Jayanta gets Naren Biswas Padak
Recitation organisation Kanthasilan honoured noted elocutionist Jayanta Chattopadhyay with Naren Biswas Padak for his contribution to recitation at a programme held on November 16 at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Segunbagicha in the city.
Kanthasilan has been conferring the Naren Biswas Padak since 1999 commemorating the late linguist, recitation artiste, poet, playwright and lyricist professor Naren Biswas, who died on November 27 in 1998.
The award-giving programme also marked the 74th birth anniversary of Naren Biswas, co-founder of Kanthashilan.
Noted artist Mustafa Monwar was present as the chief guest, while Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji and renowned recitation artiste Rupa Chakraborty were present as special guests at the award giving ceremony. The programme was presided over by Kanthashilan vice president Fouzia Mannan.
Following the awards ceremony, Kanthashilan staged a production, titled 'Shilpa Juddhe Ami Toh Karna', comprising poems and stories penned by Jayanta Chattopadhyay.
Renowned recitation artistes Abu Naser Manik, Masum Azizul Bashar, Mahmuda Akther, Mashkur-e Sattar Kallol, Eva Mondal, Belayet Hossain, Dalia Ahmed and others performed in the production.
Naren Biswas Padak has earlier been conferred on Nazim Mahmud (posthumous), Golam Mustafa, Nikhil Sen, Sanjida Khatun, Ashraful Alam, Syed Hasan Imam, Asaduzzaman Noor, Aly Zaker, Khaled Khan, Ferdausi Majumdar, Biplob Bala and others.
Jayanto Chattopadhyay is also actor. He studied in English literature from Calcutta University. Some of his notable works included Adam Surat, Kittonkhola, Matir Moina, Joyjatra, Ontarjatra, The Last Thakur, Runway, Ghetuputra Komola, Pita and others.