Alliance Française de Dhaka

Solo Pattachitra Exhibition


"Baishakh" in the land of tigers - বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ - March 22

Mar 22, 2024 – Apr 02, 2024

Alliance Française de Dhaka, Dhanmondi – La Galerie

"Baishakh" in the land of tigers - বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ - March 22

Exploring the Land of Tigers:

A Solo Pattachitra Exhibition on “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ”


Alliance Française de Dhaka is delighted to present a captivating solo exhibition featuring the mesmerizing art of Pattachitra, titled “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ” (In the Land of Tigers in the Month of Boishakh). This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the enchanting world of traditional Bengali scroll painting, reimagined through the lens of contemporary artist Potua Nazir Hossain.


Date: March 22 to April 02, 2024


Time: 6:00 pm


Venue: La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Dhanmondi


Pattachitra, an ancient art form originating from the Indian subcontinent, finds new life in the skilled hands of Potua Nazir Hossain. Drawing inspiration from Bengal’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, the artist invites viewers on a journey through the mythical land of tigers, depicted in vibrant colors and intricate details.


In “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ,” Potua Nazir Hossain celebrates the arrival of the Bengali New Year (Boishakh) with a series of mesmerizing Pattachitra paintings that evoke the spirit of the season. Through his meticulous brushwork and masterful storytelling, the artist captures the essence of rural Bengal, where the majestic tiger reigns supreme and the landscape comes alive with the vibrant hues of spring.


Each painting in the exhibition tells a unique story, inspired by folklore, mythology, and the artist’s own imagination. From lush forests teeming with wildlife to bustling village scenes and joyous Boishakh festivities, “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ” offers a glimpse into a world of beauty, wonder, and timeless tradition.


This solo exhibition at Alliance Française de Dhaka provides a platform for Potua Nazir Hossain to showcase his exceptional talent and creativity, while also celebrating the cultural heritage of Bangladesh. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a cultural connoisseur, or simply curious to explore the world of Pattachitra, this exhibition promises to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.


Join us for the opening reception of “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ” at Alliance Française de Dhaka on March 22, and embark on a visual journey through the land of tigers.



Potua Nazir Hossain

Potua Nazir Hossain

Tiger Nazir, a Bangladeshi artist, has captivated audiences with his unique art form known as ‘potchitro,’ a term derived from ‘patachitra,’ a traditional style of scroll painting originating from the Indian subcontinent. What sets Tiger Nazir apart is his innovative approach to this age-old art form, infusing it with contemporary themes and vibrant colors, while still honoring its cultural roots.



In Tiger Nazir’s ‘potchitro,’ one can witness a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. His intricately detailed paintings often depict scenes from Bangladeshi folklore, mythology, and everyday life, rendered with a distinctive style that is both captivating and evocative. Through his art, Tiger Nazir aims to preserve and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh, while also offering a fresh perspective that resonates with contemporary audiences.


What makes Tiger Nazir’s work truly remarkable is his commitment to preserving traditional artistic techniques while pushing the boundaries of creativity. Each piece is a testament to his skill as an artist and his deep connection to his cultural heritage. Through his ‘potchitro,’ Tiger Nazir invites viewers on a journey of exploration and discovery, where the past meets the present in a celebration of artistic expression and cultural identity.



Tiger Nazir’s ‘potchitro’ has garnered acclaim both locally and internationally, earning him recognition as a leading figure in contemporary Bangladeshi art. His work serves as a reminder of the enduring power of art to transcend boundaries, bridge cultures, and inspire audiences of all backgrounds. As Tiger Nazir continues to push the boundaries of his craft, he remains a shining example of the rich artistic talent found in Bangladesh and beyond.


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