Zainul Abedin


All India Art Exhibitions at Calcutta, 1938; Exhibition on 1943 Famine, Calcutta, 1944; Exhibition of Muslim Artists, Calcutta, 1946; Exhibition of Paintings and Brush Drawings at the Imperial Institute, London, 1951; Exhibition at the Berkley Gallery, London, 1952; traveling exhibitions in Belgium, Paris, Ankara and Istanbul; Exhibition at Lahore, Pakistan in 1953; Karachi in 1955; Exhibition of 52 works at Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA in 1957; 'Life in Bangladesh', a 65 ft scroll exhibited at "Nabanna" (The Harvest), an exhibition of Artists at Dhaka, 1970; exhibitions of his works on the Guerrilla War in many Arab cities to encourage the PLO fighters in 1970.


  • ‘Governor’s Gold Medal' in the All India Art Exhibition - 1938 for a group of water color landscapes, mostly on the river Brahmaputra.
  • Life Membership of fazlul Huq Hall, Dhaka University in 1958;
  • “Pride of Performance" the highest award for creative artists by the President of Pakistan in 1959;
  • “Hilal-i-Imtiaz", a civilian title by the Pakistan Government in 1959 and, later, denounced the title in 1971;
  • "Gold Medal" by the then USSR Government in 1961;
  • Visiting Professor of Fine Arts, Peshawar University, Pakistan;
  • Judge of the Biennale Exhibition of RCD countries at Tehran, Iran in 1966;
  • Honorary President of Bangla Academy, 1972-74;
  • Visiting Professor of Fine Arts, Dhaka University in 1973;
  • Member of the Congress for World Unity in Philadelphia, USA in 1974;
  • National Professor of Bangladesh in 1974;
  • D. Litt by the University of Delhi, India.

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