Art as a powerful voice: Hima Akter Hiramony’s journey of expression

M Masud Hossain Khan
M Masud Hossain Khan - Editor
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"Distraction of humanity" by Hima Akter Hiramony, 2020

Hima Akter Hiramony is one such artist who strives to connect with people through her creative works.

Who practices the arts is considered an artist. Artists have a unique ability to find beauty in everything around them, even in things that may seem ordinary or insignificant to the general public. Their goal is to communicate their expressions and perspectives through their artworks, aiming to reach a wide audience.

Hima Akter Hiramony, at her studio in Khulna, Bangladesh, 11 April 2023.

Art serves as a language for artists to express themselves. They convey their thoughts, emotions, and ideas through their artistic creations. Art encompasses a diverse range of human activities and their resulting products, requiring creative and imaginative talent as well as technical proficiency to achieve aesthetic beauty. Artists are often deeply moved by various aspects of human existence, and this is reflected in their artwork. They can use their paintings as a medium to protest against social injustices, evils, and acts of cruelty.

Hima Akter Hiramony, an emerging artist from Bangladesh, is a versatile and accomplished individual. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) and Master of Fine Arts degrees at Khulna University in Bangladesh, achieving remarkable results. Her exceptional talent was acknowledged when she was awarded the President’s Gold Medal on December 22, 2019, by Abdul Hamid, the President of Bangladesh.

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Since completing her university exams, Hiramony has actively participated in numerous art exhibitions, both in her home country and abroad. Notably, she received recognition and the Best Artist award at an exhibition organized by the American Corner. Additionally, she was invited to participate in an international workshop and exhibition at the University of Kalyani in India, where she successfully obtained certification.

Hiramony has also organized her own exhibition, focusing on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh. The three-day-long exhibition, titled “Life and Sketch of Bangabandhu, Mourning August 15,” was held at the press club in the city of Khulna, Bangladesh, and concluded on August 16, 2021. The exhibition aimed to pay homage to Bangabandhu by presenting a comprehensive portrayal of his journey, from the Liberation War to the establishment of an independent Bangladesh, as well as the tragic events of August 15, 1975, when Bangabandhu, along with Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib and their family members, were brutally murdered. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of Khulna University and presented by Hiramony, the recipient of the President’s Gold Medal, who studied Fine Arts at the university.

Hiramony, the artist
Hima Akter Hiramony, the artist.

This art exhibition, initiated by the Khulna Press Club (KPC), provided a detailed depiction of Bangabandhu’s life and the events that shaped the nation’s history, including the struggle for independence and the subsequent tragedy. On the concluding day of the exhibition, Harun-ur-Rashid, the Chairman of Khulna Zila Parishad and a heroic freedom fighter, praised the artist’s ability to capture Bangabandhu’s expressions, gestures, and resilience in overcoming obstacles and challenges. He also expressed deep respect for Bangabandhu’s memory on the occasion of his 46th martyrdom.

The article highlights the role of artists in society, focusing on the journey of Hima Akter Hiramony, a talented artist from Bangladesh. It emphasizes how artists have the ability to find beauty in the ordinary and express their thoughts and emotions through their artworks. Hiramony’s dedication to reaching a wider audience is commendable, as she actively participates in art exhibitions and workshops, both domestically and internationally. The article also sheds light on her recent exhibition, where she paid tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation of Bangladesh, through her artistic creations.

Hima Akter Hiramony’s passion for art and her commitment to using it as a medium for social commentary and protest are inspiring. Her artworks not only express her own feelings but also touch upon important social issues such as social degradation, the obstacles faced by women in education and their rights, and the fear of disasters. By delving into contemporary events and translating them into visual representations, Hiramony strives to connect with viewers and evoke emotions that resonate with their hearts.

"Human Frailty" by Hima Akter Hiramony, a Bangladeshi artist.
“Human Frailty” by Hima Akter Hiramony, a Bangladeshi artist, 2020

Hima Akter Hiramony’s artistic journey is one of dedication, skill, and social consciousness. Through her creative endeavors, she brings attention to societal issues, champions the cause of justice, and pays homage to influential figures such as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Her ability to capture the essence of her subjects and convey powerful messages through her artworks is commendable. As she continues to grow as an artist, there is no doubt that Hiramony has the potential to make a significant impact in the art world and beyond.

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Mr M Masud Hossain Khan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Star Avis, a global news and articles portal in English language with options for reading in a few other popular languages, a student of economics at Concordia University, Canada, and a Development Consultant with expertise in socioeconomic and rights issues having long work experience in developing countries, especially South Asia in Bangladesh.
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