21 eminent personalities received ‘Ekushey Padak’
Published: 02:23 PM, 20 February 2021 Updated: 04:27 PM, 20 February 2021
Ekushey Padak; File Photo
The 21 eminent personalities have recieved the ‘Ekushey Padak-2021’, the country’s second-highest civilian honor, at a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Saturday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the programme virtually as the chief guest.
This year, three in the Language Movement, three in the Liberation War category, seven in Art, three in Language and Literature, one in Journalism, one in Research, one in Education, one in Economics and one in Social Service received the Ekushey Padak.
The awardees are – Motahar Hossain Talukdar (posthumous), Shamsul Haque (posthumous) and Advocate Afsar Uddin Ahmed (posthumous) for their roles in the Language Movement.
Begum Papia Sarowar in music, Raisul Islam Asad and Salma Begum Sujata in arts, Ahmed Iqbal Haidar in drama and Syed Salahuddin Zaki in film, Dr Bhaskar Bandopandhay in recitation and Pavel Rahman for photography.
Golam Hasnayen, Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk and Syeda Issabela (posthumous) got the award for their contributions to the Liberation War
Besides, Ajay Dasgupta got the award 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 and Poet Kazi Rozy, Bulbul Chowdhury and Golam Murshid for their contributions to language and literature.