A solo pattachitra exhibition titled ‘Boishakh in the Land of Tiger’ (Bagh-er Deshe Baishakh) by Patua Nazir Hossain will begin at the Galerie Zoom of Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) in the capital today. The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition will be held at 5.30 pm on Tuesday.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar will attend the event as chief guest.
Nazir Hossain’s artworks accentuate many different forms of the Royal Bengal Tiger in pattachitras that encapsulate many different folk elements of Bangla 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 mingling and mixing of lines and colours are neat and subtle, and they speak of labour and 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 others 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 endless “barret clouds” speak of repose and tranquility.
Nazir Hossain’s thirty-third solo starts in Boishakh (11 Boishakh, to be exact), the first month in the Bangla calendar.
The exhibition will remain open to all till 18 April, and can be visited according to the following schedule: Monday to Thursday from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday (9:00am to12:00noon and 5:00pm to 8:00pm). Closed-Sunday.