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Remembering Qayyum Chowdhury

An eminent painter and a long term friend to the Foundation, we would like to take the time to remember Qayyum Chowdhury on his death anniversary.

Qayyum Chowdhury was born in 9 March of 1932 at Feni. He graduated from the Dhaka Art College, presently the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, in 1954. Chowdhury joined Dhaka Art College as a lecturer in 1957 and eventually moved on to work at the newly established Design Centre to work under Quamrul Hassan. Over the years he also worked for the Pakistan Observer, and two of its publications – Chitrali and Purbadesh, as the Chief Artist. He re-joined the Dhaka Art College back in 1965 until his retirement in 1994.

Chowdhury is a recipient of the Ekushey Padak, Shilpakala Academy Award, 6th Bangabandhu Award, Sultan Padak, amongst other awards for his contributions to the realm of art.

Qayyum Chowdhury unexpectedly passed away while giving his inaugural speech on the fourth night of Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014 on 30 November. Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015 was dedicated in his memory in the following year. Chowdhury is survived by his wife, Tehera Khanam, and son, Moinul Islam Zaber.