Renowned Nazrul singer Khairul Anam Shakil and Nazrul researcher Dr Rashidun Nabi received the prestigious Nazrul Purushkar 2017 on Monday at a programme held at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.
Nazrul Institute conferred the awards on Shakil and Nabi for their contributions to Nazrul songs and Nazrul research.
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu handed over the awards to the recipients at the programme, which was organised marking the 42nd death anniversary of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
National professor and Nazrul Institute trustee board chairman Rafiqul Islam, cultural affairs secretary M Nasiruddin Ahmed, Kazi Nazrul Islam’s granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi and Nazrul Institute executive director Abdur Razzak Bhuiyan were present at the programme.
‘We have been presenting Nazrul Purushkar to eminent Nazrul singers and researchers since 1986. We are happy to present Nazrul Purushkar 2017 to renowned Nazrul singer Khairul Anam Shakil and Nazrul researcher Dr Rashidun Nabi’, said Abdur Razzak Bhuiyan.
Khairul Anam Shakil is one of the most leading Nazrul singers of the country. Shakil, who was inspired and initially trained by his uncle Mahmoodur Rahman Benoo, completed his formal training in Nazrul Sangeet at Chhayanaut and later trained under Anjali Roy, Sohrab Hossain, Sheikh Lutfur Rahman, Pandit Narayan Chandra Basak and Ustad Mohammad Saghiruddin Khan.
A special grade artiste of Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar, Shakil has 15 solo Nazrul albums including Meghe Meghe Andho, Gabhir Nishithey Ghum, Pashaner Bhangale Ghum, Chhilo Chand Megher Parey and Benuka to his credit.
‘It is an honour for me to receive the award’, said Khairul Anam Shakil, also general secretary of Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Sangstha.
From the Sangstha, Shakil and other Nazrul exponents have been conducting countrywide workshops on Nazrul Sangeet to encourage and train young singers render Nazrul songs following original musical notations and lyrics.
Dr Rashidun Nabi, professor and chairman of music department at Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, said he feels honoured to receive the award. ‘An award is one the best ways to recognise an individual. I have worked for around 18 years at Nazrul Institute. While working at the institute I became interested to conduct research on Nazrul. I am thankful to the institute for honouring me with the award’, said Nabi, who obtained his PhD in Nazrul songs from Islamic University.
Nabi has edited 13 books on diverse aspects of Kazi Nazrul Islam. He is credited for editing the largest collection of Nazrul songs titled ‘Nazrul Sangeet Sangraha’, which contains 3,174 songs penned Nazrul.
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