For excellence in terracotta and lifelong contribution to the country’s craft heritage, Biswawshwar Pal from Bauphal upazila of Patuakhali district has been awarded with NCCB Lifetime Master Craftsperson Award.
National Crafts Council of Bangladesh presented the award to Pal on Saturday at an awards programme held at Dhaka University’s Rezaur Rahman Auditorium.
Bengal Foundation director general Luva Nahid Chowdhury was present at the programme as chief guest and head of the gender studies cluster and coordinator of the centre for gender and social transformation at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development Simeen Mahmud was present at the
event as special guest. President of National Crafts Council of Bangladesh Chandra Shekhar Shaha presided over the awards programme.
Art and culture are an important part of our daily life. Art can enrich us as individuals and make our lives more meaningful, said Luva Nahid Chowdhury.
Biswawshwar Pal said, ‘I am grateful to NCCB for honouring a simple minded potter like me. I think the award will inspire countless young potters to move forward in their profession.’
Biswawshwar Pal learnt pottery making at an early age from with his grandfather and later he developed his own style.
National Crafts Council of Bangladesh introduced the Master Craftsperson Award in 1989. The award aims at promoting traditional crafts by honouring an artisan above 60 years of age for his/her lifelong contribution to the country’s craft heritage.
Bengal Foundation partnered with National Crafts Council of Bangladesh to honour artisans in 2010. Biswawshwar Pal was awarded a cash prize of tk 1 lakh, a crest and a certificate at the programme.
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