IFIC Bank and magazine Kali o Kalam will jointly host the Kali o Kalam Tarn Kabi o Rekaku Plaskar 2022 ceremony in Bengal Shirparay, Dhammondi on Saturday. — New Age Pictures
Four young writers and poets were awarded Kallio Kalam Tarn Kabi Orekaku Plaskar 2022 at the awards ceremony held in Bengal Shirparai in the capital city of Dhanmondi on Saturday.
The winners are poet Kabir Karol, writer Masood Ahmad, researcher Nivedita Roy and writer Mahfuz Rahman.
Kabeer Kallol won an award in the Poetry category for his book titled Sandeho Hobe Na Keno and in the Fiction category Masud Ahmad for Dur Prithiibir Gandhe.
Nibedita Roy is the research department of Kaibarta Jatibarner Itihas and Mahfuz Rahmaan is Kong Paharer Shaitan’s department of children’s literature.
Renowned painter Hashem Khan was the chief guest of the awards ceremony, which was moderated by Professor Syed Manzoor Islam of the Kali O Kalam Editorial Board.
Shah A Sarwar, Managing Director of IFIC Bank, Luva Nahid Choudhury, Editorial Board Member of Kali o Kalam, Abul Khayer, Publisher of Kali o Kalam, and Suvrata Barua, Editor, attended the ceremony.
Award jury member Imdadul Haq Milan announced the names of the winners.
“Congratulations to all the winners. I hope they go far in life,” Hashem Khan said.
“I write what I observe. My poetry depicts my environment and my experiences,” said Kabir Karol.
“It is a shame that we are taught from childhood to see the world from an economic perspective. But we need to see the world from a humanitarian perspective,” Masud Ahmad said.
“I would like to thank the jury for choosing my work, and I would also like to thank everyone who supported me during my research,” said Nibedita Roy.
“The award imposes greater responsibility on the writer. This award will be an inspiration to write more and better works in the future,” said Mahfuz Rahman.
Each winner received a coat of arms, a certificate and a cash prize of Tk 1 million.
Kali o Kalam, a monthly magazine based on literature and culture, introduced the award in 2008 to inspire young writers and poets.
IFIC Bank Limited and Kali o Kalam have been co-hosting the award ceremony since 2020.
To date, 54 young poets and writers have received the award.
Following the awards ceremony, the Mervi Bazar-based theater company Manipuri Theater performed the monodrama Kohe Bilangana at the venue.
Kohe Birangana is the theatrical version of Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s Birangana Kabya.
The play was adapted and directed by Shubashish Sinha.