Ekushey Padak

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Ekushey Padak
(Bengali: একুশে পদক)
A Medal of Ekushey Padak
Awarded for recognition of substantial contribution in the field of literature, fine arts, education, Heroes of Language Movement, Research, Journalism, Economics and Poverty Alleviation.
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh Bangladesh
Presented by Government of Bangladesh
First awarded 1976
Last awarded 2013

Ekushey Padak (Bengali: একুশে পদক) is one of the highest civilian awards in Bangladesh, introduced in memory of the martyrs of the Language Movement of 1952 (Bengali: বাংলা ভাষা আন্দোলন) that took place on February 21, 1952.[1]

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

Certificate of Ekushey Padak given to Principal Abul Kashem

Awards by decade[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Awards, from Banglapedia.
  2. ^ Obituary of Nitun Kundu, The Daily Star, September 16, 2006.