Press Esc to close
Friday 12 February 2016
News updated at 12:58 PM IST
Weather
Max: 32°C
Min : 19°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Documenting Bangladesh

Baishali Adak, Dec 6, 2012
historical The Armenian Church in Armanitola, old Dhaka, was established in 1781.

It may have been more than a century since united Bengal was divided, but the community members still yearn to meet and know their brethren on the other side of the border.

Many travel to their forefather’s birthplace, some make religious pilgrimages, while the rest just catch a train and set out to explore the forbidden land.

Arindam Mukherjee, a research scholar at the Archaeology Department, Calcutta University, decided to discover the neighbouring country through his lens, and is now sharing his experiences through a photo exhibition ‘Glimpses of Bangladesh.’

He informs Metrolife, “As a young Bengali kid, you are inundated with stories about Bangladesh – its natural beauty, people, links from the past – all of which are hugely fascinating. Then, through my archaeological studies, I came to know that Bangladesh is a treasure trove of historical, religious and cultural heritage. This is in the form of architecture, music, dance, writings and colourful festivals.”

Therefore, I started on a journey to know Bangladesh six years back. Beginning with Dhaka – the Capital, I moved southwards to Jessore, Khulna, Bagerhat, Barisal etc., followed by the northern part of the country – Rajshahi and Dinajpur and finally the Eastern border areas Sylhet and Chittagong. I covered 64 districts of Bangladesh in all, over several visits amounting to seven months.”

Arindam’s exhibition covers a wide cross-section of important religious sites in Bangladesh. He has, for the first time, documented the seven shaktipeeths in Bangladesh. These are spots where Goddess Sati’s body parts are believed to have fallen when Lord Vishnu dismembered them.

These are spread over places like Kumira – hidden in dense forests, Josheshwari, Sitakundo, Baurbhag etc..

Then, he has photographed Buddhist monasteries like the Paharpur Buddha Vihar, Comilla Buddha Vihar, Wari Bateshwar monastery etc. He has also clicked the Armenian Church in Armanitola area of old Dhaka which is an architecturally significant monument established in 1781.

He has photographed many majestic havelis of erstwhile zamindars which now stand abandoned and in ruins. These include one in Puthia (Rajshahi), Barisal, Manikganj etc., besides, the three mansions of the Tagore family in Shilaidaha, Patiser and Shahjadpur.

Other than these, he has also shot Bangladeshis rejoicing during their various festivities – Eid, Shab-e-barat, Durga puja, Kali puja, Saraswati puja etc. Arindam says, “During Janmashtami, a huge procession is brought out in Dhaka and boat processions are held in various rural areas like Barisal. The magnificence of it has to be seen to be believed.”

He adds, “Many of these sites I have photographed are not being maintained and could be lost in the years to come if the authorities do not take responsibility for them. I would hereby like to request governments of both the countries to come forward and take care of them. These have withstood the travails of many millenniums. We must make sure that they stand tall in future as well.”


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Relatives of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad mourn his death at his home in Betador in Hubli...

Relatives of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad mourn his death at his home in Betador in Hubli...

Vehicles stranded at Jawahar Tunnel, which connects the valley to the rest of the country during...

Vehicles stranded at Jawahar Tunnel, which connects the valley to the rest of the country during...

Girls taking selfie during the lok Mela at Punjabi University in Patiala...

Girls taking selfie during the lok Mela at Punjabi University in Patiala...

President Pranab Mukherjee walks at the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan during its press...

President Pranab Mukherjee walks at the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan during its press...

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi inspects guard of honour during...

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi inspects guard of honour during...

Gold medal winners Prarthana Thombare and Sharrmadaa Baluu of India, pose during the presentation...

Gold medal winners Prarthana Thombare and Sharrmadaa Baluu of India, pose during the presentation...

Bangladesh Goalkeeper Md Rasel Mahmud in action against Nepal during the group matches of the...

Bangladesh Goalkeeper Md Rasel Mahmud in action against Nepal during the group matches of the...

Shooters of India and Pakistan take part in the individual 25m center fire pistol men's...

Shooters of India and Pakistan take part in the individual 25m center fire pistol men's...

Sri Lanka's Nalantha De Silva, right approaches as India's P.L.Thiamanna, tries to control the...

Sri Lanka's Nalantha De Silva, right approaches as India's P.L.Thiamanna, tries to control the...

T Gopi of India winner of gold medal (front ) and Suresh Kumar of India winner of silver medal...

T Gopi of India winner of gold medal (front ) and Suresh Kumar of India winner of silver medal...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523