Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has distributed the coveted Ekushey Padak 2018 among 21 eminent citizens for contributions to their respective fields.
The prime minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, to the recipients at a function organized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday.
AZM Takiullah (posthumous) and Prof Dr Mirza Mazharul Islam received the award for their role in the Language Movement, while Sheikh Sadi Khan, Sujoy Sham, Indra Mohan Rajbanshi, Khurshid Alam, and Motiul Haque Khan won the award for music.
Minu Haque and Humayun Faridi (posthumous) got the Padak for dance and acting respectively while Nikhil Sen, Kalidas Karmakar, and Golam Mostofa got the award for drama, fine arts, and photography.
Ranesh Moitro and Professor Julekha Haque (posthumous) and Dr Mainul Islam won the award for journalism, research, and economics respectively while the government announced the name of Ilias Kanchan for social work.
Syed Manzoorul Islam, Saiful Islam Khan (poet Hayat Saef), Subrata Barua, Robiul Hussain, and Khalekdad Chowdhury received the award for language and literature.
Each recipient received a gold medal, a certificate, and a cheque of Tk2 lakh.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor and Secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan were present while cabinet secretary M Shafiul Alam read out the citations of the award recipients.