Government Policy

PM to inaugurate DSA building in Rangpur tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected

to inaugurate virtually the newly constructed District Shilpokola Academy

(DSA) building with ultramodern facilities tomorrow (Wednesday).

Officials of Rangpur district administration said the Prime Minister will

inaugurate the newly constructed eight buildings of District Shilpokola

Academies including in Rangpur virtually from an inaugural function at

Ganabhaban tomorrow.

Apart from Ganabhaban, the inaugural function will also be attended by

officials, political leaders, cultural figures and artists from Bangladesh

Shilpakala Academy Auditorium and Deputy Commissioners’ Offices of

Narayanganj, Jamalpur, Moulvibazar, Pabna, Kushtia, Khulna, Manikganj and


Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Md. Golam Rabbani and District

Cultural Affairs’ Officer Nujhat Tabassum Rimu have inspected the newly

constructed DSA building in Rangpur.

Earlier in March last, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid

inspected the newly constructed DSA building in Rangpur.

Meanwhile, the look of the once neglected DSA premises on the Town Hall

Square has completely changed creating an eye-catching attractive outlook


Centering the newly built building, cultural activities are going on the

Town Hall Square, which is famous for cultural activities, from morning till

night with an increasing number of culture fans.

The new DSA building has been constructed spending Taka 27 crore 26 lakh

in Rangpur divisional city, widely known as a fertile ground for cultural

movement and practice for centuries.

Cultural artisans and organizers are overjoyed with the inauguration of

this newly built five-storey building with the state-of-the-art facilities.

The new building has been constructed on about 45 decimals of land next

to the old DSA building in the heart of Rangpur metropolis.

The Public Works Department (PWD) at the initiative of the Ministry of

Cultural Affairs and with the funding of Government of Bangladesh

(Development) has implemented the construction works.

According to Rangpur PWD and DSA officials, the first and second floors

of the newly constructed building have a spacious auditorium with 500 seats.

The building has a car park in the basement, a conference room and art

gallery on the first floor, a cafeteria on the second floor, a library on the

third floor and a well-furnished dormitory on the fourth floor.

Apart from this, there are classrooms, office rooms, trainers’ rooms and

other rooms and various facilities including the latest sound system on

different floors of the building.

As soon as people enter this new building, they will see beautiful

terracotta highlighting historical establishments of Rangpur like Tajhat

Zamindar Bari, Zila Parishad Bhaban, Town Hall, Haribhanga Mango and bullock

cart, ‘Ektara’, ‘Dotara’, Flute and other folk and cultural heritages.

After completion of the construction works of the building, several test

cultural activities have been conducted there successfully.

Presently, the DSA has 12 contract-basis teachers for various subjects

and 300 students are undergoing training in music, dance, acting, ‘Tabla’,

fine arts and recitation there.

Adjacent to the newly constructed DSA building, there are offices of 18

promising literary, drama and other cultural organizations in the premises of

the famous Town Hall Square.

Talking to BSS, noted cultural personality Dr. Mofizul Islam Mantu said

that many cultural organizations have been practicing in this Town Hall

Square premises for a long time.

“We hoped that this divisional city would have a modern art building. Our

dream has finally come true. We believe that the new DSA building, built as

pledged by the Prime Minister, will give life to the cultural workers,” he


“This gift of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will further accelerate the

efforts for the practice, development, spread and nurture of Bengali culture

in Rangpur region,” he added.

Noted cultural personality, researcher and educationist Professor

Mohammad Shah Alam said the new building of the DSA would speed up the

cultural activities in Rangpur.

District Cultural Affairs’ Officer Nujhat Tabassum Rimu said the newly

built building of the District Shilpokola Academy would definitely add a new

dimension to nurturing and flourishing the culture of the people of Rangpur


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)