Shilpakala Academy to celebrate Shahabuddin’s birthday

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 06:04pm on September 10, 2018


Shahabuddin Ahmed

Internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed’s 68th anniversary of birth will be celebrated today.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and cultural activists will jointly celebrate the Paris-based artist Shahabuddin’s turning 69 at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy this evening.

The celebration programme will feature a discussion on the artist’s works and achievements, display of portraits of the artist done by 11 artists and of 50 photographs of the artist captured by renowned photographers.

Shahabuddin Ahmed was born on September 11 in 1950.

A valiant freedom fighter, Ahmed studied at Dhaka Art College (now faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University) before obtaining a scholarship to study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

He earned admiration and acclaim in the global art scene for his very distinctive style depicting figures in motion.


The spirit of freedom has been a staple theme in his paintings showing fearless human figures that cut through the difficulties of life, giving one the reason to live. The force of his rhythmic brushworks with vibrant colours such as red, black and green enthrall art lovers across the world.

He has displayed his works extensively across the globe including the Museum Olympic Laussane, Switzerland and Bourn-En Brasse Museum in France.

Bangladesh government has honoured the artist by awarding Independence Day award in 2000. He was awarded the Chevalier De L'ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Fine Arts and Humanities) by the ministry of cultural affair and communication of France in 2014.