To observe the birth centenary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, a day-long Zainul-Charukala Utsab was held in Barisal on February 28. The programme was held at Ashwini Kumar Hall in Barisal.
The event featured painting and crafts exhibition, children and juvenile painting competition and discussion on the life and contributions of the great master.
On the occasion, Shohidul Alam, Deputy Commissioner of Barisal led a colourful procession in the city. Professor Bimal Krishna Majumdar, chairman Barisal Education Board; writer and painter Dr. Kazi Mozammel Hossain, Syed Dulal, president of Barisal Sangkritik Sangathan Samanya Parishad; A H M Toufiq Ahmed, among others, took part at the discussion presided over by Altaf Hossain, president of Charukala of Barisal.
The discussants expressed as an exceptional talent and international repute, Zainul is considered the founding father of Bangladeshi art. He was also involved in the Liberation War movement.
The speakers also said that the younger generation need to know about Zainul. In 1948, he established Government Institute of Arts and Crafts (presently the Faculty of Fine Arts) in Dhaka, the first modern art institution in the country.
Not only promoting modern art, he worked tirelessly to encourage folk art in Bangladesh and founded the Folk Art Museum at Sonargaon, near Dhaka, in 1975 and became actively involved in a movement to preserve the cultural heritage of Bengal, they said.
Zainul set up a permanent gallery in Mymensingh (Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala) to display some of his works. The artist is distinguished for his landscapes, which delve into the scenic and panoramic beauty of rural Bengal. The works are mainly watercolours. He sketched many of his works on nature and human sufferings, especially on the famine that depicted the hard reality of that time, the discussants said. Later, the guests distributed prizes among the winners of the competition.