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  • Demolished in plain sight

    Puran Dhaka, even today, possesses enough heritage treasures to be the envy of many cities known for their historic character. Unfortunately, over the last decade, despite earnest efforts of civil society, activists and the media, there has been a steady increase in the erosion of its historic urban fabric.

  • Puppetry: The dying art form

    It is the year 1971. Standing beside a green paddy field, Yahya Khan and a Razakar are locked in a heated deabate against a Bengali farmer.

  • After Jamdani and Hilsa…

    In the last one year, two Bangladeshi products—Jamdani and Hilsa—received Geographical Indications (GI) from the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT). The DPDT is currently working on analysing 24 more goods.

  • Artwork for Sale, Not the Shobhajatra

    At a time when it's all but impossible to organise large-scale events without corporate sponsorship, the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), popularly known as the Charukola

  • Bangladesh Betar - The Story of Glory

    These days, when information technology and the internet are not far from our grasp, on hearing the name “Bangladesh Betar (Betar meaning radio in Bangla)”, one might ask, “Who would listen to Bangladesh Betar today?”

  • The Forgotten History of Dhaka Gate

    Once upon a time, it used to mark the terminus of the largest city of undivided Bengal; currently it lies uncared for, surrounded by

  • Ghuddi: The Romantic Consciousness of Cinema

    There are very few films made in our country that can be credited as alternative films. The last person to showcase this independent approach, both nationally and globally was Tarek Masud.

  • Dhaka's Brahma Samaj

    If you are a regular reader of Bengali literature, you must be familiar with the term 'Brahma Samaj'. But if not, don't mix up the term 'Brahma' and 'Brahman'—they are very different concepts.

  • The Pioneer Behind Ekushey Book Fair

    Muktodhara Prokashoni is the very first reason for us to be able to take part in and celebrate today's Ekushey Boi Mela. On 21st

  • 180 years of Chittagong Collegiate School

    In 1835 the General Committee of Public Interaction submitted a proposal to Lord William Bentinck, asking to establish an institution which would teach English literature and science in major cities such as Dhaka, Patna, Chittagong and many more.

  • Dhaka's Pandora's Box

    The definition of a market is an area or an arena in which commercial dealings are conducted. Now one can say that there's nothing remotely poetic about browsing through a market's shops— but what if a market gives the essence of the culture, the people and to some extent, the city as a whole?

  • An Evening in Laxmibazar Church

    Do you know that our country, which has a predominant Muslim population, owns a number of significant age-old structures

  • A Tale of a Tragedy

    It was December 11, 1971. A N M Golam Mostofa, Veteran journalist of the then daily Purba Desh was catering to family duties.

  • The legend of Ma Thin and her Undying Love

    It is said that in Bangladesh, nobody visits a police station until s/he is not forced to do so; however, the Teknaf police station has removed this stereotype with a very moving story.

  • Looking for Stories: A morning in Sadarghat

    Ever thought of looking for stories in one of the oldest and busiest spots in Dhaka? A trip to the Sadarghat is what you need.

  • The Kallol Era: A Glimpse into Bengali Modernism

    From the early 19th century, Bengal witnessed a change in its socio – cultural norms as the British Raj came into ruling.

  • From rags to ‘Kantha’

    A kantha is a great example of how you can upcycle your old clothes into something beautiful and functional.

  • Sirajganj's Special Weaves

    During the British colonial rule in the 18th century, when Bengali muslin was traded throughout the world, Britain's own clothing manufacturers conspired against the Bengali weavers.

  • A Witness to History

    There was a time when this particular place was more than just an educational institution. This haven once (trying its best even today)

  • The Art of Penmanship

    They don't have any fancy title attached to their names. They are not called calligraphers. Not even artist. But they have quality of little bit of both in them, because they know the art of writing beautiful letters.

  • The Mosque of Mohammadpur

    In the history and classical art section of Bangladesh National Museum, a photo of a beautiful mosque taken during the 60's can surprise audiences if noticed carefully.

  • A Blessing in Disguise: Bongshal Pond

    While you go through the chaos of Dholaikhal, at the edge of Tanti Bazaar, you will find a pond surrounded by the narrow streets that lead to Bongshal, old Dhaka. Bongshal pukur (pond)- as local people call it, has its unique charm reflecting the effervescent history of old Dhaka.

  • A Glimpse of the Tagores

    In the year 1784, a wealthy Bangali zamindar built a mansion in an area of North Kolkata. His name was Nilmoni Tagore who after a family feud decided to move out and build his own home.

  • The Finest Work of Art

    Practicing fine arts in an institutional manner was first established during the Renaissance period.

  • Satyajit Ray

    Bengal's Own Private Investigator

    In the year 1965, a popular children's magazine named Shandesh published a story written by Satyajit Ray.

  • Shahbaz Khan’s Legacy

    Dhaka city has a specific identity of being called 'the City of Mosques'. According to a 2008 survey of Islamic Foundation, there are more than 2.5 million mosques in Bangladesh, whereas around six thousand of them are in Dhaka city alone.

  • The Shankha Story

    During the last decade, Dhaka has experienced enormous changes in terms of architecture, lifestyle, and also the job market.

  • The Great Shahi Eidgah

    Dhanmondi Shahi Eidgah' located at Dhanmondi 6/A, is one of the most ancient archaeological sites in Dhaka city.

  • In Memory of the Three Leaders

    Do you remember the famous quote by Napoleon Bonaparte? “A leader is a dealer in hope.” A.K. Fazlul Huq (1873-1962),

  • A Montage of Young Scouts

    Emil Erich Kästner was a German author of the 20th century. Around the time of the Nazis, Erich's writings were widely criticised by the then Hitler government.

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