Rezwana Banya wins 'Padma Shri' award



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Names of India's Padma Shri awardees this year have been announced. Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, the eminent Rabindra musician of Bangladesh, has been awarded the fourth highest civilian award in India.

On Thursday (January 25), India's Ministry of Home Affairs announced the names of the nominees for the Padma Awards in a press note.

India's highest civilian award is the Bharat Ratna. Then there are Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. These medals are awarded in recognition of contributions in arts, social work, science and engineering, commerce and industry, public service, medicine, literature and education, sports and civic service.

This year the Government of India has nominated 132 eminent persons for the Padma Award. Among them five Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 110 Padma Shri.

The names of the medalists are announced every year ahead of the Republic Day of India. The awards are usually presented in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in March or April.

Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya was born in Patuakhali district. She studied at Chhayanaut and Visva Bharati University in India. She also got admission in Bulbul Lalitkala Academy.

Rezwana Chowdhury received the country's highest state award, Swadhinata Padak, in 2016 for her outstanding contribution to music. Besides, she has received many awards including Feroza Begum Smriti Gold Medal, Citycell-Channel i Music Award, Ananda Sangeet Award. She also received several medals in India. Notable among them is Bangabhushan. 

 

   

Shilpi Samiti President Misha Saudagar, Secretary Dipjal



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Actor Misha Saudagar has won the president post of Bangladesh Film Artists Association this year (2024-26). Actor Monowar Hossain Dipjal has won the post of general secretary.

Misha Saudagar got 265 votes for the post of president, his rival Mahmud Koli got 170 votes. On the other hand, Dipjol got 225 votes for the post of general secretary, his rival Nipun Akhter got 209 votes.

Apart from Misha-Dipjol, Masum Parvez Rubel won the post of vice-president by getting 234 votes and DA Taib got 231 votes. Arman won the post of joint general secretary, Joy Chowdhury as organizing secretary, Alexander Bo as international affairs secretary, Jackie Alamgir as office and publicity secretary, Mamnoon Imon of Koli Nipun panel as culture and sports secretary and Kamal as treasurer.

Besides, 11 members of the Executive Council were elected – Sucharita, Rozina, Aliraj, Subrata, Dilara Yasmin, Shahnoor, Nana Shah, Ratna Kabir, Chunnu and Poli and Soni Rahman of the Kali-Nipun panel.

Voting begins at 9:30 am on Friday (April 19). Lasts till 5:30 pm. 475 artists voted in a festive atmosphere.

There were 570 total voters in this election. 48 candidates from two panels, including six independents, contested in this election to form a 21-member committee. In an alliance between the two rival panels were the two actors Misha and Dipjol from current Dhakai prominent film actors. From another panel, Golden past days hero Mahmood Koli and heroine Nipun Akhter fought.

In this election, Chief Election Commissioner was Khorshed Alam Khosru and members were AJ Rana and BH Nishan. Election results were declared at 7 am on Saturday.

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Baby Nazneen lost her mother



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Popular singer Baby Nazneen has lost her mother. On the morning of 17th April, her mother Abida Mansoor died in Bangladesh Medical College Hospital while undergoing treatment. (Inna lillahi wa---- Rajiun). She was 75 years old.

She was suffering from various problems including kidney complications for a long time. She is survived by three daughters, one son, grandchildren and many other great-grandchildren. According to family sources of Baby Nazneen, she was buried at Banani graveyard after Zohar prayer on Wednesday. On April 16, Baby Nazneen left for Japan from the US for professional reasons. She got the news of her mother's death from there. She is scheduled to return to Dhaka soon. She asked everyone to pray for her mother.



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Popular singer Khalid passed away



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Khalid, vocalist of popular musician Chaime band, has passed away (innalillahi wainna ilahi rajioun).

He died on Monday (March 18) around 7:15 pm. The singer's body is said to be at Comfort Hospital, Green Road.

This information was confirmed by lyricist and composer Prince Mahmud.

Among the notable songs sung by Khalid are– Saralater Pratime, Jatata Megh hole Brishti namey, Kono karonei ferano gelo takey, Hoyne jabaro bela, Jodi himalay theke dukkho ashe, Tumi nei tai.  

The songs of Khalid, the artist of numerous popular songs, were once on the lips of the neighborhood listeners, played in various shops including Bipani Bitan. 

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Rabindra Musician Sadi Mohammed passes away



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Rabindra Musician Sadi Mohammed passed away. It was initially reported that he committed 'suicide'.

His death was reported after evening on Wednesday (March 13). Shamim Ara Neepa, a family friend of the legendary dancer and artist, told the media. His body is currently at Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital.

When asked about the cause of such death, Neepa said, "He went into a state of trauma after his mother's death." He was not exactly normal mentally. Perhaps he could not bear the pain of losing his mother. This is how it went. He fasted on Wednesday. He had iftar too. After that, I think he has decided to migrate to the country of no return.

It is to be noted that last year on July 8, mother Jebunnesa Salimullah (96) died of old age disease. Since then, this music star was suffering from mental depression due to various reasons.

Mohammadpur Police Station Inspector (Investigation) Tofazzal Hossain told the media that Sadi Mohammad's hanging body was found in the room where he used to sing. He is believed to have committed suicide. The people of the house shouted and did not get his response. Later they broke the door and found the body hanging inside. Police recovered the body around 8 pm after receiving the information.

Sadi Mohammad received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from Visva Bharati University. In 2007, he made his debut as a composer with the album Mee Saippa Bhorer Shisire. In 2009 his album Shravan Akash and in 2012 his album Sarthak Janam Amar were released. He was also working as director of cultural organization Ravirag.

Sadi Mohammad is the son of a martyred father in the first hours of the liberation war. His father's name is Shaheed Salimullah. In 1971, the house C-12/10 on Taj Mahal Road, Mohammadpur was one of the hotbeds of the freedom movement. Dhaka Metropolitan Awami League leader Salimullah's house used to have regular meetings with the top leaders of the party, Bangabandhu's son Shaheed Sheikh Kamal also used to come.

On March 23, 1971, in that house on Taj Mahal Road, Sadi Mohammad's father Salimullah flew the flag of Bangladesh, that flag was sewn by Sadi-Shibli's mother Jebunnesha Salimullah.

Salimullah's house became the target of attack by non-Bengali Biharis and Pakistani troops on March 26, 1971, due to the flag flying. The whole house was burnt, Salimullah was shot dead. 

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