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Bangladeshi painter to be 1st foreign 'Artist In-Residence' at

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Well-known artist and freedom fighter Ahmed of will stay at the as an 'Artist In-Residence' for five days beginning February 18.

He is the first foreign artist to live in as a guest of President

is a celebrated international artist whose works are in collection of the Museum of Bourg-en-Bresse in France, the National Museum of Bulgaria, the Olympic Museum of Lausanne in Switzerland, the Seoul Olympic Museum in Republic of South Korea, the National Museum of Taiwan, National Museum and many other galleries and private collections.

He has exhibited around the world and his works include recurring portraits of Gandhiji and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

considers Rabindranath Tagore and Mother Teresa as sources of inspiration.

He will stay as an Artist In-Residence from February 18 to 22, according to a press release issued by the today.

Shahabuddin was a platoon commander who fought in the Liberation War of when he was 21 years old.

He was close to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh.

Shahabuddin was the first to host the flag of Bangladesh on the roof of the then Pakistan Radio on December 16, 1971.

A solo exhibition of his works titled 'Shanti' will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Art Gallery in collaboration with Kolkata-based Ganges Art Gallery during the period of his stay, the release said.

All visitors to the museum can see the exhibition.

"Entry for all is from Gate no. 30 which is opposite Talkatora Garden," it said.

The 'In-Residence' programme was launched by President Mukherjee on December 11, 2013 with the aim of providing writers and artists an opportunity to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The programme seeks to provide an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses.

Prominent Artists In-Residence who have stayed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan so far include painters Jogen Chowdhury (MP, Rajya Sabha), Paresh Maity and Jayasri Burman.

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First Published: Fri, February 17 2017. 16:33 IST