New paintings inspired by the golden Bengal

Having spent some weeks in Bangladesh, I ventured to closely observe the folk motifs in Bengali art. I had always admired the simplicity and the colours of these powerful lines. With my new-found passion, I am daring to use bits of this style.

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  • MysticSaint

    Beautiful indeed. i must say with such short trip you have absorbed quite a lot and reflecting it back wonderfully in your paintings.

    i liked the freshness of ‘Melting Meghna’ and the composition maja of the ‘Dhaka Colours’.

    will be eager to check back the ‘Meghna and Me’ once its complete.


  • sadia dehlvi

    my dear, you have the makings of a great artist. keep painting and youll get there. allah kare zore brush ho aur ziyada, sadia dehlvi

  • Hafeez

    I can lace your paintings with a poem. Your talent unfurls with every conquest, Raza Rumi Sahib.
    The connotation of flood
    remains unchanged,
    whether your delta
    drowns or mine.
    Back then, we could
    have used ferries
    to abridge doubts.
    Your currency could prevail
    my capital could move,
    spring could come
    at December’s fall.
    We could even
    share the blood bath.
    Now at the mercy
    of our cyclones
    and not even feeling wet for each other,
    bites hard on the times
    that you nor I can roll.
    1 December 1998

  • nabila ahmed

    raza, good attempt, simplicity is the key in your paintings.
    i like the faces in mehgna and me, and the vivid colours in melting mehgna, keep painting.

  • Shaista

    I was touched to see you using Sahab’s line: Dil Jalao keh Roshni kam hai…my mum would be happy to see this painting

  • priya

    beautiful i must admit

  • Irving

    A lovely line, “light your heart, as it is getting dark,” and it goes perfectly with the beautiful painting. Alhamdulillah! You are a real folk artist with a very expressive and spiritual style :)

    Ya Haqq!

  • mystic

    yaar tum set aadmi ho…har fun mowla…painting bhi gazab ki ker lete ho !

  • Sheraz


    I like your expression, which is, undoubtedly,very earthly and innate. The line ‘dil jalao ke roshnee kam hai’ reminds of the melancholic verses of Fayyaz Hashmi for film Dayvar Bahbi:

    Na Aye Aaj Bi Tum Kiya Ye Bae-rukhi Kum Hae
    Di’yae Khushi Kae Jale Phir Bi Roshni Kum Hae
    Tumhain Yeh Kaysay Bata’oun Kay Ahle Dil Kay Li’yae
    Gham-e- Hayat Zaya’da Hae Aur Khushi Kum Hae

    Kati Hay Sham-e- Tammana Ajeeb Uljhan Main
    Khila Poohl Koyee Arzoo Kay Gulshan Main
    Tumhain Khabar Naheen Roke Hain Mayn Nain Woh Ansoo
    Jo Sholay Bun Kay Barsastay Kisi Kay Daman Main
    Chiragh-e-Dard Jalaou Kay Roshni Kum Hae

    (Duet by Mala and Ahmed Rushdi (picturized on Rani and Waheed Murad, film Dayvar Bahbi-1967)

  • Alvi

    Raza: “Art Naive” does not do justice to the rich Bengali landscape. Please go back to your own instincts. Need more substance and less style.

  • Meghan

    I’m so happy that you’ve made the discipline to keep expressing yourself in a visual language. Make the painting your poetry!

  • Naina Subberwal Batra

    Raza really liked the Meghna and Me composition. I am glad that Bengal has brought out the artist in you. Look forward to seeing more of your works.

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