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Tofail Ahmed

Tofail Ahmed, Researcher of Folk Art

Dec 17, 2017

Tofail Ahmed was a renowned Bangladeshi researcher of Folk Art. He was a collector of Folk artifacts also. He authored numerous books on Folk arts and Crafts of Bangladeshi.

Tofail Ahmed was born at Baralia village, Lakshmipur District of Bangladesh in 1920. He was grown up at Lalmatia in Dhaka City. He was studied at Calcutta University. There he completed his MA in Economics in 1944. He started his teaching profession at Calcutta Islamia College. He also educated at Chakhar College in Barisal. Later he moved to Sadat College in Karatia. There he was the Principal of the college for seventeen years. He was also served as director of the Bangladesh Council. He retired in 1980.

Tofail Ahmed made major contributions folk art of Bangladeshi. He has collected many samples of folk artifacts. He also preserved these. These samples are now destroyed. He visited about fifteen hundred villages all over Bangladesh during 1984 to 1987. This was the part of the Karika project on Folk crafts. By this project he collected uncommon Folk artifacts. This visit also proposed to make documentation.

Tofail Ahmed was discovered the unusual Gazir Pat. It is an outline of scroll painting used to exemplify the life of Gazi Pir. Formerly, it was assumed that the only conserved piece of this art was at the Asutosh Museum of Indian Art in Calcutta. Tofail Ahmed established a personal folk museum in his private residence at Lalmatia in Dhaka. It has been open to public still now.

Tofail Ahmed was awarded Shilu Abed Crafts Award or the Shilu Abed Karushilpa Prize in 1998. It has given for his involvement to Folk Arts and Craft. He was also selected Fellow of the Bangla Academy as an Honorary in 2001. He was awarded by several national awards in several times. This author of Folk Art was died in 2002 in Dhaka of Bangladesh.


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