Thirteen distinguished personalities, including poets Rafiq Azad and Asad Chowdhury, have been nominated for the Ekushey Padak-2013 for their outstanding contributions to society and the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally hand over the prestigious awards to the persons at Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Feb 20, said an official handout on Thursday.
Ekushey Padak, a national award, was introduced in memory of the martyrs of the Language Movement of 1952.
The recipients of the award are: MA Wadud (posthumous) for the Language
Movement, Language Movement veterans Prof Ajit Kumar Guha (posthumous), Prof
Mohammad Kamruzzaman (posthumous) and Tafazzal Hossain, freedom fighter Enamul
Haque Mostafa Shahid, Nurjahan Murshid (posthumous) in social welfare, Samson H
Chowdhury (posthumous) in social welfare, poets Rafiq Azad and Asad Chowdhury in
language and literature, Quadri Kibria, Jamaluddin Hossain, Bijoy Krishna
Adhikari (known as folk poet Bijoy Sarker) (posthumous) and Bangladesh Udichi
Shilpigosthi (leading progressive cultural organisation) in arts.