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Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014

PM opens Light & Sound Show at Lalbagh Fort to attract visitors

Reported by: UNBconnect
Reported on: February 7th, 2014 08:37:39 pm

Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday evening inaugurated the country’s first ‘light and sound show’ at Lalbagh Fort, an archaeological site, in the city aiming to attract more local and foreign tourists apart from projecting its history.


The show involves special lighting effects that will be projected onto the building’s façade synchronised with a recorded narration and music to dramatise the Fort’s history.


Eminent writer and poet Syed Shamsul Haq prepared the narration while cultural personalities Shimul Yousuf and Asaduzzaman Noor gave their voice.


Between mid-November and mid-March, there will be two 30-minute shows every day, except Sunday, one between Maghrib and Esha prayers, and another after Esha prayers.


Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that her government always put its efforts to uphold the culture and traditions of the country.


She said that in 1996, the Awami League government took the initiative to introduce such an event on this site. “But we could not finish that project during our tenure. Later, BNP-Jamaat allaince government did not carry forward the project.”


Sheikh Hasina said that after assuming office in 2008, her government again took the project in hand. “The scope of recreation in Dhaka is very little. This light and sound show will give the people of the capital city a scope for recreation.”


She mentioned that this light and sound show will also attract the foreign tourists.


The Prime Minister also said that the government is developing all naturally beautiful places and archaeologically important sites to attract more tourists.


Tickets for the light and sound show at Lalbagh Fort will Tk 20 each in addition to Tk 10 entry fee for Bangladeshis while Tk 100 for visitors from Saarc countries and Tk 200 for others.


Preparations for the show cost Tk 2.83 crore and the monthly revenue is expected to be around Tk 5 lakh.


The show will be introduced in many of Bangladesh’s 448 archeological sites, including Buddhist Vihara of Paharpur, Shatgombuj Masjid in Bagerhat, Kantajew Mandir and Mahasthangar, according to the Cultural Affairs Ministry sources.