Int’l Museum Day celebrations begin

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:15, May 18,2017

International Museum Day

A man donates an ancient copy of the Holy Quran to cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor on Thursday to be preserved at Bangladesh National Museum. — Snigdha Zaman

The weeklong International Museum Day celebrations programme began at Bangladesh National Museum on Thursday.

The programme will feature seminars on various topics relating to functions of the museum in preserving history, memorial lectures, discussion sessions and cultural programmes.

International Museum Day is celebrated across the globe on May 18.

Cultural affairs minister Asaduzaman Noor inaugurated the programme in the presence of chairman of the trustee board of the museum Hashem Khan, museums’ former director general Dr Enamul Haque, present director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury and others.

They discussed the role of the museum in a country and also charted out the achievement of the Bangladesh National Museum in the past few years.

Following the inauguration ceremony, many individuals and some organisations donated more than 100 artifacts, including a rare copy of the holy Quran written during the rule Hazrat Usman (ra) in the seventh century, a very old camera, musical instrument of the ethnic communities, coins of the Mughal era and others. 

The opening day’s programme also included a discussion session attended by professor Rehman Sobhan as the chief guest in the afternoon.

Samir Baul presented popular Baul songs.

A seminar on ‘Museums in Contested History: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums’ will be held today. Eminent singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya will present Tagore songs in the evening at the museum’s main auditorium in the evening.

A seminar highlighting the role of the corporate sector in development of museum will be held tomorrow.  The day’s programme will also include a solo show by Luva Nahid Chowdhury at Sufia Kamal auditorium.

On Sunday, musical organisation Bhabnagar Foundation will present Charyagiti in the evening following a seminar on Bangladesh National Museum’s collection of gold coin of the historic Samatata era.

Two seminars, one on the use Bangla font in information technology and another on eminent author Shawkat Osman, will be held on Monday.

A discussion session on old Bangla magazines, including Sawgat and Begum will be held on Tuesday. New galleries on world civilization and Indian civilization will be inaugurated on the day.

A commemorative programme on legendary writer-playwright Humayun Ahmed will be held on Wednesday. Singer Ferdous Ara will present Nazrul Sangeet at the main auditorium of the museum.

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