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Annual show of Dhaka Art College begins at Shilpakala

Cultural Correspondent

Visitors watch the displays artworks at the exhibition. — Ali Hossain MintuVisitors watch the displays artworks at the exhibition. — Ali Hossain Mintu

The students of private art institute Dhaka Art College have showcased a colourful array of paintings and artworks at the national art gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
A total of 120 artworks by 71 students and seven teachers have been showcased at the ongoing exhibition, among which thirteen pieces by the students were awarded. One of the artworks has been conferred with the best award, while other twelve works have earned honourable mentions.
All the 112 artworks by the students depict diverse issues presented in different mediums. Seven teachers of the institute have also displayed eight artworks in their distinctive styles. A former teacher at the faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University Somorjit Ray Chowdhury, who is now the chairman of the college, has exhibited a watercolour painting of a village woman. It is difficult to find any woman among the village huts in the painting at a first glance; but a female face is craftily assimilated into the huts, thus relating it to the title, A Village Woman.
Another teacher of the college and eminent artist Alokesh Ghosh has gone for portraying the beauty of river and sailing boats in watercolour. Gobinda Roy has chosen to make a fabulous portrait of late novelist-dramatist Humayun Ahmed. Another captivating work is Tapan Kumer Halder’s printmaking titled Lakkhi Pencha. The artist has marvelously brought the nocturnal bird in his black print.
The best award winning work Still Life by Sohel Ahmed is a simple portrayal of a few bottles placed on a draping cloth on a table. But the piece is so precise and accurate in terms of lighting and outlining that one is bound to praise its precision.
Honourable mention winning work Battle on Horse by Ram Chandra Mondal is a captivating piece as well. The glass painting depicts the epic character Arjuna in a valiant posture with his bow and arrow on a horse cart.
Another honourable mention winning work Anamuzzahid’s Sneha (affection) is a wonderful piece. Done in charcoal, the artwork depicts a father affectionately holding onto a child.
Others who have won the honourable mention are Hawa Akhter, Dipu Biswas, Lockman Hossain, Abdul Karim, Ibrahim Khan Moni, Sudam Chandra Ray, Anisur Rahman, Rashed Alam, Al Amin Mondal and Arup Mazumder.
The exhibition also exhibits works that can easily arrest the viewers’ attention, though they did not earn any award. ‘I hope the exhibition would encourage our students to explore their potentialities,’ said Dr Gobinda Roy, founder principal of Dhaka Art College.  The exhibition was inaugurated on Monday and will be open from 11am to 7pm till December 21.




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