PM calls for enriching country's art, culture
11th Asian Art Biennale begins

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday called for enriching the country’s arts and culture and making it more attractive keeping pace with the demand of time. She said great tradition, common values and rich heritage of Asia needs to be nurtured at this age of globalisation when competition had become tough.
Begum Zia was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the 17-day long 11th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh 2003 at the Osmani Memorial Hall. She also inaugurated the Art Biennial. State Minister for Cultural Affairs Begum Selima Rahman presided.
Begum Zia said it was a glory for Bangladesh that the Art Biennial which was started by Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman in 1981 had now spread to the Pacific region and Africa. She said the Art Biennial had given birth to a new style and strem of art by encompassing and mutual exchange of art style and cultural diversity of different cultures and ethnic groups of Asia.
The prime Minister mentioned that international art festival was held regulary only in Bangladesh in the sub-continent. This festival had become an important part of the country’s national culture and tradition…
… Michael Riley of Australia, Simin Keramati of Iran and Tayeba Begum Lipi of Bangladesh won grand prizes in the competition. Jamshid Haghighat Shenas of Iran, Lyndell Brown and Charles Green of Australia, Mohammed Al Atiq of Zatar, Saleh Bin Juma Bin Muslim Al Shukairi of Oman, Mohammad Yousuf Ali of UAE, Tsubaki Noboru of Japan and Ashmina Ranjit of Nepal got honourable mention.
Secretary of the Ministry of cultural Affairs Mudebbir Hussain Chowdhury gave the address of welcome. Chairman of the Jury Board of the Art Biennial Prof Golam Hossain Babai of Iran presented the report of the Biennial.
A total of 45 countries, including host Bangladesh, are participating In the Art Biennial. Some 633 artworks of 375 artists of the participating countries will be put on display in the Osmani Memorial auditioriium, National Museum and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy during the Art Biennial.

STAFF REPORTER
Dhaka Friday January 16, 2004
The Independent / pages 1 & 16



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