“Baishakh in the Land of Tiger” opens at Galerie Zoom

Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) has organised a solo pattachitra exhibition titled “Baishakh in the Land of Tiger” (Bagh-er Deshe Baishakh) by patua Nazir Hossain at its Galerie Zoom, says a press release.

Mostafizur Rahman Fizar, Primary and Mass Education Minister, inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest on April 24.

Nazir Hossain’s artworks highlight many different forms of the Royal Bengal Tiger in pattachitra that encapsulate many different folk elements of Bengali mythology. Hossain’s choice of colours brings in a good combination of bright hues like jade, ruby, topaz and beryl with contrasting black and white.

The treatment of lines and colours is neat and subtle, and they speak of our culture beckoning an endless hope. The subjects of the fishermen, farmers, their near and dear ones are combined with tigers and cobras that are taken from the traditional pattachitra style. Sometimes muted and at times loud and buoyant, the lines and colours take one away to the idyll of the riverine Bangladesh. The fresh breeze, the birds and the bees, the cows, goats and clouds denote repose and tranquility.

The exhibition is open from Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 9pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 9am to12 noon and 5pm to 8pm.