Today marks the 72nd birth anniversary of Ferdousi Priyabhashini, an artist par excellence and a Birangona of our great Liberation War. The great sculptor often created art inspired by nature. She dedicated her entire life to establishing Birangona women's status in society as war heroes, considering their monumental sacrifice during the war. She had once declared herself as the mother of all the war children, as per her philosophy.
Gallery Shilpangan is hosting an art exhibition titled 'The Gardener's Gift' at its premises in Lalmatia, Dhaka on February 22 in commemoration of the great artist's birthday. The exhibition will showcase her timeless works, along with the artworks by her son Karu Titas and daughter Fuleshwari Priyanondini. The show, opening from 3 pm to 9 pm will run till March 7.
The exhibition exclusively aims to uphold Priyabhashini's artistic legacy carried forward by her children through nurturing the garden that their mother had made all through her troubled yet glorious life.
Priyabhashini's elder son Karu Titas, also a renowned artist, shared many untold stories of his courageous mother and the struggles she faced in her lifetime with The Daily Star. “There was an exhibition titled 'Shoto Tuchchher Araley' by my mother. It symbolically signified the oppression she faced during the War of Liberation,” says Karu Titas.
“The most interesting aspect about my mother was her striking power of observation. Say for example, she would be able to see the portrait of Rabindranath Tagore in the bark of a tree,” reminisced Karu Titas, “She could observe meticulously and see what we could not see. Her patience, perseverance and artistic insight are what made her an otherworldly artist.”
There are many sculptures and sculptors, but, Ferdousi Priyabhashini's works are incomparable. Considering the artistic values of her artworks, they should be preserved in a proper way, along with all the incredible ornaments she designed. The upcoming generations will get inspired through her artworks, memoirs and lifestyle in the future.
Growing up in Khulna, a quaint town of the then East Pakistan, Priyabhashini once nurtured a passion for music. Her relinquished desire to become a Tagore exponent gave Bangladesh one of its most revered sculptors.