Tuesday 27, September 2022

Nat’l museum’s 109th founding anniv: Seminer, exhibition

News Desk: Bangladesh National Museum celebrated its 109th founding anniversary organising a seminar and lifting the curtain on a month-long exhibition on Sunday.

Bangladesh National Museum, formally inaugurated on November 17, 1983, began its journey as Dacca Museum on August 7, 1913.

The seminar titled ‘Dacca to National Museum: A History of Transformation’ was held at the museum’s Sufia Kamal Auditorium in the morning.

The public education department of the museum organised the seminar.

State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid was present as chief guest and cultural affairs secretary Abul Mansur was present as special guest at the event.

Jahangirnagar University archaeology department professor Mokammal H Bhuiyan read an essay on the museum’s history and Dhaka University zoology department former chairman and WildTeam chief executive Anwarul Islam was present as discussant at the seminar.

Bangladesh National Museum director general Md Kamruzzaman delivered the welcome speech at the event, which was presided over by the museum’s trustee board president AAMS Arefin Siddique.

KM Khalid said that the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made an immense contribution to the development of Bangladesh National Museum.

‘Sheikh Mujibur Rahman played a crucial role in the development and growth of Bangladesh National Museum. A rich museum is crucial for the preservation of history and culture. We have taken the initiative to expand the museum and I hope we will begin the work soon,’ added KM Khalid.

‘I want to pay tribute to all who have played an important role in the 109-year journey of the museum. A museum helps to preserve history and culture. I invite the younger generation to visit Bangladesh National Museum,’ said Abul Mansur.

‘Today is a glorious day for this museum because we are celebrating its 109th founding anniversary. The museum has grown a lot. Exhibits belonging to multiple cultures are being displayed at the museum,’ said Md Kamruzzaman.

Following the seminar, a photography and book exhibition titled ‘Bangabandhu Muktir Agranayak’ was inaugurated at the Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Gallery.

The exhibition has been organised by the history and classical art department of Bangladesh National Museum. State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the event.

Besides, KM Khalid along with guests and staff of the museum launched the catalogue of the exhibition at the inaugural ceremony.

The exhibition is displaying 100 memorabilia belonging to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with artworks depicting the country’s founding president.

Among the displayed artworks, Dulal Chandra Gayen’s acrylic painting titled Baba Mayer Sathe Bangabandhu shows Sheikh Mujibur Rahman together with his father and mother while Shahjahan Ahmed has displayed a portrait of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The exhibition is also displaying 100 photographs. The photographs depict important moments in the life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, including Mujib waving to people at the then Race Course Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan, on January 10, 1972; Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib in Tungipara in 1947; Mujib inspecting weapons surrendered by freedom fighters in Tangail on January 24, 1972; and others.

Besides, 150 books on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have been displayed in the exhibition, which will end on August 31.


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