The hall was once the center of culture in Tangail
Bhashani hall, once the source of traditional entertainment, in Sadar upazila of Tangail, is in dire need of renovation.
Due to the poor condition of the building, it was declared unusable by the authorities three years ago.
The hall began its journey in service of Bengali culture with the name of Town Hall in April 2 of 1978. It was later named after the Mazlum Jananeta (Leader of the Oppressed) Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.
The reminiscence of the hall by cultural artists in Tangail provide insights about the significant role it played in spreading culture across the mass in the district.
The artists said traditional drama, music, and dance performances were staged in the hall, which had the capacity to accommodate a maximum of a thousand audience. Book fairs were held from time to time in the hall's yard, and it was a perfect spot for get-together for people devoted to culture.
Apart from cultural programs and concerts, the hall once held numerous political gatherings, and meetings. On a recent visit to the hall, this correspondent found homeless people lying in its algae infested balcony, and a heated market of betel leaf on its yards.
Elderly musician Ellen Mallik said: "Bhashani hall was once the center of culture in Tangail. Due to the hall being out of order, the cultural practices in the area lost pace." Same sentiment has expressed by a local poet, Mahmud Kamal.
Mousumi Yousuf, a dance teacher in the locality, said: " Audiences of all casts and creed thronged to the hall to enjoy cultural programs, and concerts. It had the highest number of audiences than any other place in the area. I hope it will be renovated soon for the benefit of all."
Tangail Additional Deputy Commissioner (general) Mosharof Hossain Khan said: "District administration has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs for the renovation of the hall. We can proceed with renovation as soon as the proposal is passed by the ministry."