Children pay tribute to SM Sultan

Cultural Correspondent
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Children painting at the art competition held before the exhibition.— Ali Hossain Mintu.

The National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has worn a festive look displaying over 200 artworks by children from across the country.
Children art school Charuputhi has organised the three-day exhibition marking the 92nd birth anniversary of artist SM Sultan, which was originally observed on August 10.
Eminent sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan inaugurated the show on Thursday.
Earlier, an art competition was held in which 200 children participated divided into three age-based groups. Ten paintings from each group will be awarded later today at the concluding ceremony.
The school has been organising such competitions and exhibitions for the last four years. This year, the participants were asked to paint birds of Bangladesh.
So for anyone coming in, the gallery offers a kaleidoscope of colourful birds presented in a variety of sizes and shapes. While children under eight painted common birds set in lush landscapes, those senior to them have gone for detailed depictions of birds and natural elements.
For example, five-year-old Sheikh Farhan from Shanta Mariam Academy has filled his canvas with multiple tiny birds, while seven-year-old Aurindam Joarder painted an owl perched on a tree twig in the moonlight.
Children’s enthusiastic participation in the exhibition is a sight for sore eyes.
‘I am really enjoying taking part in the programme, and being able to display my painting in front of everyone is a totally different experience. Through this initiative, I have come to know more about SM Sultan,’ said Umme Kulsum, a student of Agrani Girls School.
Charuputhi director Ehsan Pratik said the competition-cum-exhibition comes with a different theme every year. ‘This is an attempt to explore the potential of the kids. Like previous years, we received great feedback from the kids and their parents,’ he said.
Besides the paintings on display, the visiting children are also being treated with animation films and talks on birds and so on.

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