Friday, 9 December, 2022

‘Hidden Heritage: Homes in Dhaka’ launched

‘Hidden Heritage: Homes in Dhaka’ launched

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The Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements and the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in partnership with the British Council recently launched a project titled ‘Hidden Heritage: Homes in Dhaka’ at Haturia House, Bangshal in the capital. The project aims to record the history of Dhaka’s buildings and the stories behind them, said a press release. 

Five houses have been selected for this phase of the project: Haturia House in Bongshal, Kabir House in Eskaton, Rajshahi House in Moghbazar, Asaf Khan Residence in Dhanmondi and Revati Mohan Das House in Sutrapur.

Owners and representatives of the four other houses were also present at the launching ceremony of the project. They spoke about the histories of their houses.

Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley as the chief guest spoke about the Hidden Heritage project and expressed his delight at being able to inaugurate this landmark event, at a historical site in old Dhaka.

British Ambassador to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson highlighted the importance of preserving history.

Earlier, the event began with a welcome note by Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh and Francois Grosjean, Director of Alliance Francaise in Dhaka, highlighting how the project was initiated.

Director-General of Bengal Institute Kazi Khaleed Ashraf discussed the significance of the project. The curator of the project Salauddin Ahmed and team members of the project, Nasir Khan and Rubaiya Nasrin, presented the website.

The event concluded with a qawali programme.