President Abdul Hamid on Thursday underscored the need for utilising the country's arts and culture to build a knowledge-based society.
"Arts and culture are the mirrors of a country and a nation and that need to be used in building a knowledge-based society," he said, reports UNB.
President Hamid said arts and culture play an important role in bringing discipline, nationalism, the spirit of patriotism and tradition of cultural harmony among youths.
About the role of artists, he said a successful cultural activist is like a mobile ambassador as he or she can present a country or a nation in global arena through his or her presence, talent and works.
Noting that arts and culture also play an important role in building a nation, the President said the role of cultural activists is also recognised for the outstanding achievement of Bangalee nation.
Recalling that the contributions of cultural activists to the 1952 Language Movement and Liberation War, he said they had always played a 'brave role' in any crisis moment of the nation in the past and that is why the nation is grateful to them.
He urged the award winners to play their due role in presenting the existing social problems and work to prevent corruption and establish good governance, justice and religious values apart from presentation of the country's history and tradition.
Congratulating the Shilpakala Padak winners, the President said: "You're celebrities, stars and idols. Common people, particularly the young generation like to follow you. So, you've the responsibility to them as well."
About satellite culture, Hamid said satellite culture is now a reality while it could not be avoided in the era of ICT, and called upon all to accept good things from it and avoid those which are harmful to the country's own culture.
On global terrorism, Hamid said militancy and terrorist activities make people across the world worried, but no religion supports militancy and terrorism.
The President stressed the need for encouraging the country's children and youths to be imbued with the Liberation War spirit and non-communalism aiming to keep them away from the 'poisonous vapor' of fanatism, terrorism, militancy and communalism.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Cultural Affairs Secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan and Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, among others, spoke at the function.