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  • The illustrious life of Satyajit Ray

    Satyajit Ray started as a graphic illustrator before his emergence as a Bengali film icon. He designed book covers, film posters and illustrated children's books among other things and even created two award winning Bangla fonts. What is profound in his work is the sophisticated experimentation with various artistic styles and traditions, both local and foreign, without compromising an aesthetic of authenticity. His forays into graphic design and calligraphy continued throughout his career and often webbed strongly into his filmmaking. Satyajit Ray was indeed a master of visual art in its broadest terms.

  • A topography of loss … unredeemed…

    Dhali Al Mamoon turned time into a portal to gaze back or gauge a blind side of history of the subcontinent—the colonial legacy—which is laden with grief and shame at the loss of the capacity for articulation that Dhali feels has resulted in forfeiting an authentic artistic language in favour of one that alienates a person from one's self.

  • A Wind of Change Stirring the Chronicles Foretold

    Winter is the month of celebration in this country of scorching summers. And the Dhaka urbanites do get spoilt for choice when

  • Counter-structural manifesto

    Art and text by Abir Shome AKA-R Mutt, 2016

  • Articulating Life as It Unfolds

    One of the pioneers of modern art in undivided Bengal, "Shilpacharya" Zainul Abedin (1914-1976) represents the mid-century "realist" trajectory that began to unfold in many modes and sequences—first in Calcutta...

  • Iconoclastic figurality in Shahabuddin Ahmed

    Alpha male striving to take on the future by breaking free of the bounds of the existential matrix—this is how a Shahabuddin addict might try and unhinge oneself from the "rote understanding" of his scampering, hurtling males for which he has made a name, at home and abroad.

  • Have we lost something?

    22nd National Art Exhibition under scrutiny

  • The enduring charm of 'potchitro'

    For nine generations the Acharya family has depicted rural Bengal in their scroll paintings in a dream-like setting, where life was simpler but in no way easy.

  • NOVERA: FINDING REFUGE IN ART

    Bangladeshi modern sculptor, Novera Ahmed, was a woman far ahead of her times.

  • Uronto, flying away in search of art

    The July sun sparkled and reflected from the rows of tin-shed roofs that the almost hundred year old PK Sen building looked out upon. The little known, Prashanna Kumar Sen building was cracking at its seams; the pale yellow and green painted walls were peeling and gave the walls a snakeskin texture.

  • Charcoal's Visual Retreat

    We all know that engineering and architecture students pull all-nighters very often, struggling under a regular wave of stress of their assignments, quizzes and submissions.

  • The Milkshake Collective

    The Milkshake Collective is a group of 22 local artists, specialising art forms starting from pop to modern and graphic. Each

  • Prudential Eye Awards 2016

    The third edition of the Prudential Eye Awards 2016 was held in Singapore last month as part of Singapore Art Week. With an eye to

  • An Alluvial Soul

    Besides presenting Bangladesh's history and archaeological heritages throughout the year, this month Bangladesh National Museum has set to tell the nation's story in a different way.

  • Art that speaks to the times

    The Venice Biennale is widely accepted as “the art world's greatest show”. I had the privilege to attend the opening week, with the theme Enwezor chose for its central exhibition, “All the world's futures”, reflecting his own preoccupation with “the state of things” - in a world where war and destruction has not only not spared art, but our cultural heritage is under attack in a very targeted sense.

  • FINDING YOUR VOICE

    Voiceless Bangladesh (VB) is a project initiated by Naima Alam, lecturer, Media Studies and Journalism Department in ULAB (University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh), to teach her students Public Relations in a rather unique way, working with social issues.

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