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Rainbows under the umbrella

  • Published at 06:13 pm April 15th, 2019
Umbrella art
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Rongin chatai ghuchbe kalo

Boishakhi rongey aki cholo

To celebrate Pohela Boishakh this year, Charu Puthi, a school of fine arts, has come up with a unique idea to introduce children to Bengali culture. Named ‘Umbrella Art,’ with the slogan mentioned at the beginning, the initiative also aims to enlighten the children with the possibility of turning a regular life substance into an artistic piece through painting.

With the slogan “esho notun kichu kori”, the organization has been enriching young minds by encouraging students to find their calling in fine arts. “Children who join us have the freedom to illustrate the umbrella canvas in whichever manner they wish,” said Ehasan Protick, one of the initiators of Charu Puthi.

Arham Masud, a student of Sunnydale School, holds a passion for discovering the underwater world, and the kinds of fish that have existed from the age of dinosaurs till now. Thus, he chooses to paint the sea and different kinds of fishes. He shared trivia about the size of Megladon Shark of the dinosaur era, who lived in Mariana Trench, their size equivalent to a high-rise building.  Fulfilling his thirst of knowledge about life under the sea through Animal Planet or Google, Arham wished his school library would be enriched with books of his interest. “Our library only contains books for seniors, and there are no books on sea creatures,” said the second grader.

Suhaima Mustafa, a grade five student, opted for ‘Krishnochura’ as her theme. “I love everything about these flowers: the colour, the fragrance, all of it.”

This year, for the first time, Charu Puthi has introduced the option for parents to tag along, to assist their children in this “Umbrella Art.” And the motive behind this step is to create a scope for parents and children to spend quality time through creative work; thus, it will contribute to the improvement in the bond they share.

Tahmina Sultana Sapna has never tried anything similar with her daughter, Tasfia Tabassum Tanisha. Since the very beginning, Tanisha has been the one leading the mother-daughter duo in selecting everything from the theme to the colours. “I am truly enjoying it. It feels like I have gone back to my childhood.”

Tanisha has picked ektara, pakha (hand fan), elephant and fish as the themes, as these elements are the motifs of Pohela Boishakh. To illustrate how to find Pohela Boishakh’s folk motifs from their surroundings, and give lessons on drawing fundamentals, on March 28 Shishir Bhattacharjee visited Charu Puthi. The renowned Bangladeshi artist’s message to the children was to “keep trying, instead of looking at what has been wasted, or on unsuccessful attempts.” Following that day Arham, Suhaima, Sawfa Angkan, and many more, have invested two hours every day for Charu Puthi, in order to make the best umbrella art. Today is the submission day of their umbrella as, on April 14, on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh, 10 best umbrella arts will be awarded. Moreover, Charu Puthi will organize a rally only for the children, accompanied by their guardians.

“We consider it our responsibility to work for preserving our culture. We are specially working with children for events like Pohela Boishakh, so that they can grow up with an in-depth insight about own culture and traditions,” added Ehasan Protick.