Bangladeshi artists come to Yan­gon

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FOR the sec­ond time, Bangladesh’s em­bassy in Yan­gon is or­gan­is­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings to il­lus­trate what Myan­mar has in com­mon with its western neigh­bour. The Con­flu­ence of Minds and In­ter­play of Colours II ex­hi­bi­tion opens at Yan­gon Gallery to­mor­row.

The event fea­tures two Bangladeshi artists, both pro­fes­sors at the Univer­sity of Dhaka.

Last year’s ex­hi­bi­tion, the first, was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Bangladeshi em­bassy and the Na­tional Univer­sity of Arts and Cul­ture, Yan­gon.

Held in June, 2015, it show­cased eight artists from Bangladesh and six from the Na­tional Univer­sity of Arts and Cul­ture, Yan­gon.

Af­ter the ex­hi­bi­tion, the six Myan­mar artists went to the Univer­sity of Dhaka as part of an artistic and cul­tural ex­change be­tween the two coun­tries.

The two artists fea­tured this year will be dis­play­ing works in acrylic, oil, crayon and pas­tels.

“Our peo­ples live to­gether side by side.

There is con­flu­ence of minds, which can be ex­pressed in the in­ter­play of colour in this paint­ing ex­hi­bi­tion,” Tareque Muham­mad, min­is­ter and deputy chief of mis­sion, told a press con­fer­ence last week at Se­dona Ho­tel.

“We need to or­gan­ise a suc­ces­sor ex­hi­bi­tion next year as well, and to con­tinue build­ing bridges be­tween the peo­ples of our two coun­tries, so that our re­la­tion­ship can go from good to bet­ter, strength­en­ing the bonds that ex­ist be­tween us,” he said.

About 30 paint­ings by Ja­mal Ahmed and Mo­ham­mad Iqbal will be on show. The two artists will ar­rive on Novem­ber 24 for the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony, to be held at 5:30pm at Yan­gon Gallery.

“I re­mem­ber last year’s ex­hi­bi­tion,” said Abul Has­san Mah­mood Ali, for­eign min­is­ter of Bangladesh. “It pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to the au­di­ence to feel and un­der­stand Bangladesh’s di­verse cul­ture, sec­u­lar ethics, rich his­tory and peace-lov­ing mind-set.”

The em­bassy says it will or­gan­ise an­other ex­hi­bi­tion next year.

Ja­mal is recognised for his por­tray­als of fe­male fig­ures, though he is equally deft at ex­press­ing the melan­choly nat­u­ral beau­ties of Bangladesh.

Iqbal ex­presses him­self in ab­stract or semi-ab­stract forms, as well as re­al­is­tic and fig­u­ra­tive themes.

Yan­gon Gallery is lo­cated in Peo­ple’s Park Com­pound, Ahlone Road, Ba­han town­ship.

The ex­hi­bi­tion Con­flu­ence of Minds and In­ter­play of Colours IIruns from to­mor­row to Novem­ber 30, with open­ing hours from 10am to 6pm.

Photos: Supplied

The ex­hi­bi­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Bangladeshi em­bassy and the Na­tional Univer­sity of Arts and Cul­ture, Yan­gon. Roughly 30 paint­ings by Univer­sity of Dhaka pro­fes­sors Ja­mal Ahmed and Mo­hammed Iqbal will show at the Yan­gon gallery start­ing to­mor­row.

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