Countries first generation popular artist and also the winner of ‘Swadhinata Padak - 1986’ Qayyum Chowdhury (March 9, 1934 – November 30, 2014) passed away at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city on Sunday night. He was 80.
The veteran artist was addressing as a special guest at the opening of the fourth night’s performance of Bengal Classical Music Festival at Army Stadium of the city, dropped unconscious and received head injury on the stage at 8:40pm.
Immediately, he rushed to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), where on-duty doctor declared him dead around 9:45pm, said an official of the hospital.
Qayyum Chowdhury was born on March 9, 1934 at Feni. He was the most popular among the first generation artists of Bangladesh. He is famous for his cover designs - but his significance as a painter is immeasurable.
He received the national award for his contribution to art (1961–62). In the same year, he received the first prize in the All Pakistan Art Exhibition held in Lahore for his painting titled Bottom.
Four years later, he received the award of the Royal Court inn Teheran Biennale (1966).
He also received Shilpakala Academy Award (1977), Ekushey Award (1986), 6th Bangabandhu Award (1994), Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Book Illustration (1983), Gold medal for contribution in book design, National Book Center, Dhaka (1975), 1st Prize, Best Book Cover Design, National Book Center (1988, 1982, 1981, 1979, 1978, 1975, 1970, 1966, 1964 and 1963), 1st Prize Railway Time-Table Cover Design (1995 & 1960).