BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a human chain programme the party organises in front of the National Press Club in the capital Friday morning in protest against ongoing repression on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Photo: Sazid HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday demanded the government make active diplomatic efforts to force Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis.”Our demand is very clear that the government gives food and shelter to Rohingyas and ensures their security and treatment. At the same time the government puts active diplomatic efforts to force the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingyas who fled the country”, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He made the demand while speaking at a human chain program in front of the National Press Club.As part of their countrywide program, BNP arranged the one-hour long human chain programme from 10:00am to 11:00am protesting the repression on Rohingyas in Myanmar.Fakhrul said they don’t want to know whether the Rohingyas are Hindu or Muslim as they are human being.”The Myanmar government has initiated a war against humanity. We have to put a resistance against them. Let us get united and raise our voice against the mass killing of Rohingyas and force Myanmar to take back those fled the country,” he said.Voicing concern over trespassing of Myanmar Air Force helicopter into Bangladesh airspace, he said the Bangladesh government cannot strongly protest at the incident due to its knee-jerk foreign policy.Fakhrul said their party staged the human chain programme to register protests against the persecution on Rohingyas on behalf of the people of Bangladesh.
Shobha Bhatia, Director, Gallerie Ganesha presents ‘Symphony of Seasons’, a solo show of paintings by Mumbai-based artist Devdatta Padekar at Gallerie Ganesha, daily.Says 38-year-old Padekar, who did his MFA from JJ College of Art, Mumbai and is in Delhi after a gap of four years: “My current series of paintings is about the Alps and the Himalayas. I have been travelling in various regions around these mountain ranges during different seasons for almost three years now. The series is about the ever changing landscapes and magnificent environment in closeness of these majestic and mystical mountain ranges.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPadekar has also done an MA (Drawing) from Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK in 2005 and later studied at The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy in 2007. It was during 2007-2009, when he was painting a series on ballet dancers at the Florence Dance Center in Italy that he frequently flew to Florence at different times of the year. “On clear-sky days, the aerial view of the Alps was mesmerising. If the landscape was so beautiful from up above, it would be, I was certain, equally spectacular at ground level.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHe subsequently travelled to the Swiss Alps in 2013, and from then on began his artistic journey in the Alps. Over the course of the next two years, Padekar has painted in different regions across Swiss, French, Italian, Austrian and German Alps at different times of the year. “I painted smaller works on location and larger canvases in my studio. The paintings on the Alps series formed a part of my solo exhibition at the Florence Dance Center, Italy, in March 2016.” Padekar’s work on the Alps goes beyond the natural landscapes. His focus suspends time; while capturing a specific day on the earth, he offers a testimony of place. He rightfully depicts nature in her most natural environment-dressed in blossoms, flowing with water, inhabited by fauna and dotted with human habitat. As he highlights that special ray of sun or refracts light from prism of brushed-on colour, we see the poetry of the world revealed before our eyes. His paintings incorporate simplicity, subtlety and innocence, qualities he uses to depict a harmonious communication between man and nature.Commenting on his work, Keith Ferrone, Director, Florence Dance Center, Italy says, “Observing his paintings, we can breathe the cold of winter, smile as the greens announce spring, feel the warmth of summer and introspectively meditate on autumn. Devdatta paints portraits of the earth in all its magnificence and re-establishes the everyday rite of passage that the world is ours to enjoy and love.”Like the Alps, Padekar is equally fascinated with the world’s youngest mountain range: the Himalaya. The two mountain ranges have different flora, fauna and also diverse cultures. “Just as I painted in the Alps, I trekked across the Himalaya painting in different regions around Himalayan terrain; this journey of mine is still ongoing.”With vast areas devoid of human presence, serenity rules in both the Alps and the Himalaya. In both places, however, the impression of the landscape always seems to be fleeting. Padekar’s aim was to try and capture the ephemeral moods of the Alps and Himalaya in his paintings. “I observed people who live in the mountains, who love their environment and live in complete harmony with nature. That is the very essence of my paintings of the mountains, to admire, preserve and live in complete synergy with nature.”When: December 1 – 31Where: Gallerie GaneshaTiming: 11AM – 7PM