MNA Feature Desk: The 42nd death anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin is being observed today. Different cultural and arts organisations, including Dhaka University’s fine arts faculty which was founded by the master artist in 1948 as an art institute, will pay respect to the artist by placing flowers at his grave beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque.
Born in Kishoreganj on December 29, 1914, Zainul is a pioneer of modern fine arts practices in the country.
A graduate of Calcutta Government Art School, Zainul is credited for reshaping the fine arts arena of the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) through his works and as an fine arts academic.
He came into prominence as an artist before the Partition. His sketches of the Bengal famine in 1943 brought him to limelight and earned him wide recognition.
He also collected a large number of traditional crafts, ceramic works, nakshi kanthas and preserved them.
He founded the Folk Art Museum at Sonargaon in Narayanganj, and Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala, a gallery of his own works, in Mymensingh in 1975.
The master artist died on May 28, 1976 after suffering from lung cancer for few years.