is a melting pot of races. She, therefore, has a mixed culture. Her deep-rooted
heritage is amply reflected in her architecture, literature, dance, drama,
music and painting. Three great religions- Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam
influence Bangladeshi culture in successive order, with Islam having the
most pervading and lasting impact. Like a colorful montage, the cultural
tradition of the country is a happy blending of many variants, unique in
diversity but in essence greatly symmetrical. Bangladesh has a rich tradition
of Art. Speciniens of ancient terracotta and pottery show remarkable artistry.
Modern painting was pioneered by artists like Zainul Ahedin, Qamrul Hasan.
Anwarul Haque, Shafiuddin Ahnied, Shafiqul Amin, Rashid Chowdhury and S.M.
Sultan. Zainul Ahedin earned worldwide fame by his stunning sketches of
the Bengal Famine in 1943.Other famous artists of Bangladesh are Abdur Razzak,
Qayyum Chowdhury, Murtaza Baseer, Aminul Islam, Debdas Chakraborty, Kazi
Abdul Baset, Syed Jahangir, and Mohammad Kibria. The earliest available
specimen of Bengali literature is about a thousand years old. During the
mediaeval period. Bengali Literature developed considerably with the patronage
of Muslim rulers. Chandi Das, Daulat Kazi and Alaol are some of the famous
poets of the period. The era of modern Bengali Literature began in the late
nineteenth century Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Laureate is a vital part
of Bangalee culture. Kazi Nazrul Islam, Michael Madhusudan Datta. Sarat
Chandra Chattopadhaya, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhaya, Mir Mosharraf Hossain
and Kazi Ahdul Wadud are the pioneers of modern Bengali Literature.