Recitation organisation Kanthasilan honoured acclaimed recitation artiste Jayanta Chattopadhyay with Naren Biswas Padak for his contribution to recitation at a programme held on Saturday at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
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 74th birth anniversary of Naren Biswas, co-founder of Kanthashilan.
Noted artist Mustafa Monwar was present as the chief guest, while Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji and renowned recitation artiste Rupa Chakraborty were present as special guests at the awards ceremony, presided over by Kanthashilan vice president Fouzia Mannan.
‘I feel honoured to receive an award named after Naren Biswas. His contribution to country’s cultural scene cannot be forgotten. This award will inspire me to work harder,’ said Jayanta Chattopadhyay.
Following the awards ceremony, Kanthashilan staged a production, titled ‘Shilpa Juddhe Ami Toh Karna’, comprising poems and stories penned by Jayanta Chattopadhyay.
Renowned recitation artistes Abu Naser Manik, Masum Azizul Bashar, Mahmuda Akther, Mashkur-e Sattar Kallol, Eva Mondal, Belayet Hossain, Dalia Ahmed and others performed in the production.
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 Majumdar, Biplob Bala and others.
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