Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and leader of the Opposition Awami League Sheikh Hasina will be given the Mother Teresa Lifetime Achievement Award in Kolkata on Sunday.
Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, actors Madhavi Chakraborty and Sabitri Chatterjee, singers Arati Mukherjee and Haimanti Shukla, Calcutta University Vice-Chancellor Ashish Banerjee have also been selected by the Mother Teresa Millennium Awards.
"Sheikh Hasina will be given the Mother Teresa Lifetime Achievement Award on June 25. She has confirmed participation at the function," Mother Teresa International and Millenium Award Committee (MTIMAC) chairman Arun Biswas said on Wednesday.
The Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner's office said that Hasina would arrive in Kolkata on Saturday and leave on Monday.
Veteran filmstar Dev Anand, also being given the Mother Teresa Lifetime Acheivement Award, is likely to attend the function, Biswas said.
Dismissing reports that the awards would be given away by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, he said it would be conferred either by Church of North India's Bishop of Kolkata Reverend PSP Raju or the Roman Catholic Church's Vicar-General of the Kolkata Archdiocese Fr Michael Baaju, both of whom would be present at the function.
The MTIMAC is part of the West Bengal Minority and Weaker Sections Council, a secular forum established in 1986 among others by former West Bengal Chief Minister Prafulla Chandra Sen and Roman Catholic Bishop Lineus Gomes.