Artists mourn death of Shamim Sikder

Published : 22 Mar 2023 09:23 PM

Ekushey Padak-winning sculptor Shamim Sikder passed away on Tuesday. She was 70. Leading artists of the country have expressed deep shock at the death of Shamim Sikder and recalled her contribution to sculpting in the country. Ekushey Padak-winning sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan said, ‘Shamim Sikder was my student. She later became my colleague at the FFA, DU. Her works are located on Dhaka University campus, Old Dhaka Central Jail, foreign affairs ministry and other areas. I have been deeply saddened by her death.’

Nisar Hossain, dean of fine arts faculty of Dhaka University, said, ‘Shamim Sikder practised sculpting at a time when sculptors were rare in Bangladesh. She made many significant sculptures in the country and on Dhaka University campus. She taught at fine arts faculty. I pay respect to her memory.’

Nasimul Khabir, sculptor and assistant professor of sculpture depart of the FFA, DU, said, ‘She was my teacher and also the first graduate of the department. We have been deeply saddened by her death. She made a huge contribution to sculpting in the country as a woman sculptor.’

Artist Nazia Andaleeb Preema said, ‘She carved a niche for herself with her works. She was a headstrong person. After Novera, she carried forward the legacy of women sculptors in the country. Her works will continue to inspire future artists of Bangladesh. I have been saddened by her death.’

Artist Mini Karim said, ‘She pursued sculpting as a woman artist at a time when sculptors were rare in the country. Her legacy will continue to inspire us all.’