Noted Bangladeshi sculptor and painter Syed Abdullah Khalid was remembered at a commemorative programme at TSC of Dhaka University on Friday.
Bangladesh Charushilpy Sangsad organised the event, where cultural personalities and leading artists of the country paid tribute to late Abdullah Khalid, who passed away on May 20.
Noted sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan, poet-architect Rabiul Hossain, president of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote Golam Kuddus, noted politician Mujahidul Islam Selim, brother of Abdlullah Khalid Ahmed Murtaza, widow of Khalid Kulsum Khalid, president Bangladesh Charushilpy Sangsad Abdul Mannan and its general secretary Mohammad Muniruzzaman, among others, were present at the programme.
Speaking on the occasion Hamiduzzaman Khan said Abdullah Khalid was a versatile artist who worked on diverse subjects.
‘Abdullah Khalid was not only a very good sculptor but also a gifted painter. He devoted himself completely and unreservedly to his work,’ said Hamiduzzaman.
Rabiul Hossain said though Abdullah Khalid has left the world physically he will be remembered by people for his works. ‘Abdullah Khalid had immensely contributed in popularising sculpting in the country. His works will continue to inspire young artists for years to come,’ said Rabiul Hossain.
Ahmed Murtaza said, ‘As a young boy Abdullah Khalid was always full of life. He used to spend his days swimming, climbing trees and so on. He loved nature very much.’
Mohammad Muniruzzaman said ‘If Abdullah Khalid was alive today he would have been hurt seeing the recent removal of a sculpture from the Bangladesh Supreme Court premises.’
Sculptor Mujibur Rahman, who was also a close companion of late Khalid, said, ‘Abdullah Khalid was a straightforward and open minded man. He was always sincere about his work.’
Born in Sylhet in 1942, Abdullah Khalid completed his BFA in painting in 1969 from East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts (presently faculty of fine arts, University of Dhaka) and did his MFA in painting and sculpture from the Chittagong University. Abdullah Khalid is well known for his works like liberation war-based sculpture Aparajeyo Bangla on DU campus, the terracotta relief on socio-cultural heritage at the Bangladesh Bank headquarter and a 447 sft. mural Abahaman Bangla at the Bangladesh Television Center.
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