At the age of 14, he studied at Mymensingh Zainul Abedin Art School alongside his formal education in Mymensingh Zilla School. Later, in 2006, he would graduate in fine arts from the University of Dhaka, where he had attended group exhibitions, art camps, workshops home and abroad. In July 2011, his first solo exhibition, titled “Essence of Mystery,” launched at Alliance Franciase de Dhaka. In November 2012, his art works and interviews were published in a book named “Shining Above the Rainbow,” by author and curator Viet Tran. In 2019, he directed his first documentary film “Ekjon Golam Murshed” with Binu Mahbuba.
According to Tarak Mahadi, author of the upcoming book Spirit of Beauty & Beast, “art is the universal language of life.” Given that his new book is written in both Bangla and English, it is all the more clear that Mahadi values the accessibility and openness that art brings. An independent artist himself, Mahadi’s portfolio boasts works of paint, dry pastels, watercolor, sculptures, and sketches. No matter the medium, he manages to capture the intimacy and expressiveness of the human experience, and also the quiet beauty observed in nature. Even still, Mahadi himself feels that some emotions are too vast to be properly conveyed by painting, and he finds his alternative in the world of poetry.
The Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is an international, non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia, held every two years at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. DAS was founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh. With a core focus on Bangladesh, DAS re-examines how we think about these forms of art in both a regional and an international context.
Dhaka, Bangladesh city info:
As the most populous city of Bangladesh, Dhaka is characterized by its busy urban life with vibrant and versatile culture, being home to many festivities, a variety of cuisine, an entertainment industry, and many sites of interest. The city observes national holidays including Independence Day (March 26), International Mother Language Day (February 21), Victory Day (December 16), among several others; Hindu Festivals such as Durga Puja, Janmashtami, and Rathayatra; Muslim festivals such as Eid ul-Fitr, Milad-un-Nabi, Muharram, among others; the Buddhist festival of Buddha Purnima, and even Christmas. The Old City of Dhaka is home to over 2,000 buildings built between the 16th and 19th centuries, which form an integral part of Dhaka’s cultural heritage. Dhaka is home to numerous museums, galleries, academies, parks, gardens, and even a zoo. Suffice it to say, Dhaka is a city bursting at the seams with culture and celebration!
THE MUSIC OF DHAKA
Music is a significant part of Dhaka’s culture, and although music groups and rock bands have seen a recent rise, traditional folk music is still widely popular. The Dhaka World Music Festival (also known as Dhaka International FolkFest) is an international music festival featuring national and international musicians from various genres. The festival covers an extensive scope of performances from local folk and traditional music genres to world fusion and contemporary world music from all across the globe. The festival is perceived to be a cardinal platform in Bangladesh to witness the true fusion in the form of world music.
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