Internationally acclaimed artist, painter and printmaker Kalidas Karmakar, who passed away on Friday, was cremated in the capital yesterday after people from all walks of life paid their last respects.
His cremation took place at Baredeswari Kali Temple in the city’s Sabujbagh area around 2pm, said Sourav Chowdhury, executive artistic manager of Gallery Cosmos.
Earlier, many paid tributes to the Ekushey Padak-winning artist at Dhaka University and Central Shaheed Minar.
His body was taken to Dhakeshwari National Temple from Birdem Hospital’s mortuary around 9am.
From there, it was taken to the Faculty of Fine Arts building of Dhaka University where thousands of people, including artists, paid their last tributes.
Kalidas’ body was then taken to Central Shaheed Minar around 11am where artists, university and organisation authorities, and his fans and followers paid their respects.
Cosmos Group authorities paid their emotional tributes to the lifelong friend and adviser of Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos-Atelier 71.
Kalidas suffered a cardiac arrest at his Eskaton residence around 1:30pm on Friday and was immediately taken to Labaid Specialised Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead around 2pm.
The body had been kept at Birdem Hospital’s mortuary as his two daughters -- Kanka Karmakar and Keya Karmakar -- had been in the US.