Screening of documentary focusing painter Shahabuddin held

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Desk Report:

Screening of ‘Colour of Freedom’, a documentary on internationally recognised painter Shahabuddin Ahmed, was held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.

The documentary, directed by Ajoy Roy, explores the extraordinary career of the Paris-based Bangladeshi painter Shahabuddin. The journey begins in the East Pakistan, now Bangladesh and moves on to Paris, where the painter is domiciled.

The documentary captures Shahabuddin in different moods, in his solitude, and his interactions, and explores his paintings even as they come to life. Shahabuddin, in this documentary, comes out in vibrant hues mirroring his richly colorful canvases.

Photo: Bayazid Akter/UNB

The director, Ajoy Roy, visited Paris around 28 times to make the documentary, said Shahabuddin before the screening of the film.

Ajoy Roy followed his confidant Shahabuddin’s journey over the last 25 years from close quarters across continents and ‘Colour of Freedom’ is the final product of the journey which has been released in 2016.

After the screening, Ajoy Roy answered the questions of the audiences.

Photo: Bayazid Akter/UNB

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky was also present in the occasion.

Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, organised a month-long solo art exhibition with 32 selected artworks of Shahabuddin on display, depicting the artist’s affinity with Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, his fascination for Bangabandhu and other themes Shahabuddin is well-known for.

UNB is the media partner of the art exhibition which will continue till 18 April.unb

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