Rabindra Award-2017 conferred

Cultural Correspondent
Thursday, May 18th, 2017


“Rabindra Award-2017” was officially handed over to Professor Hayat Mamud and Mita Haque on May 7 at the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy in the city. Bangla Academy conferred awards marking the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Singer Fahmida Khatun was present as chief guest at the event while Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman presided over the discussion session. Shamsuzzaman Khan, director general of Bangla Academy gave the welcome speech while Professor Dr Fakrul Alam of Department of English, University of Dhaka read the keynote paper on Rabindranath Tagore’s modernism and nationalism. The two recipients received fifty thousand taka each along with crests and certificates.


Hayat Mamud wished all those present a good day, while acknowledging their love for him. Fahmida Khatun said that the award would inspire her to work with Tagore scores more deeply.


Hayat Mamud is an essayist-poet. He was born in Hooghly, West Bengal in 1939.  He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2016 by the Government of Bangladesh. Mahmud completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Bengali Literature from University of Dhaka. He earned his Ph.D. degree on contemporary literature from Jadavpur University. Mahmud served as a faculty member of Jahangirnagar University. He received a Bangla Academy Award for children’s literature.


Mita Haque is a Tagore artiste. She is listed as the Highest Grade artiste of the Bangladesh Betar. She has 14 solo musical albums released from India and 10 musical albums released in Bangladesh. Her mentors were Sanjida Khatun and her paternal uncle Waheedul Haq. At age eleven, she participated at the International Children’s Festival in Berlin. Later in 1976 she started taking formal music lessons from tabla player Mohammad Hossain Khan.

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