This project intends to compile a list of works that address Bangladeshi art and visual culture.
This is an ongoing list which is expected to grow over time. I do have my own limitation and individual research interest, so please do not consider this bibliography as the best resource that can specifically cater to your academic interest. In order to trace the origin, the list also includes various works that recognize this geographical entity in reference to its existence during the pre-partition and pre-independence era. All the works are cited using Chicago manual of style.
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Date Created: March 18, 2020
Date Last Modified: April 19, 2020
Total number of texts: 92
Contributor(s): Mohammad Zaki Rezwan
Ahmed, Nabil. “Entangled Earth.” Third Text 27, no. 1 (2013): 44-53.
Akhter, Fahmida. “Panning from the Past to Present: The Climate, Context and Concept of Bangladeshi National Cinema.” Shilpakala 22 (2014): 49-67.
Alam, Shahidul. My Journey as a Witness. Dhaka: Bengal Foundation, 2014.
Anisuzzaman. 1993. Creativity, Reality and Identity. Dhaka: International Centre for Bengal Studies.
Appasamy, J. “Early Oil Painting in Bengal.” Lalit Kala Contemporary, no. 32 (1985): 5–9.
Archer, William George. India and Modern Art. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1959.
Archer, William George. Kalighat Paintings: A Catalogue and Introduction. London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1971.
Azim, Safia. “Learning to Read the Signs: on Your Ride in Bangladesh.” Wasafiri 30, no. 4 (2015): 34-42.
Azim, Safia. “Popular expressions and matters of faith.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 12, no. 2 (2011): 259-270.
Bautze, Joachim. “Unpublished views of Dhaka (Dacca) by Sir Charles D’Oyly, 7th Baronet.” Kalhār (white water-lily), Studies in Art, Iconography, Architecture and Archaeology of Indian and Bangladesh (Prof. Enamul Haque Felicitation Volume), 252-8, New Delhi: Kaveri Books, 2007.
Begum, Anwara. Magical Shadows: Women in the Bangladeshi Media. New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2008.
Bhattacharya, Asok. Banglar Chitrakala [Painting of Bengal]. Kolkata: Paschimbanga Bangla Academy, 1994.
Bhattacharya, Gouriswar. Essays on Buddhist Hindu Jain Iconography and Epigraphy. Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, 2000.
Bhattacharya, Mihir and Dipankar Ghosh, eds. Bangiya Shilpa Parichay [Introduction to Bengali Art]. Kolkata: Lokosangskriti o Adibashi Sangskriti Kendra, Tathya o Sangskriti Bibhag, Pashchimbanga Sarkar [Centre for Folk and Indigenous Culture, Information and Culture Department, Government of West Bengal], 2004.
Bhattacharya, Mihir. “Moment and Movement: People’s Creativity in the History of Progress.” Social Scientist 39, no. 11/12 (2011): 41-47.
Chatterjee, Ratnabali. From the Karkhana to the Studio: A Study in the Changing Social Roles of Patron and Artist in Bengal. New Delhi: Books & Books, 1990.
Clarke, David. “Contemporary Asian Art and the West.” In Globalization and Contemporary Art edited by J. Harris, 245–252. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Corni, Caterina and Nirmalya Kumar. Hemen Mazumdar: The Last Romantic. Singapore: Singapore Management University, 2019.
Dadi, Iftikhar. “Art in Pakistan: The First Decades.” In Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, edited by Elizabeth Bell, 39-49. New York: Asia Society Museum, 2009.
Falvo, Rosa Maria, ed. Contemporary Masters of Bangladesh: Kazi Ghiyasuddin. Milano: Skira, 2011.
Gallagher, Rob. The Rickshaws of Bangladesh. Dhaka: The University Press Limited, 1992.
Ghosh, Chilka. “The Role of Drawing and Painting in the Anti-Fascist Marxist Cultural Movement in Bengal in the Decade of the 40’s.” In Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, vol. 51, pp. 607-611. Indian History Congress, 1990.
Ghuznavi, Sayyada R. Naksha: A Collection of Designs of Bangladesh. Dhaka: Design Centre, Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corp., 1981.
Glassie, Henry, and Firoz Mahmud. Contemporary Traditional Art of Bangladesh. Dhaka: Bangladesh National Museum, 2000.
Glassie, Henry. Art and Life in Bangladesh. Bloomington, Indian: Indiana University Press, 1997.
Glassie, Henry. Traditional Art of Dhaka. Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2000.
Guha-Thakurta, Tapati. Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of art in colonial and post-colonial India. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
Guha-Thakurta, Tapati. The Making of a New ‘Indian’ Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal, c. 1850–1920. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Guha-Thakurta, Tapati. The Making of a New Indian Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal, c. 1850-1920. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Hacker, Katherine. “In Search of Living Traditions: Gurusaday Dutt, Zainul Abedin, and the Institutional Life of Kanthas.” In Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, edited by Darielle Mason and Pika Ghosh, 59-79. Philadelphia and New Haven: Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2009.
Haque, Enamul and Adalbert J. Gail, eds. Sculptures in Bangladesh: An Inventory of Select Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Stone and Bronze Images in Museums and Collections of Bangladesh (up to 13th century). Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, 2008.
Haque, Enamul, ed. Hakim Habibur Rahman Khan Commemoration Volume. Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, 2001.
Haque, Enamul. Chandraketugarh: A Treasure-House of Bengal Terracottas. Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, 2001.
Haque, Enamul. Islamic Art Heritage of Bangladesh. Dhaka: Bangladesh National Museum, 1983.
Haque, Enamul. The Art Heritage of Bangladesh. Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, 2007.
Haque, Zulekah. Terradcotta of Bengal: An Analytical Study. Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, 2014.
Hashmi, Salima and Quddus Mirza. 50 Years of Visual Art in Pakistan. Lahore: Sang-e-Meel Publications, 1997.
Hoek, Lotte, and Sanjukta Sunderason. “Journeying through Modernism: Travels and Transits of East Pakistani Artists in Post-Imperial London.” British Art Studies, no. 13 (2019). https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-13/hoek-sunderason
Hoek, Lotte. “Cut‐Pieces as Stag Film: Bangladeshi Pornography in Action Cinema.” Third Text 24, no. 1 (2010): 135-148.
Hoek, Lotte. “Cinema and the Melodrama of Nationalism.” The Bangladesh Paradox. 2015. http://himalmag.com/hindi-urdu-cinema-nationalism-bangladesh/.
Hoek, Lotte. “Unstable Celluloid: Film Projection and the Cinema Audience in Bangladesh.” BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies 1, no. 1 (January 2010): 49–66.
Hoek, Lotte. “Urban Wallpaper: Film Posters, City Walls and the Cinematic Public in South Asia.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 39, no. 1 (2016): 73-92.
Hoek, Lotte. Cut Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.
Islam, Nazmul. “A Study on Material Culture in Dhaka: Rickshaw, A Motion Craft.” Master’s thesis, McGill University, 2015. http://digitool.library.mcgill.ca/webclient/StreamGate?folder_id=0&dvs=1544296587664~741.
Islam, Nazmul. A Study on Material Culture in Dhaka: Rickshaw, A Motion Craft. Master’s thesis, McGill University, 2015.
Islam, Nazrul. “Hamiduzzaman Khan: A Modern Sculptor.” In Hamiduzzaman Khan: A Modern Sculptor, edited by Akhtar Jahan (Ivy). Dhaka: Akhtar Jahan (Ivy), 2005.
Islam, Nazrul. Contemporary art and Artist. Dhaka: Pathak Shamabesh, 2009.
Islam, Syed Manzoorul. “From Bengal School to Bangladeshi Art: A Brief History.” Arts & the Islamic World 34 (1999): 7-22.
Islam, Syed Manzoorul. Mohammad Kibria. Dhaka: Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 2004.
Jahangir, Burhanuddin Khan. Contemporary Painters, Bangladesh. Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 1974.
Jalil, Javed, Meredith Farruk, and Tania Zaman. Kibria. Dhaka: Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art, 2008.
Jamini. Dhaka: Bengal Foundation. bengalfoundation.org/jamini/
Journal of Bengal art. Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art. http://bengalart.org/front_end/journal_of_bengal_art.aspx
Kabir, Alamgir. Film in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 1979.
Kapur, Geeta. “A Stake in Modernity: Brief History of Contemporary Indian Art.” Tradition and Change: Contemporary Art of Asia and the Pacific, edited by Caroline Turner, 28-44. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1993.
Kapur, Geeta. When was Modernism?: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India. New Delhi: Tulika, 2000.
Karim, Ziaul. “Bangladeshi Art in the 1990s” Asia Art Archive. https://aaa.org.hk/en/ideas/ideas/bangladeshi-art-in-the-1990s/type/essays
Khan, Sadeq. S.M. Sultan. Dhaka: Dept. of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 2003.
Khullar, Sonal. Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015.
Kirkpatrick, Joanna. “Rickshaw Art.” In The Bangladesh Reader: History, Culture, Politics, edited by Meghna Guhathakurta and Willem van Schendel, 396-400. USA: Duke University Press, 2013.
Kirkpatrick, Joanna. “Metaphor and Motive in Bangladeshi Ricksha Art.” SCT – Correspondence, Memorandums, Minutes, and Miscellaneous (2003). http://hdl.handle.net/11209/10173.
Kirkpatrick, Joanna. “The Painted Ricksha as Culture Theater.” Studies in Visual Communication 10, no. 3 (1984): 73-85.
Kirkpatrick, Joanna. Transports of Delight: The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003. CD-ROM.
Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala, and David J Williams. Moving Pictures: Rickshaw art of Bangladesh. Ahmedabad, India: Mapin Publishing, 2010.
Lasnier, France. Rickshaw Art in Bangladesh. Dhaka: The University Press Limited, 2002.
Mariátegui, José‐Carlos. “Re‐interpretations in Crossfire and the Global Voice of Resistance: An installation by Shahidul Alam.” Third Text 24, no. 6 (2010): 760-763.
Michell, George, ed. The Islamic Heritage of Bengal. Paris: UNESCO, 1984.
Michell, George. The Islamic Heritage of Bengal. Paris: Unesco, 1984.
Mitter, Partha. Art and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1850–1922. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Mitter, Partha. The Triumph of Modernism: India’s Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1922–1947. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Moinuddin, Khaled. Bangladesher Chitroshilpo [Visual Art of Bangladesh]. Dhaka: Dibya Prokash.
Peyton, Allysa B. and Katherine Anne, eds. Arts of South Asia: Cultures of Collecting. Florida: University of Florida, 2019.
Rahman, Harisur. “Bollywoodization or Ghettoization? The Bangladeshi Dream Factory is in Disarray.” Studies in South Asian Film & Media 8, no. 2 (2017): 109-123.
Rahman, Md Mostafijur. Bangladesher Rickshaw Chitra. Master’s Thesis, Charukala Institute, Dhaka University, 1992.
Raju, Zakir Hossain. ““Bollywoodization” as (H)Indianization? Bangladesh Film Industry under National Protection.” In The Magic of Bollywood: At Home and Abroad, edited by Anjali Gera Roy, 193-212. New Delhi: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd., 2012.
Raju, Zakir Hossain. Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity: In Search of the Modern? United States: Routledge, 2014.
Roy, Keka Dutta. “Artistic Impressions of the Famine and Environment: A Case Study of the Bengal Famine (1943).” In Indian Vistas of Environment, edited by Chittabrata Palit and Mahua Sarkar, 117-128. Delhi: Kalpaz Publications, 2007.
Sarker, Archishman. “Reflections on Modernism in Bangladesh and the abstract artist Kazi Ghiyasuddin.” The Chitrolekha Journal on Art and Design 2, no. 3 (2018): 43-52.
Selim, Lala Rukh. “Art of Bangladesh: The Changing Role of Tradition, Search for Identity and Globalization.” South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 9 (2014): 1-21.
Selim, Lala Rukh. “Globalisation and Local Anxieties in the Art of Bangladesh: The Interface of History and the Contemporary.” In Intersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia, edited by Sasanka PereraDev Nath Pathak, 117-139. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
Selim, Lala Rukh. Art and Crafts,Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Project. Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 2007.
Serajuddin, Alamgir Muhammad, ed. Centenary Commemorative Volume (1913–2013). Dhaka: Bangladesh National Museum, 2013.
Shamsul Alam, A. K. M. Sculptural Art of Bangladesh: Pre-Muslim Period. Dhaka: Department of Archaeology and Museums, 1985.
Shilpa O Shilpi. Dhaka: Bengal Foundation.www.shilpaoshilpi.com
Shunithanondo, Bhikhsu. Bangladesher Boudho Bhakorjo: Khrishtiyo Choturtho Hote Barosho Shotok [Buddhist Sculpture of Bangladesh: 4th Century to 12th Century]. Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
Siddiq, Mohammad Yusuf. Historical and Cultural Aspects of the Islamic Inscriptions of Bengal: A Reflection on Some New Epigraphic Discoveries. Dhaka: International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, 2009.
Singh, Devika. “Indian Art and the Bangladesh War: Somnath Hore, KG Subramanyan and Bhupen Khakhar in a Time of ‘Upheaval and Chaos’.” Third Text 31, no. 2-3 (2017): 459-476.
Sunderason, Sanjukta. “Shadow-Lines: Zainul Abedin and the Afterlives of the Bengal Famine of 1943.” Third Text 31, no. 2-3 (2017): 239-259.
Susmita, Farhana. “Male Gaze from Bangladesh.” Crossings 6 (2015): 148-157.
Terracciano, Emilia. Art and Emergency: Modernism in Twentieth-Century India. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.
Tuhin, Mesbah Uddin. Banglar Lokshilpo o Lok Oitihjo [Folk Art and Tradition of Bengal]. Dhaka: Ahmed Publishing House.
Zitzewitz, Karin. “Infrastructure as Form: Cross-Border Networks and the Materialities of ‘South Asia’in Contemporary Art.” Third Text 31, no. 2-3 (2017): 341-358.