A sculpture exhibition pays homage to Mujib

Visitors look at the sculptures of the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, displayed at the exhibition titled Bangabandhu and Muktijuddha underway at the Zainul Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka on Saturday. —Sony Ramany

The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Dhaka on Friday raised the curtain on a sculpture exhibition titled Bangabandhu and Muktijuddha.

The inaugural ceremony of the exhibit, which honors the liberation war and the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was held at FFA’s Osman Zaman Auditorium.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka, Prof. Md Akhtaruzzaman was present as the chief guest of the program.

The FFA Sculpture Department organized the seven-day exhibition in conjunction with the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs.

The exhibition features 30 works of art, including sculptures, installations and others at the Zainul Gallery and various locations within the FFA premises.

Six sculptures created by Hamiduzzaman Khan and some photographs of his other sculptures are exhibited in the gallery.

In addition, 50 photographs of sculptures located in different places in the country were exhibited in the exhibition.

Among the participating artists, Russel Chowdhury exhibits his sculpture entitled Taranga Gatha. The sculpture was created in 2022 using objects he encountered and wrapping paper. The sculpture features a vintage radio wrapped in clear stretch plastic wrap.

Md Aminul Islam created the sculpture titled Muktir Ananda in 2010 using brick chips and plaster of Paris. The pink artwork shows two humans – a man and a woman – dancing. Their legs are proportionally larger than their body.

The sculpture titled Banglar Hriday Hote was created by Mukul Kumar Baroi in 2020. The 30 inch long sculpture – with a hollow circle in the middle – has two pointed edges at the top. The whole structure is decorated with objects of different shapes.

Mukti Bhowmick’s aluminum sculpture titled Joy Bangla was created in 2022. The black sculpture depicts a van carrying a few people.

Nurul Amin’s terracotta work titled Udbastu was also created in 2022. The work, which includes many small terracotta dolls, depicts refugees of different ages and genders walking in a line.

Hamiduzzaman’s work titled Shayita Abayab was created in 1976 with bronze. It depicts a five-foot black human figure lying on the ground.

His work titled Sangshaptak was created using stone and bronze in 1989. It shows a one-legged, one-handed human being celebrating victory.

Also, photographs of Shyamol Chowdhury’s sculpture in Narayanganj, Nitun Kundu’s sculpture in Rajshahi University campus and Hamiduzzaman Khan’s sculpture in Patuakhali, among others, are displayed in the exhibition.

Each of the top three works will receive Tk 50,000 while Hamiduzzaman Khan will receive a lifetime achievement award and Tk 1,00,000 as a prize at the closing ceremony of the exhibition.

The exhibition will end on March 24.

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