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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]

Ekushey Padak
(Bengali: একুশে পদক)
Photo of Ekushe Padak (Medal).jpg
A Medal of Ekushey Padak
Awarded forrecognition of substantial contribution in the field of literature, fine arts, education, Heroes of Language Movement, Research, Journalism, Economics and Poverty Alleviation.
Presented byGovernment of Bangladesh
LocationDhaka, Bangladesh
First awarded1976
Last awarded2013
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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 winnersEdit

Awards by decadeEdit

  • 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)


  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.