DHAKA, Feb 4, 2021 (BSS) – The government has announced names of 21
eminent citizens for awarding prestigious Ekushey Padak, the country’s
second highest civilian award, for their contribution in respective
The Cultural Affairs Ministry disclosed the names of the recipients
in a press release today.
The release said this year three persons got the award in the
language movement category, three in liberation war, three in language
and literature, seven in Shilpakala (art, music and dance) and one
each in journalism, research, education, economics and social service.
Motahar Hossain Talukdar (Motahar Master) (posthumous), Shamsul
Haque (posthumous), and Advocate Afsar Uddin Ahmed (posthumous) have
been selected for their roles in the Language Movement.
Begum Papia Sarowar won the award for her contributions to music
while Raisul Islam Asad and Salma Begum Sujata (Sujata Ajim) for
performing art, Ahmed Iqbal Haidar for drama, Syed Salahuddin Zaki for
film, Dr Bhaskar Bandopandhay for recitation and Pavel Rahman for
Golam Hasnayen, Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk and valiant freedom fighter
Syeda Issabela (posthumous) got the award for their contributions to
the Liberation War.
Ajay Dasgupta won the award for his contributions to journalism,
Prof Dr Samir Kumar Saha for research, Mahfuza Khanam for education,
Dr Mirza Abdul Jalil for economics, and Prof Kazi Kamruzzaman for
Kazi Rozy, Bulbul Chowdhury and Golam Murshid are being recognized
for their contributions to language and literature.