A project titled ‘Hidden Heritage: Homes in Dhaka’ has been unveiled to highlight the beauty of the historical structures that witness different periods of history located in the capital Dhaka. Five buildings have been identified in this project. They are Haturia House in Banshal, Kabir House in Iskaton, Rajshahi House in Moghbazar, Asaf Khan’s residence in Dhanmondi and Revati Mohan Das House in Sutrapur.
The project, in partnership with The Bengal Institute for Architecture’s Landscapes and Settlements, EUNIC (European National Institutes for Culture) and the British Council, was recently unveiled at Haturia House in the capital’s Bangshal area.
Kristen Hackenbrosch, director of the Goethe Institute, and François Grozian, director of Alliance Française de Dhaka, explained how the project began in their welcome speech. Bengal Institute Director Kazi Khalid Ashraf discussed the importance of this project. Project curator Salauddin Ahmed and members Nasir Khan and Rubaiya Nasreen showed the website to everyone. Later, the owners and representatives of four of the five establishments spoke about the history of the establishments and the stories behind them.
Robert Chatterton Dickson, the British High Commissioner assigned to Bangladesh, highlighted the importance of preserving history at the opening ceremony. The chief guest of the event, European Union Ambassador to Dhaka, Charles Whiteley, expressed his happiness to inaugurate the event at a historical place in Old Dhaka. The event ended with a qawwali performance.
The British Council informed about the project, the purpose of the ‘Hidden Heritage’ project is to preserve the long history of Dhaka’s historical buildings and the stories behind them. Several historical buildings of the capital Dhaka have gained people’s attraction and popularity as archaeological monuments. However, with the social and economic changes, new buildings are being built in place of these historic buildings.
Under the project, various historical, social and environmental issues related to important structures located in Dhaka city have been preserved and presented through online presentation. This is the first such presentation of the archaeological monuments of Dhaka city. In terms of web-based presentation, there is more to the multimedia platform – virtual tours with 360-degree photography, videos, still images and drawings and much more.