A nine-day group art exhibition titled ‘Guru-Shishya: Shishya-Guru’ 2) will end on Tuesday at Zainul Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition, organised by Oriental Painting Studio Bangladesh, was held on March 2.
Presided over by Professor Nisar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, the exhibition was inaugurated by renowned sculptor-painter Hamiduzzaman Khan.
Luva Nahid Choudhury, Director General of Bengal Foundation, was present as chief guest at the programme. Nilu Rowshan Murshed, Chairperson of Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts, art connoisseurs Ratan Chandra Pal, Mikhail I Islam and Nusrat Mahmud were present as special guests.
This is the second group exhibition by Oriental Painting Studio Bangladesh.
The artists of the exhibition include Zahangir Alom, Amit Nandi and Malay Bala.
One of the artists Zahangir Alom said 'When I am at work, I do play Indian classical music. Thus, I try to translate my feelings into canvas. My artworks evoke include various images of classical raga, their moods and melodic bliss."
"Besides, I have a great fascination for depicting nature, its diverse facets and mythical aspects especially the connotations of the eternal love between Radha and Krishna," he added.
The exhibition, featuring oriental artworks, will showcase paintings from classical to the contemporary styles.
On the closing day the exhibition will remain open to all from 1pm to 8pm.
Earlier, the first edition of the exhibition took place at Alliance Française de Dhaka in 2019.
A three-day festival is scheduled to begin on Sunday afternoon at Lalon Akhra in Chheuria village in Kumarkhali upazila remembering the legendry Baul Lalon Shah.
The Lalon Academy, in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, is organising the event. Hundreds of admires from home and abroad have already gathered at the Akhra to take part in the festival.
The festival will feature open discussions, singing of Baul songs by artistes of Lalon Academy and prominent singers, fair and some selected cultural performances.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will inaugurate the festival at 6:30pm while Kushita-1 MP AKM Sarwar Jahan Badsa, Kushtia-4 MP Selim Altaf George, Superintendent of Police SM Tanvir Arafat among others will be present with Deputy Commissioner Md Aslam Hossain in the chair.
Tight security has been put in place to ensure safety of the devotees.
Lalon Shah was a Baul, a mystic, a songwriter, singer, social reformer and secular thinker. He has become an icon of religious tolerance and secularism in Bengali culture.
The sixth edition of Joy Bangla Concert was held on Saturday at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital marking the historic occasion of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s March 7 speech that inspired the whole nation to fight for freedom.
Organised by Young Bangla and Centre for Research and Information (CRI), the open for all concert saw a handful of talented and prominent bands performing from 1:30pm till midnight at the jam-packed stadium.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana attended the event in the evening, greeting the audience with Bangabandhu’s grandchildren Saima Wazed and Radwan Mujib Siddiq, a trustee of CRI.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Dhaka North Mayor Atiqul Islam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for Information Murad Hassan, Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das, chief coordinator of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary programmes Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and another trustee of CRI Nasrul Hamid Bipu, among others, were also present at the concert.
Inside the performances by the bands, the hosts and organisers frequently presented some of the historic facts about Bangabandhu, which led to a special holographic show on Bangabandhu in which his daughters reminisced how Bangabandhu spent the historic March 7. The show later broadcast the speech as well.
Graphic novel ‘Mujib’, a CRI publication, was also screened at the concert, shortly after the holographic show.
This year, bands performed in two time slots. Opening with the National Anthem at 1:30 pm, the concert continued with the performances of Introit, Arekta Rock Band, Adverb, Sin and Conclusion till 4pm.
Shortly after that, the main line-up of this year’s Joy Bangla Concert started performing which began with country’s first all-female folk band F Minor, and followed by Minar and band, AvoidRafa, Vikings, Shunno, Lalon, Arbovirus, Cryptic Fate, Nemesis, Fuad and Friends, and Chirkut.
One monumental incident saw the return of country’s one of the most prominent rock legends ‘Bassbaba’ Sumon on stage as part of Fuad and Friends. Sumon has been critically ill for several years.
Young Bangla and CRI started this annual concert in 2015.
Eminent photographer Nasir Ali Mamun, known for capturing significant moments of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has said being the photographer of Bangabandhu has always been the best honour of his life.
“Bangabandhu is the lone patriotic leader of Bangladesh who is irreplaceable. His unconditional love for Bangladesh and Bangladeshi people was unimaginable. I was so lucky and fortunate to capture significant moments of Bangabandhu through my lens during his prime time,” the legendary photographer said.
He was talking to UNB after the inauguration of his 59th solo photographic exhibition ‘Joy Bangabandhu’ at the La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka in the capital.
French Ambassador to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh inaugurated the exhibition marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. Eminent artist Shahabuddin Ahmed also joined the inauguration as the guest of honour.
“I neither had any institutional education on photography, nor even a press identity during the prime time of Bangabandhu in 1971. Yet I managed to capture some iconic portraits of the great leader. He even complimented me once that his psychology had been examined through my camera – and that was an incredible honour for me,” Mamun added.
“We have photographs and documentaries of Bangabandhu and our Liberation War, but those came through foreign photojournalists who had comparably better technological equipment. Nasir, a young photographer during that era, captured all these images from his heart. He is a glorious representation of our youths during the prime time of Bangabandhu,” Shahabuddin Ahmed said.
It is astonishing to see how good his photographic knowledge and vision was even during that black and white era, Alliance Française de Dhaka’s Director Olivier Dintinger said, adding that they are extremely proud to be the organiser of this exhibition.
Mamun, known as a legendary photographer in Bangladesh, took many portraits of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the early seventies and recorded his rare moments from close up. After the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, Nasir Ali Mamun’s camera defined portraiture in Bangladesh that eventually ushered in and changed the landscape of portrait photography in the country.
Being ‘the poet with the camera’, Mamun has taken some of the most iconic portraits Bangladesh has ever seen. His black and white images display a beautiful yet enigmatic and equivocal coalescence of light and shadow.
The special exhibition will remain open till March 24 except March 13 and 14 when the gallery will be closed.
Enthusiasts and visitors can visit the exhibition from Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 9pm and Friday to Saturday from 9am to 12pm and 5pm to 8pm.
The paintings, drawings, tapestries and sketches in the most ambitious exhibition of Renaissance superstar Raphael's works are collectively insured for 4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) against theft, vandalism or other damages.
But no money can guarantee that Italy's outbreak of coronavirus, the largest in Europe, won't play havoc with the three-month run in Rome of this year's eagerly-awaited art blockbuster.
Nervousness was palpable at a preview Wednesday that the Italian government's increasingly restrictive measures aimed at containing the outbreak might prematurely shut down the "Raffaello" exhibition, which is being mounted to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.
The project brings together 120 works by Raphael, including from collections ranging from those of Queen Elizabeth II to some of the world's most prestigious museums. Entitled "Raffaello 1520-1483," the exhibition opens Thursday in the Scuderie del Quirinale, an 18th-century former stables converted into an elegant palazzo.
There was reason to be nervous. I taly closed all schools and universities Wednesday and barred fans from all sporting events for nearly the next month to try to tamp down the deadliest coronavirus outbreak outside of China. So far, over 3,000 people have been infected in Italy and 107 of them have died.
On April 6, 1520, at the height of a brilliant career as a painter and architect in Rome, Raphael succumbed, on his 37th birthday, to eight days of fever and was buried in Rome's Pantheon.
Some 40 of the paintings and sketches come from the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, whose director, Eike Schmidt, sought to tamp down apprehension about viewing the show. He stressed that the recommended one-meter (yard) distance between people in public places would be respected to reduce risks of any contagion and hand sanitizers were affixed to exhibit walls.
He was interviewed in front of one of the show's top draws, "Portrait of Pope Leone X." The painting underwent a painstaking, three-year-restoration that enhanced the rich hues of the scarlet cap and cape of the pontiff, one of Raphael's patrons, and the cardinal-red robes of two cardinals. So exquisite is Raphael's detailing that a silver bell near the pontiff's left hand looks like you could pick it up and ring it.
Pausing in front of Raphael's creations – including preparatory sketches as breathtakingly beautiful as the paintings that ensued – viewers feel caught in the gaze of the artists' subjects.
Schmidt noted that while Michelangelo was "constantly interested in the anatomy of the human body," and Leonardo da Vinci was "principally interested in the scientific analysis of the world," Raphael's interest "was really the psychology of his sitters" for portraits. Raphael was intent on exploring "how can you express a human character, a soul, through painting, which is very difficult, if not impossible."
But, Schmidt added, switching to Raphael's Italian name " if anyone came close to do it, that was Raffaello."
Drawings, with ink or red or black chalk, provide ample examples of Raphael's success in infusing human figures with emotion. Two of Raphael's celebrated portraits have inspired countless musings about the women who posed for a painter known for his lively love life.
One, informally known as "Fornarina,'' or the baker's daughter, was said to be his mistress and was painted in his last year of life. A finger on her right hand appears to point to an slim armband on her bare arm with the artist's name. Nearby is "Portrait of a woman called 'La Velata,'" or the veiled woman.
When Italy's COVID-19 outbreak surfaced last month, more than 70,000 tickets had already been sold for the "Raffaello" exhibit.
Organizers on Wednesday said "the number of visitors accessing the halls will be controlled" to dilute the risks of any visitors transmitting the new coronavirus.
But if "Raffaello" was forced to temporarily close its doors or slash entrance numbers, it's be highly unlikely that it could be extended.
While the Uffizi has so many Raphael works it could lend 40 and still keep its Raphael room open in the Florence museum, other lending institutions, among them the Prado, the Louvre, the National Gallery in London and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., would be reluctant to deprive for more weeks their own visitors of an opportunity to view their Raphael works in their own collections.
The viral outbreak has already inconvenienced art lovers in Italy.
Last week, admirers of Caravaggio, the Baroque master painter, found themselves locked out of a church in Rome, St. Louis of the French, which has three of the painter's works. A priest at the church had tested positive for the virus after passing through Italy's north, the heart of the outbreak in Europe. When the church re-opened on Wednesday, several tourists wore face masks.
Earlier in Italy's outbreak, the government ordered museums in the hard-hit northern regions temporarily closed. When Turin's renowned Egyptian Museum re-opened this week, director Christian Greco decided to extend its opening hours to better space out visitors.
"The museum is for everyone, and we're here for them,'' Greco told state radio Tuesday. The mood among his relieved staff was "happy to come back."