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Jatiya Sangsad model popular at UN photo show

  • Published at 10:42 am April 10th, 2019
File photo of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban Dhaka Tribune

It was displayed at a joint exhibition that showcased the great works of Jatiya Sangsad architect Louis Kahn

A model of the Jatiya Sangsad of Bangladesh has attracted a lot of attention from the international community, at a photo exhibition at the United Nations (UN) headquarters, in New York.

The model was displayed at the centre of the hall, for an exhibition titled "From Island to Island - The Creative Journey of Louis Kahn," on Monday, reports BSS.

The exhibition, jointly-organized by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN, was designed by architect and photographer Arne Maasik. 

It showcased the great works of Estonian-born American architect Louis Kahn — the chief architect of the national parliament of Bangladesh. 

The event was graced by President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, State Minister for Youth and Sports of Bangladesh Zahid Ahsan Russel, President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, and son of Louis Kahn, Nathaniel Kahn.

Speaking at the event, Russel said, “We are today commemorating Louis Kahn, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, and the magnum opus of his architectural creations — the Jatiya Sangsad of Bangladesh."

He added: “It is quite an eclectic effort, also a wonderful example of the camaraderie between the north and south. Today, we are also celebrating the unbreakable bond between Bangladesh and Estonia that Kahn's creation forged."

Remembering the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Liberation War, the state minister said that the parliament building is a tribute to the democracy of Bangladesh.

"To Bangladeshis, it is more than a parliament house; it is a symbol of stability, dignity, and national pride," he said.

The president of Estonia called the building one of Kahn's masterpieces, and called monuments built by Kahn as "epitomes of justice, freedom, and dignity for which the UN works."

Nathaniel Kahn, son of Louis Khan, spoke about "human agreement", the philosophy of his father’s architecture work.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Estonia Sven Jurgenson—along with a large number of permanent residents (PRs), diplomats, and the UN officials—attended the event.