Saif Osmani is an interdisciplinary creative practitioner specialising in the fine arts and architectural design. Influenced by his time in the architecture field, his abstract expressionist paintings portray social issues and cultural shifts resulting from changes in the built environment. He has held group and solo exhibitions across the UK, Europe and in Asia.
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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’ with talks by leading academics and researchers on the subject.
A half-day workshop including Sylheti writing sessions that was facilitated by Shantir Boi (shantirboi.org)