Discussion at Bangla Academy on Rabindranath’s paintings
Cultural Correspondent - May 12, 2009
On the occasion of the 148th birth anniversary of Rabidranath Tagore, Bangla Academy organised a discussion on Tagore's paintings titled, “Rabindranath-er Chitra Bhabna: Tukro Kothar Bhashyo,” and a musical programme.
Dr. Ahmed Rafiq read out an essay on Tagore's views as a painter. Professor Ahmed Kabir, Bangla Department, Dhaka University and Professor Kaisar Haque, Department of English, DU were presented as discussants. The welcoming speech was delivered by Dr. Syed Mohammad Shahed, director general, Bangla Academy. The programme was presided over by Professor Nazrul Islam, chairman, University Grants Commissions. Dr. Rafiq said, “Tagore's art did not follow any particular type or style. He didn't have any academic education on art. He enjoyed drawing, created rhythmic lines and had a keen sense of colours. His works carried an individual touch. Tagore's art denotes beauty, truth and delight.”
Professor Ahmed Kabir said, “In Tagore's time, several Indian painters were greatly influenced by European art. Tagore disliked the trend and emphasised individuality. In 1930, his first solo exhibition was held in Paris and his friend, noted Argentine intellectual Victoria Ocampo assisted him.” Professor Kaiser Haque said, “Tagore's images have several aesthetic aspects. Tagore's paintings don't conflict with modern art. He wrote many articles on aestheticism and art. The articles have clearly articulated his great eagerness on art.”
Professor Nazrul said, “Tagore was a revolutionary force in Indian art. He started painting in his childhood but his craft was at the peak between 1928 and 1940. Tagore completed at least 3,000 paintings. The National Museum should have a separate section to display Tagore's paintings (reproductions).” Dr. Syed Mohammad Shahed said, “Tagore had carved so many paths in literature, poetry, art, drama etc. Every year we explore several topics through discussions or researches. His creations are unique and unparalleled.”
After the discussion, a musical programme was held. Iffat Ara Dewan, Shama Rahman, Mita Haque, Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Abdul Wadud and Chhayarani Karmakar performed Rabindra Sangeet on the occasion.