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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