The fourth death anniversary of eminent painter, journalist, cultural personality, educationist and Professor Qayyum Chowdhury will be observed today.Qayyum Chowdhury, one of the famous artists who played the role of artistic excellence in publishing newspapers and books of the country. He brought modernity and creativity cover of book.
He was born on March 9, 1932 in Feni. In 1949, he completed his matriculation from Mymensingh City Collegiate School. He graduated from Dhaka Art College (now Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) in 1954.
Chowdhury joined Dhaka Art College as a lecturer in 1957. He then took a job at the newly established Design Centre to work under Quamrul Hassan. Within a year, he joined the then Pakistan Observer, where he served as the chief artist.
He also started working for the Observer group’s other publications namely Chitrali, a cine magazine and Purbadesh, a news magazine. He went back to Dhaka Art College in 1965.
Qayyum worked as journalist in several newspapers including Prothom Alo, Sochitro Sandhani and Muldhara.
Moreover, he was promoted to the position of assistant professor in 1970, to associate professor in 1986 and to professor in 1991. He retired from the organization in 1994, but he kept teaching in the institute until 2002.
During the War of Liberation in 1971, he was the convener of ‘Charu Karu Shilpi Songram Parishad’.
He was awarded ‘Ekushe Padak’ in 1984 and ‘Independence Day Award’ in 2014 by the Government of Bangladesh.
On 30 November 2014, Chowdhury fell sick while delivering his speech on the fourth-day of Bengal Foundation organized classical music festival in Bangladesh Army Stadium.
Later, he had been taken to Combined Military Hospital, where he was declared dead.