Kolkata: Kolkata is perhaps the most important cultural centre of India. The city is the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought and Indian nationalism, its citizens have made great efforts to maintain Indian culture and civilization.
The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed Bengal as the “Cultural Capital” of India on Monday.
The 2018 Banga Samman awards ceremony was held at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata on Monday. The evening was lit up by colourful cultural programmes, including folk songs and dances, and Rabindrasangeet.
Two categories of awards are presented as part of Banga Samman – Banga Bhushan and Banga Bibhushan. They were given away by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Veteran singer Asha Bhosle, Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee and Justice (retd) Shyamal Kumar Sen among others are conferred with the highest civilian award of West Bengal, the Banga Bibhushan, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a function on Monday.
Writer Samaresh Majumdar is also be conferred with the Banga Bibhusan, while footballer Subrata Bhattacharya will get Banga Bhushan. After coming to power in 2011, Banerjee had instituted the Banga Bibhushan and Banga Bhushan awards in recognition of the services of eminent personalities from their respective fields.