Bangla Academy honoured noted Rabindra Sangeet singer Iqbal Mahmud and Tagore researchers professor Shafiuddin Ahmed and professor Begum Akhter Kamal with Rabindra Puraskar 2019 on Wednesday at a programme held at its Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium.
The academy organised the programme marking 158th Birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Each recipient received a crest, certificate and Tk 50,000.
Bangla Academy chairman national professor Anisuzzaman, Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji and Tagore researcher professor Anwarul Karim were present at the programme.
‘Bangla Academy has been honouring Tagore singers and researchers with Rabindra Puraskar since 2010. In previous years, singers and researchers including Hayat Mamud, Mita Haq, Kalim Sharafi, Sanjida Khatun, Ahmed Rafiq, Ajit Roy, , Iffat Ara Dewan, Karunamoy Goswami, Papiya Sarwar, Rezwana Choudhury Banya, Syed Akram Hossain and others have received the award for their contributions to Tagore songs and research,’ said Habibullah Siraji in his welcome speech.
Following the award-giving, professor Anwarul Karim delivered a lecture on Tagore’s thoughts on education and development.
In his lecture, Karim focused on how Tagore envisioned an education system which would be pragmatic and student-friendly and also executed a number of development projects to help the poor and the peasants.
‘For Tagore, education and development of the country were two sides of a coin. Without a proper, pragmatic and scientific education system, Tagore emphasised, development would not be complete,’ said Karim.
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