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Exhibition on architectural heritage in Old Dhaka

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A parallel exhibition depicting the people and professions of Old Dhaka as well as the architectural heritage of Sutrapur Mohalla in Old Dhaka has begun at a heritage home at Holding No 6, Hemendra Das Road, Bangla Bazaar, in the city’s Sutrapur area on May 11.
Co-organized by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh and Urban Study Group (USG), the exhibition aims to showcase the necessity for and value of heritage conservation.
Architect Shamsul Wares, former president of IAB inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest. He was then accompanied by the special guest of the evening, Khushi Kabir. Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh and architect Taimur Islam, CEO, Urban Study Group (USG) were also present during the inauguration ceremony.
Talking to the audience, the speakers emphasized the importance of making accessible new cultural venues in Dhaka city. Opening the doors to places as of yet outside of public awareness may increase our identification with the gems Dhaka city to date has to offer and that are in need of being preserved for future generations.  
In February 2017, a Berlin based German photographer Guido Werner visited Dhaka for a photography project on Puran Dhaka’s inhabitants. During the visit, Guido Werner took photographs of people from different walks of life and simultaneously their interviews were conducted by volunteers of the Urban Study Group.
The exhibition Puran Dhaka Biographies features portraits of 15 individuals along with their biographies based on those interviews.
The exhibition Gems of Sutrapur showcases the potential of heritage conservation in Puran Dhaka by exhibiting photographs and urban designs on Sutrapur area, the place of the exhibition.
The exhibition remains open for visitors until May 14 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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