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Commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi



High Commission of India, Dhaka in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organized the Gandhi @ 150 Art Exhibition. The 10-day Exhibition will be hosted at Gallery – 4, Fine Arts Building, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from 7 – 16 January 2020, 11 AM – 8 PM.

The Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition was held on 7 January 2020. The exhibition was inaugurated with a floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Honorable MP of Jamalpur, Mr. Mirza Azam and Honorable MP of Noakhali, Mr. H.M. Ibrahim were Guests of Honor. The two Gandhi Ashrams in Bangladesh are located at Jamalpur and Noakhali. Leading thinker on Gandhian ideals, Mr. Syed Abul Maksud was Special Guests of the Ceremony. Deputy High Commissioner, Shri. Bishwadip Dey along with all the other dignitaries honored the artists who contributed to the Gandhi @ 150 Art Exhibition. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy High Commissioner, Shri. Bishwadip Dey welcomed everyone to visit the exhibition and remarked that visitors will not only be able to appreciate the art but will also be reminded of the life of Mahatma Gandhi – a life led in Simplicity and devoted to truth.

The artwork exhibited was produced by 15 young artists of Bangladesh during the Gandhi @ 150 art camp held from 12-15 December 2019 at Sreemangal, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. Prof. Rokeya Sultana, a renowned artist and professor at Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University was the mentor of the camp. Prof. Sultana’s painting on Mahatma Gandhi is also part of the exhibition. Also on display are unique photographs depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi – from his time in South Africa to the various movements he led for India’s freedom.

The Gandhi @ 150 Art Camp was inaugurated on 11 December 2019 by High Commissioner Smt. Riva Ganguly Das at High Commission of India, Dhaka. Deputy High Commissioner, Shri. Bishwadip Dey visited the art camp on 14 December 2019 and interacted with the artists. The artists, working on themes based on Gandhian philosophy such as Truth & Non-violence (Ahimsa), ‘Universal brotherhood- Vasudeiva Kutumbakam’, etc have brought out artwork in the nature of sculpture, paintings, batik work, metal & wood work etc.

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