A two-week long group painting exhibition titled ‘Guru-Shishya: Shishya-Guru’ (Preceptor-Disciple: Disciple-Preceptor), the first one by Oriental Painting Studio Bangladesh, is going on at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. Eminent artist Monirul Islam inaugurated the exhibition on January 18, 2019 while Prof. Nisar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and art connoisseur Mikhail I. Islam were present as the special guests.
This exhibition, featuring the art works of Amit Nandi, Malay Bala and Zahangir Alom, is focusing on the oriental paintings ranging from classical to contemporary. The paintings comprise the mythical sagas like the vignettes of Shakuntala, the eternal love between Radha-Krishna and the political aspects from the Mahabharata to the realistic, abstract, semi-abstract, symbolic and modern presentations of the idyllic beauty of Bengal. The portraits of the towering literary and cultural personalities like Tagore and Nazrul, and the contemporary socio-political and cultural features have also been manifested gracefully in their canvasses. Around 50 artworks in mixed media are on display at the exhibition.Well, oriental style is mainly based on water-colour washing method which has inbuilt similarities between culture and medium. This form of art was invented in China and Japan and with the great contributions from Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Abdur Rahman Chughtai and other prominent artists, oriental art got introduced in the Indian subcontinent. Later on, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin established the Department of Oriental Art (now widely known as Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) in 1955.
It is mentionable that Amit Nandi, Malay Bala and Zahangir Alom have been conducting various art activities like practicing, exhibiting and promoting oriental art in Bangladesh following the conventional ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’. They also run the ‘Oriental Painting Study Group’ that has successfully organized eight oriental painting exhibitions with the participation of national and international artists. These artists are committed to opening up new possibilities for oriental art in Bangladesh.
The exhibition will remain open for all till Friday, February 01, 2019.