Charukala is a small rural art school situated in the narrow streets of Barisal, Bangladesh. I met Susanta Ghosh, a senior art faculty, and a journalist, during my visit to Bangladesh in January 2015 on an artist residency in Lakutia Village, who invited me to work with his students for a day.
Children aged 5-12 years participated and brought their colorful bags of creativity, spontaneity, and innocence to the village. The Lakutia Village abandoned many years ago before the 1950’s riots between Pakistan and Bangladesh, was the focus of this workshop. Children from a young age are taught to abhor the brutality that was injected by the Pakistani Army during that time. For the session, I asked the children to associate themselves with the ruins of the house and visually create a dialogue between self and the environment. We used the art of drawing to conclude the session.
© 2015, Charukala, Nazim Uddin Khan Prince, Fahad Al-Alam, Barisal, Dhaka, Bangladesh