An exhibition of the works of Bangladeshi artist Rokeya Sultana opened for public viewing in Dhaka on Wednesday to commemorate the 50 years of India-Bangladesh friendship.
The exhibition was launched at the Indian Cultural Centre in the capital’s Gulshan area. Eminent historian, writer and chair of 1971 Genocide Torture Archive and Museum, Profesor Muntassir Mamoon, and the High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, Vikram Doraiswami were present at the programme as guests of honour.
The event in Dhaka is a curtain-raiser for the first standalone show of the artworks of Rokeya Sultana in India, which will open on October 23 at Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi. Following the show in New Delhi, the works will travel to Kolkata in December this year, under the auspices of the ICCR.
The exhibition traces the artist’s fascinating trajectory from when she worked in Santiniketan as a student under the guidance of Somnath Hore, Sanat Kar, and Lalu Prasad Shaw; to her artistic career subsequently in Bangladesh with Safiuddin Ahmed and Mohammad Kibria as mentors.
Rokeya Sultana, an award-winning Bangladeshi printmaker and painter received recognition in the 9th Asian Biennale and the National Art Exhibition, Dhaka; the 3rd Bharat Bhavan Biennale, India; and a residency scholarship to L'Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut, Paris. She has obtained her Masters's degree in Fine Arts from Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan under an ICCR scholarship in 1983.