World famous Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed’s 69th birthday was celebrated at National Theatre Hall, BSA. Jatiya Sangsad speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was present as the chief guest while national professor Anisuzzaman presided over the programme. Welcome speech was given by national committee’s president Professor Abdul Mannan and BSA director Liyaquat Ali Lucky.
‘Color of Freedom’, a documentary film by Indian journalist Ajoy Roy, was screened before the discussion. The event also included exhibitions showcasing Shahabuddin's portraits drawn by 12 artists and his photographs snapped by several photographers.During her speech Dr Shirin SharminChaudhury said, the celebrations are justified as Shahabuddin is the pride and true representative of Bangladesh across the globe. The portrait of Bangabandhu has graced his presence on the artist’s canvas on numerous occasions, she added, who had sent him to Paris on a scholarship to study fine arts back in 1974.
69-year-old Shahabuddin has lived in Paris for nearly four decades. Now he is a celebrated international persona. He was born on September 11, 1950 in Dhaka and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Dhaka University. In the meantime, he obtained a scholarship to study at Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. In 1992, he became one of the fifty master painters of contemporary arts, an honor bestowed upon him at the Olympiad of Arts, Barcelona. He also received the ‘Shadhinota Padak’ in 2000 for his contribution during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and the ‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ award in 2014 for his contribution to art in France and other countries. His artworks are on display in a number of famous museums like Museum of Bourg-en-Bresse (France), National Museum of Bulgaria, Olympic Museum of Lausanne (Switzerland), Seoul Olympic Museum in Republic of South-Korea, National Museum of Taiwan, Bangladesh National Museum and many other galleries.
The event was supported by Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Gallery Cosmos, Artcon, Gallery Chitrak, publishing house Anyaprokash and others.