Mural on history, culture of Bangladesh opens in Norway


Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Kristiansand city Mayor Oddvar Munks Gaard and artist Ismail Hossain stand in front of a mural presented as a gift to the Norwegian city by the corporation.

A 100 feet by 10 feet mural featuring various aspects of Bangladesh’s history and culture was unveiled by Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton at Kristiansand city in Norway on October 24, the United Nations Day.

Liton, at a press conference in Rajshahi Nagar Bhaban yesterday, said Rajshahi City Corporation built the mural at a cost of Tk 17.71 lakh as a gift of appreciation to Kristiansand Kommune (the city authority).

Kristiansand Kommune organises sale of artwork by the city’s children and the money is being used in different development projects in Rajshahi for the last 30 years, he said.

The friendship between the two cities date back to the War of Liberation when a Kristiansand photojournalist covered many incidents in Rajshahi and other regions, he added.

Kristiansand city Mayor Oddvar Munks Gaard described the mural as a “generous gift”.

The artist Ismail Hossain said he used tiles and 160 different colours to project the Language Movement, historic 7 March speech, the four national leaders, freedom fighters, surrender of Pakistani army, Shaheed Minar, National Mausoleum and Jatiya Sangsad.

Its also features cultivation by farmers, fruits of Rajshahi, boat on Padma river, ox-driven cart, rural fair under banyan tree, bioscope, circus elephant and women carrying water, weaving silk clothes, husking rice and fishing.

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