Russian twins display works on Bangladesh

Cultural Correspondent
Visitors look at artworks on display at National Art Gallery. — Snigdha Zaman

Visitors look at artworks on display at National Art Gallery. — Snigdha Zaman

Russian twin sisters of Bangladeshi descent, Rubina and Sabina Khosseyn, are displaying their works on Bangladesh at an exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The two artists have compiled 40 of their drawings and paintings for the show stylised as Bangla AMAR Desh.
All the drawings are in black and white, with a few exceptions, and highly realistic. The girls have portrayed Bangladesh from different angles. Sometimes they depicted faces of ordinary people, sometimes portraits of prominent political figures. Several historic landmarks of the country have also found their way in the sketches.
There are also some sketches depicting rural and urban scenes.
One thing common to all the works is the detail and attention with which they were done, which are a testimony to the artists’ power of observation. The Shiv Temple in Manikganj, Tara Mosque, Curzon Hall, Mausoleum of the Three Leaders, Lalbag Fort, and Supreme Court – all appeared in vivid detail in the sketches.
Sabina has sketched the face of a bride in a piece titled Bride. The bride, covering half of her face apparently because she is feeling shy, was so realistically drawn that it moves the beholders and captures their imagination.
Rubina, on the other hand, has depicted the image of a street vendor hawking vegetables in a basket on his head.
She also depicted freedom fighters rejoicing victory after defeating the Pakistani army in 1971. Sabina also dealt with the theme of the independence struggle in her sketch titled The Mother, which shows a rural woman posing with a rifle.
The exhibition, which was inaugurated on Saturday, will remain open for all until February 18.

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