October 10 is the 29th death anniversary of world-renowned artist SM Sultan.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has organised a two-day art exhibition, art camp, children's letter writing exhibition, palagan, puppet drama exhibition and discussion meeting from October 9-10.

On the first day of the two-day event, a wreath was placed at the portrait of artist SM Sultan at the National Chitrashala Bhaban of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 4pm on Monday. After this, the exhibition was officially inaugurated with the artworks of artist SM Sultan and paintings of children of children's paradise.

Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of the academy inaugurated the programme as chief guest. Later, he visited the gallery with children. He highlighted the life of artist SM Sultan and various aspects of his paintings to the children.

Forty paintings of world-renowned artists are being displayed at the National Art Gallery. Apart from this, paintings of various artists of the country have also been included in the exhibition. The exhibition will run from October 9 to 17.

After the opening of the exhibition, a brief discussion session was held. Syeda Mahbuba Karim, director of the Fine Arts Department, delivered the welcome speech. "Artist SM Sultan did not paint on the canvas on which we usually paint. He painted a canvas with a special process with rural mats. He made his own colour - from the soil, the bark and leaves of the trees."

"Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organizes various programs every year to keep him in heart. By organising this event, we remember him more and more," she said.

"We are always looking for our places of pride, those places have been created by great artists like artist SM Sultan. We have to nurture and practice those places of glory. No one else has seen the nature of rural Bengal, the rural society, the way he saw the farmers," said the BSA DG.

The academy's children's music team performed the group anthem at the beginning and end of the discussion. Later, the documentary "Adam Surat" on SM Sultan was screened.

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