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Dazzling scroll paintings on display at Gallery Cosmos

Update : 27 Apr 2013, 04:30 AM

An exhibition on Vibrant scroll paintings popularly known as “Pot Chitra” by renowned artist Raghunath Chakraborty is going on at the Gallery Cosmos-2 in Mohakhali DOHS.

The exhibition titled “Banglar Shekore Swapno” has started from April 19 and will continue till tomorrow 7pm.

The art arena of Bangladesh as well as art lovers should be thankful to Artist Raghunath for the genre of art he has chosen as his profession. Once, as our hereditary history tells us, “Pot Chitra” was the only medium of traditional painting in ancient Bangla. In the last 400 years this rich medium has become almost extinct, Raghunath not only brought it back but also modernised it with his approach and selection of subjects.

Initially “Pot Chitra” was created on mythical, religious and various imaginary objects and was done in a semi abstract manner. The exact rules have not been followed while painting figures. Raghunath follows the form and style of the genre but his choice of subjects like mother and child, woman and mirror, nature as a landscape etc makes him a modern artist. In his ongoing exhibition he has done “Pot Chitra” on the above subjects and also compositions of mythological characters “Behula” and “Laxmi Narayan.”

Some of his remarkable paintings are of a luminous owl, a woman combing her hair, nature with different shades of green, symbolic composition of clusters of fish with a hint of expressionism, etc. His works are mostly done with acrylic on handmade paper. The critics won’t have much scope for censure and art lovers will find this show as a visual treat.

The exhibition has been inaugurated by H E Shiro Sadoshima, ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh. Eminent artist Abdus Shakur Shah was the guest of honour.

Born in 1969, the artist’s orientation in art had begun by working with his mother in painting “alpana” for various religious festivals in his childhood spent in Gaibandha. Having no academic background in the field of art, the naturally talented artist observed artworks of famous artists and kept on practicing in his leisure time. He moved to Dhaka in 1991 and started hand painting for dresses. Till now he has been working for many boutique houses of Dhaka and the styles and motifs of scroll painting are vivid in his work.

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