The SM Sultan Foundation and the district administration jointly celebrated the occasion with an elaborate programme at Shishu Swarga auditorium in the town
Renowned artist SM Sultan's 94th birth anniversary was observed in a befitting manner at his birth place in Narail on Friday.
The SM Sultan Foundation and the district administration jointly celebrated the occasion with an elaborate programme at Shishu Swarga auditorium in the town.
The programme included Quran Khwani, placing wreaths at the grave of the legendary artist, an art competition, a discussion on Sultan's life and works and a prize giving ceremony.
The discussion on the life and works of the artist was arranged at the SM Sultan Complex auditorium with the deputy commissioner of Narail and Sultan Complex Foundation.
Deputy Commissioner Md Emdadul Haque Chaudhury attended the programas chief guest while the Sultan Foundation Secretary Ashikur Rahman Miku, Sultan Art College Principal Prof Ashok Kumar Sheel, Additional Deputy Commissioners Kamrul Arif and Md Mahbubur Rahman were also in attendance.
Locals at the function said a large number of Sultan’s works have started to get ruined due to lack of maintanance.
They urged the government to take steps to protect the works of the great artist.
SM Sultan, nicknamed Lal Mia, who once stirred the arena of world art with his paintings, was born in the Masimdia village, suburb of the Narail town on 10 August in 1924. His father Meser Ali was a poor mason. His paintings were exhibited at home and abroad and were exhibited in galleries along with the works of world famous Pablo Picasso, Salvedor Dali and Paul Klee.
His fame rests on his striking depictions of muscular Bangladeshi peasants engaged in the activities of their everyday lives.
Sultan won the Ekushey Padak in 1982, the Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad Award in 1986 and the Swadhinata Padak in 1993