Dhaka City Museum

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Dhaka City Museum an antiquarian institution (Dhaka Nagar Jadughar) under the dhaka city corporation. It came into being as a private establishment named Dhaka City Museum on 20 June 1987, with the objective of preserving the historical relics and cultural heritage of dhaka city. Prof Muntassir Mamoon took the initiative for its creation. The other persons involved in its initiation were Prof Sirajul Islam, town-planner Nazrul Islam, architect Rabiul Hussain and artist Hashem Khan. The first President of its Trustee Board was Sirajul Islam and the first General Secretary, Muntassir Mamoon. At first it was located in an ancient house at Panch Bhai Lane in old Dhaka. Later on the Museum was shifted to several other places. After a few years, when the City Corporation had shown its interest to take over the museum, it was handed over to the Corporation on 20 July 1996. The transfer programme was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister sheikh hasina. At present, the Museum is housed in a big hall located at the fifth floor of the Nagar Bhaban of the Dhaka City Corporation and run through a Trustee Board by the City corporation.

The City Museum started its journey with various aims and objects like bringing of the notice of the public through display of different material mementoes, the eventful history and artistic works of the Dhaka city; creating awareness about the tradition among the citizens; growing consciousness in the minds of the city-dwellers by throwing light on numerous problems of Dhaka City; and preserving different important documents relating to Dhaka City, etc.

Since its conversion into City Museum, a great number of mementoes connected with the history, tradition and culture of Dhaka has been collected so far. In the meantime, the City Museum has published 13 research works concerning cards, posters and booklets on different historical sites of Dhaka town, and various other themes about Dhaka. Notable among these works are Mohammad Abdul Quayyum's Chawkbazarer Ketabpatti (The Book-Lane of Chowkbazar), Shamsur Rahman's Smritir Shahar (A Town of Remembrance), Abdul Karim's Dhakai Maslin (The Muslin of Dhaka), Muntassir Mamoon's Dhakar Hariye Zawa Kaman (The Forgotten Cannons of Dhaka), Patrick Gadress Dhaka Nagar Unnayan Parikalpana (The Planning for the Development of Dhaka City), etc. Besides, the important historical events of Dhaka City are very often brought to the notice of city-dwellers through the display of photographs. [Md Selim]