Shilpakala Padak conferred on 7 artistes

Staff Correspondent

The president, Abdul Hamid, handed over the first ever Shilpakala Padak to seven senior artistes at a colourful programme at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The Shilpakala Padak 2013 was conferred on dancer Amanul Haque, classical musician Ustad Matiul Haque Khan, traditional singer Saidur Rahman Bayati, artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Tagore singer Fahmida Khatun, filmmaker Manzare Hassin Murad and theatre activist Khaled Khan (posthumous).
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy introduced the award this year to pay respect to the seasoned artistes for their contributions in their respective fields of art and culture in the country.
The information and cultural affairs minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, was present at the programme as the special guest. Cultural affairs secretary Ranjit Kumar Biswas presided over the award conferring session where director general of the academy Liaquat Ali Lucky gave welcome speech.
The award giving ceremony was followed by a brief cultural programme featuring two dance recitals and an instrumental presentation.
Choreographed by MR Wasek, dance troupe Nandan Kala acted out the diverse lifestyle of the ethnic minorities in a vibrant dance production titled Bangladesh-er Khudro Nri-Gosthi. Another dance troupe Rewaz Performers’ School presented a colourful dance recital, choreographed by eminent kathak dancer Munmun Ahmed.
Musicians of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy entertained the audience presenting an instrumental number titled Flying Birds composed by Md Moniruzzaman.
The seven recipients of Shilpakala Padak have played significant roles in their respective fields for decades.

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