British, Turkish envoys impressed by artworks featuring PM Hasina

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British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson, Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan and Deputy Managing Director of Cosmos Group Masud Jamil Khan were present at the inaugural ceremony of a two-month art exhibition featuring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Cosmos Center. Photo: UNB

British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson and Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan have highly appreciated the artists for capturing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s life and achievements.

They jointly inaugurated a two-month long group art exhibition titled “Sheikh Hasina: On the Right Side of History” featuring 21 artists at Cosmos Centre in the city on December 12.

As part of the year-long programme to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Gallery Cosmos in collaboration with the Cosmos Atelier71 recently hosted an art camp supported by the Cosmos Foundation on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.

Artists Alakesh Ghosh, Ahmed Shamshuddoha, Sheikh Afzal, Nasir Ali Mamun, Bishwajit Goswami, Ratneshwar Shutradhar, Rasel Kanti, Monjur Rashid, Sourav Chowdhury, Maneek Bonik, Jayanta Sarkar, Azmol Hossain, Fida Hossain, Amit Nandi, Didarul Limon, Tamanna Afroz, Fahim Chowdhury, Miskatul Abir, Proshun Halder, Hasura Akter Rumky and Surovi Akter had participated in the camp. The artworks produced at the camp are being showcased at the exhibition.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the British High Commissioner said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is accessible to the diplomatic community, is a remarkable leader and the exhibition shows her remarkable range of emotions and determination.

 “This range of pictures captured different stages of her life and different moves,” Dickson said thanking the artists for wonderfully capturing the modern history of Bangladesh.

Appreciating the artworks, the Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh said, “Seeing all these paintings, I’m very impressed.”

Ambassador Turan said the artworks captured different moments of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her life.

“I’ve not met her yet. I’m sure when I’ll meet her in person, I’ll appreciate this initiative,” said the Ambassador, thanking the Cosmos Foundation for bringing them together to celebrate the life and achievements of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Deputy Managing Director of Cosmos Group Masud Jamil Khan said all will agree that each of the artwork here is unique and attractive in its own way.

He said art may not be essential to day-to-day survival but it would be essential in the long run to the survival of society and culture.

Masud Khan said the exhibition will also be inaugurated virtually by Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud.

He thanked all the artists who contributed and worked hard in making the event a success.

The exhibition will remain open till February 12, 2021 at Cosmos Centre and can only receive 20 visitors at any one time.

Visitors have been advised to wear masks all the time while visiting the exhibition and maintain appropriate distance from each other.

  • Appreciated the Artists for Capturing
  • Mustafa Osman Turan
  • Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
  • British High Commissioner
  • Robert Chatterton Dickson

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