Poet-literary critic Rahman Henry received Loke Literary Award 2018 at a programme held on Tuesday at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.
Loke, a literary magazine, honoured Henry with the award, which was introduced in 2009.
Poet Muhammad Nurul Huda, Asad Mannan, Farid Ahmed Dulal and author Zakir Talukder were present as special guests at the programme, presided over by noted writer and critic Salimullah Khan.
The programme was hosted by poet Hasan Mahmud.
The awards programme commenced with a music show. Artistes of cultural troupe Swapnokuri entertained the audience presenting songs like Otho otho re, Keno khujish miche, Anondo dhara bohiche bhubone and O je shone na mana.
Loke editor Aniket Shamim gave the welcome speech after performances.
‘We have been conferring Loke Literary Award since 2009. However, we will not confer the award in future. The last Loke Literary Award will be presented in 2020,’ said Aniket Shamim.
Poets including Ananda Majumder, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Chanchal Ashraf, Junan Nashit, Mahmud Sejan, Sohel Hasan Galib and Sanjib Purohit delivered speech and congratulated poet Rahman Henry at the programme.
Poet Asad Mannan presented an uttaria, Salimullah Khan handed over a crest and Aniket Shamim presented prize money of Tk 50,000 to Rahman Henry.
Besides, Loke also published a special issue at the programme. Poet Farid Ahmed Dulal handed over a copy of the magazine to Henry.
Rahman Henry has penned over two thousand poems till date. He has published 18 poetry books including Tomake Bashona Kori, Dukkho O Aro Kichu Anando, Pronoy Shombhar, Brojo Shundorir Katha and others.
He has translated over five thousand poems penned by international poets as well.
Loke also announced writer Selim Morshed as the winner of Loke Literary Award 2019 at the programme. The award will be handed over in 2020.
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