Saif Osmani is an interdisciplinary creative practitioner specialising in the fine arts and architectural design. Influenced by his time working in the architecture field, his abstract expressionist paintings often portray social settings and cultural shifts resulting from human migration and changes in the built environment.

He has held group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Europe and in Asia.

Visual Artist & Spatial Designer

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Saif Osmani

Bangla is not my mother tongue

Tracing the remnants and resurgence of Sylheti Nagri


Sylheti Nagri, the written script native to the Sylhet region (north east Bangladesh) began to decline around a century ago partly due to ruptures caused by colonialism, partition and the construction of Bangladesh, when a standardised form of Bengali took hold in the region.


This latest exhibition of paintings, graphics and archive material traces the remnants left over from Puthi-Pora (manuscript reading). The exhibition probes into how the revival in the UK, Bengal and Bangladesh is taking shape and why language and culture falls from collective consciousness.



A special open evening accompanied the exhibition ‘Bangla is not my mother tongue’ on Thursday 23rd February.


A half-day workshop including Sylheti writing sessions was held on Saturday 25th February. The workshop was facilitated by Shantir Boi (

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Artwork title: Village talk (series 1)

Exhibition publicity flyer

Exhibition opening at Husk Gallery, Limehouse