The Ekushey Padak-2021 will be awarded to 21 personalities at a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium here at 11:00 on Saturday, reports BSS.

The government announced the names of 21 eminent personalities for the ‘Ekushey Padak-2021’ for their outstanding contributions to respective fields, on 4 February last.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the programme virtually as the chief guest.

The awardees are: Motahar Hossain Talukdar (posthumous), Shamsul Haque (posthumous) and Afsar Uddin Ahmed (posthumous) for their roles in the Language Movement.

Begum Papia Sarowar in music, Raisul Islam Asad and Salma Begum Sujata in arts, Ahmed Iqbal Haidar in drama and Syed Salahuddin Zaki in film, Bhaskar Bandopandhay in recitation and Pavel Rahman for photography.

Golam Hasnayen, Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk and Syeda Issabela (posthumous) will get the award for their contributions to the Liberation War while Ajay Dasgupta for his contributions to journalism, Samir Kumar Saha for research, Mahfuza Khanam for education, Mirza Abdul Jalil for economics and Kazi Kamruzzaman for social service and Kazi Rozy, Bulbul Chowdhury and Golam Murshid for their contributions to language and literature.

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President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina today issued separate messages on the occasion of awarding the Ekushey Padak this year.

In separate messages, on the eve of the event, they wished success of the event.

In his message, president Abdul Hamid said the great language movement is an unforgettable event in the national history.

The seed of Bangladesh’s independence was sown through the language movement, the head of the state added.

He recalled that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who led the All Party Council for Struggle on State Language formed in 1948 to demand mother tongue.

He paid his deep respect to the memory of the immortal martyrs of the country’s long struggle for independence, including the great language movement of 21 February, 1952.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, paid her deep respect to the memory of all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect the dignity of the mother language ‘Bangla’ on 21 February, 1952.

With utmost respect, the premier remembered the entire language movement veterans, including the greatest Bengali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who led the fight for the dignity of the Bengali language.

“We are awarding the glorious Ekushey Padak in honor of those who have made great contribution in various fields in the development of art, literature, science and culture of the country and in building an enlightened society with the spirit of Ekushey,” she added.

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