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Rezwana Chowdhury on India’s ‘Padma Shri’

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Rabindra composer Rezwana Chowdhury Banya is receiving one of India’s highest civilian honors ‘Padma Shri’. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced the names of the awardees on Thursday (January 25) on the occasion of the country’s Republic Day. Banya is from Bangladesh.

Bharat Ratna is the country’s highest civilian award. Then there are Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. This award is given for special contribution in various fields. This year the Government of India has nominated 132 eminent persons for the Padma Award. Among them five are receiving Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 110 Padma Shri.

Rezwana Chowdhury Bananya’s education in music is extensive. Apart from Rabindra Sangeet, he was educated in Dhrupadi, Tappa and Kirtan music. At first, Banya was admitted to ‘Chayanat’ and later to Visva Bharati University in India. Rezwana Chowdhury gained closeness to musicians like Shantidev Ghosh, Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Neelima Sen and Ashish Bandyopadhyay in Banya music practice. He also served as the head of the dance department of Dhaka University. Organizationally, he is also very prudent. His style of music is one of the country’s cultural organizations and music education institutions. This musician is widely appreciated in West Bengal as well as Bangladesh.

So far many albums have been published by Banya. These include—’Swapner Abeshe’, ‘Sakal Sanjhe’, ‘Bhorer Akashe’, ‘Laguk Hawa’, ‘Apan Pane Chahi’, ‘Pran Khola Song’, ‘Elam New Deshe’, ‘Matir Dak’, ‘Genthechinu Anjali’. ‘, ‘Mor Dardiya’, ‘Shravan Tumi’ and ‘Chinnapatra’ etc.

In 2016, Rezwana Chowdhury Banya received the country’s highest state award, Independence Medal, for her outstanding contribution to music.


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