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Hatirjheel to house largest dancing fountain

Update : 09 Apr 2017, 01:48 AM
If you visit one of Dhaka’s leisure spots, Hatirjheel lake, in the evening, you might be treated to an amazing dance of colours and music. The 1,980 square metre Hatirjheel Musical Dancing Fountain, built in the waters of Hatirjheel lake, is the first dancing water fountain in Bangladesh. The fountain creates aesthetic designs of different colours and three-dimensional images, achieved by employing the effects of timed sounds and light, including lasers against water particles. The water refracts and reflects the light, and in doing so, produces the images. Project director of Hatirjheel Integrated Development Project, Major Kazi Shakil Hossain, told the Dhaka Tribune that the dancing fountain is switched on just after sunset every day on a trial basis, and will be launched before the upcoming Bengali new year, possibly on April 13. “A new theater will also be inaugurated at the same ceremony for the fountain,” Shakil said. “The Hatirjheel fountain shoots water and different coloured light beams 10-80 metres high, which can be seen from various surrounding locations, including Police Plaza at Gulshan 1, Merul Badda, Modhubagh, and Begunbari,” he said. He claimed the Hatirjheel Musical Dancing Fountain will be the largest colourful water fountain in South Asia. According to Guinness World Records, the largest fountain is located in Singapore. Covering 1,683 square metres, the Fountain of Wealth shoots water up to 13 metres high. However, the Banpo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea, with its illuminated water curtains on both sides, is the world’s longest fountain on a bridge. Both sides of the bridge house has pumps that pass nearly 200 cubic metres of water every minute. The water comes from the Han River 20 metres below and is illuminated by LED lights before it falls back in the river.
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