Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Ganges Art Gallery (India) are jointly going to arrange a month-long solo art exhibition titled `Shanti’ by world famous Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed on March 19, 2018 at Gallery-2, National Art Plaza, BSA.
The opening ceremony will be held at the main auditorium of National Theatre Hall, BSA. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the exhibition and deliver her speech while secretary of Cultural Affairs Ministry Md Ibrahim Hossain Khan will preside over the opening ceremony. Besides, Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of BSA, will deliver the welcome speech while Smita Bajoria, Director of Ganges Art Gallery, and artist Shahabuddin Ahmed will deliver thanks-giving speeches on the occasion.The exhibition will feature more than 100 recent artworks of artist Shahabuddin Ahmed, portraying some prominent personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Apart from that, in his artworks the artist has very successfully depicted the struggle of the people of this sub-continent and the freedom movement of India and Bangladesh, highlighting the pathos of war. Although his artworks are greatly influenced by some European and English artists, his art significantly manifests a strong tie between India and Bangladesh.
67-year-old Shahabuddin has lived in Paris for nearly four decades. Now he is a celebrated international persona. He was born on 11th September, 1950 in Dhaka and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Dhaka University. In the meantime, he obtained a scholarship to study at Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. In 1992, he became one of the fifty master painters of contemporary arts, an honor bestowed upon him at the Olympiad of Arts, Barcelona. He also received the ‘Shadhinota Padak’ in 2000 for his contribution during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and the ‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ award in 2014 for his contribution to art in France and other countries. His artworks are on display in a number of famous museums like Museum of Bourg-en-Bresse (France), National Museum of Bulgaria, Olympic Museum of Lausanne (Switzerland), Seoul Olympic Museum in Republic of South-Korea, National Museum of Taiwan, Bangladesh National Museum and many other galleries.
It is mentionable that artist Shahabuddin was a freedom fighter as well. He was a platoon commander who fought in the liberation war of Bangladesh just at the age of twenty-one. And young Shahabuddin was the first to hoist the flag of Bangladesh at Dhaka Radio center (then Pakistan Radio).