Sultan's birth anniversary observed | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 13, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 13, 2008

Sultan's birth anniversary observed


Boat race on the Chitra River on Sultan's birth anniversary.

The 85th birth anniversary of master artist S.M. Sultan was observed here with much enthusiasm. 'Sultan Janmo Joyanti Udjapon Parshad', under the supervision of Sultan Foundation, organised a daylong programme to mark the occasion. The programmes included a procession, art competition, boat race, discussion and prize distribution ceremony. Apart from these, Banglalink has organised a five-day-long programme from August 9 to 13 to observe the occasion.
The district administration, Sultan Foundation and different social and cultural organisations laid wreaths at Sultan's mazar in the morning on August 10. Later, a procession went through the major roads of the town led by the Deputy Commissioner.
An art competition was held at 'Shishu Swargo'. Around 100 children took part in the competition. In the afternoon, a boat race was held on the Chitra River. The race started from 'Bandhaghat', near DC office and ended at Chitra Bridge. Hundreds of people on the both sides of the river cheered on as 20 boats made their way through.
In the afternoon, a discussion was held at 'Shishu Swargo'. Divisional Commissioner Md Yunusur Rahman was the chief guest while Deputy Commissioner Md Qayyum Sardar presided over the meeting. Among others, Superintendent of Police Kamrul Hasan; Professor Munshi Hafizur Rahman; Professor Ashok Sheel; Sharif Atiar Rahman and artist Bimanesh Biswas spoke on the occasion.
Speakers expressed the view that S.M. Sultan was a "son and an artist of the soil". His paintings represent men and women of the working class. He is extra ordinary in the sense that his works stand out for their uniqueness. Speakers also emphasised on the preservation of the artist's works by both government and non-government initiatives. Finally the chief guest distributed prizes among the winners of the art competition and boat race.

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