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Monday, May 11, 2009

Oriental paintings at Zainul Gallery

Rahad Abir / May 11, 2009

A group painting exhibition, organised by the ‘Oriental Painting Study Group’ is being held at Zainul Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University. The exhibition, inaugurated by Professor Abdus Sattar, the head of Oriental Art department on May 8, will remain open from 11:00am to 8:00pm till May 15.

Twenty one members of the group have participated for the first time in the exhibition and are displaying 27 of their artworks. Among the participants, Malay Bala, a teacher of the Oriental Art department, is displaying the painting ‘Shakuntala-13’. The largest wash painting in the exhibition is based on the greatest Sanskrit poet Kalidas’ protagonist Shakuntala. The painting shows Shakuntala deeply involved with her companions in the forest.

Including eleven wash paintings there are also some artworks in watercolour, oil on canvas, miniature painting, calligraphy, charcoal, poster colour, pencil drawings and mixed media in the exhibition. Most of the paintings have women, plants, portraits, still life and moments of life as their themes.

Purnima Mondal presents an artwork titled ‘Indian Miniature’ and Asrafa Siddiqua has worked on calligraphy. Sinthia Arefin’s ‘Conversation’ on pencil drawing, Sumon Baidya’s ‘Tea Stall’ on watercolour and Khairunnesa Tushi’s ‘The story of shoe’ on mixed media draw the attention of the viewers.


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