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Bangladesher Harano Golpo

  • Published at 04:01 pm November 1st, 2018
WT_Oct 31, 2018
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An attempt to immortalize the tales and historical sites by Finding Bangladesh

Bangladesher Harano Golpo is a feature-length documentary film directed by Adnan M S Fakir with the prime focus of collecting, preserving and initiating conversations on Bangladesh’s histories, mythologies and legends, dating as far back as 3000 BC. The film aims to provide a voice to the forgotten, untold tales of our land and help us in being more sentient of ourselves and our identity.

Finding Bangladesh in association with Robi Axiata Limited premiered their spectacular documentary film at the Krishibi Institution of Bangladesh (KIB) auditorium on October 26. The film was dedicated to Annisul Huq. The chief guest, Rubana Huq, Managing Director of Mohammadi Group graced the event with her presence and a brief speech, followed by one from the special guest, Tina F Jabeen, Advisor of StartUp Bangladesh-iDEA Project, ICT Division. 

Goals and objectives

Inspire
Inspire the younger generation to explore, visit and learn more about Bangladesh’s lost tales in a fun and engaging manner.

Preserve
Raise awareness about consciously protecting and preserving the historical locations of Bangladesh.

Promote
Promote local culture and products by enabling the younger generations to immerse themselves in revered local traditions.

Brand
Brand Bangladesh as an educated tourism hub—initially among young people locally, and then internationally.

Alongside, guests amongst the list of VIPs were Vice Chancellors Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, UAP, Prof Omar Rahman, IUB, Prof Yusuf Islam, IUBAT, Prof Yusuf Islam, Daffodil University and former Vice-Chancellor Prof Imran Rahman, ULAB.

“Our younger generations have grown up studying post-colonial political and western histories, Roman legends and Greek mythologies, but what about stories of our origin?“

The curtain was raised at 4:30pm revealing the 80-minute long documentary film portraying 11 stories from 17 historical locations across Bangladesh. It started off with the brilliant saga of Raja Pratapaditya, one of the legendary Baro Bhuiyans, the journeys of Khan Jahan Ali, the legends of Gazi, Kalu, Chompaboti and the mythologies of the Makara, Bon Bibi and Kamini, all of which crossed the boundaries of mere customs. 

Moving on, it covered stories from Jessore’s Jora Shiv Temples, the magnificent Shyamnagar’s Ishwaripur Rajbari and the Abhayanagar 11 Shiv Temples that carries within it the tale of princess Abhaya. The script takes us on a short trip through the mysterious Damrail Navaratna Temple, uncovering the secrets of Bagerhat’s Ajodhya Temple while displaying the exquisite terracotta plaques of the Dhopadi Temple. 

Heading down towards Khulna, the glorious mosques of Bagerhat were portrayed beautifully on the screen. We also witnessed the only remaining temple deep in the Sundarbans. The audience also got a quick glimpse of honey hunters collecting honey in the dense forest which was a feast for the eyes.

At the end, we got to relive stories from Barisal, we got to see Rayerkathi Rajbari and its magnificent temples towering with the trees. The director brought back the ghost tales of Krittipasha Rajbari and then ended their journey with the tranquility of the Misiri Par Buddha Bihara residing by the waters of Kuakata.

For the teaser: facebook.com/findingbangladesh/