Shabana breaks down seeing Bangabandhu assassination painting



Emotion gripped the actress as she stood in front of the oil painting by leading Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed. "I understood, it is that barbaric incident," a witness quoted Azmi as saying as she admired the artwork by Ahmed. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she acknowledged the painting, drawn by Ahmed recalling the August 15, 1975 killing of Bangabandhu, also father of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the military coup. "I don't know what made me weep. There is no explanation for it," Azmi said.

The actress inaugurated Shahabuddin's fortnight-long exhibition titled 'Joy Bangla', or 'The Victory of Bengal', the slogan of Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War, at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts at Dhanmondi area on Sunday. A 1971 veteran Ahmed earned a global repute for depicting fearless human figures that cut through the difficulties of life.
Ahmed, who has been living in Paris for the past several decades, recently returned home with a selection of his works that showcase a robust life-affirming worldview and his efforts to develop new artistic forms.

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