The government has selected 21 eminent citizens for Ekushey Padak 2019 in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.
The names of the recipients of the country’s second-highest civilian award was announced on Wednesday.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the award to them at a function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on February 20, a day before the International Mother Language Day, said a press release of the Cultural Affairs Ministry.
Each of the award-winners will get a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque for Tk 2 lakh.
Professor Halima Khatun (posthumous), Advocate Golam Arif Tipu and Professor Monwara Islam have been selected for their important roles in the Language Movement.
Imdadul Haq Milan, Rizia Rahman, Ashim Saha, Anwara Syed Haq, Mainul Ahsan Saber and Harishankar Jaladas are getting the award for their valuable contributions to language and literature.
Subir Nandi, Azam Khan (posthumous) and Khairul Anam Shakil are being recognised for their contributions to music while Lucky Enam, Suborna Mustafa and Liaquat Ali Lucky for performing arts.
Sayeda Khanam and Jamal Uddin Ahmed have been chosen for their contributions to photography and fine arts respectively while Khitindra Chandra Baishya is getting the Padak for his role in the Liberation War.Dr Biswajit Ghosh and Dr Mahbubul Haque have been picked for the award for their research while Dr Pranab Kumar Barua is getting the award for education.
In an instant reaction, Imdadul Haq Milan told the daily sun: “I am involved in writing for about 45 years. My first writing was published in 1973. For 45 years, a man is engaged in a job that is only writing. As a result, Ekushey Padak, the state’s one such great honour.”
“After getting it, I feel that the state honours me for my hard work I have done so far. And I feel very proud,” he added.
The eminent novelist further said, “For another thing, I am proud that I will get the award from the hand of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Another great pride is that she is the daughter of Bangabandhu. So, it has a great importance to get this national honour from the daughter of Bangabandhu. I think this is the greatest achievement of my life.”
“Even though a writer truly believes that readers are his great achievement whether his writing is being read or readers are reading his writings. That’s a big pleasure to me that I got some readership of my writings from the beginning of my writer life.”
“One thing to mention here is that our Honourable Prime Minister personally likes my writings. Many times she said to me about my different books. She told me about my ‘Share Tin Haat Bhumi’ and ‘Noymas’ books. So, I think it’s a great achievement to take the reward from her.”
“Overall, the writings I have done, I tried to do them honestly. I am very happy for the real evaluation,” he added.
The government introduced the Ekushey Padak in 1976 in memory of the martyrs of the Language Movement.
The Ekushey Padak is awarded to individuals in recognition of their phenomenal contributions to their respective fields.