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Nobo Kumar’s solo art show begins at AFD

DL reporter
Nobo Kumar’s solo art show begins at AFD

A two-week solo painting exhibition titled ‘Summer in Colour’ by artist Nobo Kumar Bhadra is underway at Zoom Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD), Dhanmondi in the city. Presided over by AFD Director Bruno Plasse, writer and researcher Dr Pierre-Alain Baud, art critic Moinuddin Khaled and creative director Imorz Hassan Chowdhury inaugurated the exhibition on Friday at its premises. The innumerable streets of big cities and not-so big cities in Bangladesh have the name rickshaw written on them. For a good number of rural-to-urban migrants, rickshaw is an opportunity to make their ends meet; for environmental campaigners they are the perfect environment-friendly, pollution-free transport to go for; for commuters finding their hearing lessening everyday in the deafening clangour of the horns and whistles, rickshaw is a relatively soundless ride — the list goes on. Though the engineering behind the vehicle is antiquated as the age-old rickshaw in Bangladesh has not changed much since the early-twentieth century, the incomparable artistic aspects of rickshaw ornaments itself are unlike anything even today. Adopting from a wide range of topics, myths and legends of Bangla, Dhallywood film posters and characters, folklores, pastoral scenery with rivers and greenery, architectures like bridges and buildings, rickshaw paintings never cease to provide the unmindful viewers with something to become mindful for.
Nobo Kumar Bhadra, a veteran rickshaw painting artist, has more than 25 years of expertise under his belt. Under the tutelage of his master Shitesh Shur, Bhadra started his journey with rickshaw painting in 1987 after having working experience with painting film banners in late 70s Dhaka. As a firm believer of establishing rickshaw painting as an internationally recognised folk art form, he continues to paint, be it on a tin canvas or cartridge paper or on a miniature hand-crafted rickshaw model or on a melamine plate. The exhibition is open to all from 3 pm to 9 pm (Monday-Thursday), 9 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 8 pm (Friday and Saturday), closed on Sunday, until May 14. l
 AFD: 26 Mirpur Road, Dhanmond.

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