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Three-day ‘Zainul Utsab’ begins at DU today

  • DU Correspondent
  • 29 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Three-day ‘Zainul Utsab’ begins at DU today
Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin

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A three-day ‘Zainul Utsab’ begins at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) today, marking the 107th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, the pioneer of modern art in Bangladesh.

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Md. Akhtaruzzaman will officially inaugurate the event at 10:00am with Faculty of Fine Arts Dean Prof Nisar Hossain in the chair.

Cultural Affairs Ministry’s Secretary Md. Abul Monsur will grace the occasion as the chief guest while DU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Prof Muhammad Samad, DU Treasurer Prof Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Folk and Crafts Foundation Director Ahmed Ullah and Zainul’s son Khairul Abedin will attend the special guests.

Besides, DU Vice-chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman will lay a wreath at the grave of Shilpacharya at 9:45am.

Meanwhile, Zainul Memorial Lecture-2021 will be held at Osman Jamal Auditorium of the Fine Arts Faculty at 2:30pm tomorrow.

DU Pro-Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof Muhammad Samad will preside over the programme where DU Bangla Chairman Prof Syed Azizul Huq will deliver speech on ‘Kamrul's Art Philosophy: Affection for Folk Traditions and Modernity.’

Dean of Fine Arts Faculty Prof Nisar Hossain and Prof Dhali Al Mamoon will participate in the discussion, among others. 

Zainul Abedin was born on December 29 in 1914 in Kishoreganj. He had earned considerable degree of fame during the early 30s while still a student of Calcutta Govt Art College.

Zainul Abedin became well known in 1944 through his series of paintings depicting some of the great famines in Bengal during its British colonial period. After partition he moved to Pakistan; and finally when Bangladesh was created in 1971, he was rightly considered the founding father of Bangladeshi art.

Abedin was involved in the Bangladesh liberation war movement. He was in the forefront of the cultural movement to re-establish the Bengali identity, marginalised by the Pakistan government.

The great artist breathed his last on May 28 in 1976.