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4th Bangla Art Fest concludes on a high note

The “4th Bangla Art Fest 2022, Mymensingh”, dedicated to Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, recently successfully concluded at the BGB Park in Mymensingh. The four-day festival featured an international art camp; art activities by the children, promising artists, contemporary artists and renowned artists both local and foreign.The festival was, organised by Art Bangla Foundation and was jointly inaugurated by renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed and Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin’s youngest son, engineer Mainul Abedin.

Jamal Ahmed and Kanak Chanpa Chakma in USA’s ‘Symphony of Rivers and Hills’

Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts is going to organise an exclusive duet art exhibition titled “Symphony of Rivers and Hills” at Gandhi Memorial Center, 4748 Western avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816, Washington DC, USA on October 15. Two eminent Bangladeshi artists, Jamal Ahmed and Kanak Chanpa Chakma, are all set to travel from Bangladesh to USA to showcase 44 of their artworks (22 works depicted by each) for the fortnight-long exhibition.

Rokeya Sultana’s art blossoms at Edge Gallery

The saying, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world’ rings true in the artistic journey and pursuits of renowned artist, Professor Rokeya Sultana -- who has, over the years, created a hallmark of her own. Her vast volume of unique works speaks of that reality. Her art practice is largely focused on her internal life and exploration of the feminine, as well as various fluid emotional states and sensual abstract topographies.

Spreading the gospel of Nazrul

In a bid to preserve the creative legacy of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dr Al Amin Khan has been working on several projects related to our beloved National Poet for years. Al Amin, a singer and organiser, founded the ‘Nazrul Centre’ a few years back.

Winter captured marvelously by Anurup Kanti Das

John Keats’s famous excerpt, “A thing of beauty is joy forever…” from the poem “Ode to a Grecian Urn” holds true, considering Anurup’s dedication towards the visual arts. He went to many lengths and even had to withstand the shivering winter, to arrest the exquisite images of Helsinki.

Portraying bucolic beauty of Bangladesh

Renowned artist Samar Majumder’s third solo exhibition, titled “Soul Searching: A Personal Journey” took place at the Shilpangan, Lalmatia. The month-long exhibition concludes today.

When objects speak

‘Objects in Conversation’ is the first design exhibition in Bangladesh, highlighting the cultural consequence of furniture as design objects.

‘Art has the power to establish world peace’

Renowned British-Bangladeshi art patron Nadia Samdani has been bestowed with the title of the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2022 Birthday Honours List.

‘Art Against Corona’ underway at Shilpakala

A month-long art exhibition, titled Art Against Corona, is underway at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). A K Abdul Momen, Honourable Minister for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest at the National Gallery Auditorium of the academy on October 27.

Duet exhibition ‘Thought 2’ underway at Shilpangan Gallery

Thought 2, a duet art exhibition is underway at Shilpangan Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The exhibition, consisting of the plurality of artistic thoughts, is led by the artist couple A H Dhali Tomal and Farzana Rahman Bobby. This is their first collaborative exhibition.

Baseer: An Eloquent Mind underway at Bengal Shilpalay

An exclusive exhibition, titled ‘Baseer: An Eloquent Mind’ is now underway at Quamrul Hassan Exhibition Gallery (Second Floor) of Bengal Shilpalay, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Organised by Bengal Foundation, the exhibition, featuring nearly 70-year works of Bangladesh’s pioneering painter Murtaja Baseer, was opened on October 12.

“Both pets and stray animals deserve to co-exist with human beings” - Kanak Chanpa Chakma

Born in Rangamati, renowned artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma grew up among people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

“Murtaja Baseer’s passing is the end of an era” – Abul Monsur

Eminent artist Professor Abul Monsur, who was Murtaja Baseer’s colleague at Chittagong University, evaluated the creative legacy of the pioneering art maestro in a recent conversation with The Daily Star.

The passing of a pioneer

August 17 would have been eminent artist, poet, litterateur, Language Movement veteran and versatile genius Murtaja Baseer’s 89th birthday.

“He was a truly humble man” - Hanif Sanket on Andrew Kishore

Hanif Sanket remembers eminent singer Andrew Kishore as a humble person, who never acted like the superstar that he was.

Golden voice goes silent

Eminent playback singer Andrew Kishore, who had been battling cancer for months, passed away at his hometown Rajshahi at 7:00pm yesterday, confirmed his brother-in-law, Dr Patrick Bipul Biswas.

Rokeya Sultana: The ‘Madonna’ of our time

The saying, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world’ rings true in the artistic journey and pursuits of renowned artist Professor Rokeya Sultana -- who has, over the years, created a hallmark of her own.

Shilpangan organises online group show ‘Art for Life Again’

Amid the coronavirus crisis, Shilpangan is hosting the online group art show, ‘Art for Life Again’.

Music maestro Ustad Azad Rahman dies

Renowned singer, composer and music director Ustad Azad Rahman passed away at a city hospital yesterday. He was 76.

Remembering IRRFAN KHAN

He was suffering from a rare colon cancer, called Colitis. He is survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar, and two sons, Babil and Ayan.

Looking into AKM Alamgir Huque’s artistic muses

AKM Alamgir Huque, a scholar and artist, was a familiar name in the Dhaka art scene of the late 80s. In that period, he excelled in painting and printmaking, establishing an individual hallmark through his semi-abstract and pure abstract works.

Artists put brushes aside to help doctors

For students and teachers of Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, the beginning of April is usually a busy time, as the campus premises bustle with preparations for the Mangal Shobhajatra rally to usher in the Bangla New Year, marking Pahela Baishakh (on April 14).

Kamruzzaman Shadhin: The tale of a socio-politically conscious artist

Celebrated visual artist Kamruzzaman Shadhin works on diverse media, including installation, video, sculpture and performance art.

Group exhibition ‘Bangladesh’ marking birth centenary of Bangabandhu

Contemporary art gallery Shilpangan has arranged a group painting exhibition, titled ‘Bangladesh’, marking the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman.

Bimbavati Devi’s homage to Bangabandhu

As part of the yearlong celebration of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has arranged a grand programme that will take place on March 17.

Bangladesh Art Week celebrates womanhood

Bangladesh Art Week (BAW) is celebrating womanhood through a unique exhibition, titled ‘Ora Egaro Jon’, which is underway at Dhaka Gallery, Banani. Featuring a female-led group art exhibition, BAW Women 2020, is open for all till March 14.

Tarek Amin’s ‘Time & Reality’ opens at Galleri Kaya today

Promising artist Ruhul Amin Tarek’s first solo exhibition, Time & Reality, opens at Galleri Kaya in Uttara, today. Atiqul Islam, Mayor, Dhaka North City Corporation, will inaugurate the show.

Int’l Art Fest 2020 Nilphamari concludes on a high note

The third International Art Festival 2020 Nilphamari concluded on a high note. Artists from five countries created a cornucopia of artwork in a four-day art camp, the outcome of which were on display yesterday at the idyllic ambience of Nilsagor, the festival venue.

Sheikh Afzal Hossain’s ‘Swajanghati Rekha’ underway at Kala Kendra

Under the title of Swajanghati Rekha, an exclusive solo art exhibition is underway at Kala Kendra, Iqbal Road, Dhaka. Eminent artists Professor Rafiqun Nabi and Professor Shishir Bhattacharjee inaugurated the exhibition on February 21.

International Art Fest 2020 Nilphamari concludes today

Nilphamari’s Nilsagor offers an idyllic ambience covered with Siberian birds and greenery for the 350 artists from five countries, who are participating in the International Art Festival 2020 Nilphamari, which concludes today.

International Art Fest 2020 Nilphamari underway

The International Art Fest 2020 Nilphamari, an event which celebrates different artistic expressions, opened yesterday.

Professor Razia Sultana Khan’s ‘Of Woman Born’ underway at Zainul Gallery

Professor Razia Sultana Khan’s solo painting exhibition, Of Woman Born, is underway at Zainul Gallery-2, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka (DU).

Parampara: Carrying an artistic legacy forward

The harbinger of the famous cartoon character, ‘Tokai’, is eminent artist Professor Rafiqun Nabi, popularly known as ‘Ranabi’.

International Art Festival 2020 to set off at Nilsagor, Nilphamari

The 3rd International Art Festival 2020 will set off at Nilsagor, Nilphamari on February 26. The prime purpose of the annual four-day (February 26-29) event is to diffuse the flow of art to the remote countryside of Bangladesh.

Group exhibition ‘Impression of Nature’ underway at Zainul Gallery

A group exhibition, titled Impression of Nature, is underway at Zainul Gallery, University of Dhaka (DU). Outdoor Community has organised the exhibition, featuring 21 painters, who, in protest of global warming, have portrayed different facets of nature.

Star Melodies heralds the Spring with romantic songs

Star Melodies, an initiative of The Daily Star to promote Bangla music, hosted a musical soiree titled, Bhalobashar Akhore Lekha Boshonter Gaan, featuring songs about romance and spring-- the season of love. Sponsored by Dhaka Bank Limited, the event was held yesterday at A S Mahmud Hall of The Daily Star Centre.

Kibria International Print Fair 2020 concludes

The 9th edition of Kibria International Print Fair, which began on February 13, concluded yesterday at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Art (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU). Kibria International Print Fair Organising Committee and Kibria Printmaking Studio jointly organised the fair as a tribute to the abstract art master and eminent printmaker Mohammad Kibria.

Dhaka Art Summit 2020 concludes today

The Dhaka Art Summit: Seismic Movements (DAS 2020), organised by Samdani Art Foundation (SAF) in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), concludes today at the National Art Gallery, BSA.

DAS 2020: ‘Roots’ deeply embedded in the heart of Bangladeshi art

The Dhaka Art Summit 2020 (DAS 2020), currently underway at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, boasts of exquisite exhibitions that truly highlight Bangladesh’s art history and heritage.

A rich tribute to Bangabandhu at Dhaka Art Summit

The Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements (DAS 2020) features many richly curated research-based exhibitions. Initiated by Samdani Art Foundation (SAF), with support from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the grand art event, held biennially, is now underway at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), and will run until February 15.

Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements

Visionary duo Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani, the cofounders of the Samdani Art Foundation (SAF), has been organising Dhaka Art Summit biennially since 2012.

Soma Surovi Jannat on winning the Samdani Art Award 2020

Promising artist Soma Surovi Jannat won the Samdani Art Award at the Dhaka Art Summit 2020 (DAS 2020), this year.

The art extravaganza returns

The city has become the epicenter of art, as Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements (DAS 2020) began yesterday at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

Dhaka Art Summit: Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani's dream realised

Celebrated art connoisseurs, collectors and entrepreneurs Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani, also the cofounders of the Samdani Art Foundation, have been organising Dhaka Art Summit biennially since 2012.

Preema Donna: The Bold and the Beautiful

Renowned artist Nazia Andaleeb Preema’s 22nd solo exhibition, Preema Donna, is underway at Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum (BNM).

Homelands: Revisiting common pasts and imagining new futures

Uniting artists from three nations, Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan was inaugurated at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, UK, on November 12, 2019.

Fostering a sense of liberated creativity

A group art exhibition, titled Tribhuban (Three Worlds), is underway at Shilpangan Gallery in Lalmatia, Dhaka.

Summit’s ‘Hamiduzzaman Sculpture Park’ in the making

Summit Power Limited (SPL), the largest independent power producer in the country and a leading infrastructure developer and operator in South Asia, has set up ‘Hamiduzzaman Sculpture Park’ located at Summit Gazipur 464 MW Power Plant’s Premises at Kodda, Gazipur to promote art.

January 6, 2020
January 6, 2020

Kali O Kalam recognises four young wordsmiths

Reputed literary magazine Kali O Kalam, honoured four young wordsmiths with the Young Poet and Writer Award 2019 on January 4, at Bengal Shilpalay in Dhanmondi.

January 5, 2020
January 5, 2020

Curtain rises to the second edition of ‘Bangladesh Sangskritik Utshab 2020’ at BSA

With an aim to display the rich Bangladeshi culture, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has, for the second time, organised the Bangladesh Sangskritik Utshab 2020 at the Nandan Mancha of its premises in Dhaka. The 21-day festival was inaugurated recently.

December 30, 2019
December 30, 2019

‘Zainul Utshab 2019’ underway at DU

Zainul Utshab 2019 is currently underway at the premises of Faculty of Fine Art (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU), marking the 105th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, the pioneer of the art education movement in Bangladesh. Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni graced the occasion as the chief guest.

December 29, 2019
December 29, 2019

Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Art Exposition under spotlight

Art is an international language communicating across cultures to enrich and enlighten diverse communities of social, political and economic interests. The Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Artist Exchange Programme is one that nurtures this idea and concept.

December 28, 2019
December 28, 2019

An evening of melodic nostalgia

To revisit the glorious songs of our victory, indulging in the timeless melodies of our life still glowing like a nostalgic twilight -- Star Melodies, The Daily Star initiative to promote Bangla music, hosted a musical evening titled Bijoyer Rong-e Aanka Bela Shesher Gaan.

December 27, 2019
December 27, 2019

‘His Dream World’ opens at Shilpangan today

Shilpangan, the contemporary art gallery, has organised His Dream World, an exclusive exhibition, featuring the works of 50 great artists of Bangladesh and India.

December 21, 2019
December 21, 2019

Chhayanaut hosts Shuddha Sangeet Utshab

The two-day long ‘Chhayanaut Shuddha Sangeet Utshab’, featuring both vocal and instrumental music, concluded early morning today at its main auditorium in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The annual festival, comprising of two sessions was the 13th iteration of the event.

December 20, 2019
December 20, 2019

Artist Firoz Mahmud nominated for France’s COAL Prize

Bangladeshi artist Firoz Mahmud is one of the ten nominees for France’s COAL Prize, from the organisation, Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development, which works in the fields of contemporary art, sustainable development and research, in order to promote the emergence of a culture of ecology.

December 18, 2019
December 18, 2019

Capturing the essence of dance on canvas

Dance speaks an international language. Dancers, therefore, emphasise more on expressing their art forms, which include not only facial expressions, but also balanced corporal gestures. On the other hand, painters portray an orchestration of imageries on canvas, to express their artistic thoughts.

December 17, 2019
December 17, 2019

‘Breaking Ground: Modern Art in Transition’ opens today

The art exhibition, Breaking Ground: Modern Art in Transition, organised by Bengal Shilpalay, opens today at Subir Choudhury Exhibition Hall in Dhanmondi. Riva Ganguly Das, the High Commissioner of India in Dhaka, will inaugurate the exhibition as the chief guest. Renowned artist Professor Nisar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, will attend the event as the special guest. Breaking Ground: Modern Art in Transition will conclude on February 15, 2020.