Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday received the Bangla Academy Award for her "relentless literary pursuit". The award, introduced this year by Sahitya Academy, was presented to Banerjee for her book "Kabita Bitan", which pays tribute to the best writers of West Bengal.
Banerjee was given the award at the "Ravi Pranam" function organised by the government's information and culture department on the occassion of Rabindranath Tagore's birth anniversary.
Speaking from the stage, Education Minister and President of Bangla Academy, Bratya Basu said, “Bangla Academy has decided to reward those who are working tirelessly for the betterment of literature as well as other sectors of the society.” In the first year, it has been decided to give this award to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her opinion on the best writer of Bengal. The award is being given for his literary achievements in general keeping in mind his book of poems ‘Kavita Bittan’.
The award will be given to those who constantly pursue literature even after working tirelessly in various other fields.
Mamata Banerjee's 'Kabita Bitan' was launched at the 2020 Kolkata Book Fair. The book contains 946 poems written by the TMC supremo.
Taking a dig at the CM over the award, BJP leader Anupam Hazra tweeted, "The poet may not be with us today, but he has left Mamata Banerjee. After Rabindranath Tagore, the only Bengali who is raising hopes of a second Nobel for literature. Note: Sometimes, she rewards herself for her own poems."
Paying homage to Rabindranath Tagore on his 161st birth anniversary, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday lamented that the bard's Nobel Prize, which was stolen 18 years ago, is yet to be found.
Expressing apprehension that the CBI might have closed the probe by now, she said, "It pains me to think that the Nobel could not be traced even after so many years. This (theft) happened during the Left Front regime. I do not know if any evidence still exists," Banerjee said during her address at a state government programme.
"It was the first Nobel we had received. And someone snatched it away from us. This is a big insult for us," she said.
Tagore was in 1913 awarded Nobel Prize in Literature for 'Gitanjali', a collection of poems.
On March 25, 2004, the medal and citation were found stolen from the safety vault of Visva Bharati museum.
Banerjee said the great poet will live on through his work.
"Do remember that Rabindranath Tagore can never be forgotten. The Nobel Prize that got lost is inscribed in our hearts. There can be only one Kabiguru," Banerjee said.
Source: The Telegraph