Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - A 10 day-long exhibition on Dhaka University’s Aparajeyo Bangla (Unvanquished Bengal) sculpture’s designer and artist, country’s renowned sculptor, academician and Ekushey Padak winner late Syed Abdullah Khalid got underway at Bangladesh National Museum’s Nalini Kanta Bhattasali auditorium on Monday.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Bangladesh National Museum’s board of trustees President Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, while National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman was the Chief Guest.
Presided by architect and poet Robiul Hussain, the programme was also attended by country's another legendary sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan, Professor Moinuddin Khaled and Begum Umme Kulsum, wife of late sculptor Abdullah Khalid as honorary speakers. National Museum’s Director General Md Riaz Ahmed greeted everyone with his welcome speech.
Reminiscing on the sculpture maestro, Professor Anisuzzaman said “Khalid was one of the most brilliant and talented artists and sculptors in Bangladesh. He was very emotional, and that certainly reflected in his creations- his sculptures and artworks had always been very vibrant and lively.”
“Aparajeyo Bangla was an immersive addition in the artifacts of Bangladesh. The courageous side of mass in Bangladesh was never been portrayed so strongly before, until the creation of this particular sculpture. All of his works and achievements should be preserved properly,” said art critic Professor Moinuddin Khaled.
Syed’s contemporary sculptor and friend, Hamiduzzaman Khan reminisced his friend in tears, saying “Khalid was not only a sculptor- he was also a world-class painter. He was a winner in life, just like his Aparajeyo Bangla.”
Speaking on his artworks, architect Robiul Hussain said that Syed’s ability of being a painter was overshadowed under his sculptor persona. He was a remarkable painter and artist, and no other artist worked on the theme ‘flower’ just like he did.
Inaugurating the exhibition, Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan said that Khalid was a treasure for the nation and a proper, error-free publication should be made on the legendary sculptor.
Featuring the legendary artist’s paintings, sculptures, artworks and his used commemoratives to be displayed on, the exhibition is scheduled to be open from 4-13 November, 10.30 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday to Wednesday. It will remain open on Friday from 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm.