Zainul festival begins at Dhaka University

Tanzil Rahaman | Published at 10:42pm on December 29, 2019


Zainul Honour 2019 recipients pose with guests at the inaugural ceremony of Zainul festival 2019 at fine arts faculty of Dhaka University on Sunday. — Sourav Lasker

Fine arts faculty of Dhaka University lifted curtain on three-day Zainul festival 2019 marking the 105th birth anniversary of master artist Zainul Abedin on Sunday.

The festival is featuring cultural shows, art exhibition, seminars and others.

Education minister Dipu Moni was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony, presided over by Dhaka University vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman.

DU pro vice-chancellor professor Muhammad Samad, Zainul Abedin’s son Moinul Abedin, Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited general manager AKM Sadek Newaz and others were present as special guests.

DU fine art students commenced the programme rendering chorus songs like Anandaloke mangalaloke and E din aaji kon ghore go khule dilo dwaar to the delight of the audience.

Fine arts faculty dean Nisar Hossain gave the welcome speech at the event.

Following which, FFA conferred Zainul Honour 2019 on Indian artist Janak Jhankar Narzary and noted local artists Professor Mahmudul Haque and Hamiduzzaman Khan.

Dipu Moni handed over crests to honourees.

Indian sculptor and art historian Janak Jhankar Narzary was born in Assam in 1948. He taught at Visva Bharati University.

Narzary completed his BFA from Visva Bharati University in 1971 and MFA in 1974 from Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. In 1982 he got the Fulbright scholarship and visited Boston University, USA.

‘I am humbled to receive an honour named after Zainul Abedin. This award is very important to me,’ said Janak Jhankar Narzary.

Artist Mahmudul Haque was born in Bagerhat in 1945. He introduced different printmaking and painting processes. He completed his BFA from East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts, Dacca in 1968 and MFA from Tsukuba University in 1984. Mahmudul’s stylised artworks are non-representational; line, colour, shape, textures are dominant in the space.

‘Zainul Abedin took our interview when we got admitted to the institute. I completed my education from the institute and taught for more than 40 years. I want to thank the institute for honouring me with an award named after Zainul Abedin. I wish the institute good luck,’ said Mahmudul Haque.

Hamiduzzaman Khan was born in Kishoreganj in 1946. He is one of Bangladesh’s most renowned sculptors, who worked in a variety of media, including marble and metal to develop his language of sculpture. Khan has earned his BFA from East Pakistan College of Arts & Crafts, Dacca in 1967, and his MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India in 1976. He also received Ekushey Padak for his contribution to sculpture.

‘Today is a great day because the other two recipients of the honour are my close friends. I am deeply pleased and honoured to receive this prestigious award,’ said Hamiduzzaman Khan.

Besides, FFA drawing and painting department fourth year student Md Helal Hosen received Zainul Gold Medal 2019 for academic excellence at the programme.

 A gallery, named Permanent Art Collection of the Faculty of Fine Arts, displaying works by renowned local and foreign artists was launched following the award programme.

Besides, a seminar on Art Education and New Challenges titled ‘The Baroda Experiment’ was held at the lecture Room of FFA where M S University of Baroda, India assistant professor Indrapramit Roy presented the key note paper.

Institute of Fine Arts, University of Chittagong chairperson professor Dhali Al Mamoon was present as the discussant at the event, presided over by Professor Janak Jhankar Narzary.

Following which, a cultural show was held at the venue.

Zainul festival will continue till December 31.