Uttam Ghosh has superbly presented traditional and nouveau Bangladeshi womanhood at an art exhibition held recently at the Yeart Gallery, in Gulshan.
Uttam is better known for his songs and drama. His works follow in the footsteps of Jamini Roy and more recently, Abdus Shakoor, the delineator of myths of Mymensingh. His guru from India remains KG Subramanyan. He is inclined towards acrylic along with yellow to display the beauty of the maidens he presents, along with the flowers and birds with whom they appear to merge. Women, in fact, appear timeless on Uttam's canvas. He gives equal importance to men, in his creations as he believes in gender equality.
In one of his creations he has a maiden in a dotted “choli” (blouse), complete with earrings and bangles to heighten the elegance of the picture. His other composition has a woman's profile. In yet another titled “Amar Sonar Bangla”, the focus is on a lady with dark, long tresses. This work emphasises her connection with nature, which proves a healer on many occasions.
There are four delineations of women. One has two maidens immersed in conversation. Another one, beautiful in proportions, has a woman in a yellow sari, which matches her ornate jewellery. A delineation of another woman has the appearance of a Hindu idol--such are the decorations around her in gold and red, along with blue.
The three figures, which form the end of the brochure are certainly pleasant, and worth pondering over. In another of his creations, Uttam depicts a happy and contented couple. The whiskered man sports a dark singlet. The woman is in indigo blue, with a pearl and a pink blouse to match her green sari. Bangla letterings in burnt sienna form a part of the backdrop, as with Shakoor.
Uttam has graduated in music from Viswa Bharati Santiniketan.