Daily Sun Friday Oct 7 2011
Ahsan Manzil Museum, one of the most significant architectural monuments of the country, will be digitised to open an opportunity for visitors of any corner of the world to see its archeological relics.
The work for digitalisation will begin soon with a view to spreading its rare relics all over the world through internet so that visitors can see these relics, an official of Ahsan Manzil said. Dr Muhammad Alamgir of the museum said the numbers of visitors of Ahsan Manzil are increasing day by day and nearly 3,000 visitors come daily. Around 750,000 visitors from home and abroad visit Ahsan Manzil every year.
After assuming power, the present government has carried out massive renovation works at the museum for preserving its archeological sites.Information and Cultural Affairs Minis-ter Abul Kalam Azad inaugurated the newly renovated gallery of the Ahsan Manzil on 13 November, 2010. Nearly 3,500 relics used by Nawabs have been kept at 23 galleries of the museum. Dr Alamgir said 11 more galleries will be constructed at a cost of Tk 22.5 million or 2.25 crore
soon. A total of 93 belongings of Nawabs have been collected from members of Nawab families during the tenure of the present government, he said.
The Ahsan Manzil sources said Ahsan Manzil was the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family. The construction of this palace was started in the year 1859 and was completed in 1872. This magnificent building is situated along the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka city.
To preserve the culture and history of the area, the place was brought under Bangladesh National Museum on September 20, 1992.—BSS