot himself.
“Tree Roots,” was visible on a faded picture postcard featuring a man standing next to a bicycle on a back street of the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, 35 kilometers (21 miles) north of Paris.
Van Gogh spent the last weeks of his life in the village and completed dozens of paintings there. Helpfully, the card even included the name of the street.
It means art historians can now see that Van Gogh worked on the painting until the end of the afternoon, meaning he spent much of the day concentrating on the canvas.
“There has been a lot of speculation about his state of mind, but one thing that is very clear is that he spent quite a bit longer working on this painting right through the afternoon. We know that from the light fall in the work,” Emilie Gordenker, director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday. “So, you know, he really was at work right up to the end.”
The painting, which is not considered to have been completed by Van Gogh, hangs in the Amsterdam museum. Gordenker said its composition and execution — a tight focus on gnarled roots on a hillside — have led to it being seen as a “harbinger of abstraction.”
Van Gogh never got to further develop the painting style.
According to the museum’s version of Van Gogh’s life, after working on “Tree Roots” the artist walked into a nearby field of wheat later in the day and shot himself in the chest with a pistol.
He died two days later, on July 29, 1890, aged 37. Two American authors cast doubt on the theory in 2011, suggesting the artist was shot by two teenage boys.
Van der Veen believes the museum's version of events and agrees his new discovery shows that Van Gogh had his wits about him and was methodical in his thinking before he pulled the trigger to kill himself.
“So the final steps were also something he carefully thought about," he said. "So it was a lucid decision. It was not a fit of madness.”
The new discovery was made, in part, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
While stuck at home during France's two-month lockdown, Van der Veen used the extra time to organize his numerous files and documents on Van Gogh, including digitizing images such as the old postcard from Auvers-sur-Oise.
One day in late April, during a phone conversation, he saw the card on his computer screen and it suddenly struck him that he was looking at the location of “Tree Roots.” Next to the man and his bicycle, roots and trees are clearly visible.
“It was an epiphany," he said. "A revelation.”
He wasn't able to visit the site for several weeks, but had a friend in the village visit and also took a virtual trip down the lane using Google's Street View.
Villagers know the spot and the main tree root well, even giving it the name “the elephant” because of its shape, Van der Veen said.
”It was really hiding in plain sight and it was even a little bit disguised as it had taken another identity,” he added.
The researcher says that while his discovery has given art historians more to mull about Van Gogh's last working day, it also provides tourists with an extra reason to visit Auvers-sur-Oise.
The French village already draws tens of thousands of visitors each year because of its links to Van Gogh, who spent his final weeks there and is buried in the village's cemetery alongside his brother, Theo.