Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, well known as city of fine muslin, mosques and rickshaws has a fairly long history of evolution. Before it rose into prominence as Mughal capital of Bengal in 17th century and urban & commercial centre, it was under the Sultanates from 14 century. It came under British control in 1757. Dhaka with passage of time testify different faces of history. Photographs and digital archives are the most effective ways that can keep visual records of its colourful history.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Novo Theatre, National Archives & Assembly Chamber of Parliament
Assembly Chamber of National Parliament designed by famous Architect Louis I Kahn in SB Nagar, Dhaka
Inside Assembly Chamber Parliament with Najma in 1988 National Library and Archives, Agargaon, Dhaka
Established in 1973 and housed in a massive building at Agargaon, hundreds of shelves at the National Archives contain bundles and piles of historical documents that include historical records, government reports, district records, collectorate records, old maps, government publications, gazettes and other documents that are indispensable for writing the national history and reconstructing the local history of Bangladesh.
There are 12 to 13 lakh documents and books in the Archives but as the Archives were established in 1973, many important records were lost. People come here to do research on laws and regulations, life, society and history. Eminent Architect Mazharul Islam designed the building.
Bhasani Novo Theatre at Bijoy Sharani
The Novo Theatre (Planetarium), Dhaka’s famous landmark beside the Bijoy Sharani was inaugurated in 2004. In it, there are 275 seats for viewers to watch shows, the duration of each show being 45 minutes, 3-5 times a day with tickets sold at the gate. GOTO, a Japanese company has set the projector for the show. The theater comprises of five floors; two under ground floors for car parking and residential accommodations for the officials and employees of the theatre. Remaining three floors are for shows and administrative activities covering an area of 1.25 lakh sft. The gallery starts from the first floor and extends up to the 3rd floor. The first floor holds a lecture hall having a capacity for150 persons. At the top floor there is a conference room, and a prayer room. Novo theatre has been designed by Arch Ali Imam and construction done by PWD.