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.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
'Thika Gari' back in Shahbagh..
A 'Thika Gari' in the foreground in Chawkbazar, 1904 PG Hospital BIRDEM Shahbagh Dhaka Museum New version of horse cart seen Picture box near TSC
A small community of Armenian tradesmen came to live in Dhaka in the 18th century. They flourished in business and soon became rich. Many of them acquired Zamindari and estate. They opened shops in Shankharibazar and Patuatuli to sell European commodities. Among them, G.M. Sirkore introduced horse cart in 1856 for the first time that became popular in Dhaka. It is said, the number of cart rose to 600 by 1889. The cart with wooden body was designed to carry people together with their household utensils and was very popular. It was known in Dhaka as “Thika gari”. The horse carts became extinct in the 1960’s. It is heartening to see the prototype of 'Thika Gari' adorning the island in front of Hotel Sheraton intersection at Shahbagh.