World Heritage Day observed at Lalbagh Fort

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:10, Apr 19,2017

Lalbagh Fort

A view of illuminated Lalbagh Fort on Wednesday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

The important historical events of Dhaka as the capital was narrated through a light and sound show at the historic Lalbagh Fort on Tuesday as part of World Heritage Day celebrations programme organised jointly by archaeology department and private organisation Friendship on Tuesday.

The show, based on Syed Shamsul Haq’s script and directed by Nasirul Haque Khokon, colourfully narrates lifestyle of the inhabitants of Dhaka since its proclamation as the capital of Mughal Bengal in 1608 to the final recognition of the city as the capital of Bangladesh after its independence through liberation war in 1971.  

The events were narrated by Asaduzzaman Noor and Shimul Yousuf.

World Heritage Day celebrations programme also featured exhibition, discussion and book launch.

Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor attended the programme as the chief guest, while cultural affairs secretary Ibrahim Hossain Khan and director general of archaeology department Altaf Hossain were present as special guests.

The exhibition at a makeshift tent inside the fort displayed artifacts gathered from different heritage sites, photographs of heritage sites and wood replicas of extinct boats.

Display of replicas of over a hundred extinct boats once popular in different areas of the country drew a large crowd to the programme.

Among the displayed boats were shaluk of Kutubdia, malar of Pabna, sampan of Chittagong, patam of Sylhet, balar of Kushtia, podi of Khulna, palki of Chandpur, goyna of Rajshahi and many others.

Among artifacts, there were sculptures and statues of Hindu gods like Bishnu, Brahma and Shiva, coins, metal and terracotta pieces. Besides, photographs of major archaeological sites were also on display at the exhibition.

A book on rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh was launched at the programme.

In his speech Noor emphasised the importance of proper preservation of heritage sites and historical objects.

‘We lack in proper preservation facilities and skilled manpower to excavate and research archaeological sites. We have been trying to improve both facilities and manpower so that we can properly preserve our heritage sites,’ he said.

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