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POST TIME: 29 December, 2015 00:00 00 AM
Shilpacharya Zainul Abedinís birth centenary today

Shilpacharya Zainul Abedinís birth centenary today

DL Reporter

Today is the 101st birth anniversary of internationally renowned painter Zainul Abedin (December 29, 1914-2014), popularly known as Shilpacharya, the guru of art. To mark his birth anniversaty in a befitting manner, different socio-cultural organisations have arranged elaborate programmes in the city as well as across the country. As a part of this celebration, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) is organising an elaborate programme followed by discussion at the National Art Plaza of BSA.
Child art competitors who took part in a yearlong art workshop conducted by BSA as a part of year-long celebration of Shilpacharya’s birthday, will be awarded with certificates today at the programme.  Presided over by BSA Director General Liakaut Ali Lucky, Cultural Affairs secretary Begum Akhtari Momtaz will inaugurate the programme as chief guest while wife of Zainul Abedin Begum Jahan Ara Abedin, Professor Nisar Hossain, dean of the faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University and Prof Hassan Azizul Haque will be present as special guests.
Besides, a ten-day long art exhibition by the child artists who took part in the art workshop will begin today at the National Art Plaza of BSA.
The exhibition will remain open to all every day from  11am to 7pm, from 3pm to 8pm on Saturday.
Earlier in the morning, floral wreaths will be placed on the grave of Zainul Abedin adjacent to Dhaka University central mosque marking the 101st birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin.
Apart from the Shilpakala’s event, the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), the University of Dhaka, has organised a festival titled ‘Zainul Utsab 2015’ at its premises today. Dhaka University vice-chancellor AASM Arefin Siddique and Jahanara Abedin will inaugurate the festival jointly today at 9am, where artists Samarjit Ray will be present as special guest.
An exhibition featuring the dolls which was collected by Zainul Abedin will be held at the festival. Besides, a cultural programme will be held by the students of FFA and Gaan Pagol troupe.
Earlier, an art competition was arranged at the Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) in the city on Friday celebrating the 101st birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, where Children sketched the life and works of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin.
Zainul Abedin (December 29, 1914 – May 28, 1976) was a Bangladeshi painter. He got the breakthrough in 1944 with his Famine Series paintings of 1943. After partition he moved to Pakistan; and finally, when Bangladesh was created in 1971, he was rightly considered the founding father of Bangladeshi art. He was an artist of exceptional talent and international repute. Like many of his contemporaries, his paintings on the Bengal famine of 1940s is probably his most characteristic work. In Bangladesh, he is referred with honour as Shilpacharya (Great Teacher of the Arts) in Bangladesh for his artistic and visionary qualities.