Sir Frank Peters
Health Desk—April 26, 2017: Congratulations and deafening enthusiastic applause are due to Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir for not only bringing glory to Bangladesh in the shape of India’s most prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award, but for being the first Bangladeshi to do so.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was introduced in 1969 by the Indian government and named in honour of Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered the father of Indian cinema.
The awards set out to recognise the contribution of film personalities towards the development of the Indian Cinema industry and for the first time in its history, on the 148th birth anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke, one of its coveted prestigious trophies went to a Bangladeshi.
Sayem Sobhan Anvir's significant win is not too unlike Musa Ibrahim’s historic achievement when he became the first Bangladeshi to scale Mount Everest, a formidable conquest by any yardstick.
Winning awards at home always carries great pride for the individual; winning one in a foreign country brings prestige, pride and joy beyond comparison, not only to the individual, but the nation collectively. And it’s great that the nation is not solely dependent on its cricket team!
The eminent Managing Director was given the award for his contribution to the development of mass media, social service and sports in Bangladesh. The glory of which, no doubt, will be shared deservedly among the individuals at the Daily Sun, Bangladesh Pratidin and Kaler Kantho, the online news portal Banglanews24.com, Radio Capital FM radio station and TV channel News 24.
I couldn’t agree more with Prof Al Masud Hasanuzzaman of the government and politics department at Jahangirnagar University when he said the award was given in an individual capacity, but it glorifies the image of the whole nation. Winning any award is always a matter of pride, but it is more prestigious when a man is given an award by a foreign country,” he said.
All reputable awards can be encouraging and inspire others to achieve goals way beyond their own expectations and dreams that illuminate and enkindle greatness from the depth of their innermost recesses, which benefits the individual and society at large. The Olympic Games offer countless examples.
With a respected rock solid foundation like the East West Media Group to stand on, perhaps Sayem Sobhan Anvir will consider introducing his own awards for the greater benefit of Bangladesh, especially its youth.
Meanwhile, he deserves the unreserved applause of all.
Sir Frank Peters is a former newspaper and magazine publisher and editor, an award-winning writer, humanitarian, a royal Goodwill Ambassador, and a loyal foreign friend of Bangladesh.