While the month-long solo art exhibition of celebrated artist Shahabuddin Ahmed titled “Shanti” attracted an overwhelming number of visitors as well as art lovers on its first full day, the artworks drew much appreciation from the visitors too.
While visiting the national art gallery, Sharmin Mrittika, a recitation artist, told that two components are very much visible in Shahabuddin’s artworks: one is action and the other one is our Liberation War.
“The obscure figures painted by the artist always speaks about life and action and the way he portrays our Liberation War and Bangabandhu is something we don’t usually see too often,” she added.
Appreciating the initiative of such exhibition, GM Jowardar, who is also an artist, said, in this month of independence, the paintings add extra thrill in people’s hearts and mind about the independence, war and Bangabandhu.
Visitors looking at a painting at the art exhibition of celebrated artist Shahabuddin Ahmed titled “Shanti” at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy here on Tuesday. Photo: UNB/Wahida Zaman Shithi
“I have seen the war, but the newer generation hasn’t. Therefore, I feel this exhibition will help them to think about the war, and will create a mark in their heart,” he added.
Another young artist, Raisa, said, those who have not experienced the war will see the war through the artworks of the artist.
Adults were also found bringing their children and grandchildren to the exhibition so that the young minds can gain knowledge about the country’s history and culture through artworks.
Dr Iqbal Anwar, a child specialist, who brought his two-year old grandchild to the exhibition, told UNB that, the children are the future of the country. As the artist, who himself was a freedom fighter, has portrayed the liberation war through his creativity, the new generation also need to be introduced with the country’s history and art.
Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, organised the month-l1ong solo art exhibition with 32 selected artworks of Shahabuddin on display, depicting the artist’s affinity with Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, his fascination for Bangabandhu and other themes Shahabuddin is well-known for.
UNB is the media partner of this event and the exhibition will continue till 18 April.