Qayyum Chowdhury’s birth anniversary today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:32, Mar 08,2021


Qayyum Chowdhury

Today is the 89th anniversary of birth of the late eminent artist Qayyum Chowdhury.

Qayyum Chowdhury, born on March 9, 1932 in Feni, spent his boyhood in different towns namely Chattogram, Cumilla, Narail, 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 then 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 War of Independence and different democratic, progressive and pro-liberation movements. He received Ekushey Padak, Independence Award, Sufia Kamal Award, Shaheed Altaf Mahmud Padak, Gold medal for book design from National Book Centre, sixth Bangabandhu Award, Sultan Padak Imperial Court Prize, Tehran Biennale, Leipzig Book Fair Prize and others.

He passed away on November 30, 2014.

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