Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts Ragini Upadhyay, currently in the country leading a team of Nepali artists, has said the difference and diverse artworks of Nepalese artists can be ‘beneficial’ to Bangladeshi artists in learning new techniques in different media.
It will work to set in motion the kind of artistic and cultural exchange being sought between the two countries, she hopes.
Ragini Upadhyay, who is leading a team of Nepali artists in Dhaka for the weeklong ‘Nepal Art Fair Bangladesh 2018’, shared her excitement over the exhibition with UNB at a dinner hosted by the Nepal Embassy on Wednesday at its premises in Baridhara.
The weeklong ‘Nepal Art Fair Bangladesh 2018’ is underway at the Gallery-5 of the National Chitrashala at the Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy (BSA) organised by BSA with the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
Terming the exhibition ‘a brilliant idea’ for cultural exchange, she said “It is successful at such short notice. This kind of programme is beneficial to the other artists. They will learn a lot from each other as every artist uses a different technique from one another.”
“It will be very interesting to see the exhibition with the dozens of artworks on display and artists represented,” the prominent Nepalese artist hoped.
She added though some of the basic elements of art such as colour, line, composition are common to all, each nation throws up its own subject for the artists.
“Here artists of Bangladesh paint the mini-rickshaws (rickshaw art), on the other hand in Nepal they do the mountain. Whatever you see and which society you live in always influences you. Each artist has the influence of their own country and that is what is called culture,” Ragin added.
The Bangladesh Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy have organized the Fair as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between NAFA and BSA two years ago.
As part of the agreement on cultural exchange, a return exhibition of Bangladeshi art in Nepal is expected in the near future.
Director of the Fine Arts department of BSA AshrafulAlamPaplu told UNB that the exhibition will “inspire the young artists and help them position their art.”
“Bangladeshi artists get a little chance of witnessing the artworks of different countries. Each young artist should delve into the artworks of the Nepalese artists, to extract from it the lesson suited to them from the exhibition,” he added.
The Nepali artists who are participating in the fair are Ramesh Shrestha, SC Suman, SushmaRajbhandari, Ganesh Kumar GC, Chandra Shrestha, RanjuKumariYadav, KanchhaKajiBhasima, and ManojTamang.
A total of 53 artworks of 47 artists focusing on the Nepalese diversity are being displayed in the exhibition.
Earlier, Cultural Affairs MinisterAsaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the Fair on May 7 as chief guest, in presence of the Nepalese delegation led by Ragini Upadhyay.
Director General of BSA Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the opening ceremony. The exhibition will remain open from 11 am to 8 pm (3pm-8pm on Friday) until May 13.unb