Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Underprivileged children under spotlight

Art exhibition and theatre fest at National Museum

Underprivileged children stage a play. Photo: Atl Aakash

Underprivileged children stage a play. Photo: Atl Aakash

With the theme “Chhoto Danar Ural”, a four day (April 26-29) art exhibition featuring works of underprivileged children ended at Nalinikanto Bhattoshali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum (BNM). Industries Minister Dilip Barua inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest.
A number of artworks in various media like oil, acrylic, and pastel were on display at the exhibition. The participating young artists poured their power of imagination in the paintings themed on diverse subjects that included childhood, nature, dream, beauty, emotion, motion, freedom, adventure, inquisitiveness, tradition, Liberation War, motherhood, rights and contemporary issues.
The young talents, aged 12-16, were apt with colour combination, creative composition and stunning contrast in their works. Karima’s “Weaving of affection”, Suman’s “Ringing the bell of evening song”, Sabina’s depiction of “Unity is strength”, Lovely’s portrayal of a groove are examples of fine works. Kamrul’s works seek freedom and urge all to free Bangladesh from Razakars while Ashraful disseminates the conscience of Liberation War through his work. One of Solaiman’s works ushers in spring while Eti depicts the illusion of twilight. Tania’s mind sways with a Joba Phool (hibiscus) while Eti immerses in a thousand colourful dreams. Eti’s works predominantly lead us to the world of unbound fantasy and adventurous charm.

Visitors at the exhibition.   Photo: Atl Aakash

Visitors at the exhibition. Photo: Atl Aakash

One of Sumi’s works depicts two cranes searching for fish. Shahida’s kitten looks adorable; Liza’s depiction of boats and the river deserve accolade. Other participating artists include Nimon, Ritu, Rahim and Shawkat.
Helping Children Walking and Living on the Street Project, in association with Plan, Bangladesh organised the exhibition while Population Services and Training Centre (PSTC) implemented it for celebrating International Street Children Day 2013.
With the same title, a three-day (April 27-29) theatre festival was held at the main auditorium of BNM. State Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury inaugurated the festival. The disadvantaged children staged two plays — Heeramoni and Akashkushum — every day at the venue.