Bangladeshi beats and art

KATHMANDU: It was a delight to watch the members of Prachyanat performing at the Siddhartha Art Gallery on July 27. They presented famous Bangladeshi numbers which talked about birds, a beautiful flower, a journey and love among others. Most of the numbers had an ethnic folk touch and the musicians played traditional as well as modern instruments and sang with wide smiles on their faces.

As those present clapped along, it seemed that the audience was not just watching the show, but was a part of the performance.

From playing on stage to moving to the grounds and interacting with the audience, they gave a wonderful performance.

Prachyanat roup artistes were invited by Imtiaz Ahmed, Ambassador of Bangladesh for his farewell as his term comes to an end in Nepal.

Along with that, an art exhibition from Nepal Rendezvous Workshop 2009 of seven Bangladeshi and six artists from Nepal was also held. A three-day workshop was held at Nagarkot for three days and the paintings are mostly based on it.

Talking about his work, senior artist Batsa Gopal Vaidya said, “I have incorporated Lord Ganesh and women in my paintings depicting the importance of both.”

While Asha Dangol has deviated from his usual style and landscapes are what he has etched this time. The beauty of hills and a prominent woman’s figure is what Pramila Bajracharya has captured in her work with the colour red playing an important role. Soft hues intensify the beauty of Nagarkot in Sunita Rana’s works. She explains, “I don’t like sharp pictures and always try to give my artwork a soft touch.”

Shashi Bikram Shah and Erina Tamrakar’s paintings are also on display.

The artists of Bangladesh Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Rebeka Sultan Moly, Nasreen Begum, Farida Zaman, Fariha Zeba, Naima Haque and Khalid Mahmood Mithu have also used the scenic beauty of Nagarkot as a backdrop, while some have used their signature styles others have drawn portraits and figures of women. Some have used light shades while others have very eye-catching colours.

The exhibition will continue till August 10.