The Europe- South Asia Maritime Heritage project

February 10, 2010

The Asia-Link Programme is an initiative by the European Commission to promote regional and multilateral networking between higher education institutions in EU Member States and eligible countries in Asia.
Co-financed by the European Commission this project is based on the implementation of a number of activities including the production of ten short video documentaries.
The 3rd film titled Bengal’s European Entanglement Architecture s coordinated by the University of Dhaka, offers survey of the architecture of Bengal from the late 18th till the early 20th centuries, through select buildings built by the British and local elites, which in turn, show the face and character of Bengal’s “colonial entanglement”. Within Bengal, a new breed of elites was created by the mid-19th century, which was “Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, opinions, morals and intellect”. Nowhere was this more evident than in the mansions of the Zamindars, the Zamindaribaris and Rajbaris.

Many of the mansions were built in various neo-classical modes, including the classicizing formality of the Murshidabad Palace, the Viceroy’s residence and the Ahsan Manzil in Dhaka, to the Puthia complex, which displays a sophisticated composition of free-standing and engaged courtyards, enclosures and dighis, all woven together into an integrated matrix with a rich sequence of spaces.
This film traces this architectural dialogue in Bengal and the development of a new architectural idiom.

A snapshot of Nawab Ahsanullah with Lady Dufferin inside Ahsan Manzil appears towards the end of the 1st quarter of the film. Ahsan Manzil is pictured details towards the 4th quarter of the film.To see this film, click the link below-


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