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19 July, 2019 09:17:42 AM
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‘Shilpakala Padak 2018’ conferred

Promote healthy culture to eliminate militancy: President M Abdul Hamid
BSS, Dhaka
‘Shilpakala Padak 2018’ conferred
President M Abdul Hamid poses for a photo with the recipients of ‘Shilpakala Padak 2018’. Photo l courtesy

President M Abdul Hamid yesterday asked all to come forward to nourish and develop healthy culture to eliminate militancy and fanaticism from society. “Promote healthy culture . . . You have to use culture as a weapon of eradicating filthiness from society,” he told a function at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on the occasion of ‘Shilpakala Padak 2018’ distribution.

Terming culture a safeguard against social degradation, President Hamid said, “Flourishing of culture is very urgent to remove militancy, fanaticism and animosity from society.” The head of the state said, “Due to satellite culture, foreign culture is now encroaching on the local culture. We have to accept all good things that go with our culture and heritage.”

President Hamid advised all to avoid all unnecessary, anti-country and bad things facing the cultural hegemony.

Noting that the culture is the mirror of life, he said cultural personalities never can do any harm to society. President Hamid urged guardians to inspire their children to engage in different cultural activities along with their studies.

Different cultural works on the Language Movement, the War of Liberation and Bangabandhu, he said the Shilpakala Academy has taken a very good decision to introduce the award. “I think this initiative will play a vital role to build a humane society,” he added. The President handed over the prestigious ‘Shilpakala Padak 2018’ in seven categories to seven cultural personalities for their outstanding contributions in respective fields.

The awardees are — Alakesh Ghosh in fine arts, M Hamid in dramatics, Sunil Chandra Das in instrumental music, Shukla Sarkar in dance, Gaur Gopal Haldar in vocal music, Jayanta Chattopadhyay in recitation and Mina Barua in folk culture.

State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid, MP, BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky and acting secretary to Cultural Affairs Ministry Dr Md Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, among others, also spoke on the occasion. The President enjoyed a cultural function after the award giving ceremony. l

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