To raise awareness among people about the Israeli attacks on Gaza, and raise funds to help the victims of the violence in Palestine, Drik has arranged a three-day programme at Drik Gallery in the capital. The programme, titled “Appeal for Gaza” include an exhibition and sale of paintings and photographs donated by a number of artists and photographers. Alongside the artworks, merchandises carrying slogans for Gaza are also up for sale as part of the fundraising activity.
The inauguration ceremony took place on Monday evening, in the presence of Palestinian Ambassador Shaher Mohammad. The inauguration ceremony began with singer Kafil Ahmed's song “Praan e Praan Melaboi Bole Rakhi”. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik, Artist Monirul Islam and Palestinian students living in Bangladesh expressed their thoughts at the opening programme.
Kafil Ahmed performs (top); guests at the exhibition.
Expressing solidarity with the innocents being killed in Gaza, a group of empathetic artists donated their photographs and paintings. Abdus Shakoor Shah, Abir Abdullah, Bishwajit Goswami, Jamal Ahmed, Jannatul Mawa, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Mohammad Anisul Hoque, Monirul Islam, Nasir Ali Mamun, Rokeya Sultana, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Saiful Huq Omi, Shahid Kabir, Shahidul Alam, Shishir Bhattachariya, Swapan Chowdhury, Taslima Akhter, Tapash Paul, Wakilur Rahman and many more are among the contributing artists and photographers.
On the first floor of the gallery, photographs are on display, while the second floor has paintings. Apart from the exhibition, the event also features cultural programmes. Yesterday evening, flautist Shanto Kumar Das performed at the exhibition, followed by recitation, and a musical performance by popular artiste Krishnokoli.
As part of today's schedule, Reetu Sattar will perform “A Bird of a Stone” at 6pm. Later in the evening, Waqeel Ahad and Labik Kamal Gaurab's musical performance will take place along with recitation and instrumental music.
The event is part of Drik's “No more” public awareness campaign.