Artist Subhas Das is engaged in making sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Kaliganj upazila of Jahenidah. INDEPENDENT PHOTO
An indigent artist of Jhenidah’s Kaliganj upazila town is creating a seven-feet-five-inches tall earthen sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his own cost.
Fifty-seven-year-old Subhas Das hails from Arpara village of the upazila. He now resides at Kotchandpdur Road. He has taken the initiative to create the sculpture to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. He is doing this to prove his love and honour for ‘Great Mujib’, Das said.
Das draws pictures on canvas, writes signboards, banners, festoons and placards, and teaches students how to draw these. He has been making sculpture with clay, with large crowds coming to witness his uncommon creations.
The artist said he spends 50 per cent of his earnings on his family members while the remainder is spent on making sculptures, drawing photos and other activities as tributes to Bangabandhu.
Das has also made four sculptures of Mujib. The largest was seven by five feet. Two pictures, 50 feet by 30 feet and 25 feet by 15 feet, drawn on canvas by the artist, are also preserved at his home.
Regarding Bangabandhu’s mural, Das said he has been using clay, earth, straw and bamboo from the market on credit, and he has not sought assistance from anyone. To show love, affection and honour to Mujib, he plans to make it with bronze to ensure a permanent shape and form.
Das disclosed that both his eyes had been affected when he was drawing a picture of Mujib on a canvas. He has treated his right eye, but could not treat the left one for financial constraints. Rekha Das, his wife, said she has been running the family with great hardship. Subhas Das hopes to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to show his gratitude. “A little initiative from someone could help him fulfil his dream,” Rekha Das said.