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Playing With Branches and Twigs
Ferdousi Priyabhashini's solo exhibition at Bengal Gallery
Cultural Correspondent
Published :Tuesday, 11 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 15
On the occasion of the 15th founding anniversary of Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, the gallery has organised a solo sculpture exhibition titled "Prelude to a Monsoon Evening", featuring the works of noted sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini. The exhibition was inaugurated on August 7.

Environmentalist Enamul Haque, thespian and elocutionist Jayanto Chattopadhyay and artist Rokeya Sultana jointly inaugurated the exhibition. Luva Nahid Chowdhury, director general of Bengal Foundation and sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini were also present at the inauguration. A documentary on her life and works was also screened at the venue.
Ferdousi Priyabhashini is a dedicated sculptor who is committed to wielding a hammer and chisel. Her works have close connections with nature and humanity. The artist has used dry twigs, branches, trunks, dry shrubbery, discarded roots, insect-eaten stumps, coconut shells, brushwood and varied natural fibres in her sculptural works. She has given these inanimate and lifeless objects a novel spell of life. Most of her works depict birds, human figures, twisted figures, nature, aquatic species etc. With her artistic touch these dead objects come to life, signifying ecstasy, woe, conscience and courage.

Nature is Priyabhashini's treasure trove. She collects her raw materials throughout her daily activity. Sometimes the sculptor even collects the materials from very remote rural areas. She has always made an attempt to discover possibilities and beauty in unnoticed or ignored objects in our surroundings. She is a collector with an impressive eye; finding pieces of wood that have immense potential. Her creations remind us of our rich if steadily depleting natural resources.
The exhibition will continue till August 27.

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