Renowned Nazrul Sangeet singers Joseph Komol Rodrix and Selina Hossain received Nazrul Puraskar 2018 at an awards programme held at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Friday.
Nazrul Institute conferred the awards on Rodrix and Selina for their contributions to Nazrul Sangeet.
Cultural affairs minister KM Khalid handed over the awards to the recipients as the chief guest at the programme, which was organised marking the 120th birth anniversary of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Each recipient received a crest, certificate and cash prize of taka 1,00,000.
‘We are looking forward to inaugurating a Nazrul Corner at Bangladesh National Museum to promote Nazrul among the younger generation,’ said KM Khalid, who also congratulated Rodrix and Selina for winning the award.
National professor and Nazrul Institute trustee board chairman Rafiqul Islam presided over the awards programme while Kazi Nazrul Islam’s granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi and Nazrul Institute executive director Abdur Razzak Bhuiyan, among others, were also present at the event.
‘We have been honouring eminent Nazrul Sangeet singers and researchers with Nazrul Puraskar since 1986. We are happy to confer Nazrul Puraskar 2018 on Nazrul Sangeet singers Joseph Komol Rodrix and Selina Hossain,’ said Abdur Razzak Bhuiyan.
Joseph Komol Rodrix is one of the most popular Nazrul Sangeet singers of the country. He has been performing on BTV and Bangladesh Betar since 1972.
He has received many awards for his contribution to Nazrul songs till date. At present he is serving as the vice president of Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Sangastha.
‘I am very happy to receive an award named after Kazi Nazrul Islam. I want to thank Nazrul Institute for the award,’ said Rodrix.
Born in Manikganj district, Selina Hossain completed master’s from Dhaka University and B.Ed from Teachers Training College, Dhaka. She lived in Libya from 1977 to 1991. She established a Bangla medium school named Bangladesh Community School in Libya with the help of Embassy of Bangladesh in Libya.
Selina Hossain made significant contribution in preserving original musical notations of Nazrul’s songs by organising workshops on Nazrul Sangeet at different districts across the country.
‘I want to thank the institute for honouring me with the award. I urge the younger generation to study works of Nazrul and sing Nazrul Sangeet following original musical notations,’ said Selina.
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