MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Ekushey Padak winning sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid breathed his last at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka around 11:45pm on Saturday. He was 75.
The septuagenarian’s works include ‘Aparajeyo Bangla’ at Dhaka University campus. His ‘Abahaman Bangla’ mural in front of the Bangladesh Television Center and the terracotta in front of the Bangladesh Bank building earned applause from the public and the critics alike.
His body will be taken to Charukala at 11:00am on Sunday and at the foot of his monumental creation, Aparajeyo Bangla on Dhaka University campus, at 12 noon for people to pay their last respects, Johir said.
His namaz-e-janaza will be held at the central mosque of the DU after Zohr prayers. Johir said they wished to bury him at the Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard after that.
He was awarded Shilpokola Padak in 2014 and Ekushey Padak this year for his contribution to art and sculpture.
Khalid was a professor at the sculpture department of Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University.