The 40th annual general meeting of Bangla Academy general assembly was held today on the academy premises amid different programmes.
The presence of writers, litterateurs, researchers, intellectuals and cultural personalities brought a festive look on the academy premises marking the programme.
The meeting began with the singing of national anthem by a musical soiree of Satyen Sen Shilpigoshthi at the Nazrul Manch in the morning.
At the outset, Bangla Academy Director General Dr Shamsuzzaman Khan presented the annual report of 2016-17 term followed by the presentation of 2017-18 fiscal budget by the academy's secretary Mohammad Anwar Hossain.
Bangla Academy Chairman Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman chaired the function.
In the second session, five awards were given to the recipients. 'Litterateur Mohammed Barkatullah Probondho Sahitya Puroshkar' was given to Ahmed Rafiq while Poet Rubi Rahman got 'Mazharul Islam Kobita Puroshkar-2017', Saifuddin Chowdhury and Shahid Alam secured 'Sadat Ali Akhand Shahitya Puroshkar 2017', Ali Asgar got 'Meher Kabir Bigyansahitya Puroshkar 2017' and Jayed Farid attained 'Halima-Sarfuddin Bigyan Puroshkar'. Besides, seven persons get Bangla Academy honorary fellowships 2017.