Prime minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the Ekushey Padak 2019 to 21 eminent persons for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields on Wednesday.
She handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award, at a ceremony held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka in the afternoon.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid chaired the function organised by the cultural affairs ministry.
Acting cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal delivered the welcome address while cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam conducted the award-giving part of the function and read out the citations of the awardees.
Cabinet members, the prime minister’s advisors, judges, parliament members, foreign diplomats, litterateurs, poets, academics, writers, poets, journalists, Ekushey Award recipients of previous years and high civil and military officials attended the function.
This year’s winners are the Late Professor Halima Khatun (posthumous), Advocate Golam Arif Tipu and Professor Monwara Islam in the language movement category; Subir Nandi, the late Azam Khan (posthumous) and Khairul Anam Shakil in music; Lucky Inam, Suborna Mostafa and Liakat Ali Lucky in acting; Sayeda Khanam in arts; Jamal Uddin Ahmed in fine arts; Khitindra Chandra Bioshya for contributions in liberation war; Biswajit Ghosh and Mahbubul Haque in research; Pronab Kumar Barua in education; and Rizia Rahman, Imdadul Haque Milon, Asim Saha, Anwara Syed Haque, Mainul Ahsan Saber and Hori Shankor Joldas in language and literature.
The cultural affairs ministry announced the names of the recipients on February 6.
The Ekushey Award was introduced in memory of the martyrs of the Bengali Language Movement of 1952.
The award is given to recognise contributions in a number of fields, including culture, education, and economics.
Each recipient gets a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque for Tk 2 lakh.
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