An art exhibition commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of India’s founding father Mahatma Gandhi began in Dhaka on Tuesday with the works of 15 young artists. MPs Mirza Azam and H.M Ibrahim, Deputy High Commissioner of the Indian High Commission Biswadip Dey and writer Syed Abul Maksud inaugurated the exhibition at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The exhibition at Fine Arts Building will remain open for public from 11am to 8pm till January 16. The High Commission hosted the ‘Gandhi @150 Art Camp’ at Sreemangal with 15 young artists from Bangladesh, mentored by artist Rokeya Sultana. The exhibition is based on the productions of the camp.
High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das in a message said she was delighted to find the commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary such ‘warm reception’ here in Bangladesh.
“It was even more satisfying to engage with the youth of Bangladesh who worked sincerely to put forth on canvas the essence of Gandhian philosophy,” she said. The two-year long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma began in October 2018. Gandhi is revered as one of history’s most transformative and inspirational figures. His birthday, Oct 2, is also the International Day of Non-Violence which was adopted by the UN through a unanimous resolution in 2007.
The artists, working on themes based on Gandhian philosophy such as truth and non-violence (ahimsa), 'universal brotherhood- Vasudeiva Kutumbakam' have brought out artwork in the nature of sculpture, paintings, batik work, metal and wood work, among others.