We are deeply saddened by the news of sculptor and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini’s passing. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of the bereaved. Priyabhashini was very close to Bengal Foundation and had worked extensively with Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts since its inception in 2000.
Priyabhashini was born on February 19, 1947, in Khulna and was naturally inclined towards the arts from a very young age.
She suffered at the hands of the Pakistani forces during the 1971 Liberation War. Priyabhashini was one of the first women to publicly announce herself as Birangona and stood by other women who suffered similar consequences.
Priyabhashini’s works have been featured in numerous exhibitions since the 1990s. Her first exhibition was jointly inaugurated by artist S M Sultan and poet Sufia Kamal, and anchored by Syed Shamsul Haque. She was known to draw inspirations from nature, as well as songs, poems, short stories and novels by Rabindranath Tagore. Her work often used natural materials such as roots, tree trunks, bamboo, dried leaves and drift wood.
She was awarded with the Independence Day Award by the Government of Bangladesh, Fellowship by Bangla Academy, Freedom Fighter Award by Bangladesh Police Department and Bangladesh Liberation War Museum and Nasreen Award by Action Plan.
Ferdousi Priyabhashini died of cardiac arrest at Labaid Hospital in Dhaka on 6 March 2018. She is survived by her husband, three sons and three daughters.