The honoured personalities are: noted singer Rafiqul Alam, sports commentator Khoda Baksh Mridha, actor Abdul Aziz, footballer Shamsul Islam Mollah, classical singer Manjusree Roy, playwright Moloy Kumar Bhoumik and sculptor Mrinal Haque.
Speakers at the function, held Friday night, underscored the need to uphold and nurture our cultural heritage to resist fundamentalism.
They observed that the country remained deviated from its founding principles while development hindered for many years as there was a rise in fundamentalism. A revival in mass cultural practices could be vital to fight that, they said.
They also demanded immediate trial of war criminals.
Speaking at the programme, eminent littérateur Hassan Azizul Haque said that a life without any trace of culture is "living like an animal." He urged politicians to act immediately to encourage cultural activities instead of lip service.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy DG, Kamal Lohani said that Bangladesh was once rich in natural resources and has been known for its communal harmony. "We may have lost our treasures due to a deep rooted conspiracy but surely we can overcome any scheme against out cultural identity."
Among others, Rahmat Ali of Dhaka University and Anisur Rahman, GS, Rajshahi Sangskritik Shangha spoke at the event. Vice president Md. Amiruzzaman was in the chair. The Shangha published a memorial magazine, edited by Mamunur Rashid Mukul, on the occasion.
Chief guest, Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, emphasised on importance of honouring accomplished individuals. He said, "Talents are not born in a land where they are not honoured."