Exhibition / Workshop

The North American Bengali Conference (NABC) 2022 Art and Craft Exhibition will be held on July 1 to 3 (Friday to Sunday) in the Melrose 1 and 2 rooms on the Mezzanine level of the Corporate Convention Center of Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

As distinct from cultural performances, literary and business seminars, film shows and reunion meetings, Exhibition is a unique facet of NABC that will focus on the Bengali Language and Heritage and try to expose generations of the Bengali diaspora to the same. Support for it comes from a group of dedicated and heritage-conscious individuals, steeped in the history of Bengal and its culture, who have striven to keep the cultural flame alive to illuminate the minds of the conference attendees. The art and craft displays will range from art forms that are disappearing to new and evolving forms that are useful and applicable in the modern context.

The 37’ X 49’ exhibition area will be divided into six sections with different groups of exhibits and interactive activities. The goal is to create a bridge between the artists or craftsmen on display and the spectators viewing their work. The central area will have a decorative structure on a dais tastefully representing the motif of the effort. The following will be the six sections or segments of the Exhibition.

Section 1: Bengal – the Land of Year-round Festivities
Festivities glimpsed through miniature dolls and clay figurines
Will depict Pujas (Durga, Saraswati), Jatras (Ratha, Raas), and Seasonal Bratas
Section 2: Sustainable Income Source of Artists and Craftsmen
An eye-opening display of the mesmerizing world of Folk Arts, Crafts and Textiles
An opportunity to purchase the displayed items to benefit the artisans
Section 3: Curated Arts and Crafts from West Bengal and Bangladesh
A potpourri of artifacts
Section 4: Hands-on Workshops for All Ages Conducted by Master Artists
Learn to create traditional masks, toys and Alpana designs with different media
Documentaries on artisans at work
Section 5: Selected Art, Sculpture and Photography by the Global Bengali Community
Original artworks capturing the moods and emotions of the community
Section 6: Meeting, Greeting and Mingling under the Banyan Tree
Bengali Adda recreated with participants across generations

Viewing Bengal Through A Collage: Art, Architecture, Artifact and Practice

  • বারো মাসে তেরো পার্বণ — Glimpses of Year-round Festivities of Bengal
    • Depicting Pujas (Durga), Jatras (Ratha, Raas) and Seasonal Bratas
  • নক্সীকাঁথার মাঠ – Display on Mesmerizing World of Folk Arts, Crafts and Textiles
    • Rare Photographs on Bangladesh at Fifty and Birth Centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • শিল্পমেলা – Curated Arts and Crafts from All Districts of West Bengal
    • A Potpourri of Artifacts
  • কর্মশালা — Workshops for All Ages Conducted by Invited Master Artists from India
    • Learn to Create Simple Masks, Toys, and Alpana Designs with Different Media
  • চিত্রশালা – Selected Art, Sculpture and Photography by the Global Bengali Community
    • Original Artworks Capturing the Mood and Emotion of the Community
  • চলার পথে বটতলাতে — Bengali Adda under the Banyan Tree Re-created at the Rotunda
    • Meeting, Greeting and Mingling of Participants across Generations