This year’s Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, will be handed over today to 21 distinguished citizens or their family members for their significant contributions in their respective fields.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will virtually join the award giving ceremony at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka from her official residence Ganabhaban, according to the Press Information Department (PID).The programme, organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, will begin at 11am.
Earlier, the ministry announced the names of 21 winners of Ekushey Padak on February 4.
Poet Quazi Rosy, Bulbul Chowdhury and writer Golam Murshid have been named for the award in language and literature category.
Motahar Hossain Talukder, Shamsul Haque and
Afsar Uddin Ahmed were named posthumously for their contributions to the language movement.
Besides, Golam Hasnayen, Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk and freedom fighter Syeda Isabela (posthumous) have been chosen for their contributions to the Liberation War.Begum Papia Sarwar has been named for music, Raisul Islam Asad and Salma Begum Sujata (Sujata Azim) for acting, Ahmed Iqbal Haidar for plays, Syed Salahuddin Zaki for film, Bhashwar Bandopahdyay for recitation and Pavel Rahman for photography.
Meanwhile, Ajay Das Gupta won the award in the field of journalism, Dr Ashim Kumar Saha in research, Begum Mahfuza Khanam in education, Dr Mirza Abdul Jalil in economics and Professor Kazi Kamruzzamn in social service.
The Ekushey Padak is awarded in memory of the martyrs of the Language Movement of 1952. The award carries a gold medal, a certificate of honour and cash.