Seven get Shilpakala Padak 2015

Cultural Correspondent
Clockwise from top left, Syed Abul Barq Alvi, Shujeyo Shyam, Nadira Begum, Nikhil Sen, Mihir Kumar Nandi, Borhanuddin and Saleha Chowdhury.

Clockwise from top left, Syed Abul Barq Alvi, Shujeyo Shyam, Nadira Begum, Nikhil Sen, Mihir Kumar Nandi, Borhanuddin and Saleha Chowdhury.

Seven noted artistes from various fields of art were declared to be the winners of Shilpakala Padak 2015 on Tuesday.
They are Saleha Chowdhury (dance), Nadira Begum (traditional music), Kazi Borhanuddin (theatre), Shujeyo Shyam (instrumental music), Mihir Kumar Nandi (vocal music), Nikhil Sen (recitation) and Syed Abul Barak Alvi (fine arts).
The academy’s director general Liaquat Ali Lucky declared the names at a press conference on Tuesday.
President Mohammad Abdul Hamid will hand over the awards at the academy’s National Theatre Hall on Thursday, Lucky said, adding that cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and secretary Begum Akhteri Momtaz will also be present on the occasion.
Each award will consist of a certificate, a medal with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s name embossed on it, and a cheque for Tk 100,000.
Lucky also said that the academy has been giving the award since 2013 to recognise the works of artistes in their respective fields.
In an instant reaction, artist Syed Abul Barak Alvi told New Age that he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected for the award. ‘I feel more responsible towards my work. This is a big inspiration,’ he said.
Musician Shujeyo Shyam also expressed his happiness at getting the award. ‘I am very happy. And that it comes from Shilpakala makes it even more special,’ he said.
At the press conference, details about the awardees were made public to the journalists.
It was informed that 61-year old Saleha Chowdhury has been practising dance since 1965. In her eventful career, she served as a trainer at Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Azimpur Ladies Club and Rangdhanu Lalitakala Academy.
Nadia Begum, 68, is a singer, lyricist, composer and music director. She has worked as a music trainer for Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka University and several other organisations.
Kazi Borhan Uddin, 79, has directed more than 25 theatre plays and acted in 65 for Dinajpur-based Natya Samiti.
Shujeyo Shyam, 70, joined East Pakistan Radio as a guitarist in 1968. Later, he emerged as an accomplished music director and worked in films such as Hason Raja, Haat Kora, and Joyjatra.
Nikhil Sen, 85, is a recitation artiste associated with Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi. He has received many awards including Group Theatre Federation Padak, Amrito Padak, and Naren Biswas Padak.
Syed Abul Barak Alvi, 67, has participated in more than 150 group exhibitors at home and aboard. He also served as a dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
Mihir Kumar Nandi, 71, has taught classical music at Chhayanaut, Alauddin Lalitakala Kandrea and institutions. He is also a notable Tagore singer.

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