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Daily life of Bangladeshi people reflected in ‘Drawing’

Saidur Rahman
Daily life of Bangladeshi people reflected in ‘Drawing’

Art is a visual form for aesthetical or communicative purposes expressing ideas and emotions. Evolution of art dates back to thousands of years. Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso are some of the famous artists in the world. In the Indian sub-continent, Abanindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Nandalal Bose, Gaganendranath Tagore, among others, made their mark in the domain of art. Rabindranath Tagore’s paintings have also been acclaimed by art connoisseurs worldwide. In Bangladesh Shilpacharya Zoinul Abedin is the pioneer of modern art. His paintings based on the great Bengal famine before the partition of the subcontinent made him famous. Others who have made their mark in paintings are, among others, Quamrul Hasan, SM Sultan, Quyyum Chowdhury, Murtaza Bashir, Rafiqunnabi and Mostafa Monwar.

 The book under review by Syed Lutful Haque, noted artist and journalist, has hit the Amar Ekushey Book Fair this year.  The book contains more than one hundred brush and pen-line drawings done by the artist. He worked for more than four decades in different newspapers. His involvement in illustration, design, make-up and cover designs of magazines has brought him to limelight. He has done cover designs of more than four thousand books.

The daily life of the people of Bangladesh has been faithfully reflected in the drawings of Syed Lutful Haque. Nature, river, bazaar, lanes of old Dhaka, women with pitchers on their waists, the hair-doing of gypsy woman, and busy wharf have come alive in his drawings. Haque, who participated in the Liberation War, is a conscious artist and patriotism is ingrained in his mental psyche. He is a committed artist with love for his native land, its people, flora and fauna.

The drawings in the book include poet Rabindranath Tagore, poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, poet Al Mahmud, Shilpacharya Joinul Abedin, Radha eager to meet Krishna, a peasant on the way to haat, singing baul, his late wife, his two sons, poet Helal Hafiz, noted Indian actor Victor Banerjee, poet and lyricist KG Mostafa, film actress Hema Malini and late journalist Mahbubul Alam.

Comments on the artist by noted educationist and litterateur Syed Ali Ahsan, journalist Santosh Gupta, poet Belal Chowdhury, artist Rafiqunnabi, poet Rabiul Hossain, and novelist Indu Saha have added to the attraction of the book. I hope, readers will like the book.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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