A Case Study on
Traditional Painted Clay-made Pottery in Rajshahi Region: SHAKHER HARI

Anarja Tapos

The cultural history of Bangladesh as a land of crisscrossing rivers is colorful and continuing from time immemorial. Even though the history of urban-based artistic practices is comparatively new, the practices as well as the history of folk art have already travelled a long way. The ancient artistic signs found at the Dhibi of Pandu Kingdom in undivided Bengal (West Bengal of India at present) and at Uari-Botesshor of present-day Bangladesh remind us of that long history. Soil is a very significant element in the history of Bangladeshi folk art. … read more

A Case Study on the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Collections of Liberation War Museum Relating to the Liberation War of Bangladesh 1971

Amena Khatun

Bangladesh is a land of syncretism and tolerance culture accumulating different customs, religion and ethnicity within its territory. Cultural Heritage is one of the most important belongings for the people of our country inspiring them to live with peace and harmony. We have also been encouraged by our cultural activities in different historical crisis from British Colonial Period to the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and so on. In this long historical journey of Independence of Bangladesh, we had to fight for 200 years against British colony and then from 1947 to1971 against Pakistan and our cultural heritage have always been one of the strongest weapons to win against them. During the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, when Pakistan Army started genocide through murder, sexual violence, arson resulting forcible deportation of almost one million Bangladeshis who took shelter as refugee in different states of India, cultural activities was one of the most powerful strength for keeping the homeless people hopeful.  Poem, Song and Drama motivated Freedom fighters and the homeless people of Bangladesh throughout the Liberation war… read more

Social mobility of intangible cultural heritage in Bangladesh
Dr. Md. Amirul Islam

Background of cultural heriage in Bangladesh

Folklore reveals and helps us understand our humanity. Communities throughout time and space have created stories, songs, dance, music, rituals, customs, festivals, and various material artistic genres (a small sampling of what folklorists study) to make sense of and to celebrate the world and the human condition. Our expressions flourish when tradition connects communal wisdom with innovative inspiration. As its name indicates, folklore involves both “folk” (a group of people) and “lore” (creative expressions) (Mary Magoulick). Hence folklorists study “artistic communication in small groups” (Ben-Amos 1972) or “creativity in its own context” (Glassie 1999). Formerly… read more

Milestone initiatives of Bangladesh National Museum to preserve intangible heritage

Asma Ferdousi

Assistant Keeper

Bangladesh National Museum


Bangladesh National Museum as a wing of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh is playing central role to preserve tangible and intangible heritage of the country and portraying rich, positive and bright image in front of the world community. On August 7, 2013 Bangladesh National Museum celebrated its 100 years of establishment. In its long journey, it has significantly enriched herself with intangible heritage and the milestone steps are:

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Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Paharpur Region of Naogong District: A Case Study on Safeguarding
by Mr Bulbul

Paharpur (thana Badalgachhi, District Naogaon) is renowned as a World Heritage site since 1985. It’s a Buddhist Vihara complex (Somapura Mahavihara) with a colossal temple of a cross-shaped ground plan in the centre of the courtyard and with an elaborate gateway on the north. The archaeological evidences indicate that the Vajrayana Buddhism was practiced in Bangladesh from the 7th century onwards, and Somapura Mahavihara was a renowned intellectual centre in the Buddhist world until the 12th century. Besides the Somapura Mahavihara, there are several ancient archaeological sites around Paharpur. They are Holud Vihara (Badalgachhi, Naogaon), Jagoddol Vihara (Dhamoirhat, Naogaon) and Bhimer Panti (Dhamoirhat, Naogaon). Beside these tangible heritages, Paharpur region is also rich in intangible heritages…. read more

Protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bangladesh

S.M. Shamim Akter

The country Bangladesh being situated between south and south-east Asia inherits a rich   cultural heritage of its colourful history of more than two millennia. The deep-rooted socio-cultural heritage of Bangladesh reflects a distinct mode of living and a rich aesthetic past. Culture in Bangladesh, like elsewhere, is a combination of our traditional values and practices interwoven with external influences, which have molded the culture of our country. Bangladesh’s culture has it’s own intense personality and a unique character formed by its nature, history, tradition habits customs and long arduous struggles for national identity and survival. Our culture includes music, dance, art & crafts, drama, photography, film, jewelry, pottery, wood works, cane works, metal works, stitch works, monuments of architecture, manuscripts, iconography and so on…. read more

A Case Study of an Element from Bangladesh for Inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

As a case study we are proposing Pahela Baishakh for nomination for Inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This case study has been designed to be concise, and its purpose is to demonstrate the process of selection, the process of nomination, how the nomination file is prepared in Bangladesh, and how we shall satisfy all the criteria for inscription.


Bangladesh is a South Asian country, located between India and Myanmar. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh maintains a national inventory

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Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Indigenous peoples of Bangladesh

Sharif uddin Ahmed

There are many indigenous peoples in Bangladesh and each of them has its own glorious culture. These peoples live in different parts of  the country but mostly in the north and north east of the country . Though they have commonness in their culture but some differences are also present even within the same clan. One common feature among most of the indigenous peoples is that they are animist…. read more

Concept and Guidance for Compilation of a National Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh

Firoz Mahmud

Carrying the water drifting from a cave in the Himalayas of Northern India, the sacred Ganges flows southeastward into Bangladesh. The Brahmaputra, originating from the northern slopes of the Himalayas in Tibet, flows through Northeastern India before entering Bangladesh. The eastern part of the Brahmaputra valley, lying mainly in Bangladesh, occupies a part of the adjacent Indian State of Assam. The eastern channel of the Ganges, called the Padma in Bangladesh, …. read more

Diversified Cultural Expressions: Bangladesh Context
- Prof. Muhammad Sirajuddin

The original core inhabitants of Bangladesh (and West Bengal State of India) are considered to be Veddid or Vodo, an ethnic group akin to the Veddids of Sri Lankan West-Coast. This fertile deltaic plane has attracted throughout history immigrants of various ethnic origin from far and near. These ethnic strains are variously described as proto-Austroloid, Negrid, Proto-Nordic, Mongoloid, Homo-Alpinus, Indid, Melanid, Caucasoid, etc.


The ethnic groups of Bangladesh used to speak…. read more

Measuring attitude of target market in dhaka towards diversification of Jamdani:

Jamdani is one of the shining success stories of Bangladesh. It was not only innovated in Bangladesh, but it could not be replicated anywhere else in the world. These two together makes this fine weave, Jamdani uniquely Bangladeshi. Jamdani travelled from Dhaka through Agra, to Bukhara, Samarkand and other parts of West Asia in the time of Mughals. Even today, it contributes …. read more

Holding on to the intangible: problems and possible solutions

The right to culture is accepted as a basic human right. It is given great importance in national and international legislation. A nation assumes or defines its cultural identity by accepting and protecting its cultural heritage, be it tangible or intangible, be it the heritage of its majority or minority. It is to be inclusive and it is to be cherished.

Human diversity and respect for the variety of cultural heritage is much stressed and celebrated in this age of globalization when consumerism seeks to engulf the world and promote a single, uniform culture for the people of the world. Faced with the challenge of losing the rich, magical diversity of human culture the United Nations has placed human diversity at the core of its doctrine. The attitude towards cultural diversity has evolved and transformed with changed political and economic realities. Now we face more than ever before, the threat of losing languages, music, objects, practices, spaces etc. which have evolved through thousands of years.

We as a people have a history that stretches…. read more