Imran H. Khan
say a picture can say a thousand words. Well, eight thousand
words are being said, through eight different designs,
by three artists of our time to pay tribute to the most
renowned poet and writer in Bangla of all time, Rabindranath
Tagore. With eight stunning designs on T-shirts, Dhrubo
Aish, Najib Tariq and Shobyoshachi Hajra have decided
to celebrate Tagore's birthday in their own unique way.
Whoever said a man's best friend is a dog, probably said
it during winter because in the scorching summer heat
nothing comes closer to a man than his T-shirt. And you
don't even have to be a fashion freak to see that it also
looks pretty hip, not to mention the comfort factor.
Eish started working on the designs of books and book
covers since his student life. He first started his designing
profession in Sheba Prokashoni where he was the graphic
designer. Graduating from the Institute of Fine Arts,
he joined the mainstream cover designer line with a bang
and did a series of cover designs for popular novelist
Humayun Ahmed and many others. He is also a writer and
did a lot of work for children, which included writing
books with impressions for the kids. Today, he is one
of the most wanted and sought after cover designers of
the country, totally unmatched in his realm. Najib Tariq
is another popular figure in the graphical design arena.
Currently working with the news daily Jugantar,
he is mainly connected with the both creative and journalistic
scheme of work and has been working in the graphical designing
section of different news dailies. Shobyoshachi Hajra,
who had been working with The Daily Star as a
graphic designer, is still in the Institute of Fine Arts.
He has quickly made a name for himself and, geared with
his painting skills, is fast gaining popularity.
T-shirts come in two sizes, the larger of which costs
Tk.160 and the smaller version coming to Tk.130. Though
there are just eight designs, there is a multitude of
shades and colours to choose from. One such T-shirt has
an impression of the great poet in his thirties. Not only
has the T-shirt an impression of his autograph, but it
also has a quote from the poet that reads, "My last
salutations are to them who knew me imperfect and loved
me." I guess one really feels close to those who
not only like you for your rights, but your wrongs. Another
such T-shirt has his impression in the centre, totally
surrounded by white with a slight touch of orange as the
contrasting medium and his signature on top. It's a typical
example of simplicity at its best, rather like our poet
who was simple in his way but when literature was concerned,
he was way ahead of his time.
renowned actors Trapa Majumdar and Ramendu Majumdar were
present on the opening day to kick-start the 15 day exhibition.
Not only are the T-shirts very airy and creatively designed,
they are all 100% cotton. The 'show' was orchestrated
from May 4th to May 18th, 2004 in Nitya Upohar in Aziz
Super Market, Shahbagh. Different people have different
ways of showing respect and respect through a fine work
of art is always something people can treasure and cherish
for years to come.