Artist Murtaja Baseer no more
Published : Saturday, 15 August, 2020 at 10:11 AM Count : 735
Ekushey Padak winning artist Murtaja Baseer has died of COVID-19 at Evercare Hospital in Dhaka.
He breathed his last at 9:10am on Saturday at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital where he had been undergoing treatment from early Friday.
Murtaja Baseer, 88, had been suffering from heart, lung, kidney and old-age ailments from a long time.
He came corona positive on Friday.
The namaz-e-janaza for Murtaja Baseer will be held after Zuhr prayers today and, later, he will be laid to rest in city's Banani graveyard, his daughter Muneer Bashir confirmed.
Meanwhile, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of noted artist Murtaja Baseer.
Son of Dr Muhammad Shahidullah, a famous linguist, Baseer was born in Dhaka’s Ramna in 1932. He was the chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Chattogram University.
He received the Ekushey Padak in 1980 for his contribution to art. He also received the Swadhinata Puroshkar in 2019.
The renowned artist was also the art director of Urdu film Kaise Kahoon.
He joined University of Chittagong as an assistant professor and served until 1998.