Artist Shafiuddin Ahmed turns 88 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 23, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 23, 2010

Artist Shafiuddin Ahmed turns 88


Painter and printmaker Shafiuddin Ahmed has been a familiar name in the local art scene for over six decades. He is reserved and reflective by nature. He deliberates much time over a single piece of work, searching for perfection.
Shafiuddin's themes include rural life, landscapes, memories of 1971, Language Movement, flood and environmental disasters. His immense contribution to contemporary Bangladeshi art over the decades has earned him international acclaim as well.
The painter turns 88 today. On the occasion of his birthday, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts will hold a celebration programme at Banshi Bari in Savar. Noted Rabindra Sangeet artistes Iffat Ara Dewan and Aditi Mohsin will render songs at the programme.
Shafiuddin Ahmed was born in 1922 in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. He was a student of Calcutta Government School of Art and graduated from the institute in 1942. After the partition (1947), Shafiuddin left Calcutta for Dhaka, and got involved in a movement to set up the first art institute in the then East Pakistan. He was a friend and colleague of Zainul Abedin, one of the founders of Dhaka Fine Arts Institute.

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