Music instrument gallery reopened at BNM

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:52, Jun 09,2018

Bangladesh National Museum

Visitors at the music gallery of Bangladesh National Museum reopened on Saturday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh National Museum reopened its gallery displaying music instruments on Saturday for the visitors.

The gallery number 28, which remained closed for six years for renovation works, is now displaying 133 local and foreign instruments from the museum’s collection of 550 music instruments.

The displayed instruments can be catagorised in four genres, including, idiophones, membranophones, chordophones and aerophones.

There are many local and Indian instruments like ektara, dotara, dhol, hari, mridanga, dugdugi, khanjari, sarinda, sarod, swaraj, veena, rudraveena, bichitraveena, surbahar, surmandal and others.

Among foreign instruments, which are popular in the country, include, harmonium, violin, saxophone, clarinet, mandolin, banjo, piano accordion, cornet and others.

Besides the instruments, the gallery presents life and works of renowned musicians like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Kanailal Shil, Fakir Aftabuddin Khan, Bari Siddiqui and others.

For the visitors, the gallery also offers four touch-screen music players where visitors can enjoy instrumental music.

Before its closer in 2012, the gallery had 75 instruments on display.

The gallery was reopened by Bangladesh National Museum’s director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury. Officials of the museum were also present at the inauguration ceremony held at Sufia Kamal auditorium of the museum.

‘The gallery will attract musicians, music researchers and common visitors’, Chowdhury said.

‘Though renovation of the gallery ended in 2014, it took four more years to reopen the newly-decorated gallery’, said Nure Nasreen, keeper of ethnography and decorative art department of Bangladesh National Museum.

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