The fair is being held at the Sultan Mancha in Narail’s Victoria College which will run till March 11
A nine-day-long Sultan Fair has begun in Narail on March 3 to commemorate renowned Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan’s 94th birth anniversary. The fair’s biggest attraction a ten-day-long International Fine Art Exhibition began a day earlier than the fair on March 2 and will run till March 12.
A total of 118 paintings from 11 countries, including Bangladesh, are being exhibited in the first international art exhibition of Narail. The exhibition was officially inaugurated by Khulna Divisional Commissioner Lokman Hossain Miah on March 3.
The fair is being held at the Sultan Mancha in Narail’s Victoria College which will run till March 11. The exhibition is being held in the Philosophy Department hall room of the same college.
A huge number of visitors have attended the international exhibition as it is the first of its kind in Narail. The paintings are being displayed in the two rooms of Philosophy Department’s hall room and its corridors. The exhibition displaying artworks from around the world, including replicas of some of Sultan’s famous paintings like “First Plantation,” is open to the audience everyday from 4pm till 10pm.
Apart from 23 artists from India, the exhibition is showcasing “Painter’s Expression” by Jyoti Prakash (Nepal), “Nature” by Darius Ruffalo (Taiwan), “Nature” by Jim Matthew (USA), “Omen” by Masha Issap (Iran), “Flower” by Juffar Sadik (Sri Lanka), “Flower” by Anna Massainisa (Italy), “Aspiration” by Hassvinai Bridget Mutasa (Zimbabwe) and many more.
The exhibition is also showcasing the works of renowned departed artists of Narail like Kajol Mukherjee, Dulal Saha, Liton Kumar Biswas, and Pritish Ganguly. It is also showcasing paintings of 20 child artists.
Sultan Foundation, organizer of the event, has announced Best Painting awards to five artworks of five artists- Raisha Maniza Akter, Sukumar Bagchi, Tahedul Alam Rifat of Bangladesh and Rabindranath Das and Uttam Kumar Manna from India.
The local artists are delighted to be a part of such a huge international event but some of them are also displeased.
Local artist Saki Islam whose artwork is being exhibited at the event said: “I am honoured that my painting is being displayed beside renowned artists of various countries but I hope from upcoming years this exhibition will be held in a more larger scale.”
Indian artist Sumit Das and Jayanta Khan said that they are delighted to come to the birthplace of SM Sultan. They also said that it is an honour for them to showcase their work here as Sultan’s artworks taught them to think about the people and world around them.
Artist Nayan Baidya, teacher of Sultan Shishu Shorgo, a local art school in Narail, said: “It is a huge failure for us that such a huge international exhibition is being held in such a small place. This is not an appropriate venue for such a grand event.”
Artist Somir Kumar Boiragi, member secretary of Sultan Fair’s International Fine Art Exhibition, said: “This is the first time that such a huge number of artworks are being exhibited at an artist’s commemoration event. This is also the first international art exhibition outside Dhaka and we are proud of this event. But it’s a shame that we have to organize such a grand event in this venue.”
The organizer also requested the attention of local authorities to build an art gallery in Narail for future events like these.
“Sultan lovers will be motivated to art if a permanent art gallery is build here,” added the organizer.
Sultan was born in Machimdia village in Narail on August 10, 1923. To avoid the monsoon season in August, the local authorities have been organizing the fair for the past couple of years during the winter.