Abdur Rouf Foundation launched
AKM Abdur Rouf Foundation was launched on October 8 at the auditorium of Bangladesh Film Archive in the city.
Cultural Affairs Minister Assaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the event as the chief guest. Preeminent singer Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, celebrated cultural and social activist Kamal Lohani, AKM Khairul Alam, director general of Information and Communication Technology Department; Shachindra Nath Halder, director general of Bangladesh Film Archive were present as special guests at the programme.
Shahanara Rouf, widow of AKM Abdur Rouf, also chairman of Abdur Rouf Foundation presided over the launching ceremony.
A documentary on life and works of AKM Abdur Rouf Foundation was also screened at the programme.
A.K.M Abdur Rauf was born in Khulna. He started his career as a Bangladesh Civil Service (Information) cadre. He was the typographer of the constitution (1972) of People's Republic of Bangladesh.
During his role as the curator (equivalent to director general now) of BFA, Rauf visited several film archives across the world and collected some priceless documents and prints of films. His collection included a print of "Mukh O Mukhosh"; photographs of the first silent film made in Dhaka, "The Last Kiss", a print of "Dhrubo", directed by National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam; Pramathesh Barua's "Devdas" and a print of the first silent film made in the sub-continent, "Raja Harish Chandra."
Abdur Rouf received the Ekushey Padak in 2010 and the Shadinota Puroshkar in 2016.
Abdur Rauf was also a notable cover designer. He designed covers of nearly 2800 books. He died on April 1 in 2000.