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Friday, 28 January 2011

The painter in Rabindranath Tagore

Chhayanaut is holding an array of special programmes on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th Birth anniversary coming up in May. This grand arrangement includes a Rabindra-Dance Festival, recitation from Rabindra-Rochonaboli, Rabindra songs, discussion and many more cultural programmes related to Rabindranath Tagore. And all this will continue through the whole year at Chhayanaut.

As part of the year long programme Chhayanaut is holding an exhibition featuring reprints of Rabindranath Tagore’s artworks, which began on January 21. Titled “Reprint of Rabindra Artworks”, the event was inaugurated by K G Shubrobarman, a noted artist of contemporary Indian art movement and art teacher. In that programme the students of Chhayanaut sang the song O re chitrarekhadore badhilo k with him. K G Shubrobarman also launched the album named ‘Rabindra-Chitrakala’ on this great occasion. At this exhibition 54 artworks of Rabindranath Tagore are on display.

Tagore was a prolific painter. He himself, in his article ‘My Pictures’, explains his paintings. In his own words, “The world of sound is a tiny bubble in the silence of the infinite. The Universe has its only language of gesture; it talks in the voice of pictures and dance. Every object in this world proclaims in the dumb signal of lines and colours the fact that it is not a mere logical abstraction or a mere thing of use, but it is unique in itself, it carries the miracle of its existence. In a picture the artist creates the language of undoubted reality, and we are satisfied that we see.” In all his paintings this thought is very successfully reflected.”

In Tagore’s artworks women characters are remarkable and colour presentation is great. His works with the works of light and shade provide a mystery to the theme. Rabindranath Tagore started painting in 1924 at the prime age of 63. The first exhibition of Tagore’s paintings was held in Paris in May 1930. Later the exhibitions moved to other famous destinations in Europe and America – Birmingham, London, Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Copenhagen, Geneva, Moscow, Boston, New York and finally Phillidelphia in May 1931. Europe and the USA recognized the strength and style of Tagore’s paintings and welcomed them with immense praise. About his works Tagore said, “People often ask me about the meaning of my pictures. I remain silent even as my pictures are. It is for them to express and not to explain. They have nothing ulterior behind their own appearance for the thoughts to explore and words to describe, and that appearance carries its ultimate worth. Then they remain, otherwise they are rejected and forgotten even though they may have some scientific truth or ethical justification.”

The drawings of Rabindranath Tagore proved that the poet, though a master in the use of words, felt that certain things can be better expressed, or perhaps only expressed in the language of lines, tone and colour. The artworks are being exhibited at the 3rd and 4th floor of Chhayanaut building, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Today is the last day of this 8 day-long exhibition.

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