Dhaka University (DU) on Monday conferred ‘Feroza Begum Memorial Gold Medal’ on eminent singer Runa Laila.
DU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman bestowed the medal to Runa at a function held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus.
The function was organised by the university’s ‘Feroza Begum Memorial Gold Medal Trust Fund’ marking the 92nd birth anniversary of the late renowned singer.
“It’s a special day in my life. It is a blessing for me to get such an award remembering Firoza Begum Apa. Reward gives happiness and inspiration, but this reward is different as it is named after Feroza Begum. Thanks so much for deeming me as eligible for the reward,” Runa Laila said in her reaction.
Remembering the memory of legendary Nazrul Sangeet Artiste Feroza Begum, Runa Laila said, “She always inspired artistes. She adored and blessed me when I met her. Her memory will remain forever to us along with her songs.”
While addressing the programme as the chief guest, DU VC Akhtaruzzaman said Feroza Begum was a legendary figure who spread Nazrul Sangeet to the world. He also congratulated Runa Laila for achieving the prestigious reward.
ACI Foundation chairman M Anis Ud Dowla, Chairman of Feroza Begum Foundation and donor of the trust fund, gave the welcome speech upholding the dedication, sacrifices and practices for music of her sister Feroza Begum.
DU music department graduate Urmi Ghosh achieved ‘Feroza Begum Memorial Gold Medal’ for getting the highest CGPA in Bachelor of Arts examination in 2017.
Feroza Begum Memorial Gold Medal Trust Fund was formed by her family with Taka 60 lakh on February 13, 2016 in memory of Feroza Begum who was born in July 28, 1926 and died in September 9, 2014.