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12:00 AM, September 17, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 17, 2011

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Nitun Kundu: Our role model


The true spirit of creativity and leadership never dies. Perseverance and hard work yield unbounded rewards. These are just some of the things we remembered on September 15, 2011 as we marked the 5th death anniversary of Nitun Kundu -- an artist, sculptor and an ideal of a successful entrepreneur.
Nitun Kundu's story was of one man's interminable desire to be the best of who he was and contribute via means of what he truly loved -- sculpting and painting. During Bangladesh's struggle to become a sovereign nation in 1971, Mr. Kundu's involvement in the liberation war took the form of posters, banners and slogans encouraging our fighters to free Bangladesh from the clutches of Pakistan.
Nitun Kundu's versatility as a creative individual can be seen in his works placed in various parts of the capital and the country. His vision of a Bangladesh that knows no bounds can be felt in all that he created. His work as an artist, sculptor and a successful entrepreneur has been substantial. From a small investment of Tk. 5,000 and a studio workshop in Shukrabad in 1975 to one of the largest successful furniture manufacturers and retailers, Otobi is a 36 year old testament to Mr. Kundu's pure genius and ardour.
Combining his knack for creativity and futuristic outlook Nitun Kundu paved a path for Otobi from its inception, which is still being followed -- continuously exploring, innovating and striving to be the very best. His courage and talent taught everyone at Otobi to foresee the future while growing in the present. For Nitun Kundu triumph was inevitable -- that is what he had nurtured during his life and instilled in those around him.
Today, Nitun Kundu is not here yet his dedication and resilience are reflected in all that he has left behind. The passion, ideals and fortitude with which he started Otobi have, over the years, grown to become the ethos of this organisation and its people. It is through today's Otobians that the spirit of Nitun Kundu lives on eternally. He created something magnificent from virtually nothing, and never marked an end to how far his creation can go, and now it is the honour and duty of those associated with Otobi to take it further.

By an Otobian.

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