Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - A 10 day-long exhibition on Dhaka University’s Aparajeyo Bangla (Unvanquished Bengal) sculpture’s designer and artist, country’s renowned sculptor, academician and Ekushey Padak winner late Syed Abdullah Khalid got underway at Bangladesh National Museum’s Nalini Kanta Bhattasali auditorium on Monday.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Bangladesh National Museum’s board of trustees President Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, while National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman was the Chief Guest.
Presided by architect and poet Robiul Hussain, the programme was also attended by country's another legendary sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan, Professor Moinuddin Khaled and Begum Umme Kulsum, wife of late sculptor Abdullah Khalid as honorary speakers. National Museum’s Director General Md Riaz Ahmed greeted everyone with his welcome speech.
Reminiscing on the sculpture maestro, Professor Anisuzzaman said “Khalid was one of the most brilliant and talented artists and sculptors in Bangladesh. He was very emotional, and that certainly reflected in his creations- his sculptures and artworks had always been very vibrant and lively.”
“Aparajeyo Bangla was an immersive addition in the artifacts of Bangladesh. The courageous side of mass in Bangladesh was never been portrayed so strongly before, until the creation of this particular sculpture. All of his works and achievements should be preserved properly,” said art critic Professor Moinuddin Khaled.
Syed’s contemporary sculptor and friend, Hamiduzzaman Khan reminisced his friend in tears, saying “Khalid was not only a sculptor- he was also a world-class painter. He was a winner in life, just like his Aparajeyo Bangla.”
Speaking on his artworks, architect Robiul Hussain said that Syed’s ability of being a painter was overshadowed under his sculptor persona. He was a remarkable painter and artist, and no other artist worked on the theme ‘flower’ just like he did.
Inaugurating the exhibition, Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan said that Khalid was a treasure for the nation and a proper, error-free publication should be made on the legendary sculptor.
Featuring the legendary artist’s paintings, sculptures, artworks and his used commemoratives to be displayed on, the exhibition is scheduled to be open from 4-13 November, 10.30 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday to Wednesday. It will remain open on Friday from 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB)- Appreciating his passion for art and love for young artists, speakers at a memorial meeting here on Monday said the legacy of Kalidas Karmakar will live forever through his works.
Artists and art lovers with a heavy heart attended the ‘Remembrance Talk’ on internationally acclaimed artist Kalidas Karmakar arranged by Gallery Cosmos at Cosmos Atelier71 of Cosmos Centre in Malibagh.
The speakers recollected their memories with the artist and discussed his life and contribution to contemporary art of Bangladesh.
“Kalidas was not only a great artist but a good friend of ours also. He’ll be remembered and his memories will be with us forever,” said Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet.
Artist Biren Shome, a longtime friend of the prolific artist recalled his journey with Kalidas Karmakar and his incredible sense of artistic expressions.
Former Bangladesh Ambassador to France Tufail K Haider, another friend of Kalidas categorised him among the greatest artists of the country.
“He (Kalidas) was one of the greatest and most creative artists of Bangladesh I’ve ever met,” he said.
Artist Afroza Jamil Konka remembered his contribution in supporting the young artists as Kalidas was one of the key figures who founded Cosmos Atelier-71 studio.
“I was mesmerised by his creativity and attitude towards life,” she added.
Professor Anisuzzaman Anis, Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) mentioned about his caring attitude towards the young artists.
“He (Kalidas) always encouraged the young artists to push ahead and at the same time tried to learn from them as well,” he said.
Professor Bishwajit Goswami, Drawing & Painting Department of Fine Arts Faculty in DU termed Kalidas as a tireless artist.
“Kalidas was such a person who never got tired...through his art, he will be inspiring many more artists even after his departure,” he said.
Dr Konka Karmakar, eldest daughter of the artist said her father always tried to work for the country and its art and culture sector.
“My father always tried to represent Bangladesh...to take its art and introduce them to the world,” she said.
She also expressed desire to fulfill Kalidas’s lifelong dream of establishing a contemporary art museum and asked all the artists to come forward for this cause.
“I request Gallery Cosmos to arrange a yearly art workshop for young artists to commemorate my father and his love for this institution,” she added.
Artist Sourav Chowdhury said Cosmos Atelier-71 was a second home to Kalidas.
He also mentioned that the artist will always be a part of Cosmos family and declared that exhibitions commemorating Kalidas will be held in future.
Gallery Cosmos Executive Assistant Director Rumessa Mailloux and Kate Jaro Khan, Deputy head of HR of Cosmos Group also spoke at the programme among others.
The Ekushey Padak winning artist, Kalidas Karmakar, breathed his last on October 18.
Kalidas was awarded the Shilpakala Padak in 2016 and the Ekushey Padak in 2018 for his contribution to fine arts.
His diverse artworks featuring found objects, handmade paper, and oil on canvas prints have been widely exhibited throughout South Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
The artist’s very first solo art exhibition was held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on August 7, 1976.
He won the Polish Government Scholarship in Graphic Art at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art, Warsaw University; French Government Superior Scholarship in Fine Arts, for research in multicolour etching at Atelier-17, in Paris; Japan Foundation Fellowship on Japanese Woodblock Printing at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; ICCR Special Scholarship for research in Contemporary Modern Sculpture, West Bengal Lalit Kala Academy Studio; and Asian Cultural Council New York, Fellowship with Artist Residency program in the US.
In 2006, he had received an ACC Fellowship to participate in a residency at the PointB Worklodge in Brooklyn.
Major works by the artist have been collected by Kihak Sung, Youngone Corporation, Korea and Bangladesh; Hiroshi Toda; Takeo Yamaki; Takashi Kobayashi; Abul Khair, chairman of Bengal Foundation; Ambassador Paulo Da Costa Franco, Gallery Cosmos, and many other private collectors, at home and abroad.
About 80 works from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris will be showcased at the Shanghai Museum from Tuesday to Feb. 9, 2020, according to the museum's website.
Titled "The Birth of Art," the exhibition will present works including oil paintings, sculptures, sketches and manuscripts dating from the Renaissance to the Napoleonic era, showing French and European art history from the 17th to 19th centuries.
The exhibited works will include masterpieces by artists such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Jacques-Louis David and Nicolas Poussin.
Most of the works in the show will be exhibited in China for the first time.
Dancers in indigenous costumes pranced down a broad avenue followed by a float bearing the 20-foot-tall likeness of the goddess Mictecacihuatl, announced as "the queen of the underworld and the guardian of our bones," crowned by a red feather headdress and cradling a skull in her right hand.
Two dozen people clad head-to-toe in mud-colored makeup with animal masks walked stiffly behind, representing the nine levels of Mictlan, or the underworld.
Crowds lined Mexico City's stately Paseo de la Reforma as the capital capped Day of the Dead celebrations Saturday with a parade along the boulevard and through the historic colonial center to the Zocalo, or main square, where a large altar was set up in recent days.
It was the culmination of over two weeks of massively attended public activities in the city, from a procession of colorful sculptures known as "alebrijes" to an homage to the widely beloved and recently deceased crooner José José, as well as private visits to family gravesites and home altars honoring the departed.
"I think it is one of the good things that we should appreciate," said Marco Antonio Cárdenas, a 58-year-old lawyer and Mexico City resident whose family puts up an altar each year. "With all the problematic things there are at a national and international level, I think these kinds of events that make a positive contribution and in a way represent us as a people in our culture, I think it's very good."
According to the Department of Culture, the parade comprised more than 2,500 performers in "artistic projects," allegorical floats and dance groups, and planners were expecting crowds of up to 2 million.
As an intermittent drizzle turned into a steady, chilly rain, the parade's announcer invoked the good favor of the Aztec god of rain: "Tlaloc, do us justice!" she cried. Most spectators stayed put, unfurling umbrellas and plastic ponchos.
Many had their faces painted at sidewalk stands as vendors sold synthetic flower bouquets, "lucha libre" masks and other wares. The boulevard's planters were full of marigolds, the orange flower associated with Day of the Dead.
Mixed among the crowd were plenty of tourists, including Scarlett Fox, a 33-year-old veterinary clinic manager, and Eric Bray, a 39-year-old ad agency video producer, who planned their week-and-a-half trip from Atlanta to be in Mexico City for the festivities.
The married couple said Day of the Dead celebrations are getting more popular back home, and the success of the 2017 animated film "Coco" in particular brought the tradition more mainstream exposure in the United States. Fox said she spent the last couple of weeks practicing on herself and even co-workers at their Day of the Dead-themed Halloween party to perfect the rose-and-white skull face paint she wore Saturday. Bray said they found design inspiration on Instagram.
"That was the most amazing parade I think I've ever seen," Fox said. "I get emotional even thinking about it. ... It was incredible to see everybody's costumes. I mean, the attention to detail!"
"Actually I'm half-Mexican but I don't have any connection to the half of my family that's Mexican," she continued. "So I grew up without knowing anything about the culture but really having that curiosity, so for me I've always wanted to come here and kind of get to know it."
Unlike a separate parade the previous weekend that was inspired by the 2015 James Bond movie "Spectre" and borrowed props from the film, Saturday's was more of a homegrown affair with floats and choreographed routines organized by local groups.
Dancers shook leg rattles and women in white skirts and lavender coats twirled and sashayed up the street, the paint on their faces smeared and runny from the rain. Six people in skullface waved from a float topped by a replica of a "trajinera," the traditional boats that ply the canals of the southern neighborhood of Xochimilco. A group of "exotic Catrinas" celebrated diversity and inclusion with waving rainbow flags, an entry from the LGBTQ community.
Alejandra Romero, a 42-year-old supervisor of self-service stores in Mexico City, said she and her 15-year-old daughter stumbled upon the parade by accident and decided to stay. She was especially impressed by the 50 or so drummers dressed in black mariachi costumes pounding out a throbbing rhythm toward the end.
Day of the Dead "is a constant reminder of the people we love who have passed away," Romero said, "and having them in constantly in our thoughts is a beautiful thing."
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) – Prof Abdur Razzaq was a visionary who had an impressive brain and mind ahead of his time but he used to live as a common man, speakers said at a book launching ceremony on Saturday.
The book titled ‘Samaj, Rashtro Biborton: Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Gunijon Boktritamala 2017-2018’ was published by Bengal Publications.
National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman, Emeritus Professor at Dhaka University Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury, Dr Akbar Ali Khan and The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam attended the launching ceremony as guests of honour.
Seven renowned educationists collaborated in this book as the writers. They are Professor Rehman Sobhan, Badruddin Umar, Prof Anisuzzaman, Dr Rownak Jahan, Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury, Dr Akbar Ali Khan and Prof Hasan Azizul Haque.
“The society and culture are now overwhelmed with the micro trend. Nowadays people are intending to run after shorter goals and relying on easy methods. During the time of Prof Razzaq, everything was not easy but he profoundly managed to be one of the successful educationists of Bangladesh and lived his life break-free as a common man. That is the most beautiful aspect we learned from his life,” Dr Serajul said.
Prof Anisuzzaman said, “Prof Razzaq was a visionary ahead of his era and certainly the best educational influencer the country has ever had. The writers of the book, including myself, tried to portray the frequently changing societal, political and economic scenarios of the last couple of centuries along with the evolution that Razzaq envisioned through our essays.”
The book, first publication of Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation, is edited by Dr Ahrar Ahmed and co-edited by Rashed Rahm.
The launching event was jointly organised by Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation, Bengal Boi and Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth.