"I have seen the agro-based traditional Bengali environment, working people, realized the spiritual thoughts and lives of them. Felt the mysticism of eternal Bengal poets, heard the invisible melody in the songs of bauls, sufis; that I attempted to develop in my canvas".
That was the word of Balodeb Adhikary and how beautifully he portrayed his idealism in his paintings, can be seen in his 17th solo exhibit. The title, 'Eternal Bengal', was totally equitable with his beautiful acrylic paintings showcased at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Art (FFA) of University of Dhaka. Each painting has portrayed the beautiful life of everlasting Bengal with social harmony. Being a partisan of legendary artist SM Sultan, one can find the resemblance of how Sultan portrayed traditional rural life, their emotions, feelings, traditions, heritages and the unity of people from all class, doctrine and religion.
He painted the true bonding of people between themselves, the close relationship with the root, kinship, all in rural Bengali environment. He brought the relationship between male and female in a beautiful way. In rural Bengal, woman and man both work side to side, no man look in lustful eyes to the woman. Here one can see that simple realization of humanity where everyone is considered as human. The exhibition, in association with The Daily Star, was inaugurated on January 8 and will conclude on January 14.
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