The Rishi, contemptuously called "Muchi", are to be found all over Bangladesh, but perhaps their highest concentration is found in its south western regions, in the districts of Jessore, Satkhira and Khulna.
The Big issue?
Mainly Hindu by religion, these people are placed outside of the caste system and considered untouchables or 'ochut'.
These things still happen today?
Yes they do. Very much so. The discrimination against the Rishis ranges from physical abuse, to verbal abuse to segregation. Some have even had fatal consequences.
So whats this exhibition about?
It is a window into the world of the Rishis. Being an art installation its been painstakingly prepared. And once inside it is meant to trigger the same feelings of frustration and deprivation in you that Rishis have experienced every single day of their lives for many generations. How? Well thats the big surprise. Come find out for yourself!
Parittran, an NGO, Di + - a cultural association and Ogilvy & Mather Bangladesh proudly present KHACHAR BHITOR OCHIN RISHI, An Art Installation exhibition on identity.
The exhibition will be open to public everyday from 11am to 7pm (except fridays from 3pm to 8pm) at National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
Your presence at the exhibition will be highly appreciated.
One Last Thing.....
If you are out on May 23 and 24 keep your eyes and ears peeled for anything incredibly intriguing on the streets of Dhaka city. If what you spot looks anything like a live caged man make sure you stop and check it out. After all, why wouldn't you?
National Art Gallery at Shilpakala Academy
1, Sagunbagicha, Ramna
Dhaka - 1000 Bangladesh