The 87th birth anniversary of late eminent artist Qayyum Chowdhury will be observed today.
Qayyum Chowdhury, born on March 9, 1932 in Feni, spent his boyhood in various towns including Chattogram, Cumilla, Narail, Sanwdeep, Noakhali, Feni, Faridpur and Mymensingh.
Chowdhury’s works delve deep into folk, rustic life and traditions. Fish, flowers, women, birds and greenery are recurring objects on his canvas. He graduated from Government Institute of Arts (now Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) in 1954 and joined the college as a lecturer in 1957.
Following which, he took a job at the newly established Design Centre under Quamrul Hassan. He later joined the then Pakistan Observer as the chief artist. He went back to Dhaka Art College in 1965 and retired as a professor in 1994 but he kept teaching in DU until 2002.
Qayyum Chowdhury took part in the liberation war and all democratic, progressive and pro-liberation movements. He received Ekushey Padak, Independence Award, Sufia Kamal Award, Shaheed Altaf Mahmud Padak and several other awards for his contribution to arts and culture.
He also won innumerable awards including Imperial Court Prize, Tehran Biennale in 1966, Gold medal for book design from National Book Centre in 1975, Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Book Illustration, 6th Bangabandhu Award in 1994 and the Sultan Padak in 1999.
He passed away on November 30, 2014.
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