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Shantiniketan

ABODE OF PEACE

Tagore's Timelessness …

ABODE OF PEACE

Two years back, while I was in ITC-SRA, Kolkata, to cover the nine-daylong “Bangla Gaan-er Utshab”, I decided to make a trip to Shantiniketan. I along with Ashish-Ur-Rahman of the Daily Prothom Alo, arrived at Bolpur by train. As we got down from the train, the Geetanjali Museum caught my attention. A wonderful museum...

Idylls in watercolour, and more

Idylls in watercolour, and more

Sumon Wahed is fresh back from Shantiniketan, where he had gone on an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship. His ideas and sense of form and figures are unique, as was evident from a recent exhibition of his works at the Dhaka Art Centre, titled “Academic-Postacademic”. The painting which moved me the most was of prisoners being taken from BDR. Their faces looked wan, and they clung on to the bars with hopelessness and misery. The haunted look in their eyes reminded one of Oscar Wilde's “Ballad of Reading Gaol”. The police bus was broken and battered. The frames of the two windows were done by applying pieces of...

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