Monday, April 26, 2010

Dhaka: Lal Kuthi(Northbrook Hall)


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Saturday, 24th April 2010

northbrok, hall, farashganj, lalkuthi, dhaka

Most of the people from the Old Dhaka knows this Northbrok hall as "Lal Kuthi", means red building. The color of the building is red, and it was build during the British period. This building is named after lord northbrook, Viceroy of India (1872-1876).

northbrok, hall, farashganj, lalkuthi, dhaka

This building has both the Mughal Style, and European style. The window, doors, and the walls were ornate using European style. But the domes at the top of the building were ornate using Muslim style.

northbrok, hall, farashganj, lalkuthi, dhaka

The hall is just beside the buriganga river. Its at 60, BK Das road, Farashganj. It has lost its attraction for the Farashganj building at the left side of the hall, and a community center at the right side of the hall. Both of those just ate the premise of the hall.

northbrok, hall, farashganj, lalkuthi, dhaka

Now a days this hall used to arrange Drama at every Friday 5-9 PM. The ticket price is 20 taka per person. Once again, Friday is the only day for the drama lovers. So check your schedule.

northbrok, hall, farashganj, lalkuthi, dhaka

Recently Bangladesh Govt just announced this building as an Archaeological property, and any harm or distortion of the building will be severely penalized. But I think the announcement came at too late, when almost the beauty of the hall is lost.

northbrok, hall, farashganj, lalkuthi, dhaka

If you are familiar with the Curzon Hall of dhaka university, that case you'll find the similarities between them. Both of are same in style and structure, even the color.

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