Cultural arena mourned the death of Independence award-winning sculptor and also a freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini saying the country has lost a brave and eminent artist.
Priyabhashini breathed her last on Tuesday noon at Labaid Hospital in the capital where she was admitted on February 23 at the age of 71. She had been suffering from multiple complications, including, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Eminent artists and cultural activists shared their condolence messages with New Age and also spoke on Priyabhashini’s contributions to the contemporary art scene.
Terming her death a ‘great loss’, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor said, ‘Priyabhashini was a brave woman to fight every odd that came through. Her contributions as a sculptor of the highest merit will be remembered’.
Artist and dean of faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University Nisar Hossain termed Priyabhashini as ‘incomparable’. ‘Her courage, humanism and role as a woman and mother give her the stature on an incomparable figure to us. Though she had no academic training Priyabhashini developed a unique style’, Nisar said.
She was inspired by ‘katum kutum’ style which is sculpting from waste branches of trees and scrap wood, he added.
Dhaka University’s sculpture department professor Lala Rukh Selim said, ‘Besides being a talented sculptor, Priyabhashini was an inspiring figure to us. Priyabhashini was the first woman to publicly announce herself a birangona’, Lala Rukh said.
Artist Biren Shome evaluated Priyabhashini saying she, in her sculptures, outstandingly brought life into stones, tree logs and other abandoned things.
Dancer-choreographer Lubna Marium termed Priyabhashini as a cultural and human rights activist. ‘Her death is an irreparable loss to the country’, Lubna said.
Priyabhashini will be buried at the Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard on Thursday after a public mourning at the Central Shaheed Minar and a namaz-e-janaza at Dhaka University’s central mosque.
Ferdousi Priyabhashini was born on 19 February, 1947 in Khulna.
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