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Awarded French Highest Title 'Knight' : Shahabuddin leaps across time
Cultural Reporter
Publish Date : 2014-08-22,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 270
The winner of Independence Day Award and Bangla Academy Award, world renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed, now achieved the title 'Knight', strengthening the artistic prospect of Bangladesh and glorifying the motherland towards international doors.
This renowned artist of Bangladesh living in Paris has been awarded the French title "Chevalier de I'Ordre des Arts at des Lettres" (Knight in the Order of the Arts and Literature).
French Minister of Culture and Communication Aurelie Filippetti recognized Artist Shahabuddin's contribution and commitment to the culture of France in her congratulatory letter, Bangladesh's foreign ministry's handout circulated on August 21 says.
This award is given to artists for their outstanding works in the literary or artistic fields or for their contribution to culture in France or in the world.
Shahabuddin Ahmed is a world renowned painter born in Bangladesh in 1950. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, later moved to Paris. He has shown his works extensively across the globe. In 1992 he is one of 50 Master Painters of Contemporary Arts, an award bestowed on him at the Olympiad of Arts, Barcelona.
The primary concern of his paintings is to reflect the contemporary life and times. He is an optimist and this is clearly expressed in his paintings. This optimism was firmly embedded in Shahabuddin when he has a youth was involved in the Liberation struggle for Bangladesh and had to face the various facets of life.
He has the capability to overcome the constraints of time and space. In their dynamism his paintings depict fearless human figures that cut through the difficulties of life, which provide one the reason to live. The vibrancy and force of his brushwork highlight this aspect. Above all his compositions are unmistakably musical and rhythmic. Shahabuddin's figures seem to be enthralled in the cosmic dance at times merging with the ethereal forces.
His works are displayed in many galleries across the globe including the Museum Olympic Laussane, Switzerland and Bourn-En Brasse Museum France.

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