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Village Story

Abdus Shakoor
circa 2000

Abdus Shakoor is one of the most distinguished artists working in Bangladesh today. This is one of 47 watercolour paintings which were bought by Gallery Oldham during the Art South Asia Festival which took place in galleries across the North West in 2002 .

In the 1990s Shakoor began to experiment with subjects taken from Bangladeshi folk literature, especially from the Mymensingh Geetika, or Mymensingh ballads. These are a rich collection of stories that were written mostly by unknown poets and sung in the villages by semi-professional singers and musicians probably in the late 18th and 19th centuries. They reflect a world before partition in which Muslims and Hindus lived harmoniously together. The stories contain both Hindu and Muslim elements and were enjoyed by both communities.

Shakoor was born in Bogra in 1947 in what is now Bangladesh. He is currently Professor in the Department of Crafts at the Institute of Fine Art in Dhaka.