Home   |  Issues  |  The Daily Star Home | Volume 5 Issue 1, Tuesday, January 5, 2010



Tandoori chicken

1 chicken, cut into pieces
3 small, black cloves
5 dried, red chillies
½ pint of natural yoghurt
2 cloves garlic, ground crushed
1½ tsp Rooh Afza chilli sauce
1/8 cup of butter
2 tsp salt
½ tsp Rooh Afza (for flavour and colouring)
1 tsp ground ginger

Roast the cloves and dried chillies. Ground and set aside. Mix the yoghurt, salt, Rooh Afza (for colouring), ground ginger, garlic, Rooh Afza chilli sauce and the ground ingredients are to be thoroughly mixed. Place the chicken pieces in a dish and pour the yoghurt over. Leave to marinate.

Smear a large piece of foil with butter. Arrange the chicken on the foil with the marinade and dot the butter on top. Fold the foil around the chicken and seal and bake for about 45 minutes or until done.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges and green chillies.



Tragi-comedies of the Tropics

The exhibition of ten promising painters, taught by senior artist Shopon Chowdhery, was seen at Drik 's gallery at Dhanmondi. This display contained oil paintings and mixed-media creations, which amalgamated various "isms".

Earlier, these budding students, of the same school, had held a similar exhibit, during the cyclone that hit the country in the recent past.

Prices at that time, for small items on display with wooden, painted over framing and glass casing, were as low as Tk 500. The paintings seen at Drik were more mature attempts, and so cost around several thousand more. Yet, many of the pieces had been purchased by art buffs.

All possible themes like acid throwing on the hapless faces of women; the luckless lives of our fishermen; the cruel fates of grief-stricken people of Bangladesh had been included in the paintings. One had heard about the students of Shopon Chowdhery, years back, such was the repute of these dedicated students and the persevering master-teacher.

The amazing expo had ended on New Year's Eve. What is important about this particular exhibition was that fifty percent of sale proceeds were marked out for acid burnt victims.

Shanta Samad's entries were both lyrical and horror suggesting types. Here, with collage, containing a plastic set of spectacles and paper cuttings from magazines, she brought in thoughts of fear and bold survival of acid burnt women. Her "modern art" composition with raw, daring colours outlined carefully also proved her intrinsic talent.

Other items contained presentations of boats, rivers, and some fishermen. Both the angles of "agony and ecstasy" were included in carefully composed colours, lines and symbols. These spoke of dexterity, skill, imagination, and passion. These artists were part-time students, having nine to five jobs to include in their tight schedules. However, romance and horror were blended with broken glasses, papier mache, plastic tapes and what you will.

Jaya had a single bird perched on a bamboo pole, swirling and curved lines done in black and white, to bring in resting boatmen. Mishti, in turn, had graceful cranes with elegant limbs, neck and posture sharing dainty morsels of fish.

The gentle rivers of Bangladesh, with the numerous lotus flowers and their leaves, were included in the composition. Both the clear and dark skies were brought into the backdrop, with geometrical settings.

Tanjina had the mother and child image. A crescent moon, tops of trees, thatched huts, and other mature choices of colours brought in the subject. Grey, white and beige were used as hues.

One left the display with a tremendous sense of satisfaction- knowing that the young enterprising local artists were something to be truly proud of.

By Fayza Haq



home | Issues | The Daily Star Home

2010 The Daily Star