What does the SBI logo mean? What is the history behind it? Here’s the answer

Ever wondered why the SBI logo is of the color blue, what is SBI logo meaning what does the color white at the bottom represent? Why doesn’t it complete a full circle? Read to find the answer.

Sbi logo in 1955 vs Sbi logo now

The very first representation of the State Bank of India was a Banyan Tree in 1955. It was chosen because the banyan tree symbolized strong roots and branches – which also seems to be the case with India’s largest public sector bank. The strong root and branches depict the capability of the Banyan tree, which are – growing in all directions, growth, success, stability, and helping people stay safe.

However, the logo faced criticism and was abandoned because the Banyan tree does not allow any other plant to grow within its space.

Did you know that on 1 July, the Imperial Bank of India became the State Bank of India? Imperial Bank of India, as per its royal charter, acted as the central bank for British India, prior to the formation of the Reserve Bank of India in 1950.

SBI Logo Now

The current logo of the State Bank of India comprises a blue circle with a small cut to the center of the circle at the bottom. The logo was designed by Shekhar Kamat. The logo was unveiled on October 1, 1971 – on the day of the inauguration of the SBI Central office at Backbay Reclamation Bombay.

SBI logo now

SBI logo meaning

The blue color circle in the logo represents unity and completeness. Whereas, the white color in the logo represents the common man, which represents a vital part of the bank.

While an interesting interpretation of the logo is that the white part in the logo stands for a keyhole, indicating safety, security, and strength.

Another interpretation of the SBI logo is that the white circle inside the blue circle represents the bank’s branches, and the vertical line stands for the streets and lances of any city which leads to the bank’s branch, highlighting that wherever you might go, SBI will be there to serve you.

Is SBI logo inspired by Kankaria Lake?

While many believe that the inspiration for the new SBI logo came from Ahmedabad city’s Kankaria Lake. But all these interpretations were put to rest when the designer of the logo, Shekhar Kamat, revealed the real meaning behind it.

The inspiration behind SBI logo

“My thought was to design a simple logo. In those days, bank counters had a round token with a hole, so the idea was to shape a logo as simple as the token. The round blue shape was to signify strength, protecting your wealth. The color blue was selected to match the Indian sunny blue sky. Of course, I didn’t write this at the time of the presentation of this design. Certainly, inspiration didn’t come from Kankaria lake. Sorry to disappoint those who thought it did.”

If you look at the Kankaria Lake, you will know why many believed the inspiration came from the lake.

SBI logo(left) Kankaria Lake(right)
SBI logo(left) Kankaria Lake(right)

What do you think of the logo? What did you first think of the logo?


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