People from all walks of life paid their last respects to Ekushey Padak winning internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker Kalidas Karmakar on Monday.
Kalidas Karmakar passed away at the age of 73 on Friday afternoon after suffering a stroke.
His body was taken to the Faculty of Fine Art of Dhaka University at 10:00am where his friends, peers, artists, teachers and students paid their last respects to the artist.
Prime minister’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi also paid his last respects to the artist.
DU faculty of fine arts dean Nisar Hossain said, ‘Majority of the artists in our country work with only one medium but Kalidas had tried his hand at different mediums including performance art, sculpture, printmaking, painting and others. He always thought about placing our art on the global map,’
‘He was very popular among the younger generation of artists. He made tremendous contribution to printmaking,’ said Nisar Hossain.
Acclaimed artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma said, ‘He is considered as one of the pioneers of modern art in Bangladesh. His Alluvial series gives the viewers a glimpse into humanity. He had the ability to maintain good relationships with various generations and was very close with the younger generation artists. Country’s young generation must follow his footsteps’.
Printmaker, painter and teacher Rokeya Sultana said, ‘Kali Da’s passing away left a huge void for the country’s art scene. It has been an irreparable loss for our country. He explored a new form by way of presenting mixed media in art in 1975, in which car parts, metal objects and others were assembled to make a composition.’
Following the informal gathering at the fine art faculty, his body was taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at around 11:00am.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote and Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad jointly organised the programme.
Cultural affairs ministry, Bangladesh Shilpkala Academy, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangla Academy, Japan Embassy in Dhaka, Gallery Cosmos, Bangladesh Awami League, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad and others placed floral wreaths on his coffin.
Internationally acclaimed artist Monirul Islam said, ‘He was one batch senior to me in the art college. He introduced diverse forms of arts in Bangladesh. Young generation was greatly inspired by him. He will be remembered through his innovations.’
His body was kept Shaheed Minar till 12:30pm. Later he was taken to Sabujbag for cremation.
He was born on January 10, 1946, in Faridpur. Kalidas completed his graduation from the Government College of Fine Arts in Kolkata and completed his preliminary degree in fine arts at the Institute of Fine Art, Dhaka University in 1964.
He had more than 40 solo exhibitions at home and abroad. The countries he visited and had exhibitions in included Poland, United States, India, Japan, Iran, Italy, Korea and Hong Kong.
He was awarded Shilpakala Padak in 2016 and the Ekushey Padak in 2018 for his contribution to fine arts.
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