21 named for Ekushey Padak 2021
Published: 10:47 AM, 5 February 2021 Updated: 11:58 AM, 5 February 2021
Ekushey Padak; Photo: Collected
The government has announced the names of 21 eminent citizens for awarding prestigious Ekushey Padak, the country’s second-highest civilian award, for their contribution in their respective fields.
The Cultural Affairs Ministry disclosed the names of the recipients in a press release on Thursday.
The release said this year three persons got the award in the language movement category, three in the Liberation War, three in language and literature, seven in Shilpakala (art, music and dance) and one each in journalism, research, education, economics and social service.
Motahar Hossain Talukdar (Motahar Master) (posthumous), Shamsul Haque (posthumous), and Advocate Afsar Uddin Ahmed (posthumous) have been selected for their roles in the Language Movement.
Begum Papia Sarowar won the award for her contributions to music while Raisul Islam Asad and Salma Begum Sujata (Sujata Ajim) for performing art, Ahmed Iqbal Haidar for drama, Syed Salahuddin Zaki for film, Dr Bhaskar Bandopandhay for recitation and Pavel Rahman for photography.
Golam Hasnayen, Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk and valiant Freedom Fighter Syeda Isabela (posthumous) got the award for their contributions to the Liberation War.
Ajay Dasgupta won 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.
Kazi Rozy, Bulbul Chowdhury and Golam Murshid are being recognized for their contributions to language and literature.