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Info minister: Artists did fabulous job of PM Hasina

  • Published at 08:44 pm December 15th, 2020
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'What these artists did, they did it with the love and affection they have for her [Sheikh Hasina] in their hearts'

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday said artists have done a fabulous job by pouring their hearts and souls into their artwork of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“Writing something is easy and saying something is even easier but depicting something in artwork is hard as it requires greater imagination and creativity,” he said.

The minister made the remarks while virtually inaugurating 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.

Emphasising the importance of artwork to face anti-liberation forces, Dr Hasan Mahmud said love and dedication are needed for creative work like art and writing.

“What these artists did, they did it with the love and affection they have for her [Sheikh Hasina] in their hearts. So, I express my gratitude to them,” he said.

The minister also thanked Gallery Cosmos for arranging the art show.

Speaking at the program, Enayetullah Khan, Chairman of Gallery Cosmos, said the exhibition has been arranged as part of the birth centenary celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He said Sheikh Hasina has been working with utmost dedication and sincerity to build a prosperous Bangladesh, risking her life and rising above personal interest. “This sacrifice and commitment inspires us all. Today's exhibition is just a small reflection of our commitment.

“We also find signs of a golden future for Bangladesh in Sheikh Hasina’s hands, as she has shouldered the responsibility for completing the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu after he was killed by the bullets of assassins,” Khan said.

He said Sheikh Hasina is the embodiment of a happy and prosperous Bangladesh and a beacon of Bengali renaissance. “She has a permanent place in the hearts of Bangladeshis for her relentless concern for their welfare.”

Khan said the nation is moving forward under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina in the beginning of the 21st century. “Our art camp is dedicated to her.”

He said Cosmos Books will publish a book based on the artwork of the camp within a month or two.

Tehmina Enayet, director of Gallery Cosmos, said Sheikh Hasina has been working tirelessly for the development of the country and the welfare of its people.

She also said the exhibition has been arranged with 21 pieces of artwork by 21 leading and promising artists, and wished Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina good health and a long life.

The exhibition will remain open till February 12, 2021 at Cosmos Centre and can only receive 20 visitors at a time to maintain health safety protocols.

Visitors have been advised to wear face masks and maintain social distancing at all times while visiting the exhibition.

As part of the year-long programs to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Gallery Cosmos in collaboration with the Cosmos Atelier71 recently hosted the art camp.