Ekushey Padak

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Ekushey Padak
Photo of Ekushe Padak (Medal).jpg
Awarded by
Government Seal of Bangladesh.svg
Government of Bangladesh
TypeNational Civilian
RibbonEkushey Padak Ribbon.jpg
First awarded1976
Last awarded2020
Next (higher)Independence Day Award

Ekushey Padak (Bengali: একুশে পদক) is one of the highest civilian awards in Bangladesh. In was introduced in memory of the martyrs of the Language Movement of 1952 (Bengali: বাংলা ভাষা আন্দোলন).[1]

The award consists of 100,000 Taka, an 18 carat gold medal weighing 3 tolas. It also includes a certificate of honour.[1] The medal was designed by the artist Nitun Kundu.[2] The amount of the cash reward was originally 25 thousand taka, but it was increased to 100 thousand taka. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs manages the Padak.

Prize categories and winners[change | change source]

Certificate of Ekushey Padak given to Principal Abul Kashem

Awards by decade[change | change source]

  • Ekushey Padak Awards (1976–1979)
  • Ekushey Padak Awards (1980–1989)
  • Ekushey Padak Awards (1990–1999)
  • Ekushey Padak Awards (2000–2009)
  • Ekushey Padak Awards (2010–2019)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Om Gupta, Encyclopaedia of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (Delhi: Isha Books, 2006), p. 691
  2. Obituary of Nitun Kundu, The Daily Star, September 16, 2006.