Nadira Majumder: Anannya has extended the reach of Literature

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Anannya is a women’s Bangla magazine published fortnightly in Bangladesh since 1987

Author Nadira Majumder received the Anannya Sahitya Award – for Bangla year 1426 – on Sunday at the Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum. 

While describing her feelings while receiving the award Nadira said: “Anannya has extended the reach of what is considered to be Literature. By recognizing non-fiction books about science and politics as part of Literature, Anannya has once again proven the greatness of Literature.”

According to a press release from Anannya, the award ceremony began at 4pm with the screening of a short documentary on Nadira Majumder. The maker of the short documentary was journalist and film-maker Taposh Kumar Dutta.

The chief guest of the event Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury handed the award crest to Nadira. The special guest Professor Muhammad Ibrahim presented her the award certificate and a check of Tk1 lakh as honourarium. The event was presided by social worker Maleka Khan, who presented Nadira with the ceremonial sash.

In his speech Muhammad Ibrahim said: “Nadira has launched a new path of science-journalism. She used to travel to University on a bicycle in the 70’s. In the classroom I taught her science, but I in turn learned a lot about gender from Nadira.”

Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury said in his speech: “Anannya has been serving a big purpose for the last 32 years. I congratulate Tasmima Hossain. She kept the magazine going in spite of many obstacles.”

Regarding award recipient Nadira, he said: “Nadira is a writer of unique quality. She brings Science and international politics to the Bangla language reader. Even if she lives abroad, we benefit due to her teaching of science. Her investigative and scientific perspective on life has enriched us in many ways.”

Serajul also said: “We live in a patriarchal system. Nadira has broken this system. The girl from Bangla Bazar has been revolting silently against the system through her writings.”

Maleka Khan said in her speech: “We need to know Science. We need to create friendship with Science; not conflict. We need to think scientifically just like Nadira.”

Nadira Majumder has been living in Czech Republic for a long time. She was born on May 1, 1953, in Dhaka. She completed honors in Physics from University of Dhaka. In her professional life Nadira has worked as an accountant, computer programmer, financial manager, and a policy maker for the Czech Republic. She also worked as an external consultant to the Refugee Commission of the United Nations. 

Among the published books by Nadira Majumder there are Ei Amader Prithibi, Akmeru Bonam Bohumeru, Mohabishshe Amrao Achi, Biman, Krittim Upogroho, Agneogiri O Bhumikomper Kahini, Nanaronger Biggyan, Einstein Superstar, Shomoy, Tumi Ke?, etc.

Previous Anannya Sahitya Award winners are – Selina Hossain, Rizia Rahman, Nilima Ibrahim, Dilara Hashem, Rabeya Khatun, Sanjida Khatun, Shahid Janani Jahanara Imam (posthumous), Nurjahan Begum, Razia Khan Amin, Ruby Rahman, Purabi Basu, Anwara Syed Haq, Mokbula Monzur, Jharna Das Purkayastha, Saleha Chowdhury, Noorjahan Bose, Maleka Begum, Quazi Rosy, Professor Niaz Zaman, Jahanara Naushin, Sonia Nishat Amin, Begum Akhtar Kamal, and Begum Mushtari Shafi.

Anannya Sahitya Award was established in the Bangla year 1401-  which was 1993, according to the Gregorian calendar. Every year a female author is recognized for their work through the presentation of the Anannya Sahitya Award.

Anannya is a women’s Bangla magazine published fortnightly in Bangladesh since 1987. The magazine has notably championed the role of women in literature in the Bangladesh society with its annual Anannya awards, which is given since 1993.