Today marks the 5th death anniversary of veteran cinematographer, photographer, director and producer Baby Islam.
On the occasion, his family members and members of Shararitu, a cultural organisation, will place wreaths at his tomb at Banani Graveyard in the city. Islam was born in 1931 in Murshidabad, West Bengal. He was born to Abdul Hossain Biswas and Motaharun Nessa, although he was bought up by his grandfather and his mother, who was a teacher. He went to a missionary school in Sealdah and moved to Cathedral Mission High School.
He matriculated in 1945 before attending Bangabasi College, under the University of Calcutta. He went to Italy for higher studies on film. Before Partition (1947), Islam worked with noted Indian director Ajoy Kar as assistant director. In 1956, he joined as senior photographer at the Information Department in Dacca (Dhaka). He also served as the general manager of FDC (now BFDC).
Islam took part in many exhibitions and competitions. His photos were regularly featured in books and journals. He received several prestigious awards for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. As cinematographer, his notable works are "Titas Ekti Nodir Nam," "Akash Aar Mati," "Shurjosnan," "Nawab Sirajuddaula," "Neel Akasher Niche," "Noyoner Alo" and more.
He received several prestigious awards for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. He established Motaharun Nessa General Hospital at Chuadanga Belgachhi, Eidgah Para to provide free treatment to common people.