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Sangeet Oikko Bangladesh felicitates Bannya on receiving ’Padma Shri’

Artainment Desk

Published: 04:41, 8 February 2024

Sangeet Oikko Bangladesh felicitates Bannya on receiving ’Padma Shri’

(From left) Zulfikar Russell, Shahid Mahmud Jangi, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya and Naquib Khan. Photo: Courtesy

Sangeet Oikko Bangladesh, the umbrella organisation for several of the country's music-related groups, has honoured the eminent Rabindra Sangeet artist Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, who has recently been named as one of the distinguished recipients of India's prestigious ‘Padma Shri’ award by the Government of India. 

The representative team of Sangeet Oikko Bangladesh congratulated the iconic singer at her residence in the capital with floral greetings on behalf of the organisation on Monday evening. 

Secretary Generals of the organisation Shahid Mahmud Jangi and Naquib Khan, alongside Sangeet Oikko's Publicity and Publication Secretary, National Film Award-winning lyricist Zulfikar Russell, went to felicitate Bannya, who is also the President of the organisation. 

Bannya received Bangladesh's highest civilian award, the Independence Award, in 2016 for her contribution to the country's music. This time, the eminent artist was awarded India's fourth highest civilian honour, the 'Padma Shri' for her distinguished service in the field of art. 

Lyricists' Association of Bangladesh, Singers' Association of Bangladesh, Music Composers' Society Bangladesh, and Bangladesh Musicians Foundation have united under the banner of 'Sangeet Oikya Bangladesh' in 2021 to protect the rights of people associated with the country's music industry.

This organisation is working together with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Bangladesh Copyright Office to create links between all parties in music and formulate jointly developed proposals for the betterment of the industry. 

The first and current committee members of the organisation include President Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, Secretary Generals Shaheed Mahmud Jangi, Naquib Khan, and Kumar Bishwajit, Finance and Department Secretary Asif Iqbal, Information Technology and International Affairs Secretary Hasan Abidur Reza Jewel, Cultural Secretary Bappa Mazumder, Publicity and Publication Secretary Zulfikar Russell, and Executive Members Manam Ahmed, Kabir Bakul, Shawkat Ali Imon, and Joy Shahriar.

India's highest civilian honour is ‘Bharat Ratna,’ followed by ‘Padma Vibhushan,’ ‘Padma Bhushan’ and ‘Padma Shri’ in chronological order. These awards are conferred for special contributions in different sectors.

This year, the Indian government has nominated 132 distinguished people for the Padma Awards. Five of them are receiving the ‘Padma Vibhushan,’ 17 are receiving the ‘Padma Bhushan’ and 110 are receiving the ‘Padma Shri’ award, including Bannya.

Earlier in 2021, the Indian government awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ to the leading personalities of the cultural arena of Bangladesh, including Chhayanaut President Professor Sanjida Khatun and Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Quazi Sazzad Ali Zahir, Bir Protik.

Previously, archaeologist Enamul Haque and social worker Jharnadhara Chowdhury also received the ‘Padma Shri’ award, while late-eminent educationist Professor Anisuzzaman and diplomat Syed Moazzem Ali received 'Padma Bhushan' from the Government of India.