Shafiuddin Ahmed’s death anniv today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, May 20,2019 | Updated: 22:07, May 19,2019


Shafiuddin Ahmed

Artist Shafiuddin Ahmed’s seventh death anniversary will be observed today.
Teachers and students of different departments of faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University, where Shafiuddin Ahmed taught for over 45 years, will pay tribute to Ahmed by placing floral wreaths on his grave on Dhaka University campus today.
Besides, artists, art galleries and art studios will pay tribute to the late artist by placing flowers on his grave in the morning.
Shafiuddin Ahmed pioneered and popularised printmaking in the country. In his career spanning over six decades, the artist encouraged many to take up printmaking. For his contributions to contemporary art scene in the country, Ahmed was known as ‘shilpaguru’ among his students and fellow artists.
Shafiuddin Ahmed was born in Bhabanipur, Kolkata on June 23, 1922. He completed his graduation from Kolkata Government Art School in 1942 and went on to get a diploma in etching and engraving from UK’s Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1958.
He played a key role in founding Dhaka Art College [now faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University] along with Zainul Abedin in 1948.
Ahmed served as the chairman of the printmaking department of the DU fine arts faculty from 1948 to 1979. He retired in 2004.
He was awarded Independence Award and Ekushey Padak for his contributions to fine arts.
Shafiuddin Ahmed died on May 20, 2012 at the age of 90.

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