Sanjida Khatun, Sajjad Ali Zahir nominated for “Padma Shri Award-2021”
NEW DELHI, Jan 25, 2021 (BSS) – Eminent Rabindra Sangeet exponent and writer Sanjida Khatun and veteran freedom fighter Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir, Bir Protik (Rtd) have been honoured with Padma Shri, India’s one of the highest civilian Awards, this year.
The two Bangladeshi distinguished personalities have been nominated for the awards for their outstanding contributions to the fields of art and public affairs, according to an Indian home ministry release issued here this evening.
Every year India confers the prestigious Padma award in three categories, namely- Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
The Padma awards were announced this evening by the Indian government honouring a total of 119 prominent personalities from various fields like sports, medicine, art, literature and others for their distinguished work.
Of the total, seven eminent personalities Including former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam (posthumously) have been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India.
Besides, 10 persons including former chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi (posthumously) and former India Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan have also been named for the “Padma Bhushan” for their outstanding works in the field of public affairs.
A total of 102 people have been honoured with the Padma Shri this year which included two Bangladeshis- Sanjida Khatun and Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir- in the field of art and public affairs.
Of the total awardees, 29 are women and the list also included 10 persons from the category of foreigners, 16 posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardee.
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March or April every year, the statement added.