SD Berman’s home in Bangladesh to be converted into a cultural complex

legendary musician and composer Sachin Dev BermanA palatial mansion in Bangladesh’s Kumila district is all poised to transform into a cultural complex after the Sheikh Hasina government approved Tk 1.10 crone (Rs 86 lakh) for the project.

Dev Berman, born in 1906, spent the first 18 years of his life in a Rajbari (palace) in South Charta village in Kumila, an advocate and prolific author who edited a 596-page book on musicians. said Gollum Falk.

“His musical talent was honed under the tutelage of his father, who was a sitalist. Dev Burman graduated from Cumilla Zilla School and in 1924 from Victoria Government College.

His father, a descendant of the Tripura royal family, has moved to Cumira to look after the princely estates.

The palace where the musical master was born and raised was designated a protected monument on November 30, 2017, Bangladeshi officials said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Agartala to attend the convocation of Tripura University in 2012 and promised a delegation of writers and cultural activists there that the house would be preserved and converted into a cultural center and museum. did.

In May 2017, Hasina traveled to Comilla to attend the 116th birthday of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and lay the cornerstone for seven projects.

Faruk said the palace was built on seven acres of land, much of which has eroded over the years.

“But Cumilla MP AKM Bahauddin Bahar was able to vacate a significant amount of land with the help of the district administration,” he told PTI.

The MP, when approached, stressed that the government had licensed Tk 1.10 crore to build the complex.

Md Kamrul Hasan, Cumilla’s district collector, said the administration was waiting to hand over the house to the archeology department and that all restoration work had been completed.

“The restoration work was completed a long time ago. This site has not yet been handed over to the archeology department, so it is still managed by the district manager. is taking care of the house,” he told PTI.

Farukh, who is also a “mukti jodda” (freedom fighter), said that “many geniuses, including the famous Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, visited Dev Bahman’s house and played music with him.” An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the abandoned building was used as a military warehouse during the Pakistani regime.

After the warehouse was removed, part of the house was turned into a poultry farm, and the site has been known as the “Cumilla Poultry Farm” ever since.

“Former Minister of Culture and theater personality Asaduzzaman Noor had previously announced that he would build a complex around the house with a stage floating on a pond. A music library was also part of the plan. I will have to,” he added.

Sachin Dev Bahman, commonly known as “Sachin Karta,” lived in Cumilla until 1924, Falk said.

“He departed Kolkata Pursue higher education that year, and after that Mumbai The Dev Berman family who lived in the Kumilla family emigrated to India after 1947,” Falk added.

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