Shib Narayan Das

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Shib Narayan Das
Shib Narayan Das.jpg
Das knitting the first flag of Bangladesh.
Native name শিবনারায়ণ দাস
Born (1946-12-16) 16 December 1946 (age 70)
Tongibari, Bengal, British India
Nationality British Indian (1946-1947)
Pakistani (1947-1971)
Bangladeshi (1971-present)
Alma mater Comilla Zilla School
Occupation Student leader
The first flag of an Independent Bangladesh with the country map that does not exist in the current flag.

Shib Narayan Das (born 16 December 1946) is the first craftsman of the first national flag of Bangladesh.[1][2]

Designing the national flag of Bangladesh[edit]

As desired by the then NUCLEUS (Shadhin Bangla Biplobi Parishad) by a match stick and yellow colored paint, he marked the map of Bangladesh over the red circle of the proposed flag in the room numbered 108 of the then Iqbal Hall of Dhaka University (DU) from deep mid-night of June 6 up to the dawn of June 7 in 1970. A. S. M. Abdur Rab, Shahjahan Siraj, Kazi Aref Ahmed, Manirul Islam, Swapan Kumar Choudhury, Quamrul Alam Khan (Khasru), Hasanul Haq Inu, Yousuf Salahuddin Ahmed and some others were also involved in it and present at that time .

On behalf of the NUCLEUS, the same flag was unfurled by Abdur Rab along with AFM Mahbubul Haq, Das and other student league leaders from the roof top of the western porch of the Arts Faculty of DU, on March 2, 1971, shortly before the outbreak of the Bangladesh Liberation War.

After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, the map of Bangladesh was removed from the flag as it had difficulty for rendering the map correctly on both sides of the flag. Artist Quamrul Hassan was asked to report on the design, color, shape and explanation. On 17 January 1972, the new design was made the official national flag of Bangladesh.[3]


  1. ^ Uddin, Sufia M. (2006). Constructing Bangladesh: religion, ethnicity, and language in an Islamic nation. The University of North Carolina Press. p. 130. ISBN 0-8078-3021-6. 
  2. ^ Punny Kabir (December 13, 2013). "Shib Narayan Das: The flag redesign was pre-planned". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rabishakar Moitri (December 15, 2013). "আমাদের জাতীয় পতাকা". Prothom Alo.