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Dhaka City Exhibition in the UK


I developed and launched the exhibition in London in 2005 to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of Dhaka regaining the status of a capital city on 16 October 1905. The Exhibition provided highlights of the city's history and present day dynamism, through photographs, written texts, sounds and interviews.


History of Dhaka City

EXHIBITION PANEL SLIDESHOW Slide show below is from the exhibition at Swiss Cottage Gallery during April - May 2006

The exhibition was launched at the City Hall on 24 May 2005 by London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi, who also provided a range of prior support which made it easy for me to undertake the project. The occasion was the reception given by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingston, to the Bangladesh Cricket Team who was visiting London to play their first ever Test Match with with the English Team at the Lords Cricket Ground. Many people in the UK and Bangladesh provided unconditional support and help in developing and delivering the exhibition.

I am ever so grateful for all their support. Different individuals helped in different ways. The people who provided the most valuable support, including opening up many doors for me in Bangladesh and the UK, are:

In the UK

Frank Small (Librarian at Morpeth School), Andrew Amos (Librarian at Mulberry School), Cllr. Khalil Kazi (Newham), Rumman Ahmed, Bahauddin Latif, Cllr. Graham Lane (Newham), Murad Qureshi (London Assembley Member), Niaz Alom, Bodrul Alom, Muhammad Ali, Kumar Murshid, Monowar Badrudduza, Lukman Ahmed, Rubel Ahmed, Cllr. Ayub Ali (Newham), Margaret Barr (Tower Hamlets Education), Noel Penstone (Greenwich Council Equalities), James Morrison (Greenwich Council Education), Masood Lone (Camden Council Equalities), Cllr. Nasim Ali (Camden), Cllr. Helal Rahman (Tower Hamlets), Cllr. Helal Abbas (Tower Hamlets), Stephen Murray (Tower Hamlets Arts), Rotimi Akinseti (Greenwich University), Dr Nazia Khanom, Sujel Miah, Cllr. Apu Bagchi (Bedford).

In Bangladesh

Imtiazul Haque (a young brave student who took me everywhere in Dhaka even when I was scared to go places with my camera), Abdul Wasey Khan Hashu, Romel Ahmed, Rakiba Ahmed, Waliur Rahman Sujon, Nizamuddin Awlia Leepu, Sadeka Chowdhury, Rani Shihan Padamse, Jahan-E-Alom Borham.

To date the exhibiton has toured Mile End Arts Pavillion, Stephen's Lawrence Gallery in Greenwich University, Stratford Central Library, Luton Central Library, Camden Bangladesh Mela, South Camden Youth Access Point, Swiss Cottage Gallery, Morpeth School, Mulberry School, Brady Centre, City Hall, Whitechapel Idea Store and Forest Gate School.

In addition to thousands of people who visited the exhibition a total of 40 school visits took place at the Mile End Arts Pavilion and Stratford's Central Library where I provided guided tours and ran a quiz. Below you will find copies of various publicity materieal regarding the exhibition and invitation cards for private views during the launch at various places.

Images (below) from the exhibition at Mile End Arts Pavilion (May 2005) and at Stratford's Central Library (October 2005)