Eminent artist Asem Ansari passed away after suffering a heart attack at his residence in the capital’s Mirpur on Monday at around 8:00pm. He was 72.
‘He went to the rooftop of his residence in the afternoon and suffered a heart attack. Following which, he died in his house. Police later took his body to the National Heart Foundation, Mirpur,’ Nazmul Hasan, nephew of Asem, told New Age.
Prominent artists and art critics of the country have expressed profound shock at the death of Asem Ansari who had made outstanding contribution to the country’s art arena through his creations.
Acclaimed artist Professor Syed Abul Barak Alvi pointed out, ‘Asem Ansari was junior to me but I had a friendly relation with him. He was a talented artist among his contemporaries. He took a break from art when he started working at ICDDR,B. After his retirement, he started painting once again. He was also a good illustrator.’
Artist Abdul Mannan, friend of Asem Ansari and former director (design) of Bangladesh Television, said, ‘Though Ansari was two years junior to me I had a friendly relationship with him. He displayed his prowess in painting since his student life. We met and talked just few days ago at Gallery Chittrak.’
‘He always discussed about his ideas and works with me. He tried to invent something new while working in diverse mediums. I pray to the almighty that his departed soul may rest in peace. He will live on through his works,’ added Abdul Mannan.
Renowned art critic Moinuddin Khaled mentioned, ‘I met him in the early 80s at an exhibition held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. He always tried to experiment with new ideas. His works portray social and contemporary issues, human nature, fantasy and others. He had a dormant intention to design book covers portraying history.’
‘I had a good relationship with him. He called me on Sunday night and told me to get back to him on Monday morning. I called him in the morning and that was our last conversation,’ Khaled uttered.
Asem Ansari was born on June 3, 1948 at Old Dhaka. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, now faculty of fine arts of University of Dhaka, in 1972. He was buried in his father’s grave at Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard at Mirpur on Tuesday morning.
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