From Suffering to Liberation: Buddha of Bengal

Alliance Française de Dhaka hosts an exhibition of Buddhist art

By MWB Desk

A thought-provoking collection of artwork by 50 artists from Bangladesh and West Bengal was curated by Mikhail I Islam of Learning Design Studio for an exhibition titled “From Suffering to Liberation: Buddha of Bengal.” The exhibition, which ran from May 3 to May 15 at La Galerie, was hosted by Alliance Française de Dhaka.

(Left) Dipak Ranjan Sarker, ‘Free Bird’; (Middle) Ajit Kumar Das, ‘Buddha’; & (Right) Mukti Bhowmik

The exhibition seeks to capture the profound power and salvific nature of Buddhist art; which have always served as crucial aids in guiding souls from their existential suffering to ultimate spiritual liberation

(Left) Pragati Chakma, ‘Meditative Buddha’, (Right) Malay Bala, ‘Buddha’

The exhibit was inaugurated on May 3 by Vante Sanghananda Mohathero, High Priest of Sylhet Bouddho Bihar, and the launching ceremony featured Nilu Rowshon Murshed, chairperson, Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts; François Grosjean, director, Alliance Française de Dhaka, and Dr Saymon Zakaria, Bangladeshi folk researcher and deputy director of the Development of Culture, Bangla Academy, as special guests.

Riya Das, ‘The Arrival of a Great Spiritual Leader in India’, India

Bringing together 50 artists from Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, the exhibit was an exploration of traditional expressions of Buddhist sacred art within the region. It featured a plethora of traditional and contemporary Buddhist motifs in paintings, sculptures, embroidery, and art installations.

Anuradha Gayen, ‘Nirvana and Salvation’, India

(Left) Prasanta Maharana, ‘Buddha’, India, (Right) Partha Sarathi Bhattacharjee, ‘Enlightenment Amidst Chaos’, India

Md Muslim Mia, ‘Young Buddha 1

(Left) Pragati Chakma, ‘Rati ,Arati , Trishna and meditative Buddha’, (Right) Devdas Karmakar, ‘Buddhist Spiritual Meditatrion’

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