by Islam Sadequle
A solo art exhibition entitled ‘Banglar Bagh’ featuring tiger-inspired paintings by artist Nazir Hossain, popularly known as Tiger Nazir, was organized on July 29 to August 05 at the Fine Arts Gallery of Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka. On the occasion of global tiger day 2016, to raise awareness about conservation of tigers and its natural habitat Sundarbans, USAID’s bagh activity has organized the art exhibition. Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has inaugurated the weeklong art exhibition.
The exhibition, Banglar Bagh, features 51 acrylic paintings all dealing with the great beast presented in the style of the traditional art form of Pat Chitra (scroll painting). The paintings are embedded with flowing rivers, boats, stretches of green land, nakshi kantha and, above all, rural people and their lifestyle. However, each of the pieces has one common element: tiger.
Nazir’s tigers look like they have been tamed and trained to an extent that they can do things that any human being can. They are seen rowing, playing flutes and tabla, dancing, and even playing cricket and football. Basically, he has presented a lovely rural ambience on his colourful paintings. The exhibition is part of the artist’s ongoing campaign to save Royal Bengal Tigers, Bangladesh’s national animal, from extinction.
Nazir has a deep passion for Bengal tigers and he expressed this devotion through brushes and colour strokes on his over 30,000 paintings of tiger. ‘Tiger was embedded in Bangladesh’s culture as a symbolic celebration of the beauty and bravery of the nation. This exhibition put on display an exciting array of wild tiger-inspired artworks motivated by indigenous art forms and traditional folk motifs to depict the nation’s love and pride for tigers,’ said Nazir.