Abul Khair, known to his friends as ‘Litu’, graduated from the University of Dhaka in 1972. An entrepreneur and industrialist, he started business in the early seventies. He is the Chairman of Bengal Group Ltd. Khair was the president of Abahoni Sporting Club from 1982-87. He and his partners set up the first private bank in Bangladesh, the AB Bank, in 1981. An art aficionado, he has the country’s largest private collection of paintings.
Litu’s interest in the art and culture of Bangladesh was sparked off by his uncle – Professor Abdur Razzaque, an eminent academic and social scientist. As part of his endeavour to promote and showcase Bangladeshi art on a larger platform, Litu set up the Bengal Foundation in 1986, of which he is still the chairperson. The Bengal Foundation is a registered private trust funded entirely by the Bengal Group. Over a span of twenty-five years since its inception, the Bengal Foundation has promoted a variety of visual and performing arts and crafts, with regular local, regional and international events.
He also founded Abdur Razzaque Foundation and many other non-profit and business ventures.
Along with the exhibition in currently running at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Switzerland, the book of the same title "Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh" has been launched in Dhaka on 2nd March, 2018 at Westin Dhaka