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Elderly in Bangladesh: Rowshan Ara Chowdhury

By Sabya van Elswijk,

 

This is Rowshan Ara Chowdhury. She is the grandmother of Alia Kamal, one of the artists of the Dhaka art project. When we first meet, Alia tells me how guilty she feels of having a grandmother in the house, with whom she barely speaks or has contact with. She says her grandmother has been demented for 6 years already, and is very inward and when she makes contact, its mostly abusive language. She did not even imagine her grandmother to know these words, and now she is using them daily.

When we go to their home, we meet a powerful looking old lady. She does not want to shake our hands, but she waves hello, meanwhile saying “dogs, dogs” in Bangla. Sitting with us at the table, she is looking at us. When Martijn waves at her she starts making faces, and he makes funny faces back.

Alia tells us that her grandmother was very much loved and in love with her husband, who died almost 40 years ago. He left her their big house in the village, called “Rowshan house”. After he died, her children came together and decided to sell the place. Rowshan was very upset by leaving her own house, and is still asking about the things that she had there. Now she lives with her daughter in Dhaka, with her daughter, granddaughter and servants as company.
Last they tried to cure her from Alzheimer, but the medicine made her much worse, and her daughter decided to stop the treatment. It is hard on her daughter, accepting the illness of her mother, and being powerless to help her.

Dialogues at Dhaka Art Center

By Sabya Van Elswijk, Dialogue Dhaka art center 12th of July Today we met with the artists in Dhaka art center, after asking the question last week to choose a group in Dhaka to work with, and make contact with these people. Emran is telling the group about his meeting with the Rickshaw drivers. Martijn […] Continue reading →

The Dhaka Project in the press #2

The Dhaka Art Project discussion was covered by Jhumu, a master student of Media studies and journalism in Dhaka. She is involved in the Dhaka Art Project as a writer. Her article is published in a local newspaper, Bonik Barta. Read the following interview in English or the original Bangladeshi version here. “Martjin Crowe is Brazilian […] Continue reading →

Dialogue at the Dhaka Art Center

                The Dhaka Art Project is progressing at Dhaka Art Center. A group of 25 artists are together creating projects around homeless, children and many other social issues with the aim of contributing to the world. Continue reading →

The exchange program

In the framework of “The Dhaka Project 2014” conducted by Martijn Crowe and Ronald van Merkesteijn, two high schools with a specialisation in graphical arts participate. –       Da Vinci College in Leiden (Netherlands) –       IDEAL Institute of sciences & technologies (IIST) in Dhaka (Bangladesh), Director: Dr. Sheikh Abu Reza Objectives: The purpose of this project […] Continue reading →