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Emotion of Sufi Music By A.Z. Shimul: Painting Exhibition

Date: Mar 24-31, 2017 (Friday-Friday)

Time: All day

Venue: La Galerie, Alliance Francaise

Descending from a Sufi family, A.Z. Shimul has been driven by the thoughts and philosophies of Sufism since his early years. He was also inspired by mysticism that depicts the belief that union with the absolute, or the spiritual comprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender. As a result, his paintings embody mysticism that itself entails a different kind of humanistic feeling and mindful sensation where music plays a vital role. Shimul states, “The world beyond the general sense is the world of immortal love that provides meaning for so-called mystical and visionary experiences, and related experiences like trances. Mystic poets, bards and musicians like Rumi, Lalon and Alfu Dewan were the believers of this thought.” His paintings take in his beliefs and understanding of the teachings by Rumi and Lalon, and exhibit a rare beauty of motion and emotion that is just mellifluous.

The Water Impala

Date: March 24-26, 2017 (Friday-Sunday)

Time: 9AM – 9PM

Venue: 12th Floor, House 22, Road 140, Gulshan 1, Crystal Palace building. 

With her vibrant skill and deft grasp of complex human emotions, contemporary watercolour artist Liza Hasan will be debuting fifteen new works never before released to the public at this solo exhibition. Featuring ephemeral tones and dexterous brushstrokes, each painting implores the viewer to experience the world through the subject's eyes. The result is a suspenseful and multiplex consonance/dissonance that queries old and new methods alike and breaks with established patterns of perception. Let Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kali Thompson of HitRecord tell you why Liza Hasan's creations are worth a visit:

The evenings will be marked by jam sessions for entertainment, and baked goodies from Parisa's Cookie Jar. Each day will feature a session where attendants can see the artist at work for half an hour at 12 pm and 6 pm.  In addition to all original works on display, merchandise and prints will also be on sale. Liza Hasan has previously taken part in collective exhibitions and projects with The Invisibellas, The Milkshake Collective, and Mind Matters. In addition, her work has been featured at The Nordic Club (Dhaka) and at the Human Rights Illustrated exhibition (Plovdiv, Bulgaria). Admission is free.

Shakuntala-Bhabna's Dance Drama

Date: March 25, 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 6PM to 7:30PM

Venue: Jatiya Natyashala, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy

Bhabna is going to present dance drama 'Shakuntala' under the auspices story and play 'Abhigyan Shakuntalam' by the great poet Kalidasa. Using songs of Nazrul; it is an exceptional concept to portray the work “Abhigyan Shakuntalam” through a dance drama. This will add a new dimension to our national culture. Admission free, limited seats available.

'London 1971: The Unsung Heroes of the Bangladesh's Liberation war'

Date: March 21-31, 2017 (Tuesday- Friday)

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Venue: British Council Dhaka Main Office on Fuller Road

The British Council has commenced an exhibition featuring rare photographs, artefacts and films of the movement that happened in London in 1971 to support the cause of Bangladesh during the Liberation War. Titled 'London 1971: The Unsung Heroes of the Bangladesh’s Liberation war,' the exhibition features more than 40 rare photos brought together by Project London 1971 initiator Ujjal Das at the British Council Dhaka’s main office.  The Liberation War of Bangladesh instigated a massive uproar in the international community, especially the Bangladeshi diaspora of that time, who raised their voices in solidarity for a liberated Bangladesh. The movement in London was among the most prominent of its kind during that time.

Curated by Shehzad Chowdhury, the exhibition aims to rediscover the contributions of the expatriate Bengalis in the UK during the fateful year, and explore the role that arts played in creating change. A series of events every Friday in March will explore the representation of the conflict in London, the role of the physical British Council space in the Liberation War and responses from Bangladeshi artists today.

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