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Eminent sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid laid to eternal rest

DHAKA, May 21, 2017 (BSS) - Noted sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid was laid to eternal rest at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard following his namaz-e-janaza at Dhaka University (DU) Central Mosque after Zohr prayers here today.

Earlier, his body was taken to Dhaka University's Fine Arts Faculty at about 11 am and at the foot of his monumental creation Aparajeyo Bangla at noon for people to pay their last tributes to him, family sources said.

Professor Khalid breathed his last at city's BIRDEM Hospital around 11:45 pm on Saturday at the age of 75.

He left behind his wife, three sons and a daughter and a host of friends, relatives, admirers and well-wishers to mourn his death.

Renowned sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2017.

Professor Khalid is famous for his outstanding works, including Aparajeyo Bangla on DU campus, the Terracotta relief on socio-cultural heritage at Bangladesh Bank Head Office and a 447-square-feet mural Abahaman Bangla at Bangladesh Television Centre.

He was born in Sylhet. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting in 1969 from the then College of Arts and Crafts (now Faculty of Fine Arts, DU) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in painting and sculpture from Chittagong University in 1974. Later, he joined the sculpture department of Chittagong University as lecturer and went to retirement as professor.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)