The Muzharul Islam Birth Centenary: A Special Seminar

Sat 9 Dec - Sat 9 Dec' 23


December 25, 2023, is the 100th birth anniversary of Bangladesh’s master architect Muzharul Islam. His works and ideas established the norms of a new architecture and influenced generations of architects that followed him. For over five decades since the 1950s, working with architecture and involved beyond architecture, Muzharul Islam was also deeply committed to the social and cultural progress of the country.
Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements plans a series of programs and events to mark the Centenary.

The inaugural program in the series is a Special Seminar commemorating and discussing the life and work of Muzharul Islam around three dedicated topics.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 5:00 PM
Venue: Bengal Institute, Boro Ghor, Level 2
45 Kemal Ataturk Avenue, Banani

The program included three sessions, each dedicated to particular strands in the life and work of Muzharul Islam. 


THE ARCHITECTURAL REALM: The Evolution of an Architecture

Ehsan Khan, Khondaker Hasibul Kabir, Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam, Luva Nahid Chowdhury  


THE POLITICAL REALM: Rethinking Muzharul Islam’s Architecture and Politics

Prof Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Mofidul Hoque, Nurur Rahman Khan, Prof Niaz Zaman  


THE CULTURAL REALM: “Chetana” as a Movement

Saif Ul Haque, Prof Muntasir Mamoon, Uttam Kumar Saha, Jalal Ahmed 


The opening session looked into the evolution of Muzharul Islam’s architecture and its contributions to the built environment of Bangladesh. Architect Ehsan Khan inaugurated the discussion followed by a discussion with Khondaker Hasibul Kabir, Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam and Luva Nahid Chowdhury. The next session, moderated by Prof Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, brought together panelists Mofidul Hoque, Nurur Rahman Khan and Prof Niaz Zaman to discuss Muzharul Islam’s engagement in the political realm. The event concluded with a session discussing “Chetana” as a movement. Architect Saif Ul Haque talked about the formation of “Chetana”and joined panelists Prof Muntasir Mamoon, Uttam Kumar Saha and Jalal Ahmed for a discussion. Besides insightful observations on Muzharul Islam’s prodigious and diverse contributions to the architecture culture of the country, the program, well-attended by people from different fields, was enlivened by personal anecdotes and reflections by the participants.


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