Today marks the 85th birth anniversary of Ekushey Padak winner painter Syed Jahangir, Founder of the Department of Fine Arts at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The artist, born on 4 November 1935 in Satkhira devoted over 60 years of his life to painting before passing way on 29 December 2018, at the age of 83.
Jahangir is noted for his depiction of rural Bangladesh and the nuances of the six seasons in his works.
His unique touch added different dimensions to Bangladeshi landscape painting, said a media statement.
Even though there will be no physical gathering this year to celebrate the anniversary due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, family and colleagues are still commemorating his legacy.
His body of work reflects the connection he felt with the liberation war and the nature of his country.
His work prominently featured Bangladeshi landscape and nuances of the six seasons, bringing the vivid colours of seasonal change to life on the canvas. His famous exhibitions and series include, 'Atmar Dhoni', 'Ullash', and 'Ojena Onneshon.'
He joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as the head of the Department of Fine Arts in 1977, after 22 years of working as a professional artist, and later also acted as the director of the Academy.
Jahangir won the Ekushey Padak in 1985 and Charushilpi Shangshad gave him an award of distinction in 1992.
He also received the Michael Madhusudan Prize in 2000 and Shashibhushan Prize in 2005.