Photography Practice in Khulna and its History . . .

Recently I visited the Drik gallery to see the Photography exhibition on the history of photography practices in the Khulna district. And I am willing to say that each and every photo lover and photographer carefully visit in this valuable photographic exhibition especially young photographer get some ideas and learn more from this exhibition.

Captain: A passport photograph exhibiteded by Khulna photographers, and their studios at Drik gallery. March, 2023 © Monirul Alam

I think it is a unique photography exhibition, especially how a single photograph speaks and turns into valuable history, during my visit to Drik gallery each and every picture was closely read and observed. I saw many pictures of during 1962, 1965, 1970, and the Liberation War 1971, and later have been placed in the show. Most of the photographs are from the personal collection of photographers and studios in Khulna, apart from it I really appreciate the way of presentation and their research methods.

Captain: A photographs exhibted by Md Nurul Haque Lablu at Drik gallery. March 2023
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The exhibition focuses on the evolution of photography in Khulna between 1930 and 2000. Along with that, 170 photographs dating back half a century was selected for display at the show.

I think the curated part also has an important role to display the exhibition and of course, the place of the gallery is a matter. And I would like to say that Drik gallery deserves it for displaying, and presenting any kind of Artwork for the exhibition. Their staff also professionally handles with good care for any Artwork.

Captain: A passport photograph exhibiteded by Khulna photographers, and their studios at Drik gallery. March 2023 © Monirul Alam

The exhibition was curated by internationally acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam and curator SM Rezaur Rahman. Drik organized the photography exhibition.

Thank you to all the photographers, organizers, curators, and those who research this valuable photography exhibition in the Khulna district. The exhibition will remain open to all every day from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm till 19 March 2023 at Drik gallery in Dhaka.

Captain: A photograph exhibited by Tushar Kanti Roy Chowdhury at Drik gallery. March 2023
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Note: all exhibited works rights reserved by the Khulna photographers and their studios.

Diary / March 2023

Drik Gallery, Dhaka

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Broadcast and Cross-Media Journalism

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I would like to start four months Post-Graduation Certificate Course in Broadcast & Cross-Media Journalism under the BRAC University and PATHSHALA in Collaboration with Erasmus University, Rotterdam the Netherlands. Hope it would be a good drives for me to studies in a New Media.

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400 years Dhaka History through Light and Sound Display in Lalbagh

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The night view of the Diwan-i-amm palace east part of Lalbagh.©Monirul Alam

The sky was cloud that day, before an hour heavy rain was splash in the Dhaka city; I make a phone call to Sultana Apa who will be arrange a Light-Sound Display at Lalbagh Fort in old part of Dhaka. She reply me after, we hope to start around 7.p.m. I moved to Lalbagh fort from my office around 5.p.m.

The ministry of Culture organized the `Light and Sound Display in Lalbagh Fort program first time (fixed display show) in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh government financed in thes project with support of Creation Unlimited, the 30 munities light-sound display show will be open for the public after inauguration it may regularly display for two times in Lalbagh fort,  said their press release.

After a few discussion about the issue the Hon. Minister Abul Kalam Azad ministry of Culture arrive on time with other official and special guest was also present their, Finally the light and sound display was shown.

The light-sound show mainly present the 400 years history of DHAKA, a beautiful narrative with sound and light present the history of Bengal, Mugal period and Bangladesh history. During the display present viewer were really enjoyed when the light and sound appeared into the Lalbagh fort  building like Darbar Hall & Hammams,Tomb of Pari Bibi’s. Finally the present viewer thanks to the organizer and historians expert,  said a few suggestion after the end of the show and Azad also recommend a few things about these display.

Short Summery of Lalbagh:

The 17th century, Lalbagh Fort is still witness of Mughal Emperor of Bengal  the most popular and renowned fort and a great signature of art  in Bangladesh. It is also known as Fort Aurangabad. It is situated beside the Buringal River in old part of Dhaka, Lalbagh. It was an incomplete structure by a Mughal Emperor named Prince Muhammad Azam (third son of Aurangazeb). He started the work of the fort in 1678 during his vice-royality in Bangladesh (Previous Bengal). He stayed in Bengal for 15 months. It remained incomplete when he was called by his father Aurangazeb.

Shaista Khan was the new Subedar of Dhaka in that time, and he did not complete the fort. In 1684, the daughter of Shaista Khan named Iran Dukht (Pari Bibi) died there. After her death, he started to think the fort as ominous, and left the structure incomplete. Among the 3 major parts of Lalbagh Fort, one is the tomb of Pari-bibi (middle of east-west of the fort),The Mosque (west),The Diwan-i-aam palace (east).

After Shaista Khan left Dhaka, it lost its popularity. The main cause was that the capital was replaced from Dhaka to Murshidabad. After the end of royal Mughal period, the fort became abandoned. In 1844, the area achieved its name as Lalbagh replacing Aurangabad, so the fort as Lalbagh Fort.

Reports:Monirul Alam

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