Last tribute to architect Mainul
Hundreds of followers, admirers and well-wishers paid their last tributes to national memorial architect Syed Mainul Hossain at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka today.
Mainul was laid to rest at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals' graveyard in the capital around 3:30pm, one of his cousins told The Daily Star Online.
The body of the prominent architect was kept there for one and a half hours for people to pay their homage to the eminent architect.
The body of Mainul was taken to the Shaheed Minar around 11:30am and kept there for one and a half hours so that people can pay their homage to the eminent architect.
Earlier, his namaz-e-janaza was held at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) where he studied.
From Shaheed Minar, the body was taken to Dhaka University mosque where his second janaza is being held after Zohr prayer.
Architect Mainul breathed his last at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Monday afternoon at the age of 63.
He left behind his two daughters and a host of friends and family members and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Mainul's design for the National Memorial in Savar was selected from amongst 57 submissions in the national competition for the project's design in 1978.
Composed of seven isosceles triangular planes varying in size, height and base, the memorial's main monument, 150-feet tall, symbolises the valour and sacrifice of those who died fighting for liberation. It also symbolises the rise of Bangladesh from beneath the ground.
The main structure of the National Memorial was built along with the artificial lake and other facilities in 1982.
The seven isosceles of the memorial stand for the seven Birshreshthas (the seven war heroes recognised as the greatest of all war heroes for their extraordinary valour) and the seven movements from 1952 till the 1971 Liberation War.
Born in Dhaka in 1951, he received many awards, including the Ekushey Padak, for his architectural excellence and other works.