ISLAMABAD – As many as nine Bangladeshi artists have displayed a large collection of their artwork featuring rich traditions of art in Bangladesh here at Tanzara gallery.

The artists includec Abdus Shakoor Shah, Jamal Ahmed, Kuhu  Plamondon, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Ranjit Das, Rabeka Sultana, Rafiqul Islam, Rafique Ahmed and Shamim.

For the last two decades, Bangladeshi artists have strengthened their footings more than ever before in the international art arena and this exhibition attempts to display the kaleidoscope of various artistic endeavours by these recognized artists, says the curator of the show.

Abdus Shakoor explores ancestral and historical themes as his paintings are illustrated with Bengali folk motifs and ballads, the mahua and malua love stories. Peacock, parrots as well as other animals often embellish his canvases. Shakoor has won many national and international awards.

Jamal Ahmed paints with great skill and dexterity and is a master of many techniques of drawing and painting. He is established as one of Bangladesh’s leading painters, he is in a class of artists now recognized worldwide.  Jamal’s artistic development during the last few decades completely transcends other Bangladeshi artists.

Kanak Chanpa Chakma’s art revolves arraying indigenous people and their daily chores. She is an established artist in Bangladesh and demonstrates an individual style. The artist takes her inspiration from the diverse aspects of the different tribes, the hills, forests, ‘jhum’ cultivation, pristine blue waterfalls, dance, and music that defines life in the hilly areas of Bangladesh.

Kuhu Plamandon’s paintings predominantly portray working class of women in their diverse range of moods. Her choice of themes is simple yet thought-provoking. This series of Kuhu’s work presents the viewer with a rare opportunity to see in action the way the artist conceptualizes her work.

Her lively figures completely engross the canvas and are juxtaposed with floral motifs, which effectively merge with the surrounding script of Tagore’s love letters, adding a diverse dimension to the art.

Ranjit Das is celebrated for his unique style and fascinating themes. He is one of the most versatile Bangladeshi painters, equally adept in portraits, landscapes, visual rendering of socio- political and economic issues and other subjects. His painting methods, particularly the use of colours, have a profound influence on contemporary Bangladeshi art.

Rafiqul Islam’s work reverberates with an exuberant blending of opulent figures and dazzling colors. His images are intense, referring to an elemental passion that is both intuitive and instinctive.

Rabeka Sultana’s paintings are bold and vibrant. She uses a strong colour palette and her `flower girl’ series is reminiscent of a primitive form of art that celebrates womanhood.

Rafique Ahmed’s art reflects a miniature like quality and the small canvases are illustrated with mythical tales.

Shamim’s work is known for his impression of Bangladesh and the particular way of life of the area coloured by the austere beauty of the landscape and its people.

The exhibition will continue till November 5.