Jun 13, 2016 |

SPACES Kathmandu- KALA SANGAM was a rare confluence of Nepali and Bangladeshi artists that Kathmandu saw last month. Ten artists from Bangladesh and six from Nepal had a joint exhibition of their representative paintings from 12 to 16 September at Srijana Art College, Uttardhoka, Lazimpat. The exhibition also featured a painting workshop in which 20 Nepali and 10 Bangladeshi artists participated.

The collaborative effort and the exchange of ideas is what all need for the development of concept for the artistic venture. KALA SANGAM, the confluence of two different art traditions, staged a dialogue between the aesthetic forms of the countries. Influencing each other, it paved avenues for the possibility for further aesthetic and cultural interactions.


Nature and culture of any country remain as the most important sources of inspiration that incessantly shapes the art of the country. For sure, Nepal and Bangladesh share distinctly unique art traditions inspired by uniquely different landscapes and cultures. The confluence of these distinct art forms may further be helpful in shaping dialogue and inspiring each other to transgress the geographical as well as cultural borders.

Rizuan Nabi, the eminent artist from Bangladesh, showcases his emotive vibes through his abstract landscape. His work reveals his constant communication with the indigenous landscape of Bangladesh. Sohana Shahreen's spontaneous brush strokes create the motion in her creation. Depiction of human forms in her own individual imaginative concern makes her work unique. The surrealistic approaches in the work of Md. Mahabulbul Islam Babu interact with the viewer in different way. The lyrical pattern in the work with the simplified elements creates a new compositional aspect. Afrozaa Jamal Konka's figural approach defines particular new adventure in the work of canvas. Non representative color construction of Maksuda Iqbal Nipa constructs a new dynamism. The layers of colors and the balance in the work of Bipasha Hayat describe the synchronization of the forms and the emotions. Fhamida Khatun's work with the transparency ambience in the painting with the motifs of flora is good to look at. Nazia Andaleeb Preena's textural work represents the inner emotion and the expressive feeling of the world that she looks at. Lyrical communicative linear aspect of Golam Faruque Sarkar's work creates a new dimensional approach. Interaction with forms in watercolor and the play of notion is interesting. Among these abstract compositions Gazi Mosaddqur creates a realistic landscape depicting the patriotic visualization of Bangladesh.

Six artists from Nepal presented their unique ways to express the language of artistic concepts. Samjhana Rajbhandari presents her love for nature with the depiction of tree and its surrounding with her own unique technique of brush strokes and colors. The textural approach of Bidhata KC in her work with a subdue display of color delves deep into her own imagination. The motifs of leaves and its character can be deeply visualized at her composition. The present context of contemporary life style dominating the traditional cultural aspects can be seen in the work of Arjun Khaling. The sweet motifs of dancing girl creating a cultural scenario can be approached from the work of Pramila Bajrachaya. Sagar Manandhar makes his own way to represent the construction of nature and its component. The work is expressive and nouveau technical aspects can be visualized. Umesh Shrestha's work represents Nepal through his unique selection of Nepali elements.

The culmination of two thoughts from Nepal and Bangladesh forming a new placement is a great venture to visualize. We need more exploration and support; these are small steps for the way of exploration and encouragement. Working together, exchanging the cultural experience through art and communication is the achievement of this exhibition and workshop.

The idea of the exchange was conceived in April 2014 while 6 of Nepali artists were to participate in SAARC Art Exhibition in Bangladesh.


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