Tuesday marks the second death anniversary of Ekushey Padak winner renowned painter Syed Jahangir, famous for portraying rural environment and diversity of nature through his canvas.
Passed away on December 29, 2018 at the age of 83, the veteran painter was born on November 4, 1935 in Satkhira. The iconic artist devoted over 60 years of his life to painting and achieved national and global fame.Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no people’s gathering except a prayer ceremony arranged by his family members and colleagues, in remembrance of the majestic artist.
The iconic painter contributed much in establishing the Department of Fine Arts of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). After 22 years of working as a professional artist, he joined as the head of the Arts Faculty in BSA, which was later transformed into the Department of Fine Arts in 1977 with him being the Director.
He continued creating magnificent artworks as a painter alongside taking the Department and the Academy into new heights through his contribution and dedication, with international events such as the Asian Art Biennale and more.
Jahangir's work prominently featured the glorious tales of the Liberation War in 1971, Bangladeshi landscape and nuances of the six seasons and more through bringing the vivid colours of seasonal change to life on the canvas. His famous exhibitions and series include, 'Atmar Ujjibon’, ‘Dhoni', 'Ullash', 'Ojana Onnesha' and more.
For his contribution to the art sphere in Bangladesh, Syed Jahangir received the Ekushey Padak in 1985. Charushilpi Shangshad also awarded him an award of distinction in 1992.
Among his other achievements, he also received the Michael Madhusudan award in 2000 and Shashibhushan award in 2005.