Ekushey Padak

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Ekushey Padak
(Bengali: একুশে পদক)
A Medal of Ekushey Padak
Awarded for Substantial contribution in various fields including: literature, music, education, journalism, and visual arts.
Sponsor Government of Bangladesh
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh Bangladesh
Presented by Ministry of Cultural Affairs
First awarded 1976

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.[1]

The award consists of 100,000 taka (US$1,250 as of February 2015), 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 ৳ 25,000, but it was subsequently increased to ৳ 100,000. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs administers the award.

Certificate of Ekushey Padak given to Principal Abul Kashem

Awards by decade[edit]


  1. ^ a b Khan, Sanjida (2012). "National Awards". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "Artist Nitun Kundu passes away". The Daily Star. 16 September 2006.