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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The state of printmaking in Bangladesh

    The tradition of printmaking has a longstanding history in Bangladesh, and in South Asia. Though the technique originated in China, printmaking quickly became a popular mode of artistic reproduction in the subcontinent. Woodblocks dabbed in paint, for example, were used to stamp patterns on fabrics—a design form known as “block print”.

  • Lessons From Legendary Dancer Amala Shankar

    Amala Shankar, the ever graceful, legendary Indian danseuse, wife of dance maestro Uday Shankar, mother of Mamata and Ananda Shankar, steps onto her 100th year in this world June 27.

  • 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.


    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.


    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.