Abhisek and Rofiquzzaman win the awards for their manuscripts -- "Nishiddho" and "Dhoashar Tamate Rong" respectively
West Bengal-based writer Abhisek Sarkar and Bangladeshi poet Rofiquzzaman Rony have won the Gemcon Young Literature Award and Gemcon Young Poetry Award, respectively, at the Dhaka Lit Fest 2019.
Each of them received a crest and Tk1 lakh in prize money during the award giving ceremony at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium in Bangla Academy on Thursday, the first day of the festival.
Abhisek and Rofiquzzaman won the awards for their manuscripts, "Nishiddho" and "Dhoashar Tamate Rong," respectively.
In an immediate reaction, Rofiquzzaman said: “I am delighted, grateful, and overwhelmed.”
Abhisek, a 33-year-old author, told Dhaka Tribune that the hollowness of current time made him write the short stories compiled in “Nishiddho.”
“We see the most visible form of censorship when it comes from the state or any terror group. But there is some censorship too that we get indoctrinated to since childhood.
“This internalized censorship is one of the themes of my manuscript,” he added.
Kazi Anis Ahmed, director of Gemcon Group, said the manuscripts they received from the nominees had gone through a blind assessment by the jury members.
"The juries did not get to know the name of the authors and poets while judging," he said.
Journalist and poet Sajjad Sharif, one of the jurists of Gemcon Young Poetry Award, said they were looking for potentiality while going through the manuscripts.
Writer Papree Rahman, another jurist, said Abhisek was a unique example of his time.
"His work speaks for free-thinkers who have been subjected to violence. Also, literally figures like Homer and Tagore have a place in his work," she said.