On the occasion of artist Aminul Islam's 81st birth anniversary, Bengal Foundation organised a discussion and publication launch on November 7 at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
Artist Qayyum Chowdhury; poet and writer Syed Shamsul Haque; educationist Professor Anisuzzaman; Professor Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir; Ruby Islam (widow of Aminul Islam), Abul Hasnat, editor of Kali O Kalam; and Subir Chowdhury, director, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, among others, were the discussants at the programme. Senior painters, writers, poets, social and cultural activists were also present at the programme.
The discussants talked about the artist's illustrious career and contributions. They expressed the view that Islam was a pioneering figure in modern Bangladeshi art. His style and influence dominated the modern art trends in Bangladesh. He was a socially aware painter and his themes reflected various social, political and environmental issues in the subcontinent. In his early years, the painter was deeply involved with left leaning politics. He was a multidimensional personality as he did many book covers, illustrations, sculptures and murals.
Bengal Foundation also launched a book, titled "Ananyo Aminul Islam", featuring essays, articles, reminiscences by veteran artists, critics, writers, social activists and educationists. The book has been edited by Abul Hasnat.
Murtaja Baseer, Bijan Chowdhury (Indian painter), Syed Shamsul Haque, Hasnat Abdul Hye, Syed Jahangir, Osman Jamal, Dhiraj Chowdhury (Indian painter), Rafiqun Nabi, Abul Mansur and others have contributed to the book.
After the discussion, Shama Rahman and Bulbul Islam rendered a number of songs at the programme.
Islam was born in 1931 in old Dhaka. Islam passed his matriculation in 1947. He graduated as part of the first batch of Dhaka Art College (now Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka). After completing his BFA, Islam went to Florence to pursue higher studies in art. He held several solo exhibitions at home and abroad. He received many awards for his outstanding contribution to Bangladeshi art.
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