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PM Hasina hands over Ekushey Padak

The Ministry of Cultural Affairs organized the program at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka

Update : 20 Feb 2021, 12:26 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has handed over the prestigious Ekushey Padak, the country’s second highest civilian award, to 21 eminent personalities in recognition of their contributions to the country in various fields.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque handed over the Ekushey Padak among the recipients on behalf of the Prime Minister, who joined the program virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban, on Saturday.

The Ministry of Cultural Affairs organized the program at Osmani Memorial Auditorium with State Minister for Cultural Affairs Ministry KM Khalid in the chair.

Motahar Hossain Talukdar (posthumous), Shamsul Haque (posthumous), and Advocate Afsar Uddin Ahmed (posthumous) have been recognized for their roles in the Language Movement.

Begum Papia Sarowar has been recognized for her contributions to music while Raisul Islam Asad and Salma Begum Sujata for performing art, Ahmed Iqbal Haidar for drama, and Syed Salahuddin Zaki for film.

Dr Bhaskar Bandopandhay has been recognized for his contributions to recitation, Pavel Rahman for photography and Golam Hasnayen, Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk, Syeda Issabela (posthumous) for their contributions to the Liberation War.

Ajay Dasgupta has been recognized for his contributions to journalism, Prof Dr Samir Kumar Saha for research, Mahfuza Khanam for education, Dr Mirza Abdul Jalil for economics, and Prof Kazi Kamruzzaman for social service.

Kazi Rozy, Bulbul Chowdhury and Golam Murshid have been recognized for their contributions to language and literature.

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