Two of the Danveer Ranada Prasad Shaha Smarak Gold Medal were awarded posthumously
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has presented the Danveer Ranada Prasad Shaha Smarak Gold Medal to four recipients.
They are: National Professor Rafiqul Islam Kazi Nasrul Nazrul, expert, researcher and language veteran; eminent painter Sahabuddin Ahmed; legendary political leader and former prime minister of erstwhile Pakistan Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (posthumous); and National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (posthumous).
On Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina distributed the gold medals among the recipients at Kumudini Complex in Mirzapore, Tangail; while opening the celebration function for 86 years of the Kumudini Welfare Trust services, as the chief guest.
Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was present as the special guest at the function.
On behalf of Suhrawardy, Sheikh Rehana received the gold medal from the premier, while Khilkhil Kazi, a granddaughter of Poet Nazrul, received the medal on behalf of the National Poet.
On her arrival at the Kumudini Complex helipad in Mirzapore, by an Air Force helicopter on Thursday morning, the prime minister was given a guard of honor by the district police.
In honor of the prime minister, the students of the Bharateswari Homes staged a colorful display and cultural function.
To welcome the prime minister, Kumudini Complex has been decorated.
Director (education) of Kumudini Welfare Trust and former principal of Bharateswari Homes Protiva Mutsuddi said that Ranada Prasad Shaha, popularly known as RP Shaha, was a renowned businessman and philanthropist of the subcontinent.
RP Shaha donated all his wealth to the country and its people.
Protiva Mutsuddi, an Ekushey Padak recipient said that he founded many institutions like the: Bharateswari Homes, Ranada Prasad Shaha University, Kumudini Hospital, Kumudini Women’s Medical College, Kumudini Nursing School and College, Tangail Kumudini Girls’ College, Mirzapore Degree College, Mirzapore SK Pilot Boys’ and Girls’ High School, and Manikganj Debendra College.
During the Liberation War, RP Shaha—and his only son Bhabani Prasad Shaha—were picked up from their home, by the Pakistani army, and their collaborators on May 7, 1971 and brutally killed.
Kumudini family introduced the Danveer Ranada Prasad Shaha Gold Medal in 2015 in memory of the philanthropist.
The premier inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 31 development projects in the district by unveiling their plaques from the Kumudini Complex earlier on Thursday morning.
The sources added that in the afternoon, she will exchange views with senior government officials of the district in the same location.
Concluding her visit to Tangail, the premier is expected to return to the capital on Thursday afternoon.
Director of Kumudini Welfare Trust Bangla (DB) Srimati Shaha gave the welcoming address at the function, with her son, Chairman and Managing Director of the trust Rajiv Prasad Shaha, grandson of RP Shaha, in the chair.
Eminent academician, language activist, and director of the Kumudini WelfareTrust BB, Prativa Mutsuddi also spoke on the occasion.
Videos screened at the function portrayed a life-sketch of RP Shaha and the recipients of the RP Shaha Smarak Gold Medal, plus 86 years of Kumudini Welfare Trust's journey.