Dhaka: Noted film actor and a road safety activist Illius Kanchan received much talked greater Mymensingh regional award ‘The Birangana Sakhina (BS) Silver Pen Awards-2018 ' for his contribution to the country's social service and cultural arena from the BS pen award electoral committee on Thursday evening at his office.
13 winners of the Birangana Sakhina (B.S.) Silver Pen Awards-2018 were finalized by 301 electoral voters during 3 months of electoral vote casting period in greater Mymensingh.
The Declaration Ceremony of 13 winners was held in conference room of Gouripur upazila Agriculture Office in Mymensingh district on 27 September, 2019 (Friday)
Besides, the Birangana Sakhina (BS) Silver Pen Awards-2018 were distributed under 4 categories among the persons of different fields including journalism; research, science and technology; arts, education, language, literature, and social service at a gala ceremony at Shahid Shahab Uddin Conference Room of Mymensingh City Corporation on 4 January, 2020 (Saturday)
Popular Dhallywood film hero Ilias Kanchan was scheduled to attend the ceremony as the first position winner and special guest in Mymensingh to receive the award, which is the regional popular recognition to the contribution of pen persons in the history of culture and local tradition. For the schedule changed, he missed to attend the ceremony as there was his program in Dhaka city.
Founder and General Secretary of the BS pen award electoral committee Mohammad Raihan Uddin Sarker presented the crest to noted film actor Ilias Kanchan and the Senior Vice President of this electoral committee Prof. Engr.Mohammad Ali Zinnah handed over a certificate to the award recipient at his office in Dhaka . The Editor of the Magazine’Pen Award Affairs, and Returning Officer of the electoral voting systems Azam Zahir, President of Creative Association Shah Alam Bhuiyan, Media coordinator Amiyo Dutta Bhomik, Elector Sadekul Islam Sadek, Elector Rakibul Islam Rakib, Elector Zahirul Huda Liton among others, were present at the office.
Birangana Sakhina was a role model for great woman horse fighter in the history of greater Mymensingh as well as then subcontinent India. Sakhina is one the heroines of Eastern Bengal Ballads of Mymensing .(Mymensingh Gitikas). The historical events as high cultural level reached by the people of greater Mymensingh region are manifest in their folk-lore and ballads. The ballad of love story of Sakhina, the daughter of Omar Khan, with Dewan Feroj Khan, the grand son of Isha Khan, is based on a true story which took place at the end of the 17th century during the rein of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. This event had been sung and performed on stages in villages of this region since the end of story in tragedy. People from distant places take a journey of pilgrimage to the grave of Sakhina Bibi in the village of Kumri in Gouripur upazila of Mymensingh district.
Welcoming the BS pen award electoral committee, noted film actor Illius Kanchan, president of social movement Nirapod Sharak Chai, in his speech said, ‘I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious regional pen award. It has given us the opportunity to come together to watch and discuss the love story of Sakhina, the history and culture. He also added, ’ The younger generation or next generation should follow in their footsteps of noble activities. I request the cultural affairs ministry to preserve their works.’
The Electoral Committee for Birangana Sakhina (BS) Silver Pen Award , in cooperation with Creative Association and ACECC Association, organised the Birangana Sakhina (BS) Silver Pen Award programme which was introduced in the year of 2011.
January 23, 2020