Observing nature and life closely with his vision, renowned artist Mohammad Eunus has been portraying abstract paintings for over four decades. He has picked up a keen interest in pure abstraction. He employs colours, lines and textures to give his paintings a classical essence. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, the masterful artist, who is currently staying at his studio residence and raising awareness on the coronavirus pandemic through social media, shared what he has been up to. Apart from contributing to an initiative by Professor Nisar Hossain, the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Art (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU), Eunus is also reminding his fellow artists and students to be responsible. “Artists have always played a leading role during any catastrophe in the country throughout history. We must ensure our place of responsibility in this crisis, from our homes, alongside the affected nations,” says Mohammad Eunus. “The government of Bangladesh has already taken rigorous measures, such as shutting down offices, educational institutions and malls. Different organisations, institutions and individuals are also raising awareness on the issue. Under the circumstances, the FFA, DU, has taken some initiatives. They are providing PPE supplies to the physicians and staff members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. Even though most of us are at risk because of our old age, we are trying to stay strong and keep our morale up. We are all anxious, but I am proud to be a part of such initiatives,” he mentions. Eunus further encouraged the public to follow the guidelines given by the government. “I would like to request everyone to not go out of the house unless it is absolutely urgent. We need to practice social distancing, maintain cleanliness in and around the house, wash our hands frequently with soap and sanitisers and avoid going to mosques, temples or churches for a while,” concludes the artist.
Throughout history, cultural activists have taken their own initiatives to step up during emergencies. In the fight against the current pandemic, a group of 65 cultural activists, including writers, doctors, and theatre performers, have come together to offer their services for the people in the country. Calling themselves ‘Sangskritikarmibrindya’, the nonpolitical group has been working since March 25.