Maiden solo art exhibition titled ‘Santalnama’ by artist, filmmaker and columnist Pradip Ghosh will close tomorrow at Chitrashala Gallery of Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad, Lalmatia, in the capital.
The exhibition ‘Santalnama’ is featuring a selection of 21 recent artworks by Pradip Ghosh. The artworks portray the life struggle of the indigenous Santals in Bangladesh. Specifically last year on November 6, three Santal men were killed and 30 people, including nine policemen, were injured in a clash with law enforcers and workers of Rangpur Sugar Mills in Gobindaganj. The clash broke out when workers of Rangpur Sugar Mills along with police went to the Bagda Farm area to ‘reclaim’ the sugar mill’s land allegedly occupied by the Santal community.
“I went to the village of Santals and stayed there a few days in order to make a documentary on them. I heard the sad story of how they were forced out of their house. How they were just burnt, only because of staying on their own land. How Shyamol Hembrom, Mangal Maddi and Ramesh Tudu were killed. I went to Gobindogunj and heard the story of Shyamol Hembrom’s child, who has lost his father. His wife has lost her mental stability. How can I keep silence in this situation? That’s why I have decided to protest against such injustice in my own language. There are 21 art pieces in this exhibition, where I have tried to show simplicity so that everyone can understand the language of art”, said Pradip Ghosh about his exhibition.
Pradip Ghosh was born on March 15, 1979. He completed his Honors and Master’s degrees from Chittagong University with distinction. Though printmaking was his main subject, he enjoys water colour very much. At present he is busy with making documentaries. He made a documentary named “Madonna-43” on the occasion of the birth centenary of Shilpacharya Jainul Abdin. “Dwipantorer Rajbandi”, “Bhasanpani”, “Kkhotochinho- The Scar”, “Garai: The Untold Story” and “Fireman” are his other documentary films. He is also making a documentary on the world famous artistic work of Jainul Abedin named “Manpura-70”.
Veteran journalist and cultural activist Kamal Lohani inaugurated the exhibition with renowned artists Hamiduzzaman and Shishir Bhattacharya in attendance on November 6, 2017. Engineer Mainul Abedin, son of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, graced the occasion by his presence.