In recognition of their contribution to their respective fields, sixteen eminent personalities received 2016 Ekushey Padak.
The award was distributed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a ceremony held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Saturday morning.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam conducted the function and read out the citations of the awardees at the function held with Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor in the chair.
The recipients of 2016 are- Justice Kazi Ebadul Haque, Dr Sayed Haider, late Syed Golam Kibria (posthumous), Dr Jashimuddin Ahmed, Begum Jahanara Ahmed, Pandit Amaresh Roy Chowdhury, Begum Shaheen Samad, Amanul Haque, late Kazi Anwar Hossain(posthumous), Mafidul Haque, Toab Khan.
The recipients also include Prof Dr ABM Abdullah, Mongsen Ching Monsin, Joityprakash Dutt, Prof Dr Hayat Mahmud and Habibullah Siraji.
Ekushey Padak is one of Bangladesh’s highest civilian awards.
The Ekushey Padak carries a gold medal, a citation and a cheque of Tk two lakh each.
Justice Haque, Dr Sayeed Haider, Dr Jasim Uddin and Syed Golam Kibria (posthumous) were chosen for their roles in the 1952 Language Movement.
Actress Jahanara Ahmed, classical music maestro Pundit Amaresh Roy Chowdhury, singer Samad, dancer Amanul Haque and the late artist Kazi Anwar Hossain (posthumous) received the honour for their contribution to the arts.
Liberation War Museum founder and Trustee Mafidul Haque was chosen for his contribution to the War of Independence in 1971.
Jyotiprakash Dutta, Prof Mahmud and Habibullah Siraji were awarded for their contribution to language and literature.
Bengali newspaper Daily Janakatha’s Advisory Editor Toab Khan was honoured for his role in journalism.
Prof ABM Abdullah and Mongchhenching Mongchhin were honoured for their research work.