Kibria Printmaking Mela begins today

Cultural Correspondent

A three-day Kibria Printmaking Mela will begin today at the faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University, displaying an estimated 1,500 varieties of prints presented by 14 organisations including seven institutes.
Visitors can buy prints made by both prominent and promising artists at a ‘cheap rate,’ said artist Nisar Hossain, a founding member of Kibria Print Studio that has been organising the fair since 2012.
‘We formed the studio on the 83rd birth anniversary of the legendary artist Mohammad Kibria in 2012, with a view to creating a platform for the printmakers. Since then, we have been organising the fair for the common visitors so that they can buy the best prints available,’ he added.
The fair was organised at the now-defunct Dhaka Art Centre before it was moved to its current venue at DU. ‘Since our aim is to offer artworks at cheap rate to the common buyers, we thought we should organise the fair at a place accessible to a wider range of visitors,’ Nisar said.
Printmaking departments of Dhaka University, Chittagong University, Rajshahi University, Khulna University, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Jagannath University and University of Development Alternative will participate in this year’s fair.
In addition, private organisations such as Dhaka Chhapchitra Studio, Shafiuddin Bengal Printmaking Studio, Shunya Art Space, Atiliar 71, Cosmos Ateliar 71, Barnika Print Studio, Bangladesh Printmakers Association, Karkhana Art Space, Studio 48 and Kibria Printmaking Studio will also have stalls at the fair.
Seasoned artist Mahmudul Haque will be given a lifetime achievement award for his contribution in printmaking on the opening day.
Previously, Kibria Printmaking Mela honoured renowned artists Rafiqunnabi and Monirul Islam with lifetime achievement awards.

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