A group art exhibition titled “Bangabandhu Bangladesh”, featuring some of the foremost artists of the country was recently held at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Organised by Samatat Art Camp, the exhibition featured 100 artworks by 40 painters, including Qayyum Chowdhury, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Monirul Islam, Hashem Khan, Abu Taher, Samarjit Roy Choudhury, Dhiraj Choudhury, Biren Shome, Jamal Ahmed and Alokesh Ghosh, and ran from March 4-17.
Artworks by several new faculty members of the Dhaka University's Fine Arts Department were also showcased at the exhibition. The exhibition was a true amalgamation of young and veteran artists of Bangladesh.
Most of the displayed works were portraits of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with depictions of our glorious Liberation War and landscape of rural Bangladesh.
Samatat has so far organised five art camps. The exhibition featured selected artworks from the camps. Renowned photojournalist and writer MA Taher founded Samatat at picturesque Sonargaon in Narayanganj. While talking to this writer, Taher said, “The name 'Samatat' was given by late Qayyum Chowdhury and our logo was also designed by him. It is sad that the master painter is no more with us, but I feel he watches us from a different space and takes pride in the fact that Samatat has organised such an interesting exhibition.”
Taher hopes to organise more such art camps to further enrich the fine arts scene in the country.