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Google Doodle celebrates Zainul Abedin’s birthday

 News Desk

 Published: 11:18 AM, 29 December 2019  

Screenshot taken from Google`s homepage

Screenshot taken from Google`s homepage

Google has created a new Doodle, alteration of the Google logo, celebrating the 105th birthday of renowned Bangladeshi painter, educator and activist Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. 

The search engine giant posted the doodle, alteration of the Google logo on its Bangladeshi homepage early Sunday, paying tribute to his memory. The doodle shows a picture of the great artist painting Google sitting under a tree with his brush while another man passing by carrying two pots. 

Zainul Abedin is widely considered a founding father of Bangladeshi modern art. Throughout his colourful life, he strived to preserve and honour Bangladeshi heritage.

Zainul Abedin was born along the Brahmaputra River in Kishoreganj (then greater Mymensingh district) on December 29 in 1914. In 1933, he got admitted to the Calcutta Government Art School in Kolkata. After the end of his studies, he joined as a faculty in the same school. In 1948, he established the Institute of Arts and Crafts, now the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University. Zainul was the founder principal of the institute. 

Zainul Abedin’s series of watercolour paintings on the Brahmaputra River had won the gold medal in All-India Exhibition in 1938, when he was 23. He had been recognized all over the world for drawing a famous picture on the famine of 1943.

Artist Zainul Abedin has conferred the title of Shilpacharya for his outstanding contribution in arts.  His paintings were the first ones that made Bangladeshi paintings familiar in different countries in the world.

In 1975, Zainul Abedin set up a folk museum at Sonargaon, and a permanent gallery in Mymensingh (Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala) to display some of his works. He became actively involved in a movement to preserve the cultural heritage of Bengal.

Zainul Abedin died on May 28 in 1976 at the age of 62.