Dhaka is a city with a vibrant and dynamic art culture featuring many notable artists, exhibitions, and art spaces. All year round, many art melas celebrate the thriving art scene and we will list 5 of the best ones you simply can't afford to miss! Whether you are a seasoned art connoisseur or a newcomer to the world of art, these melas are definitely going to be a great way to explore.
Safe, vibrant public spaces are so rare in Dhaka that the months from January to early March feel like a gift from the universe when the Bangla Academy comes alive with the Dhaka Lit Fest, followed by the Dhaka Art Summit and the February extravaganza of the Ekushey Boi Mela. Since 2020, the Gulshan Book Fair has added to the series of treats for those of us who crave creative festivals in this city.
Whether it is context, knowledge or simply to take part in the dispersion of intellectual property, more people are now visiting art exhibitions. Last weekday’s visit to DAS showed exactly that, with the authority even having to almost prohibit taking pictures of artworks.
Animation, games and performances your children shouldn't miss on the last day of DAS 2023 today
Visiting the DAS on its fifth day, I had a wonderful experience of watching this performance live. While walking through the gallery, I was fascinated by the thunder noises and the soft sound of raindrops hitting the ground. It took me a while to find the pavilion, and by then there was a small group of visitors circling the performance.
The Slavic fairy tales and Soviet stories formed a significant part of the childhood memories of people who grew up in the subcontinent from the 1960s to the mid 1980s.
For those who are especially interested in literature in book form, the first two floors of the exhibition hold treasures.
“We wanted to share the story in our native language, just the way we heard it from our elders", said Kanak Chanpa Chakma.
The sixth Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is under way at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy presented by the Samdani Art Foundation with the theme of ‘Bonna’.