Dhaka, Bangladesh
When education meets passion

When education meets passion

(From previous issue) On a different note, Sadatuddin Ahmed Amil, Cartoonist of The Daily Star states, "I feel that every student of Charukala comes with a desire to grow as an independent artist. I got admitted there with the same aspiration. However, in a poor country like ours it is a bit difficult to pursue this dream. Being an artist means to create something and then earning through the creation, in simple words, selling your creations. The signatures of Fine Arts students are visible at every corner of the society nowadays. Set design, web page design, cyber games design, interior design, illustration of billboards, newspapers, magazines, art direction of plays and cinemas, everything is related to fine art," continues Sadat. He adds, "Some people think that one does not need to study much at Charukala, which is not exactly true. Moreover, studying Fine Arts can turn out to be a little more expensive compared to other subjects, so one should work hard to get the best results." Currently, Sadat is doing his Masters at Charukala. Now, let's have an overview of the fashion industry in Bangladesh which is highly dominated by the Fine Arts students. Being one of the pioneers of Bangladeshi fashion today, Aneela Haque, CEO of AnDes Ltd (ANeela's DESign) is an idol to many who dream to stand out as successful professionals in the field of fashion design. "AnDes Ltd was born in May 29, 1995. I was a freelance graphic designer from 1991 to 1994. I studied four years at Stephen College, Missouri, USA, and then went to Parsons School of Design, Paris, to enhance my graphic skills. My focus was mixed-media, painting, photography and graphic design," states Haque. "Our fashion industry has two sides-- one, garment industries: manufacturing international brands which are a lion share of our economy creating jobs for billions. Two, a very small but thriving sector: creative art fashion designers. But many are importing clothes from abroad and calling them boutiques. The word 'boutique' has been misused without knowing its actual meaning," continues Haque. She suggests, "Bangladesh has good schools like BGMEA, Shanto-Mariam, Design Inspirations and others. I have judged student shows in these schools. There are big time opportunities in garment industries for fashion merchandising, mostly because all global giants of fashion brands are manufacturing in Bangladesh for cheap labour. They need smart creative people." "Fashion is becoming a light matter nowadays. It is high time people start promoting our history, heritage and roots through fashion. It took me four years to start a company of my own with small savings. I never had partners but ran my show with a team who I trained over the years. So if you have a drive in life you can achieve any career," says the ever optimistic Aneela Haque. Besides the above mentioned institutes, there are other institutions offering certificate courses and diplomas on Fine Arts and Design, like Incrux School of Design and Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts Ltd (BAFA). So if you have realised that an honest compassion for art lies in your heart, then just move with it! Choose the track that you love and enjoy as you have a bright prospect ahead of you! With a positive attitude, perseverance and indomitable spirit you can create wonders!

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