Renowned Rabindra Sangeet singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at an event to be held in Dhaka on February 21, 2024.
The award will be presented to Bannya by Land Minister Narayan Chandra Chanda, at the event titled "International Mother Language Day and Smart Bangladesh Performance and Award Ceremony".
The event is being organised by the Television Reporters Unity of Bangladesh (TRUB) and the Smart Bangladesh Business Association.
Salam Mahmud, President of TRUB, said, "It is a matter of great pride that our country's pride, Bannya Apa, is going to receive the Padma Shri award from India. She is also an extremely talented and renowned Rabindra Sangeet singer. Her voice has spread the fame of Bangladesh on the international stage. We are therefore honouring her with a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' with utmost respect."
Speaking from Kolkata via mobile phone, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya expressed her feelings, saying, "Yes, I will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award on February 21. Of course, any award is a source of great joy and satisfaction for an artist. I will be happy to receive this award on International Mother Language Day. I thank the organisers who have finally selected me for this award."
Born on January 13, 1957 in Rangpur district, Bannya first studied at Chhayanaut and then at Visva-Bharati University in India. There she came into contact with musicians such as Santidev Ghosh, Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Nilima Sen, and Ashish Bandyopadhyay.
In 2016, Bannya received the Swadhinata Puraskar, Bangladesh's highest civilian award, for her contributions to music. She has also been honoured with the Bangabhushan award from the West Bengal government, the Firoza Begum Smriti Swarnapadak, and various other awards.