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Chobi Mela X : Rashid Talukder (1939-2011) A Life’s Work

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A dead face, bruised, emerges out of muddy waters, bricks lie strewn around. Only the face, no other part is visible. Gouged eyes stare, like black holes. The killing fields of Rayer Bazar, 14 December 1971. The Pakistan army and their allies al-Badr and al-Shams had killed most brutally East Bengal’s teachers, doctors, engineers, poets and writers on that fateful night. Rashid Talukder‘s photograph is a testimony to the genocide conducted by the Pakistan army. Even 47 years after independence, a severed head, gazes at us vacantly. Silently. Rashid Talukder’s camera is witness to innumerable tumultuous times – the mass uprising of 1969, the bloody freedom struggle of […]

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