Paying tribute to the memory of reputed artist-organiser Subir Chowdhury, Bengal Foundation arranged a memorial programme at Gyantapash Abdur Razzaq Biddapith in Dhanmondi on June 13.
Friends and colleagues remembered the outstanding contributions of Subir Chowdhury, who was a renowned name in the country's art arena. He breathed his last on June 30, 2014. He dedicated his lifetime to revive the art movement in Bangladesh and arranged a number of exhibitions both at home and abroad. The organiser played a significant role in arranging the Asian Art Biennale in Dhaka.
In her moving speech, Luva Nahid Choudhury, DG, Bengal Foundation, said, “A chapter of Bengal Foundation ends with the passing away of Subir Da as we quit holding commercial shows. He was the soul of our exhibitions. Bengal is now focusing on preserving its collected artworks at its art museum, conducting research and workshop, handing over scholarship to the deserving artists, reconstructing its art gallery, and on disseminating Bangladeshi art abroad.”
Eminent artists Syed Jahangir, Mahbubur Rahman and Nasim Ahmed Nadvi were among others to speak at the memorial programme.
Chowdhury was born in 1953 in Jamalpur. Apart from his contributions to art, he actively participated in major political movements, especially the Liberation War. He did his graduation from the Institute of Fine Arts, DU in 1974, and the next year, took charge as Assistant Director of the Fine Art Department of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy. In 2004, he joined Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts and later became its director, and a trustee of Bengal Foundation.