State Minister for Culture KM Khalid, chief guest of the event, handed out the award to the acclaimed artist
The ten-day-long Sultan Fair, commemorating renowned Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan’s 94th birth anniversary, ended in Narail yesterday (March 12). The country's renowned painter Mustafa Monwar received this year's Sultan Award during the fair’s closing ceremony. State Minister for Culture KM Khalid, chief guest of the event, handed out the award to the acclaimed artist.
Anjuman Ara, deputy commissioner of Narail presided over the event and delivered the closing speech. District Council Chairman Sohrab Hossain Biswas, Police Super Mohammad Mohammad Jasim Uddin PPM (Bar), Sultan Foundation Secretary Member Ashikur Rahman Miku spoke at the closing event among others.
Chief guest of the event State Minister for Culture KM Khalid said: “I have seen many of Sultan’s works of art in Paris. Art critics and art lovers there know him as a great painter. I am filled with pride when I see such success of my country’s artist. Everyone present here are also proud of being born in the same region where this maestro was born.”
After receiving the Sultan Award Monwar said: “I had the opportunity to meet painter Sultan when he was alive. I'm really proud of receiving a title of the artist of his stature.”
Mustafa Monwar, born in September 1, 1935, is a Bangladeshi painter, sculptor, radio performer and professor of fine arts. He is currently the chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy. He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2004 by the Government of Bangladesh.
Monwar's television puppet show “Moner Kotha” ran on BTV for 12 years. His extensive work on puppets took him and Bangladesh to new heights.