During the 1971 Liberation War, he was the founder of Charu -Karu Shilpi Songram Parishad
Saturday marks the fifth death anniversary of eminent painter Qayyum Chowdhury. The renowned cultural figure was also known as a journalist and educationalist.
Born on on March 9, 1932 in Feni, Qayyum graduated from Dhaka Art College – now the Faculty of Fine Arts in Dhaka University – in 1954.
The Ekushey Padak-winning painter joined Dhaka Art College as a lecturer in 1957. He then joined the Design Centre to work under Quamrul Hassan. Within a year, he joined the then Pakistan Observer as the chief artist.
During the 1971 Liberation War, he was the founder of Charu -Karu Shilpi Songram Parishad.
As a successor of Zainul Abedin and Quamrul Hassan, he explored many forms of art. Through his brush and pen, he depicted the common man of Bangladesh including the farmers and fishermen.
In the 1960s, his drawing captured the Bangladeshi people's struggle for survival.
Qayyum worked as a journalist in several newspapers including Prothom Alo, Sochitro Sandhani and Muldhara.
On November 30, 2014, the eminent artist fell ill while delivering his speech on the fourth day of Bengal Classical Music Festival at Bangladesh Army Stadium in Dhaka.
He was taken to the Combined Military Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.