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Three-day Zainul Utsab begins at Bokultola today

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Three-day Zainul Utsab begins at Bokultola today

Today is the 103rd birth anniversary of internationally-acclaimed painter Zainul Abedin (December 29, 1914-2014), popularly known as Shilpacharya, the guru of art. He is the pioneer of the country’s modern art and founder of Charukola (Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University).

To celebrate his birth centenary in a befitting manner, like the previous years, a three-day festival titled ‘Zainul Utsab and Zainul Mela’ has been arranged by Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) on the Bokultola premises of FFA, University of Dhaka (DU).

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate the festival as the chief guest today, while Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation secretary general M Shahidul Islam and engineer Moynul Abedin will be present as special guests. The programme will be presided over by DU vice chancellor Professor Dr Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman. After completing various types of formalities throughout the day, a cultural programme will be held at 5pm.

Earlier in the morning, floral wreaths will be placed on the grave of Zainul Abedin adjacent to Dhaka University central mosque marking the 103rd birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin.

The festival will feature pot music (Poter Gaan), Pala Parbon, photography exhibition, musical event, screening of Manpura-70 and performance of music and dance.

Besides, different socio-cultural organisations will hold elaborate programmes in the capital as well as across the country.

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 the 1940s are 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. l

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