Gazi Mazharul Anwar and Ataur Rahman to get 'Indpendence Award 2021'
Published : Sunday, 7 March, 2021 at 8:35 PM Count : 162
Legendary lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar and noted dramatist Ataur Rahman have been nominated for 'Indpendence Award 2021' for their outstanding contributions to the field of Culture at the national level.
The Cabinet Division on Sunday released a list of the personalities who have been nominated for the award.
Recipient of the Ekushey Award in 2002, Gazi Mazharul Anwar is regarded as a living legend in the domain of Bengali songs. He wrote some 20,000 songs. At the same time, he is a film director and producer.
He worked as a lyricist in the 'Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra' during the War of Liberation in 1971. He wrote 'Joy Bangla Banglar Joy', which became the theme song of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. 'Joy Bangla' became the theme song for the Awami League.
In 2006, BBC Bangla conducted a survey to find out about the popular songs that resonate with Bengali listeners. Surprisingly, most of these songs are either patriotic or war songs. 'Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy' was selected by the audience as the 13th best among 20 best Bengali songs. The song was sung in a movie called 'Joy Bangla' (1970).
On the other hand, dramatist Ataur Rahman is a stage and television actor. He received Ekushey Padak in 2001 for his contribution to drama.
Ataur Rahman is the founder general secretary of the theater troupe 'Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.' He is a former chairman of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
Rahman directed over 35 plays including 'Roktokorobi', 'Banglar Mati Banglar Jol', 'Narigon', 'Irsha', 'Opekkhoman', and 'Waiting for Godot'.
Ataur Rahman spent about 50 years in theatre as an actor and director. He directed about 35 original plays and translated foreign plays. His recent direction 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare translated by Syed Shamsul Huque. As an actor, he acted in at least 2,000 nights in various plays.
He is also a post graduate examiner and part-time teacher of Rajshahi University, Jahangir Nagar University and Dhaka University.