Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University organised a discussion and documentary screening programme marking 30th death anniversary of late prominent artist Quamrul Hassan at the Lecture Theatre Hall of the faculty on Friday.
Reza Asad Al Huda Anupam, chairman and associate professor of FFA graphic design department, delivered the welcome speech at the event. Dean of DU Faculty of Fine Arts Nisar Hossain presided over the programme.
Artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, artist Rafiqun Nabi, editor of literary magazine Kali O Kalam Abul Hasnat, professor of the department of Bengali of Dhaka University and Quamrul Hassan researcher Dr Syed Azizul Haq and Quamrul Hassan’s daughter Sumana Hassan were present as discussants at the programme.
Abul Hasnat said that Quamrul Hassan was inspired by both folk art and Western painting styles.
Dr Azizul Haq, discussing Hasssan’s political involvements from 1938 to 1947, said that Hassan was more a patriot than an artist.
There are many works in which Quamrul came up with a scathing exposure of socio-political anomalies. Some of the artworks in this genre are a caricature of the Pakistani dictator Yahya Khan titled Annihilate These Demons (1971), Many-faced Fazlul Haque (1946), Nazimuddin (1948), The Legacy of the Beasts of 1971 (1972), and Image 74.
Samarjit Roy Chowdhury and Rafiqun Nabi, both students of Quamrul Hassan, recalled their memories of Quamrul Hassan. Sumana Hassan recalled her childhood memories of her father. She announced her plans to reintroduce artist Quamrul Hassan Gold Medal which used to be awarded by FFA.
‘I am also going to approach the DU authority regarding introduction of a Chancellor Gold Medal named after my father Quamrul Hassan,’ said Sumana Hassan.
Prior to the discussion a documentary on life and works of Quamrul Hassan, who was fondly called ‘patua’ for his lifelong experimentation with rural motifs and styles as found in traditional pattachitra (scroll paintings), was screened at the event.
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