Renowned singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah was honoured with Manik Mia Gold Medal by Manik Mia Foundation in recognition of her contribution to the musical arena of the country at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on Friday.
Former chief justice KM Hasan being the chief guest of the programme handed over the award to the singer including a gold medal, a crest, uttariya and a token money TK 50,000.
The singer also rendered two songs at the ceremony.
Among others, music researcher Dr Karunamoy Goswami and Manik Mia Foundation chairman Barrister Moinul Hossain were present at the programme.
Manik Mia Gold Medal has been introduced after the name of the late eminent journalist Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia.
‘Shahnaz Rahmatullah is one of the greatest singers this country has ever produced. One can never forget her renditions of patriotic songs’, said Barrister Moinul Hossain.
Following the awards ceremony the audience was entertained with musical performances by Shahnaz Rahmatullah, Nazrul singer Ferdaus Ara and others.
Shahnaz Rahmatullah sang two of her evergreen songs Khola Janalay Cheye Dekhi and Tomar Agune Porano E Duti Chokhe to the delight of the audience.
Noted Nazrul singer Ferdaus Ara paid tribute to Shahnaz Rahmatullah by presenting popular Nazrul song Amay Nohego Bhalobaso Mor Gaan at the show.
Born to M Fazlul Haque and Asia Haque in 1953 in Dhaka, Shahnaz Rahmatullah began learning music at an early age. She got national recognition at the age of eleven by becoming champion in the children’s music competition organised by the then Radio Pakistan in 1964.
During her musical career, which spans over 50 years, the Ekushey Padak winning singer has recorded around 500 songs for TV and radio.
In 1960s and 1970s, Shahnaz Rahmatullah became tremendously popular among the new generation for her singing.
Among her fan-favourite songs are Phuler Kane Bhromor Eshey, Je Chhilo Drishtir Shimanay, Sagorer Shoikote, Sagorer Teer Theke, Ek Tara Tui Desher Kotha and others.
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