Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) announced the names of the recipients of Shilpakala Padak 2019 and 2020 on Saturday.
Eighteen cultural personalities and two cultural organisations will receive the award, said a press released.The recipients of the 2019 award are Mohammad Moniruzzaman (instrumental– flute), Lubna Marium (dance), Hasina Momtaz (vocal), Abdul Mannan (fine arts), Masud Ali Khan (dramatics), M A Taher (photography), Shambhu Acharya (folklore), Hasan Arif (recitation), Anupam Hayat (film) and cultural institution Chhayanaut (creative cultural organisation).
The cultural personalities selected for Shilpakala award 2020 are Shamsur Rahman (instrumental – shehnai), Shibli Mohammad (dance), Mahmudur Rahman Benu (vocal), Shahid Kabir (fine arts), Malay Bhowmick (dramatics), Shafiqul Islam Swapan (photography), Shah Alam Sarkar (folklore), Dahlia Ahmed (recitation), Shameem Akhtar (film) and Dinajpur Nattya Samity (creative cultural organisation).
Later, the awards will be handed over to the recipients at a ceremony. Each recipient will get a gold medal, a cheque of Taka1 lakh, and a certificate.
Shilpakala Padak has been conferred to creative personalities for their contributions to arts, culture, entertainment and literature since 2013. However, the award was not conferred in 2019 and the ceremony could not take place in 2020 due to the ongoing global pandemic.