Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) together with Artopolitan, an art organisation promoting visual arts and artists of the world, is going to hold a 15-day (February 23-March 09, 2019) international group art exhibition titled “Celebrating Mother Tongues and Cultures Through Visual Arts” at the Gallery No 5 and 6 of National Art Gallery, BSA marking the International Mother Language Day 2019 (February 21). Both academic and non-academic artists from all age-groups from Bangladesh and the world can submit their artworks through an open call for the participation in the exhibition themed on celebrating their mother languages and distinct cultures. The purpose for holding the exhibition is to pay homage to the Language Movement Martyrs of Bangladesh, who have laid down their lives for the sake of our mother language in 1952.
International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year on 21st February. The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world. It was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999. Since then it is being celebrated every year. Languages are the most powerful way to preserve and develop culture and to promote it all around the globe. Art has its international language. The themes of the exhibited artworks should represent the diverse beauty of mother tongues and cultures globally. The exhibition exclusively aims to uphold the spirit of unity in diversity through celebrating one’s mother languages and unique cultures through the expression of visual arts.