A painting competition to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin was held at the Pabna Sadar Upazila Parishad premises on Sunday.
Sixty school children participated in the competition, organised by Upazila Parishad.
The prizes were distributed by chief guest Pabna Sadar Upazila Nirbahi officer, Raihan Uddin.
A discussion was also held, focusing on the works of Shilpacharya. Among the speakers were artist Hosne Zaman Hasu, Sheikh Saidur Rahman and Aksur Rahman Nazmul.
Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin portrayed the pain and sorrows of the people, said the speakers. His evocative paintings encouraged revolutionary thought. He is world renowned and his appeal has not dimmed even today, they added.
Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin's paintings are unique and dynamic. So young artists should follow in his footsteps if they strive for greatness, said the speakers.
Aminul Islam, Mymensingh
A painting exhibition was held at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) auditorium marking the 100th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya at the art gallery premises on Sunday.
The art gallery organised the competition, the third this month marking the birth centenary programme of this master artist.
Students of different educational institutions of the town and Zainul Shishu Charupith, an art school run by the art gallery, took part in the competition in four groups.
Director of Zainul Shishu Charupith and deputy keeper of the art gallery Dr. Bijoy Krishna Banik inaugurated the competition.
Farhad Hossain Tarafder and Mohammad Abdur Rouf of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Fine Arts Institute; Md. Habibur Rahman, a trainer of Charupith and artiste Badal Chakraborty were the judges of the competition.
A discussion meeting on life and work of the maestro was also held, with Prof. Dr. Muhit-ul-Alam, the vice-chancellor of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) as chief guest.
Artiste Siddhartha Dey, lecturer of Fine Arts Department of JKKNIU; deputy keeper of the art gallery Dr. Bijoy Krishna Banik addressed the discussion among others with Md. Firoj Ahmed, additional deputy commissioner (Education and Development) in the chair.
Later, the guests distributed prizes among the winners.