Banga Bibhushan and Banga Bhushan Award for eminent Bengalis by West Bengal state government in 2012

On 20 May 2012 the current state government completed their 1 year. On that occasion West Bengal state government decided to award the eminent Bengalis with Banga Bibhushan and Banga Bhushan award. This article is on these awards and who are awarded
 Last year West Bengal state government awarded eminent Bengalis with Bongoshree award.  In 2012, West Bengal state government awarded 13 eminent Bengalis with Banga Bibhushan and 3 Bengalis with Banga Bhushan awards. The award giving function was organized by West Bengal state government at Netaji Indoor Stadium and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee awarded the eminent Bengalis.

Among the 14 recipients of the Banga Bibhushan, pandit Ravi Shankar’s name was not mentioned although his name was in the list. Afterwards it was announced that state government failed to contact pandit Ravi Shankar.


The names in the Banga Bibhushan award list were of Ravi Shankar, actress Suchitra Sen, hockey legend Leslie Claudius, writers Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Sanjib Chattopadhyay, theatre personality Rudraprasad Sengupta, Bibhash Chakraborty and Shaoli Mitra, painter Jogen Chowdhury, shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, actor Ranjit Mallick, movie director Goutam Ghose, poet Joy Goswami and vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Banga Bibhushan carries an award of Rs 2 lakh each along with a memento and a swal. Actress Moon Moon Sen and her daughter took the award on behalf of Suchitra Sen. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty is presently in USA, his wife Chandana Chakraborty took the award on behalf of him.


Singer Nachiketa Chakraborty, vocalist Rashid Khan and table player Bikram Ghosh are awarded with Banga Bhushan award which carries an award of Rs 1 lakh each along with a memento and a swal.

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