Bangladeshi climber dies on Everest
A Bangladeshi climber has died on Mount Everest, few hours after successfully climbing the summit, AFP reports quoting Nepalese tourism officials on Tuesday. Mohammed Hossain, 35, and another fellow climber from South Korea, Sung Ho-Seo, 34, died in their tent.
Komol Khalid Hasan won award for 'Bangladesher Gaan'
A Bangla song 'Eki Prithibi' (One World) has won second place at a recent theme song selection conference held on May 3, 2013 in Beijing, China as a prequel to the first China - South Asia Fair. The song was written and composed by Komol Khalid Hasan. The purpose of this Fair is to strengthen cultural ties between China and South Asian countries. The Selection Committee at the conference consisted of critics from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan living in China as well as Chinese professors and scholars in Music. 22 fully composed songs and lyrics for 55 more were sent in from different countries of South Asia from which, only 4 compositions were selected. The Fair itself will be held from 6 to 10 June 2013 in Kunming, China, where Bangladesh will be participating. Komol Khalid Hasan is currently working as the GM of Bengal Music Company, a sister concern of Bengal Foundation and he also teaches in the Department of Music at Dhaka University.
Hamidur Rahman Puroshkar 2013
18 May 2013 6.00 PM Bengal Shilpalaya
1st Death Anniversary 2013
22 May 2013 6.00 PM Bengal Shilpalay
We deeply grieve the great human loss suffered in the Savar building collapse.
11 May, Saturday at 7.00 PM Bengal Shilpalaya
HSBC-Kali O Kalam Tarun Kobi O Lekhak Puroshkar 2012
Friday, 17 May 2013 at 5 PM. Abdul Karim Shahittabisharad Milanayatan, Bangla Academy. Ramna, Dhaka Contact : 01552100350, +88028901133 Fifth cycle of Bangla Literature awards to young poets and writers, in four categories - poetry, short story, literary research and essay, writings on the War of Liberation
Solo Printing Exhibition
Light and Shadow
Ferdousy Priyabhashini, Karu Titas
24 May - 04 Jun 2013
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
Shilpa O Shilpi
Volume 2, Issue 1, September 2012 is now available.
Jal Pare Pata Nare
October 2012 Issue
Kali O Kalam
Now Available October 2012 Issue
Phera/ The Homecoming
Available on DVD, BFDVD0002. The film ‘Phera’ (The Homecoming) takes into account Monirul Islam’s life and work, and explores his enduring connection with his roots. Monir left for Spain four decades ago. Away from his homeland, he carried in his heart the vast expanse of the Meghna. In his thoughts, he was never far from Chandpur. Most of his paintings were done in Madrid, but the characteristic sky and rivers of Bangladesh continued to dominate his palette. After he settled in Madrid, Monir concentrated in etching and eventually carved a niche for himself in the European art world. Monir is equally at home with painting. His distinctive abstract expressionist style brings to life a variety of works, no two of which are alike.
A French April In Dhaka
French artists in Dhaka
In August 2004, the Embassy of France in Dhaka, coordinated 3 prominent galleries in Dhaka, the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Shilpangan, and La Gallerie, to concurrently host two solos and one group Print exhibition featuring the works of notable French artists. The film, A French April in Dhaka, focuses on the solo art exhibitions of the contemporary French painter Jean Dometti and printmaker Jean Pierre Tango. It also covers a group exhibition comprising the works of great master such as Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Brac, Dado etc., all of which were produced in the print shop of Le Courrier.
Aloker Ei Jharnadharay/ Enlightenment
Kanak Chanpa Chakma
Features the life and works of artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma. It takes into account her inspiration as derived from the simple lifestyle, beliefs and customs of the Chakma people.
An Indigenous Minimalist
This documentary focuses on artist Hamiduzzaman Khan' sculpture exhibition held in December 2002. Aired in Channel 1
The film portrays painter Swapan Chowdhury as seen by his son Shayan Chowdhury Ornob. Swapan's role in the Liberation War of 1971, his love of music and deep committment to the arts, is gradually unfolded in the film.
Anya Janala Diye/ Through the Other Window
Contemporary Works of Bengali Artists 1999
Bengal Foundation organized a workshop on Contemporary works of Bengali Artists in 1999 which successfully brought together leading artists from West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh. The three-day workshop, featuring 52 leading artists of the two Bengals, was participated by Shafiuddin Ahmed, Mohammad Kibria, Aminul Islam, Quyyum Chowdhury, Jogen Chowdhury, Bijan Chowdhury, Sunil Das and Paritosh Sen among others. The interactive moments of the workshop have been recorded in a video documentary produced by Bengal Foundation. The documentary also features some rare shots of the late professor Abdur Razzak and the late poet Shamsur Rahman. Telecast in Channel 1
Children's art competition
Records an art competition held on the occasion of the second founding anniversary of Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. Telecast in Channel 1
Asian Art Workshop 2002
The documentary is based on a large-scale art workshop held in Rajendrapur in 2002. The Contemporary Asian Art Workshop 2002 was jointly organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bengal Foundation, wherein 77 artists from 17 countries participated. Telecast in Channel 1
Atma Dahaner Rupakalpa/ An Allegory Of Self-exploration
Nazlee Laila Mansur
Through her work, Nazlee Laila Mansur discloses hopes and aspirations, and addresses cultural and political issues connected with women. She begins her work by concretizing certain themes, ideas, facts and figures. She is interested in motifs and themes that belong to the popular, familiar world. Then she gradually moves into a world which appears to be unfamiliar, deceitful and absurd. The film tries to depict her journey as an artist. It also carries observations and remarks by her compatriots- artists Dhali Al Mamun, Shishir Bhattacharya and anthropologist Prof Rehnuma Ahmed. The documentary aims to capture the artist’s inner thoughts by exploring her recent exhibition. Aired on Channel 1
Britto Residency Programme
Britto Arts Trust invited three artists from different continents – Asia, Africa and South America – to spent time in Bangladesh as part of their residency programme. During their stay, the artists travelled across the country and created sculpture, electronic art and text art works. Their work formed a unique collection and was exhibited at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. This film records the artists’ interaction with each other, their experience in Bangladesh, and their works at the exhibition. Telecast in Channel 1
Chobir Desher Chobi
Watercolour workshop: Chobir Desher Chobi
Based on a theme developed by artist Shafiqul Kabir Chandan, Bengal Foundation organized a watercolour workshop involving artists from different backgrounds. The four-day workshop was held at Bangshibari – a large airy bungalow nestled on the bank of the Bangshi river. Fifty young artists stayed there for a week and worked actively. Inspired by the surrounding greenery and water, they produced a large number of fascinating watercolours. The film highlights the atmosphere of the workshop and introduces the participants.
Close Shots of Collage
Art workshop: Collage Kalpa
The sixteen participants of the Collage Kalpa (collage craftsmanship) art workshop were all painters who had mature styles and ideologies. But they all readily responded to the challenge posed by artist Monirul Islam. The theme of Collage Kalpa was to free the imagination from the shackles of ordinary thought and embark on an exploration of new materials, new ways of combining things and new presentations. An inspiring variety of work was produced in just four days of frenzied activity. Close Shots of Collage records the moments and the process of exploration.
Dhaka Art Camp 2006
Dhaka Art Camp 2006
An art camp was held in Bangshi Bari at the bank of the river Bangshai in 2006. Th efilm carries interviews with individual artists and records their activities. 47 artists from Bangladesh, Agartala, Assam, Kolkata and Hyderabad particpated in the art camp.
Focuses on an exhibition of the works of artist Mohammad Eunus. Telecast in Channel 1
Abdur Razzaque (1932-2005)
Available on DVD - BFDVD0001. Abdur Razzaque was a distinguished student of the second batch of the Government Institute of Art who played a pioneering role in the development of the modern style of painting in Bangladesh. Razzaque was born in 1932 in a remote village in Shariatpur, Bangladesh. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in 1954. A Fulbright scholar, he pursued post graduate studies at the State University of Iowa, USA, and worked under the renowned printmaker Mauricio Lasansky. Razzaque was the first Bangladeshi to have earned a master degree in Fine Arts. The film presents an overview of Razzaque's life and works through six decades, allowing an enthusiastic viewer to sense the gradual development of a distinguished modern artist.
Jalgadhuli/ Twilight Colours
The film looks at artist Farida Zaman from the angle of her daily life, how it influences her work and integrates with her thought process. Fish, fish-nets and the figure of a destitute child are leading elements in her painting. In the film she explains her predilection.
Kalpaloker Padabali/ Imaginings
Features the life and works of artist Abu Taher. Telecast in Channel 1
Manush Kabor Theke Ase, Kabore Cale Jay/ From the Grave They Come, to the Grave They Go
Ronni Ahmmed is a promising artist of the younger generation. His thoughts are innovative and removed from any hint of the stereotype. His ideas verge on the epic and contain elements of supernaturalism and surrealism. With the spectator, he moves between the past and the present, making surprising inroads into the future. Ronni was actively involved in making the film--offering ideas and suggestions--even to the extent of acting out the main role. In order to suit the idea of an inaccessible and unfathomable world, director ARK Reepon turned the entire film zone into a white realm.
Murtaja Baseer: Shilpa Anneshar Pancanna Bachar/ 55 Years of Endeavour
Murtaja Baseer's erudition and versatility is well-known. He has written a number of travelogues, criticisms and novels. His interest also spanned the world of cinema where he directed, acted and wrote screenplays. But, he is best known as a painter of renown. The exhibition 'Murtaja Baseer: 55 Years of Endeavour' celebrates his 73rd birth anniversary. In the accompanying film the untiring artist elaborates his ideology, faith and inspiration and candidly discusses his eventful life.
Nishorger Ankiye/ A Landscape Painter
Eminent artist Qayyum Choudhury's works are characterized by elements of tradition and modernity. One will find both the beautiful landscape of the countryside and stories drawn from the urban life. This dialogue makes his work fascinating. The artist has a profound interest in nature and its many different colours and shades. Qayyum Choudhury has always identified with progressive movements in Bangladesh and his respect for freedom is repeatedly reflected in the various motifs and colours that abound in his canvas. In recent times, the artist has addressed contemporary issues that constitute modern-day struggle. The film focuses on the recent exhibition of his works in the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. It also highlights his life and lends glimpses of his inner world. Aired in Channel 1
Path Calatei Ananda/ The Journey is My Pleasure
Murad's documentary on painter Hashem Khan is narrative in nature. It presents chronologically the early years of the artist's life, his passion for painting, his views on fine arts, and finally his struggle as an artist. Hashem Khan's own words about himself and his experiences add a new dimension to this film. Telecast in Channel 1
Phul Bole ...
Iffat Ara Dewan
The film, Phhul Bole (The Flower Speaks), reveals the talents of Iffat Ara Dewan, who is a reputed singer and a sensitive painter. In her world, there is peaceful co-existence between music and painting. One upholds the other intimately. Her paintings are simple, almost naive, yet pleasant. Her music flows like an ebullient stream while her paintings contain a sweet cadence. The filmmaker Mahbub Alam Pallab has made a sincere attempt to understand the artist through her creative pursuits. Telecast in Channel 1
Portrait of an Alluvial Artist
Kalidas' personality is as colourful as his canvases. In the film he reminisces about his childhood and his student days. Also comes into play are the more serious aspects of marriage and the time spent away from home. Kalidas feels that a painter's lived experience forms the basis of his artistic sensibilities. The ensuing dialogue on Kalidas' work reveals how colour and form extend beyond the confines of the canvas to give meaning to the artist's desire to connect to the primordial.
Samay Khanan/ Excavating Time
Dilara Begum Jolly
After the premiere show of Excavating Time, Nisar Hossain commented that the artist was not visible in the film. Wahid Tarek, the director, asserted that Jolly and her work are situational and therefore intertwined with the circumstances. The director has made an honest attempt to highlight the complex issues behind the artist's quest.
Serenade of Rain
The film focuses on Kazi Ghiyasuddin's work and his studio located in a quiet suburb in Savar. The artist?s house, designed by architect B K S Inan, offers a quiet play of light and shade, even at night. It provides the perfect foil to Kazi Ghiyas? rather sensitive use of colour. The artist is very responsive to the varying rhythms of rainfall and the variegated ways in which colours of the environment are filtered through the rain. His feelings are adequately expressed in the muted colours and quiet sensitivity of his work. Aired in Channel 1
Shikore Mouna Natok
Ferdousi Priyabhashini is a sensitive artist whose work is intimately connected with nature. Her sculptures in driftwood evoke a natural empathy that is compelling in its beauty. The film centers on her exhibition at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts.
Centering on an exhibition of Mahmudul Hoque's paintings held in the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, the film brings to light the artist and his ideas.
The film portrays artist Rafiqun Nabi whose mature style in painting and satirical drawings have won him wide acclaim. It explores the artists world, his ideology and the accompanying exhibition at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts.
Sristi Shukher Ullashe/ Devotion
Portrays the works of self-taught artist Adil Hoque. It illuminates Adil's struggle to keep up with art despite limitations imposed by his health condition. The film explores Adil's connection with his mother who is his chief support and mentor.
The film focuses on the painter's prime passion, painting as if her work is her progeny. The film explores the workings of the artist's mind.Sultana who treats her works in much the same way as she does her daughter, Laura. Her works and her daughter together create a unique private world. The film uncovers this private world of the artist in a poetic manner.
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