Selima Quader Chowdhury | The Daily Star
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  • Was Sultan a feminist?

    Reflections on rural life have always been intrinsic to the music, art and literature of Bangladesh. Peasant women have remained a subject of interest for many artists. The first generation of modern Bangladeshi artists—SM Sultan (1923-1994), Zainul Abedin (1914-1976) and Quamrul Hassan (1921-1988)—endeavoured to depict the lives of Bangladesh's working-class rural women in their own distinct ways. While Abedin and Hassan portray peasant
  • An exhibition of sympathy or courage?

    The depiction of the mother and her martyred son represents a religious iconography dating back to the crucifixion of Christ. Many