Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the prestigious Ekushey Padak to the awardees at a ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here at 3:30 pm on Wednesday.
The government announced the names of 21 eminent personalities for the “Ekushey Padak-2019” for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.
The Cultural Affairs Ministry announced the names of the recipients on February 6.
This year’s award winners are: Late Prof Halima Khatun (posthumous), Advocate Golam Arif Tipu and Prof Mowara Islam for Language Movement; Subir Nandi, late Azam Khan (posthumous) and Khairul Anam Shakil for music; Lucky Inam, Suborna Mostafa and Liakat Ali Lucky for acting; Syeda Khanam for arts; Jamal Uddin Ahmed for fine arts; Khitish Chandra Bioshya for Liberation War; Dr Biswajit Ghosh and Dr Mahbubul Haque for research; Dr Pronab Kumar Barua for education; and Rizia Rahman, Imdadul Haque Milon, Wasim Saha, Anwara Seyd Haque, Aminul Ahsan Saber and Hori Shankor Joldas for language and literature.
Each recipient will get a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque of Tk 2 lakh.
The ‘Ekushey Award’ is the second highest civilian award in the country, introduced in memory of the martyrs of the Bengali Language Movement of 1952. The award is given to recognize contributions to a number of fields, including culture, education, and economics.