Nitun Kundu, with his unique vision and creativity, led Otobi for over three decades and with his innovative leadership turned it into the most prominent furniture company in the country. Mr. Kundu was not only a famous artist and sculptor, but also one of the most successful entrepreneurs of Bangladesh. Since 1975 Mr. Kundu had been designing a wide variety of artistic objects including steel furniture for home and offices, trophies, souvenirs, etc.
Mr.Kundu’s greatest talent lay in developing mechanically operative system for commercial manufacturing of artistic objects and items of utility. He served as Chief Designer for the US Information Service from 1958 to 1971. From 1972 Mr. Kundu began his career by devoting his energy in making pavilion designs and creating artistic metal gift wares in addition to his normal painting and fine art works. From 1956 to 1987 wherever Mr.Kundu had participated in competitions, he won the first prize. A recipient of National Awards for painting, Mr.Kundu was honorably mentioned in several painting and sculpture exhibitions at home and abroad. Mr. Nitun Kundu was honored with the highest accolade of our country ‘The Ekushe Padak’ for the year 1997 for his outstanding contribution in Art and Culture.
As part of Otobi Ltd., Mr. Kundu was sent by the Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh to participate in Trade Fairs in the U.A.E., Malaysia, U.S.A. and West Germany. The culmination of success of Mr. Nitun Kundu as an artist was through the design and construction of the war memorial ‘Sabash Bangladesh’ at Rajshahi University in 1991, the ‘SAARC Fountain’ in Dhaka in 1992 and the ‘Sampan’ at Chittagong airport in 2001.
He graduated at the top of his class from the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka in 1959.
Nitun Kundu was a widely respected cultural figure, businessman and a prominent figure of the Bangladesh Liberation War for his artistic contributions. He received a State funeral that was attended by distinguished members of the civil society and government.