Ananda Purashkar for Anisuzzaman

Anisuzzaman (left), the writer from Bangladesh, received the Ananda Purashkar for the Bengali year 1423 from poet Sankha Ghosh at The Oberoi Grand on Saturday evening. Anisuzzaman was given the award for the third part of his autobiography, Bipula Prithibi. This part, following Kaal Nirabodhi and Aamar Ekattor, takes off from 1971, just after the war for Bangladesh’s liberation had ended.

  • Published 30.04.17
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Anisuzzaman (left), the writer from Bangladesh, received the Ananda Purashkar for the Bengali year 1423 from poet Sankha Ghosh at The Oberoi Grand on Saturday evening. Anisuzzaman was given the award for the third part of his autobiography, Bipula Prithibi. This part, following Kaal Nirabodhi and Aamar Ekattor, takes off from 1971, just after the war for Bangladesh’s liberation had ended.
Accepting the award, Anisuzzaman said it was a great honour, and receiving it from Ghosh was yet another. He said often one man regards another with suspicion and fear because he does not know the other. One way of knowing another is through literature, and it applies to two neighbouring countries as well. He said he would like those who were working with the Bengali language to keep this in mind.
Soumitra Chatterjee (left) and Ramananda Bandopadhyay (seen here with Harsha Datta, the editor of Desh), were on the judges’ panel that chose Anisuzzaman’s Bipula Prithibi for the Ananda Purashkar. The other judges were Krishna Bose, Samaresh Majumdar and 
Selina Hossain. 
Pictures by Pradip Sanyal
Before the award was presented, the audience was mesmerised by Rashid Khan’s rendition 
of Rabindrasangeet.
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