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Group art exhibition underway at AFD

Artainment Desk

Published: 11:17, 22 May 2024

Group art exhibition underway at AFD

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A group art exhibition titled ‘Finding Nirvana in Life: Buddha of Bengal’ by the 42 artists of Bangladesh and India has begun at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) on Monday. Oriental Painting Study Group (OPSG) has organised the exhibition.

Bringing together 71 artworks by the artists from Bangladesh and India, for the second time, this exhibition explores traditional expressions of Buddhist Sacred Art within the region. A total of 33 Bangladeshi and nine Indian artists are showcasing their diverse artwork on the media including Oriental Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Paintings on Palm Leaves, Rickshaw Painting, Cinema Banner Painting, Wash Painting, Gouache Painting, Calligraphy Painting, Tempera and Patachitra.

The exhibition is curated by Mikhail I. Islam. Buddhist Vante Sanghananda Mohathero, Principal, Sylhet Bouddha Bihar, François Grosjean, Director, Alliance Française de Dhaka and Dr. Saymon Zakaria, Bangladeshi folk researcher and Deputy Director of the Department of Research, Bangla Academy attended the event as Honourable Guests.

The opening ceremony was followed by the premiere of the play Nirvana at Courtyard, Alliance Française de Dhaka at 7:30 pm, directed by Dr Lata Samadder. The play Nirvana has been adapted from Ashwa Ghosh's 'Buddhacharita', which was translated by Sadhankamal Chowdhury. Dr Lata Samadder and Md Zahidul Islam jointly transformed the play. The students of Department of Theater and Media Studies, Tejgaon College, Dhaka and the members of OPSG will perform different roles in the play.

Professor Dr. Md. Harun-Or-Rashid, Principal, Tejgaon College, Dhaka inaugurated the premiere show. The second show of the play `Nirvana` will be staged at the same venue and time on 22 May.

The artists of Bhavnagar Sadhusangha will offer the performance of Charjapada Songs of Ancient Bengal at 5:30 pm on 23 May.

The exhibition will be open to all till 23 May, every day from 3 to 9 pm.