From Mughal Outpost to Metropolis
ISBN 984 05 1374 5 1997 208pp 300x225mm HB Tk.2200.00 US$60.00
DHAKA: From Mughal Outpost to Metropolis is the first book that provides a pictorial history at the evolution of Dhaka’s urban, social, and political fabric and architecture. It is a visual narrative of how people lived, thought, and made this great city of the East. With two hundred and eight pages of colourful photographs, the book depicts the multifaceted picture of this great city.
Like many other cities of the developing world, Dhaka is a fast-growing metropolis of nearly nine million people, a large proportion of them living in poor, unsanitary conditions. Against this background are the sharply contrasting signs of modernism and affluence: high-rise buildings, automobiles, computers.
Dhaka’s four-hundred-year history is a collage of the legacy of the great empires, the Mughal and the British, and of the many foreign interlopers who came to this land spreading their religion or seeking their fortune. After a brief introduction, the pictorial chapters wonder through historic Sonargaon, old Dhaka, Sher-e-Banglanagar, and suburban Dhaka.
Dhaka’s attractive bazaars, colourful rickshaws, finely decorated mosques, impressive monuments, traditional lifestyles in the old town and on the banks of the Buriganga river, all appear in beautiful colour photographs, printed on high quality paper, to provide a unique portrait of the city and its people.
Golam Rabbani is a professional medical scientist, but started off as a photographer almost fifteen years ago. During this period, he lived in and visited many places of the world, photographing landscapes in Europe, Africa, and the National Parks in the United States.
Dr. Rabbani studied professional photography in New York, won numerous photography awards, and held exhibitions of his work. His interests in this challenging field of photography reflects his love and appreciation for nature and his ability to record on film the impact of time, place, and perspectives.