A 15-day group art exhibition titled, ‘Life’, by 15 women artists of Bangladesh kicked off at Gallery Cosmos-2 in the capital on Tuesday. Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Heather Cruden inaugurated the exhibition at Villa de Anjuman, Road No 6, House No 115 of New DOHS in Mohakhali in the evening. Noted human rights activist Khushi Kabir spoke as the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony held with Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet in the chair. Gallery Cosmos organised the art show marking the International Women’ s Day. The art exhibition has been dedicated to three pioneering women- Begum Rokeya, Sufia Kamal and Jahanara Imam-as a means to salute them for their courage, dedication and sacrifice towards the emancipation of women in Bangladesh. The 15 participating artists are Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Bipasha Hayat, Dilara Begum Jolly, Fareha Zeba, Farida Zaman, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Kuhu Plamandon, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, Mini Karim, Nasreen Begum, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Rebeka Sultana, Rokeya Sultana, Shameem Subrana and Shantwana Shahrin. The exhibition will remain open from 11am to 7pm everyday until March 25. Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, the Canadian High Commissioner said the ‘Life’ reflected all aspects of life by the 15 fantastic women. “The 15 women have come together. They shared their experiences. They shared arts.” About the participating artists, Khushi Kabir said, “They’re not women artists; rather I would like to call them complete artists.” Tehmina Enayet said, “As women, we must know our strengths, our weaknesses, our truths and our flaws. “We must know all the tools. We have to fulfill our purpose in life. Empower one another and rise up.” Country’s eminent artist Syed Jahangir and the 15 participating artists were also present.