Ballads And Paintings: by SHAKOOR

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‘Ballads and Paintings’ is a book featuring the works of eminent artist Abdus Shakoor Shah. He is widely recognised for his folk motifs and ballads rooted in the centuries-old tradition of the country. The ballads of Mymensingh Geetika – the famous Mahua and Malua love stories, Nakshi Kanthar MaathGazir Pat and Manasha Pat are recurring themes in his works. Osman Jamal, South Asian contributing editor for Asian Art News and World Sculpture News, art critic Moinuddin Khaled and Prof. Nazrul Islam have also written for the book.

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Pages: 120

Dimension: 25.5 cm (H) x 25.5 cm (W)

Language: English, Bengali

Author: Abdus Shakoor Shah

Contributor: Enayetullah Khan, Prof. Nazrul Islam, Moinuddin Khaled, Osman Jamal

ISBN:  984-32-1462-7

Published by: Cosmos Books

Published year: December, 2009

Abdus Shakoor Shah’s (b.1946) work focuses on ancestral and historical themes, following in the folk-tradition of Jainul Abedin, Qamrul Hasan, Jamini Roy & Qaaiyum Chowdhury. Common themes in Shakoor’s paintings include Bengali folk motifs and ballads, the mahua & malua love stories as well as Nakshi kanther Math, Gazir Pat & Mansha Pat of Mymensingh Geetica. He has illustrated his stories with elements & folk-motifs. Peacock & Parrots as well as Elephants, Bulls, Cats, Tigers, Serpants & Lizards feature prominently in his works. He served as Director, Professor and Head of the Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka.

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