MA Taher’s photo exhibition held in city

Cultural Correspondent
Thursday, October 12th, 2017


Bangladesh National Museum recently organised a two-weeklong photography exhibition titled “Indigenous People of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh” by reputed Photographer M A Taher. The exhibition was inaugurated on September 16 at the Nalinikanto Bhattasali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city.


Asaduzzaman Noor MP, Minister of Cultural Affairs graced the occasion as chief guest while Bangabandhu Chair Professor Dr. Muntassir Mamoon and thespian Ramendu Majumder were present as special guest, veteran artist Hashem Khan, chairman of Bangladesh National Museum Board of Trustee presided over the event. Faizul Latif Chowdhury, Director General of Bangladesh National Museum was also present at the event.

Renowned photojournalist and writer M.A. Taher started his photography career about three decades ago. Taher always maintains a low key profile but his works rather speak for himself. He has already got ten pictorial books to his credit. He has also taken part in sixteen photographic exhibitions in Bangladesh and eight exhibitions in USA, UK, Japan, France, Netherlands, Thailand, Nepal and India. His camera zooms on famous personalities, nature, animals, endangered subjects, et al.


Taher has intimately mixed with the people of the ethnic communities and captured extraordinary and rare sights of the Hill Tracts of the country. His way of viewing is unparalleled and thought-provoking. He has selected to exhibit for us the life and culture of the ethnic communities of Chittagong Hill Tracts. The photographer has lived among them for a while in order to capture real time frames.


In the country, there are approximately 45 ethnic groups which jointly constitute the indigenous people of the country. Each of them has their very own distinct history, culture, tradition, language, and custom. These ethnic groups are- Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Chak, Mro, Tanchangya, Bawm, Khumi, Kheyang, Pangkhua, Lusai, Kuki etc. There is a long history of harmony and peace among these ethnic groups who have lived side by side for ages. Each of the communities has a distinctive cultural tradition which is being gradually lost due to fast integration with the mainstream population. Photographs displayed at the exhibition capture many of the lost cultural traits of these communities.

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