Of portrait and sketch of Bangabandhu
Image, that makes people contemplate, makes people happy and sad. Image takes people to the windows of memory, chain of memory. Sometimes, it comes back with a glorious remembrance of achievement and sometimes it comes back with intense torment in the core of heart. Because image speaks a lot.
The prospect of this writing is to put light on the portraits drawn on this legend as well as some aspects of his significant life. To begin with, the following portrait is drawn by Md Saidul Islam who is a hobbyist Digital Artist.
This portrait reminds us again of that cheerful person who had smiles on his face and had firm faith on his determination along with his countrymen. Who had never turned back from his resolve and always become a Pole-star for the youngsters.
"Convert every house into a fort ; confront the enemy with whatever you have…The struggle this time is a struggle for freedom - the struggle this time is a struggle for emancipation." This above portrait reminds of the fierce and historic speech of 7th March, 1971. This powerful speech has made every Bengali people a warrior who was devotedly ready to respond to their leader. This speech had raised a steadfast dream in every Bengali people. A dream of own country, a dream of salvation from constant persecution, a dream of taking breath freely.
This beautiful sketch we are seeing upward has painted by Tajul Imam. In the paint this amiable person is the planner of our nation and the country by all complexity of the period. Indeed, what we now call Bangladesh was under dictatorship of West Pakistan. It was Mujib and just Mujib who gave the country a sincere touch of amenities.
It was truly a trek into the long method for opportunity from full scale mistreatment through self-sufficiency and home run in which he gave the dynamic lead. Walking on the way of that lead the indomitable sons of Bengal mother snatched our emancipation on the cost of blood, on the cost of huge sacrifice. That is why, singer Abdul Latif has sung, "Daam diye kinechi bangla, kaaro dane paawa noy."
This wonderful pencil sketch of the father of nation is drawn by Shatil Arib. This sketch is telling us that a beautiful sketch is the combination of professional strokes in efficiency of art along with a solemn meditation over that pattern of art. A sketch has the potentiality to contain life, a still life in chiaroscuro which can be said a celebration of grey stria.
Above stated three dimensional pictures are an illustration of depthness that is floating within an open space. Where we can see three sections and these are firstly, highlights, secondly, middle tone and thirdly, shadows. Finally the conjunction of these three makes a praiseworthy sketch. A good combination of highlights and shadows can make the sketch come alive where middle tone builds that image flat-out.
If you give a close look at this picture, you can feel like the picture heckles with something or looking at you with a constant glance.
When I studied on the portraits and sketches made on Bangabandhu Sheikh Muhibur Rahman, I found there are so few artists, who worked on this. Regarding this subject, we should give more emphasis so that our youths and children get inspiration to compose drawing on this legend. Besides, there should be more opportunities. A sketch can retain the grace which changes people.
The writer is studying at Department of
English, Jahangirnagar University