Zainul Gallery features works of students

Cultural Correspondent
Zainul Gallery

Visitors look at displayed paintings at Zainul Gallery. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Zainul Gallery 1 and 2 have worn a colourful look with a bunch of paintings and drawings created by the students of the drawing and painting department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
The show is the result of an annual competition for the students of the department, and features 60 works including the winning entries.
On Sunday, Dhaka University vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the exhibition and handed over prizes to the winners of the contest. Among others, eminent artist and supernumerary professor Rafiqun Nabi and the faculty’s dean Nisar Hossain were present on the occasion.
A total of ten students won prizes for their works in different categories.
Sheikh Faizur Rahman won the all-media best award, titled ‘Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Award,’ for his watercolour painting Gabtali Bridge.
Rahman has shown his skills in depicting the details of the bridge in transparent watercolour.
Bhutanese student Ugyen Tushering won an award for his pencil drawing Broken Tradition, in which he painted an old house almost on the brink of destruction as a symbolic reference to the breaking down of old norms.
Mrinal Banik won an award for his oil painting Old Town, which shows an old town with derelict buildings, roads, electric wires and clothes.
Meanwhile, the best award for watercolour painting went to Prasun Halder, who won it for his skills of doing a nuanced piece in the unpredictable media.
Purnia Mrittika won the Delawar hossain Memorial Award for her oil-colour work Ending Existence, which shows a nuanced old door.
Jayanta Mondal has won the Mahbubul Amin Memorial Award for his oil-colour painting Train, which shows a railway station with several trains stopping to load passengers and frieght.
Shaikat Sarkar won the Shahid Shahnewaz Memorial Award for his pencil drawing Closeup Stury, which shows a detailed sketch of bamboo roots, while Sunanda Rani Borman won Anwarul Haque Memorial Award for Feelings, which shows three emotion-laden faces of one girl.
Also, Afia Abida Sultana and Imtiaz Islam won awards for their experimental works in the experimental award category.
Besides the award-winning works, the exhibition, which will remain open for the public until September 30, features other entries from the competition that demand attention on their own merits.

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