Safiuddin Sammanana 2022 rewarded

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Safiuddin Shilpalay is hosting the Safiuddin Sammanana Awards Ceremony on Friday at its premises in Dhanmondi in the capital. — New Age Photo

Safiuddin Shilpalay honored artists and art teachers who have made immense contributions to the fine arts with Safiuddin Sammanana at his premises at Dhanmondi in the capital on Friday.

The program titled Sadhone Utkrishta Utkarsha Shilpagurur Janmashatabarsha also included a discussion on Shilpaguru Safiuddin Ahmed, an exhibition of art reproductions of his 35 prints and a musical performance.

The gallery honored 17 renowned artists posthumously during the program. Late shilpacharya’s son Zainul Abedin, Mainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan’s grandson, Atef Hassan, Md Kibria’s son, Nashrid Kamal, Qayyum Chowdhury’s son, Moinul Islam, Kazi Abdul Baset’s son, Abul Barak Alvi , journalist Fayez Ahmed’s granddaughter, Priyang Sabastini, and Abul Hasnat’s wife, Nasimun Ara Haque, received Safiuddin. Sammanana on behalf of the recipients.

In addition, Anwarul Haque, Imdad Hossain, Rashid Chowdhury, Abdur Razzaq, Devdas Chakrabarty, Syed Jahangir, Mahmud Ul Haque, Kalidas Karmakar and Banijul Hoque were honored posthumously.

Among the living artists, Mustafa Monwar, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Monirul Islam, Rafiqun Nabi, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Abul Monsur and writer Hasnat Abdul Hye were honored during the program.

The event was chaired by the famous artist Abul Barak Alvi. Writer Hasnat Abdul Hye and art critic Abul Monsur spoke at the event. Also, Executive Director of Safiuddin Shilpalay Nahida Sharmin gave the welcome speech.

‘Shilpaguru Safiuddin Ahmed was a pioneer in the field of art during the pre- and post-partition periods. He won many prestigious awards in the pre-partition Indian subcontinent. His works are inspired by impressionism, post-impressionism, geometric shapes, cubism and other styles. He was trained in European art, mastered the styles and developed his unique artistic style,” said Hasnat Abdul Hye.

Abul Monsur said, “I feel lucky because I had the opportunity to learn directly from Mr. Safiuddin. She was a serious person with a unique fashion sense and way of teaching. He also possessed strong self-discipline and a sense of duty.

Ekushey-Padak and National Film Award-winning singer Farida Parveen entertained the audience by performing Lalon and folk songs at the event.

The gallery will be showing fine art reproductions of Safiuddin Ahmed’s works until August 30.

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