Sculptor of ‘Aparajeyo Bangla’ Abdullah Khalid dies

Sculptor of ‘Aparajeyo Bangla’ Abdullah Khalid dies

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Dhaka, May 21 – Sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid, who is noted for his masterpiece sculpture ‘Aparajeyo Bangla’ in Dhaka University, passed away at Birdem Hospital in the city on Saturday night. He was 75.
Khalid, also winner of Ekushey Padak-2017, breathed his last around 12am, said his younger son Syed Abdullah Zahir.He was undergoing treatment at Birdem Hospital due to complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
The noted sculptor left his wife, two sons, a daughter and a host of relatives and well wishers to mourn his death.
Khalid’s body will be brought to the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University at 11 am on Sunday and it will be kept there till 12 pm to pay respect to him.
His namaz-e-janaza will be held at DU Central Mosque after Zohr prayers, said Zahir.
Khalid was admitted to Birdem Hospital with lung related complications on May 10. He was also suffering from diabetes and respiratory problems for a long time.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Khalid and conveyed her sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Abdullah Khalid’s sculpture Aparajeyo Bangla is one of the most well known sculptures dedicated to the Liberation War in 1971. It is located on the campus of Dhaka University, just in front to the Faculty of Arts Building. In Bengali, the phrase means “Unvanquished Bengal”.
The sculpture work was started at the end of 1973 based on sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid’s design and superintendence of the DUCSU authority.
After the war, the DUCSU committee proposed the sculptor to commemorate the glory of liberation.
His other works includes the Terracotta relief on socio-cultural heritage at the Bangladesh Bank Head Office and a 447-sft Mural Abahaman Bangla at the Bangladesh Television Centre.
Khalid exhibited solo three times since and he was awarded first prize in the Second National Sculpture Exhibition organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1983.
At various times, he was nominated Judge by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy for national level exhibitions.
In 1987, he was appointed team leader for participation in SAARC Workshop on Traditional Terracotta held in Madras, India.
His works can be seen in the permanent collection of the National Museum, the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the Prime Minister’s Residence and other important private and institutional collections.
Khalid has been honored by the State through issuance of Commemorative Stamp (1990–91) and Silver Coin (1998) on his most notable work, the Aparajeyo Bangla.
Born in Sylhet in 1942, Khalid completed his BFA in painting in 1969 from East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts (presently Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) and did his MFA in painting and sculpture from the Chittagong University.
Khalid was a professor at the Sculpture Department of Institute of Fine Arts at Dhaka University until his death. – UNB

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