Warm Reception to Bharatanatyam dancer Dr Narthaki Nataraj Padma Shri
Bandhu arranged the Reception at the main auditorium of the National Museum on 29 February 2020 in honor of the noted Bharatanatyam dancer Dr Narthaki Nataraj, the first Indian transwoman ever to receive the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2019, which is the fourth highest civilian award of India.
UNDP Country Director Sudipto Mukherjee together with Bandhu’s Chairperson Anisul Islam Hero and Executive Director Saleh Ahmed handed her over the crest of honor at the ceremony to pay a tribute to the artiste, and to encourage all transgenders in Bangladesh at the same time.
Dr Narthaki presented a dance performance at the event and expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the organisers and people of Bangladesh. Bandhu’s transgender community dance group “Shatta (Essence of Soul)” also performed at the ceremony.
Born in Tamil Nadu, India, Dr Narthaki Nataraj received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Periyar Maniammai University, India in 2016. Honoring her legacy and career as an icon empowering the marginalised transgender community, Tamil Nadu School Education Department introduced a lesson about Nataraj in the Tamil textbook for Plus One (11th Standard) students in 2018.
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