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Takir Hossain
Takir is the editor of the Art and Culture Department of The Daily Observer.  His keen interests are on art and literature. As an art critic, his criticisms have been incorporated in many reputed artists’ books, brochures, national and international art journals as well as many other varied forms of creative publication. He has also graced the position of a jury member in a number of art competitions and carnivals. In his vibrant career he has covered several international exhibitions held in different countries across Europe and Asia. The writer can be reached at [email protected]




The artist’s solo show opens today at Zainul Gallery
Takir Hossain
Nature as muse for SoikatSoikat Hossain, considered one of the gifted contemporary watercolourists, has a great zeal for depicting the grandeur of nature, flowers of many kinds---known, unknown and wild flowers, serene and natural atmosphere, riverine life with greenery, spacious cloudy skies and pure pastoral ambiance. Soikat believes that humans are all parts of nature, but some of us ...
Group art show at International Club in Gulshan
Takir Hossain
Crème de la crème of creative propensityA group exposition generates a ground that encourages interchange of opinions and observations among its partakingpainters. Often these shows demonstrate artists who share a common background, whether as students/teachers of the same institution or members of a certain group. The artworks may differ, based on themes, techniques and personal experiences but individuals' interactions play a ...
Takir Hossain
Verging around magnificence, transcending beyondTajuddin Ahmed is one of the most vital painters from the '70s, a time when the country was striving against the pangs that forced it into the freedom movement. Thus far while crossing the many a political, social and economic turmoil that came along the path our art, literature, architecture, music continued to proceed with ...
Takir Hossain
Homage to Language Movement veteran photographer Amanul HuqAmanul Huq's camera has captured many remarkable images of the Language Movement and Liberation War. His bold photographs document our glorious history and the saga of the people -- valuable assets for the post-Liberation War generations. These rare photographs help us explore our identity and existence. During national crises, these images help us to see ...
Samarjit Roy Choudhury steps into 82
Takir Hossain
The allure of modern folk motifsSamarjit Roy Choudhury is one of the most renowned contemporary Bangladeshi artists. His immense contribution to Bangladeshi art particularly folk painting, has earned him national and international acclaim. The USP of Samarjit's paintings is an in-depth observation of rural Bengal and folk life - simple harmonic patterns, rural motifs, a tranquil ambiance and childhood nostalgia.The ...
The poet steps into 41 today
Takir Hossain
I want to challenge language and its rules: Kristian CarlssonWriter-translator-video artist-cultural curator, Kristian Carlsson was born in 1978 in Malm, Sweden, and began writing poetry at fifteen. He made his publication debut in 1996 and has published 25 books in Swedish - in genres ranging from poetry to prose to conceptual pieces. He also writes original fiction in English published in several magazines in ...
Omar Khan and Miti's private collection
Takir Hossain
Collecting to give new meaning for the soulBarrister Omar Khan Joy and Barrister Miti Sanjana-----a gleeful couple who, in recent times have made a smash in the city by collecting quality paintings. The couple is ardent art collector. Their collections include works by contemporary Bangladeshi master painters and a number of promising Bangladeshi painters.Art is not a material to them. The duo ...
Zainul Fest ends today with prize giving ceremony
Takir Hossain
Zainul Abedin's 104th birth anniversary todayToday marks the 104th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin (1914-1976), the leading figure in the history of modern art movement in Bangladesh. A well-known figure for his leadership qualities in organising artists and art movements, Abedin took the initiative to found the Government Institute of Arts and Crafts (now Faculty of Fine Arts) in ...
Debdas Chakraborty’s 85th birth anniversary
Takir Hossain
Nature, symbol and figural expressions merge into abstract expressionismI have not got proper opportunity to meet the veteran painter Debdas Chakraborty in his lifetime. But once I saw him when he was in the stage of almost comma and he was bedridden for a long time. During the visit, I was accompanied by Debdas's great admirer late sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid. I heard ...
Solo show at Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts
Takir Hossain
Hamiduzzaman Khan’s mastery over pure-abstractionOver the last four decades, Hamiduzzaman has been constantly trying to give a new language and fresh shape to his works. When we closely observe Hamiduzzaman's creations, we can easily recognise his preference for various unfamiliar and familiar forms. He likes to play with nature, form and structural orientations. One need hardly say that Hamiduzzaman ...
Takir Hossain
Tribute to a magician of words and versesSikdar Aminul Haq is generally a modernist Bangladeshi poet. He is also a prolific poet and his poems are of outstanding intellectual quality. Incidents of everyday life can be found in much of his poetry but in a very symbolic and complicated way. He frequently experiments with form and content. He often approaches surrealism and ...
Takir Hossain
An eulogium to artist Qayyum Chowdhury on his 4th death anniversaryA few weeks before his death in 2014, I went to Gallery Chitrak in Dhanmondi in the evening for just a hang out, where I came across artists Rafiqun Nabi, Jamal Ahmed, Mohammad Muniruzzaman and Nisar Hossain. After a while, artist Qayyum Chowdhury appeared on the spot gleefully. We spent some time for discussion and ...
The mega show ends today at Shilpakala Academy
Takir Hossain
Presenting a myriad of Bangladesh-Indian artworksBasilio (an art gallery) and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy have jointly organised a group art exhibition which carries a distinct trait because of some high ranking Indian painters' attention-grabbing works with several Bangladeshi technically advanced painters' works put on display at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city. The artworks are in ...
Nature as muse
Aminul Islam’s 87th birth anniversary
Takir Hossain
In remembrance of an iconic painterI distinctly remember my introduction to Aminul Islam at his Gulbagh house in the city. The house was beautiful in its architectural patterns. His studio was spacious and people from every strata came over to see him and his works. Islam was soft-spoken, but bold and uncompromising in his stance.The painter Nurul Islam (now deceased) ...
Jamal Ahmed's solo show opens tomorrow at Galleri Kaya
Takir Hossain
Glancing into feminine curvaceous splendor and disadvantaged communityRealism began as an art movement in the early nineteenth century in France in a bid to represent people and their everyday realities through precise observation. The artistic movement, "realism" is distinct from the word "realism"-the latter an aspect of most figurative art throughout time. It challenged centuries of tradition in Europe which saw the ...
The writer steps into 78
Takir Hossain
Anwara Syed Haq: The  experimenter and innovatorAnwara Syed Haq is one of the leading writers of our country. She is also known as an experimenter and innovator in novel writing, particularly in her use of the techniques of interior monologue. Her novels are noted for their rhythmical and symbolic quality. Most of her novels are connected with time, its passage and ...
Remembering Mubinul Azim on his 43rd death anniversary
Takir Hossain
Homage to The Revolutionary Figure in Bangladeshi ArtMubinul Azim is considered a pioneer in the Bangladeshi art scene. He and his fellow contemporaries had a great contribution in experimental paintings. Some of them combined local motifs and various western forms.Since the '50s and '60s, Bangladeshi painters have incorporated a diverse range of familiar, unfamiliar forms and motifs in their works. Though the ...
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