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Zainul Abedin’s 107th birth anniversary today

Update : 29 Dec 2021, 15:24

Today is the 107th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. 

The  the pioneer of modern art in Bangladesh was born in Kishoreganj and spent most of his childhood near the Brahmaputra River, which he later used in several of his paintings. He was a graduate of the Calcutta Government Art School and went on to teach there after graduation. He was also the school's first Muslim student to receive first-class honors. 

He became the principal of the institute at the beginning of 1949. The institute, now the faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University, became the hub of fine arts practices in the then East Pakistan.

Zainul was an instrumental figure in establishing the fine arts department at Peshawar University in the then West Pakistan.

Zainul was the founding principal of the Government Institute of Arts and Crafts (now Faculty of Fine Arts) at Dhaka University (DU), which he helped establish in 1948. He also played a key role in establishing the fine arts department at Peshawar University in then-West Pakistan.

A three-day ‘Zainul Utsab’ begins at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) today, marking his birth anniversary.

The renowned painter painted a 65 feet narrative scroll titled Nabanna depicting the rural Bengal and another 29 feet scroll titled Manpura portraying the effect of the devastating cyclone that hit the coastal areas of the country in 1970.

In 1971, Zainul formed Charu O Karu Shilpi Sangram Parishad and also repudiated Hilal-E-Imtiaz. In 1973, Zainul received an honorary D.Litt from Delhi University. He was declared national professor in 1975.

He founded the Folk Art Museum at Sonargaon in Narayanganj and the Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala, a gallery of his own works, in Mymensingh in 1975.

The versatile artist died on May 28, 1976 after suffering from lung cancer for a few years.