Noted writer, intellectual and critic Salimullah Khan received Loke Literary Award 2017 at a programme held on Monday at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.
Loke, a literary magazine, honoured Khan with the award, which was introduced in 2009 by the magazine marking its tenth anniversary.
Till date the magazine has honoured Chanchal Ashraf, Kumar Chakrabarti, Mujib Mehedi, Mahbub Kabir, Imtiar Shamim, Kamruzzaman Kamu, Subrata Augustin Gomes, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud and Mostak Ahmad with the award.
Salimullah Khan is director, Center for Advanced Theory, and professor, general education department of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He studied law in Dhaka (Dhaka University, LL.B. Honours, 1978 and LL.M., 1979) and economics in New York (New School for Social Research, Ph.D. 2000). He worked on the theory of money and central banking in England. He presently teaches psychoanalytic theory and writes on problems of contemporary history on a world scale. Salimullah Khan’s publications include ‘Silence: On crimes of power’ (Dhaka: Samhati, 2009), a collection of political essays.
The awards programme commenced with a music show.
Tagore singer Dr Mashfida Akther entertained the audience presenting songs like Je tomay chhare chharuk, Shokhi bhabona kahare bole and Phagun haway haway korechi je gaan.
Loke editor Aniket Shamim gave the welcome speech at the programme.
Cultural personality Kamal Lohani was present as the chief guest and novelist Faizul Latif Chowdhury, poets Kamal Chowdhury, Syed Tarik, Sazzad Sharif and Kumar Chakrabarti were present as special guests at the programme presided over by Ahmed Swapan Mahmud.
Kamal Chowdhury handed over the award crest and Aniket Shamim presented Tk 50,000 prize money to Salimullah Khan.
Besides, Loke also published a special issue on Khan consisting of his own and selected writings and articles on him by leading writers.
Salimullah Khan thanked Loke for honouring him with the award.
‘This is my first time winning an award. I want to thank editor of Loke Shamim for honouring me. I didn’t write a lot of books but there are a few. I usually write essays and articles in the newspapers,’ said Salimullah Khan.
‘Salimullah Khan is one of the foremost free thinkers of this country. The young generation should make an effort to learn from him and follow his footsteps,’ said Kamal Lohani.
Loke also announced poet Rahman Henri as the winner of Loke Literary Award 2018 at the programme. The award will be presented in 2019.
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