May 20, 2013
State Government felicitates eminent personalities with `Banga Bibhusan` and `Banga Bhusan` Award.
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee shared the glittering event of `Banga Bibhusan` and `Banga Bhusan` Award Ceremony on her Facebook page :
“The highest civilian awards of the State for 2013, the `Banga Bibhusan` and `Banga Bhusan`, were conferred on eminent persons for outstanding contributions in literature, science, arts, law, music, dance, cinema, theatre, sports, industry and social works, in a glittering ceremony at the Science City Auditorium today.
HE, the Governor of Bengal and other distinguished personalities were present on the occasion. It was indeed a rare occasion of pride and glory.
Recognition and acknowledgement act as catalysts towards excellence. This is the third time that our Government is giving away the prestigious “Banga Bibhusan“ and `Banga Bhusan` awards. Our Government has instituted awards in various fields like the `Krishak Ratna` award for farmers, the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar, Sangeet Maha Samman, Sangeet Samman, Santi Gopal and Tapan Kumar awards for outstanding contributions in the worlds of cinema, music and jatra, the `BDO Ratna` award for BDOs who work at the grass-root level of administration, the `Abanindra Puraskar and Ram Kinkar Bej Puraskar` for arts, `Rabindra Puraskar and Nazrul Smriti Puraskar` for literature and academics, `Vidyasagar Smrity Puraskar` and `Upendrakishore Roychowdhury Puraskar` of Sishu Kishore Academy and so on.
This year, the Banga Bibhusan awards were conferred on 24 eminent persons – Sri Amitabha Chaudhury, Sri Shaktinath Mukherjee, Sri Kashikanta Moitra, Sri Narayan Debnath, Sri Subir Sen, Sri Purnadas Baul, Sri Pradip Kumar Banerjee, Sri Chuni Goswami, Sri Gurbux Singh, Sri Tulsidas Balaram, Sri Sourav Ganguly, Smt. Sabitri Chattopadhyay, Sri Mithun Chakraborty, Sri Rituparno Ghosh, Sri Hosseinur Rahaman, Smt. Nirmala Mishra, Smt. Sandhya Roy, Sri Manoj Mitra, Smt. Thankamani Kutty, Sri Pratul Mukhopadhyay, Sri Shuvaprasanna, Dr. Samir Brahmachari, Sri B. K. Birla, and Sri Ang Narbhu Sherpa.
The Banga Bhusan awards were conferred on 6 eminent persons – Sri Leander Paes, Sri Dibyendu Barua, Smt. Mantu Ghosh, Smt. Poulomi Ghatak, Smt. Jhulan Goswami, and Sri Dakhin Chandra Murmu.
We had, on earlier occasions, conferred awards on eminent personalities like Sri Manna De, Smt. Suchitra Sen, Smt. Supriya Chowdhury, Sri Gautam Ghosh, Smt. Sandhya Mukherjee, Sri Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, Smt. Mahasweta Devi and a host of other personalities for outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
The program started off with an inspiring recital of hymns by Pandit Ajay Chakraborty. Nachiketa presented a lively and entertaining musical session after the formal award-giving ceremony.
Today, we want to dedicate our ceremony to `Maa, Mati, Manush` of Bengal.“