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|Native name||নিতুন কুন্ডু|
3 December 1935|
Dinajpur district, Bengal Presidency, British India (now Bangladesh)
|Died||15 September 2006
|Occupation||Sculptor, painter and entrepreneur|
Kundu was born in Dinajpur district to his parents Gnanendranath Kundu and Binapani Kundu. He was the fourth among seven siblings. Kundu was married to Phalguni Kundu and had a daughter Amity and a son Animesh.
Education and early career
During the Bangladesh Liberation War, Kundu worked with the artist Quamrul Hassan at the public relations department of the Bangladesh Government-in-Exile at Mujibnagar. In collaboration with Hassan and a group of notable artists namely Debdas Chakraborty, Nasir Biswas, Pranesh Mandal and Biren Shome; Kundu worked on numerous posters and works of art aimed at arousing the newly formed Mukti Bahini liberation army and also raising awareness of the genocide being unleashed by the Pakistan Army on the people of Bangladesh.
It was during this period he designed two posters which became among the most recognized works of art produced during the war. They were titled Sada Jagrata Banglar Mukti Bahini and Banglar Hindu, Banglar Bouddha, Banglar Christian, Banglar Musalman; Amra Sabai Bangali.
The Liberation War was the inspiration for Kundu's most famous work, the sculpture Shabash Bangladesh, a tribute to the fallen freedom fighters of the Mukti Bahini. This is the largest sculpture in Bangladesh and is situated on the campus of Rajshahi University.
In the 1975, following a brief stint at Bitopi advertising agency, Kundu established his own company, a furniture store featuring his own designs, Otobi. Within a relatively short period, Otobi became the most prominent Bangladeshi furniture brand.
Kundu crafted several national trophies including National Film Award, President Gold Cup, Notun Kuri Award, Asia Cricket Cup, and the Ekushey Padak.
His some notables works are the following:
- Sada Jagrata Banglar Muktibahini (poster)
- Amra Sabai Bangali (poster)
- Banglar Bir Muktijoddha (poster)
- Shabash Bangladesh (sculpture at Rajshahi University)
- SAARC Fountain at Karwan Bazar, Dhaka
- Fountain, Dhaka High Court, Dhaka
- Sampan, Shah Amanat International Airport, Chittagong
- Kadam Fountain, National Press Club, Dhaka
Awards and honors
- Ekushey Padak (1997)
- Daily Star-DHL Best Entrepreneur Award
- National Film Award
- President Gold Cup
- Notun Kuri Award (Bangladesh Television)