• Looking for Stories: A morning in Sadarghat

    Ever thought of looking for stories in one of the oldest and busiest spots in Dhaka? A trip to the Sadarghat is what you need.

  • The Kallol Era: A Glimpse into Bengali Modernism

    From the early 19th century, Bengal witnessed a change in its socio – cultural norms as the British Raj came into ruling.

  • From rags to ‘Kantha’

    A kantha is a great example of how you can upcycle your old clothes into something beautiful and functional.

  • Sirajganj's Special Weaves

    During the British colonial rule in the 18th century, when Bengali muslin was traded throughout the world, Britain's own clothing manufacturers conspired against the Bengali weavers.

  • A Witness to History

    There was a time when this particular place was more than just an educational institution. This haven once (trying its best even today)

  • The Art of Penmanship

    They don't have any fancy title attached to their names. They are not called calligraphers. Not even artist. But they have quality of little bit of both in them, because they know the art of writing beautiful letters.

  • The Mosque of Mohammadpur

    In the history and classical art section of Bangladesh National Museum, a photo of a beautiful mosque taken during the 60's can surprise audiences if noticed carefully.

  • A Blessing in Disguise: Bongshal Pond

    While you go through the chaos of Dholaikhal, at the edge of Tanti Bazaar, you will find a pond surrounded by the narrow streets that lead to Bongshal, old Dhaka. Bongshal pukur (pond)- as local people call it, has its unique charm reflecting the effervescent history of old Dhaka.

  • A Glimpse of the Tagores

    In the year 1784, a wealthy Bangali zamindar built a mansion in an area of North Kolkata. His name was Nilmoni Tagore who after a family feud decided to move out and build his own home.

  • The Finest Work of Art

    Practicing fine arts in an institutional manner was first established during the Renaissance period.

  • Satyajit Ray

    Bengal's Own Private Investigator

    In the year 1965, a popular children's magazine named Shandesh published a story written by Satyajit Ray.

  • Shahbaz Khan’s Legacy

    Dhaka city has a specific identity of being called 'the City of Mosques'. According to a 2008 survey of Islamic Foundation, there are more than 2.5 million mosques in Bangladesh, whereas around six thousand of them are in Dhaka city alone.

  • The Shankha Story

    During the last decade, Dhaka has experienced enormous changes in terms of architecture, lifestyle, and also the job market.

  • The Great Shahi Eidgah

    Dhanmondi Shahi Eidgah' located at Dhanmondi 6/A, is one of the most ancient archaeological sites in Dhaka city.

  • In Memory of the Three Leaders

    Do you remember the famous quote by Napoleon Bonaparte? “A leader is a dealer in hope.” A.K. Fazlul Huq (1873-1962),

  • A Montage of Young Scouts

    Emil Erich Kästner was a German author of the 20th century. Around the time of the Nazis, Erich's writings were widely criticised by the then Hitler government.

  • In garden of Roses

    Around the early 1900's, Hrishikesh Das became one of the prominent zamindars in Dhaka. He had a knack for luxury, and was often complimented by his friends for his houses around the area which is now Tanti Bazar.

  • BAFA: A History

    Rashid Ahmed Chowdhury, or more commonly known as Bulbul Chowdhury, was born in Chunatigram, Chittagong and grew up in Kolkata. “At that time, a muslim boy who dances was considered impossible!” says Hasanur Rahman Bacchu, guitar-guru and President, Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts.

  • Tale of an Old Park

    Enriched with wonderful architectural features, the historical 'Bahadur Shah Park' is located in Laxmibazar, Old Dhaka. During the first half of the 19th century, Nawab Khwaja Abdul Ghani, the first Nawab of Dhaka recognised by the British Raj, took the initiative of establishing this park.

  • The Good Old Days of Printing

    Close your eyes and try to imagine the age when computers had not been invented or introduced.

  • Digging into the Halim!

    “So what's your real name?” “They call me Mama! Even my wife and kids, and I love it that way!” answered Mama of the legendary Mama Halim with a proud smile on his face.

  • The White Marvel of Rangpur

    In the beginning of the eighteenth century, a rich jewellery merchant from Punjab named Manna Lal Roy arrived in Bengal for a

  • Rivers in Reel

    In 1958, an attempt was made to present the lives of fishermen of Bangladesh through a 35 mm reel. Inspired by the famous novel Padma Nodir Majhi by Manik Bandopaddhay, Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz wrote a screenplay which tip-toed around the

  • Empire of S M Sultan

    Legendary artist Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, popularly known as S M Sultan, is considered one of the greatest painters in the sub-continent. He was born on 10th August, 1923 in a poor family living in Masimdia village, beside the river Chitra, under Narail district.


    Glimpses of Old Dhaka, written by Syed Muhammed Taifoor (1885-1972), is one of the most influential books ever written on the subject of the history of Dhaka. And this statement is not an exaggeration in any way. If you read on this topic, you inevitably will come across references to Taifoor's book.


    Makhdum Shah Daulah Shahid (R.), the fourteenth century Muslim saint, recognised for preaching Islam in northern India was

  • The Haunted Estate

    The Bhawal estate is considered to be one of the largest zamindar estates of Bengal. The estate is spread over 1,500 kilometers which included 2,274 villages and a population of 5,5000 villagers.

  • Footprints of the Poet

    In 1840, long before the birth of Rabindranath Tagore, Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, grandfather of the poet, bought the

  • From the King's Carte

    Let's go back to a historical era, the Mughal era for example. Now let's imagine the emperor's den. When we think of the


    The ruler saw a strange dream: a goddess appeared and told him that she was to be found in a certain area under a particular