Star Weekend

Sanjoy Chakraborty’s journey with red

Laal Kono Rong Noy (‘Red is Not a Colour’), curated by Mustafa Zaman, is displaying the works of artist Sanjoy Chakraborty from July 12 to 25 at Dwip Gallery, Lalmatia. Sanjoy Chakraborty studied History of Art at Rabindra Bharati University, India and has

Development, but at what cost?

In a solo exhibition “Disappearing Roots”, Samsul Alam Helal explores the impact of gentrification in the Rangamati hill tracts.

Chobi Mela X: 2 decades of “persistence”

20 years of anything is a rather big affair. The 10th edition of Chobi Mela has just wrapped up. Here I look to the people who put it together year after year, and the matters that pushed its presence among us through the crevices of this gridlocked city.

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

July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019

Sanjoy Chakraborty’s journey with red

Laal Kono Rong Noy (‘Red is Not a Colour’), curated by Mustafa Zaman, is displaying the works of artist Sanjoy Chakraborty from July 12 to 25 at Dwip Gallery, Lalmatia. Sanjoy Chakraborty studied History of Art at Rabindra Bharati University, India and has

April 5, 2019
April 5, 2019

Development, but at what cost?

In a solo exhibition “Disappearing Roots”, Samsul Alam Helal explores the impact of gentrification in the Rangamati hill tracts.

March 15, 2019
March 15, 2019

Chobi Mela X: 2 decades of “persistence”

20 years of anything is a rather big affair. The 10th edition of Chobi Mela has just wrapped up. Here I look to the people who put it together year after year, and the matters that pushed its presence among us through the crevices of this gridlocked city.

March 1, 2019
March 1, 2019

Thoughts about my father's paintings

Whenever I find something beautiful, I end up going back to the works of my father to judge that beauty.

February 8, 2019
February 8, 2019

Is Dhaka ready for live art?

If you were anywhere around the Faculty of Fine Arts, DU and the Suhrawardy Udyan from 12 pm and 3 pm last Saturday, February 2, you might have seen a tall woman of Caucasian origin,

January 25, 2019
January 25, 2019

This week at Alliance Francaise Dhaka, art is born out of friendship

From the title of the exhibition to the ambience that hits you upon entering the gallery, one is struck by the presence of alliance, of the fun borne of creative collaboration in the project.

January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019

Confronting the image of the Adivasi woman

In the mainstream Bengali culture, the image of the indigenous women is exoticised. Often shown dressed in colorful attires and traditional jewellery, frolicking in the hills—they are the embodiment of a “primitive” culture, with their ties to nature and their “simple” ways of living.

October 12, 2018
October 12, 2018

Inking The Psyche On Paper

"As I start drawing, and begin contemplating on what to draw, my art takes shape. When I sit with a pen and a blank canvas, I slowly start to see images and it guides my pen, eventually giving birth to a piece of art.

September 28, 2018
September 28, 2018

The biennale is a weaving nest of experiments: Marek Bartelik

Dr Marek Bartelik is a Polish-born, New York-based art critic, art historian, and poet, highly regarded across the world for his nuanced understanding of art.

September 7, 2018
September 7, 2018

Viewership in review

As you enter one of the inner rooms of Shilpakala's Gallery-1, you notice a television with a tap attached to its screen.