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Maitree Dibash Celebrations

Dhaka, Delhi arrange ‘logo, backdrop design’ contest

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 19 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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As part of their decision to celebrate December 6 as the ‘Maitree Dibash’, Bangladesh and India are going to jointly organise a ‘logo and backdrop design’ competition to a get a befitting one for the day.

The logo and backdrop are to represent the spirit of Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, the ideology and vision of the struggle of Bangladeshis, and the spirit of fraternity and solidarity extended to this struggle by the people of India, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

Dhaka and New Delhi decided to celebrate December 6, the day when India formally recognised an independent Bangladesh, which was born out of the nine-month struggle of the Bangalee people for liberation from oppression, for a life of freedom.

To cherish this landmark day in history, the governments of India and Bangladesh have decided to celebrate the day as 'Maitree Dibash’ or ‘Maitree Diwas’.

In view of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh as well as the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties, both sides have agreed to jointly commemorate these epochal events in 18 select countries.

The decision to celebrate December 6 was taken during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the programmes, marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka.

The two countries issued a joint statement after talks between the two prime ministers in Dhaka on March 27 last.

The contest is open to all citizens of India and Bangladesh residing in respective countries or anywhere in the world. The submission of entry is free and no special qualifications are prescribed.

An entry could be an individual or a team project, provided participating team members are all nationals of India or Bangladesh, or both.

The contest will take place in two categories -- one for logo and the other for backdrop design. An entrant cannot submit more than one entry for each category but can submit separate entry for each of the two categories. Multiple entries from the same entrant for one category will not be considered and will be rejected.

Every entry should be accompanied by a brief written explanation of the design and how it best symbolises the concept of ‘Maitree Dibash’.

The entries will be judged on the basis of elements of creativity, originality, composition, technical excellence, simplicity, artistic merit and visual impact and how well the theme is communicated.

For each category of the contest, the selected winners will be awarded the first prize of US$1,000, second prize $700, third prize $500 and five consolation prizes of $200 each; the sum due will be paid in equivalent to INR or BDT.

The last date for accepting entries is 5:00pm on October 31, 2021.

Details are available at https://mofa.gov.bd/, https://mofa.portal.gov.bd/site/page/7667c74c-655d-4240-8ec4-83ff2d694c22.