Legendary artist SM Sultan’s 93rd birth anniversary was observed in Narail on Thursday.
The SM Sultan foundation and the district administration of Narail jointly organised a programme at the Shishu Swarga auditorium to mark the birth anniversary of the world famous artist, who attained international fame for his artworks depicting the country’s working people with strong muscles.
SM Sultan’s 93rd birth anniversary was observed through special prayers, placing of flower wreaths on the grave of the artist, children’s art competition, discussion on Sultan’s life and contribution, awards ceremony and others.
Deputy commissioner of Narail Mohammad Emdadul Haque Chaudhury attended the event as the chief guest, while deputy director of local government department Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner Mohammad Kamrul Arif, ADC Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman and principal of Sultan Art College Professor Ashok Kumar Shil, among others, spoke on the occasion.
The children’s art contest featured participation by over 200 children, all of whom drew on diverse topics.
Besides, SM Sultan Shishu Charu-O-Karukala Foundation will organise a three-day Sultan Festival at Sultan Mancha on Government Victoria college premises from September 6 to September 8 in remembrance of the artist.
A traditional boat race will also be held on Chitra River on September 9.
Artist Sultan was born at Masumdia in Narail on 10 august, 1924. Folk motifs had been the prime subject matters of SM Sultan’s figurative works. Sultan glorified the life of the Bangladeshi peasants and depicted them as figures with exaggeratedly muscular bodies working in farmlands. Men and women with the same body stature have appeared in Sultan’s works with equal significance.
For his contributions to art, Sultan won Ekushey Padak in 1982. Cambridge University declared him as the man of Asia in 1984. He was declared as the Resident Artist by the government in the same year. Besides, he won many other prestigious awards including Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad Award in 1986 and Swadhinata Padak in 1993.
His works were exhibited at prestigious venues across the world including IEE in New York, YMCA in Washington, University of Chicago, Michigan University, Victoria Embankment Gardens in London and others.
He passed away at Jessore Combined Military Hospital on 10 October, 1994.
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