Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given away the prestigious Ekushey Padak-2020 to 20 eminent personalities and an organisation in recognition of their contributions to various fields.
PM handed over Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, to the awardees or their family members at a function organised by the cultural affairs ministry at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.
Aminul Islam Badsha (posthumous) was given the award for his role in the Language Movement.
Dalia Nowshin, Shankar Roy and Mita Haque were recognised for their contributions to music while Golam Mostafa Khan, SM Mohsin and Prof Dr Farida Zaman for dance, performing arts and fine arts respectively.
Hazi Akhter Sarder (posthumous), Abdul Jabbar (posthumous) and Dr AAM Mesbahul Haque (posthumous) were given the award for their roles in the Liberation War, while journalist Zafar Wazed (Ali Wazed Zafar) for his contribution to journalism, Dr Jahangir Alam, Hafez Qwari Syed Saifur Rahman Nizami Shah and Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute for their roles in research, and Prof Dr Bikiran Prasad Barua for education.
Prof Dr Shamsul Alam and Sufi Mohammad Mizanur Rahman got the award for making contributions to economy and social service respectively, while Dr Nurun Nabi, Sikder Aminul Haque (posthumous) and Nazmun Nesa Piari for their contribution to language and literature, and Prof Dr Sayeba Akhter for contribution to the medical science.
Each recipient received a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque for Tk 2 lakh.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid presided over the function.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam read out the citations of the award recipients, while Cultural Affairs Secretary Dr Md Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal delivered the welcome speech.
Cabinet members, PM's advisors, judges, parliament members, foreign diplomats, writers, poets, academics, journalists, Ekushey Award laureates of previous years and top civil and military officials attended the function.
On February 5, the cultural affairs ministry announced the names of the recipients of the Ekushey Padak introduced in memory of the martyrs of the Language Movement of 1952.