Six young writers and poets were presented Kali O Kalom Tarun Kabi O Lekhok Purushkar 2017 in five categories for their literary works at an awards programme held at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum Auditorium on Tuesday.
This year, two poets jointly received the award in poetry category, while four others received the award in four categories namely liberation war literature, fiction, research and play, and children’s literature.
Mizanur Rahman Belal and Hosne Ara Jahan jointly received the award for their collections of poems Jumjuary and Nishinda Patar Ghran, respectively.
Mamun Siddiqui received the award in liberation war literature category for his book Muktijuddher Ojana Bhashya, Taposh Roy received the award in fiction category for his book Ei Besh Atangke Achhi, Altaf Shanewaj received the award in research and play category for his play Nrityaki and Rajib Hasan received the award in children’s literature category for his book Haripada O Gelian.
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu handed over the awards. Dhaka University English department professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, Tagore researcher Martin Kampchen, Bengal Foundation chairman Abul Khair and Kali Kalon editor Abul Hasnat were present as special guests at the programme.
Professor emeritus Anisuzzaman presided over the awards programme.
‘So far 39 writers and poets have received Kali O Kalom award. The award, I believe, has encouraged and inspired the young writers and poets of the country’, said professor emeritus Anisuzzaman. After receiving the award, the recipients also shared their joy. ‘I want to thank the organisers for honouring me with the award. This award will boost my confidence and inspire me’, said poet Mizanur Rahman Belal.
‘I am honoured and humbled to receive this award’, said Mamun Siddiqui.
Following the awards programme, Tagore singer Laisa Ahmed Lisa entertained the audience presenting popular Tagore songs.
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