A museum has been set up at the residence of "Bhai" Girish Chandra Sen, the first person to translate Qur'an in Bangla, in Narsinghdi sadar upazila to showcase his literary works and various items the scholar used in his daily life.
The renovators, Oitijhya Onneshwan, have been working tirelessly since February 2 last year to restore the original appearance of the two-storey building in Panchdona village.
His bust and a plaque describing his life and work will be placed in front of the museum.
The restoration work of Girish Chandra Sen museum is almost complete and the team hopes to open its doors for visitors within this month.
Girish Chandra (1834-1910), born in Panchdona village, was a religious scholar, translator and journalist. He wrote and published 42 books in Bangla, according to Banglapedia.
His works, particularly translations of Prophet Muhammad's sayings and writing biographies of Muslim personalities, earned the respect of the Muslims who called him 'Bhai' Girish Chandra.
Oitijhya Onneshwan undertook the restoration work of his house under the district administration with an Indian grant of Tk1.20cr.
Specially-designed bricks made in Wari-Bateshwar, lime and powdered bricks, apart from clay roof tiles from Jessore, quality woods and British-era furniture were used to renovate the building.
Jahangirnagar University's archaeology Professor Shah Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, also the executive director of Oitijhya, said their team had first investigated the original structure and method of construction to maintain the original appearance.
“Visitors will see the same old house,” Mostafizur told the Dhaka Tribune.