Renowned theatre and recitation artiste Biplob Bala received Naren Biswas Padak for his contribution to theatre and recitation at a programme held at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
Recitation organisation Kanthasilan has been conferring the Naren Biswas Padak since 1999 commemorating the late linguist, recitation artiste, poet, playwright and lyricist professor Naren Biswas, who died on November 27 in 1998.
The award-giving programme also marked the 73rd birth anniversary of Naren Biswas, co-founder of Kanthashilan.
Eminent cultural activist Syed Hasan Imam handed over the award to Biplob Bala, in presence of Kanthashilan vice-president Tafazzel Hossain Mia, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus and others.
‘Biplob Bala was a central figure in founding Kanthashilan along with Naren Biswas and Waheedul Haque. From Kanthashilan, we are happy to honour him with an award named after Naren Biswas,’ said Kanthashilan general secretary Zaheed Reza Noor.
‘It is a great honour to receive the Naren Biswas Padak. Naren Biswas’ contribution to literature and recitation is immense. He ignited passion for recitation and literature in many,’ said Biplob Bala, after receiving the award.
Following the award ceremony, two short documentaries respectively on Naren Biswas and Biplob Bala were screened.
Recitation artistes including Ashraful Alam, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Laila Afroz, Dalia Ahmed, Maskure Sattar Kallol, Biplob Majumder, Sumona Biswas and others paid tribute to Naren Biswas by reciting poems.
Naren Biswas Padak has earlier been conferred on Nazim Mahmud (posthumous), Golam Mustafa, Nikhil Sen, Sanjida Khatun, Ashraful Alam, Syed Hasan Imam, Asaduzzaman Noor, Aly Zaker, Khaled Khan, Ferdausi Majumder and others.
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