Prominent archaeologist, history and art expert and former director general of Bangladesh National Museum Prof Dr Enamul Haque passed away on Sunday.
He died at his residence in the capital, his colleague Saiful Islam confirmed to the media.
“Dr Enamul’s body will be kept in cold storage at BIRDEM General Hospital in Dhaka. A decision on burial will be made when her daughter returns from abroad on Tuesday,” he added.
In recognition of his work, Dr Enamul was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2017 and the Swadhinata Padak in 2020.
The government of India also awarded him the Padmashri in 2020 for his special contribution to archaeology.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the professor.
In a condolence message, Sheikh Hasina said Swadhinata Padak and Ekushey Padak recipient Enamul Haque had a deep love and deep respect for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“During the Great War of Liberation, he visited London and New York and played an important role in creating world opinion for the independence of Bangladesh.“
The premier mentioned that Dr Enamul’s efforts in establishing the Bangladesh National Museum and introducing Rabindra and Nazrul Jayanti celebrations at the national level are highly commendable.
She prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.